Nokia 6710 Navigator in-depth review -

Look and feel

The Nokia 6710 Navigator looks fine, if a little last season – or the one before that. It’s a slider design with a bronzey colour case that was originally signified the higher-end handsets.

Ease of use

As is customary with Nokias, the interface is intuitive and easy to navigate, and there are lots of handy shortcuts to speed up usability.

Features

As a sat nav phone, we’re pleased to report that the GPS feature is excellent. The screen is a little small for in-car navigation though. Nokia Messaging, Nokia Maps and Ovi Store access are all added bonuses.

Performance

A solid, all-round performer that does well in all areas, although it needs a larger screen if it is to properly challenge a dedicated sat nav.

Battery life

Battery performance was very good.

The verdict

A great sat nav device for pedestrians, plus excellent all-round functionality makes this phone a serious contender in the handset stakes.

 Nokia 6710 Navigator Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:56:20 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Sat nav and lifetime Nokia Maps subscription, great email features, bundled car holder and headset.

Cons:

Screen is too small for car navigation.

Nokia was the first to really own the sat nav phone arena, and it continues to dominate. The 6710 is the third in Nokia’s Navigator series and it’s a great little sat nav with excellent email and camera features too.

Old timer

Of course, the thing about Nokia phones is that rather staid design. The 6710 Navigator could’ve dropped in from the last decade, with the same old slider format in that browny bronze that denoted the higher-end Nokias of years past. That said, it looks fine, feels sturdy in the hand and the keypad is easy to type on.

The interface is as intuitive as ever, with a home screen containing a shortcut bar (non customisable) and notifications from messages, calendar and Wi-Fi, and the main menu in the traditional Nokia grid style. There are also keypad shortcuts in most applications, so you can skip the clicking, and just hit a number key for a desired function.

A 2.6-inch screen sits above a D-pad, six buttons for menu, call and selection functions, and a dedicated map launcher. The phone also comes bundled with an in-car holder, headset, and a lifetime subscription to Nokia Maps and City Explorer, the add-on guide to lifestyle spots and landmarks on the maps.

Though it’s not a smartphone, the 6710’s 600MHz processor is up to some heavy-duty multitasking, with the ability to run navigation at the same time as the browser and camera on standby, for example.

Navigation

The A-GPS is top-notch, getting an accurate fix in under a second, and Nokia Maps loads quickly. It’s a highly comprehensive service as well, with options for walking, driving or public transport directions, as well as ‘explore’, which lets you find shops, restaurants, landmarks and more within a given radius of your current location, or a specified address. You can also search for a place to have it show up on a map, and get directions there as well.

In addition to keypad shortcuts to rotate the map view, a touch-bar below the screen lets you slide a finger to zoom in and out. (It has the same function in the web browser, camera and scrolls through the media gallery, too.) Voice turn-by-turn directions are a great navigation aid, and our only beef with the device is that its screen is a little too small for comfortable use while driving. Though the car holder makes it easy to slide the phone open and closed and the buttons are well placed for one-handed use, we’d still use the 6710 primarily for pedestrian routes.

Internet

The handset is HSDPA-enabled, and detects Wi-Fi networks quickly. The browser landing page is a bit unfriendly though, with a list of bookmarks to download graphics, sounds, etc, followed by links to Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and Nokia sites. Once you’re in though, you’ll find an efficient browser with D-pad navigation that takes you in little jumps between hyperlinks. Web history is nicely presented as a scrollable carousel for easy surfing, and again, you’ve got keypad shortcuts for going back, page overview for faster scrolling through long pages, full screen and search by keyboard. Our review model wasn’t preloaded with Ovi Store, but it’s easily downloadable, whereupon you’ll have access to the expanding marketplace of Nokia apps.

And even this

We’ve always loved Nokia Messaging, which lets you add up to 10 email accounts, and automatically searches and inputs download settings. No push-email, though you can set to retrieve every five minutes. Email is as good as on desktop, with copy/paste ability, attachments and the option to view as HTML for true fonts and colours.

Meanwhile, a five-megapixel Carl Zeiss lens with auto-focus produces high-quality snaps. Nokia’s auto modes are almost always spot on, and we particularly rate the landscape and macro features. The dedicated camera button launches the app and takes photos, and you can also geo-tag each picture.

Conclusion

A great sat nav phone that has excellent overall functionality thanks to Nokia Messaging, good web features and a solid camera. However, a small screen makes it less suitable for car navigation, so while we rate it as a personal navigator, it doesn’t quite cut it as a full sat nav replacement.