Nokia 2710 Navigation Edition review: Lead the way
Gallery is at file managing, not so much at being a gallery
We never quite liked the S40 gallery and despite some freshening up in the 6th edition, it’s still not a favorite. Don’t get us wrong, it does all the stuff a gallery should do and it’s an excellent file manager. But a gallery should focus on attractive presentation an ease of browsing, and it’s here that the S40 gallery trails behind.
The Gallery app on the Nokia 2710 Navigation Edition offers only a single view mode, displaying a grid of 12 pictures on the screen. At least zooming in on a single picture is pretty comfortable now with the zoom in and out shortcuts placed on the middle and right soft keys. It’s also faster and smoother than we are used to seeing from most of its predecessors.
Music player is ok
The music player of the Nokia 2710 has decent looks and a good feature set.
The music player can sort songs by artist, album and genre. The player works with AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WMA, AMR-NB. Naturally A2DP profile is supported, allowing the use of stereo Bluetooth earphones. There are preset equalizers settings available and you can customize another two, plus there’s Stereo widening available.
As usual, the artist and title of the currently playing song are shown on the homescreen.
The lack of volume keys is inconvenient - it means that you have to have the music player active to change the volume.
FM radio has RDS
An alternative to the preloaded content on Nokia 2710 Navigation Edition is the FM radio. It matches the music player interface and covers all basic functions.
RDS support is available and you can get the handset search and save all available stations in your area. RDS info and frequency appear on the homescreen, much like with the music player. There’s also a station directory, which pulls data from the Internet about local radio stations.
Video player is hardly worth it
Let’s make this clear – the Nokia 2710 is by no means a device that should be considered by anyone who is serious about watching videos on their mobile. The combination of a small screen, a low number of supported codecs and a less than fully-featured video player hardly creates the ideal conditions for pleasurable viewing.
The video player of Nokia 2710 is only compatible with 3GP and MP4 formats. Videos can be played in fullscreen mode, fast-forwarded or rewound and that’s that.
Audio quality is top-notch
Despite its low-end non-music-dedicated nature, the Nokia 2710 Navigation Edition delivers great audio output. It might not blow your mind away with loudness when headphones are attached but all the songs will sound exactly the way they were meant to.
All the readings in our traditional test are excellent. Starting with the spot-on frequency response and ending with the great signal-to-noise ratio there is nothing bad we can say about the Nokia 2710 Navigation Edition.
So, while the main purpose of the phone is to replace your dedicated SatNav system, the Nokia 2710 is also capable of covering up for your mp3 player. And quite well at that. Here are the results so you can see for yourselves.
|Test||Frequency response||Noise level||Dynamic range||THD||IMD + Noise||Stereo crosstalk|
|Nokia 6303i classic||+0.07, -0.38||-84.5||90.4||0.134||0.028||-91.6|
|Nokia 6700 slide||+0.07, -0.40||-90.0||90.0||0.0059||0.015||-90.9|
|Nokia 5310 XpressMusic||+0.29, -1.69||-94.4||92.0||0.015||0.491||-73.8|
|Nokia X3||+0.07, -0.44||-88.3||88.3||0.0067||0.016||-89.0|
|Nokia 5230||+0.03, -0.05||-86.7||86.5||0.0033||0.016||-84.0|
|Nokia 5530 XpressMusic||+0.11, -0.84||-90.9||90.8||0.010||0.454||-90.6|
|Samsung M7500 Emporio Armani||+0.86, -6.28||-80.1||80.1||0.017||0.134||-73.9|
Nokia 2710 Navigation Edition frequency response graph
You can learn more about the whole testing process here.