Nokia 6710 Navigator review: Destination: Anywhere

GSMArena team, 18 August 2009.
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All-round connectivity

Data transfer options are numerous on the Nokia 6710. Every common network data transfer medium is supported and so are USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. HSDPA support goes up to 10.2Mbps and HSUPA is also here at 2Mbps. Nokia 6710 also has Wi-Fi capabilities to really sweeten the deal.

There is also a card slot so if you have a card reader lying around you can transfer the data directly to your memory card. The card is accessible from a slot on the left side, hidden under a very nice flap and it's not too deep, which was a problem with other Nokia phones.

The browser likes YouTube video

Browsing the internet on a Nokia smartphone is definitely a positive experience. The 6710 is no exception with its excellent page rendering - most web pages look like they do on a desktop computer. The speed is generally good but the browser can become unresponsive for a second while opening complex web pages.

The virtual mouse cursor is easy to control and generally works great. The D-pad control is not as comfortable as Samsung's optical joystick (think Samsung i7110, for instance) or BlackBerry's trackball but still does the job.

Here the zoom bar works great - it really makes navigating complex websites much easier.

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Browsing GSMArena.com on the 6710 Navigator

A mini-map can be activated and it even appears by itself when you scroll longer, which helps you navigate complex websites without excessive scrolling. The zoom level is also easily adjustable at the expense of only a few key presses - or you'd be better off using the touch zoom bar below the screen, which dynamically resizes the . The web browser also offers fullscreen view mode.

Along with the usual key shortcuts, the browser in 6710 offers a toolbar, which can be launched by pressing 1 or long pressing on the center key on an empty area of the page. You can customize which shortcuts are on the toolbar - up to seven shortcuts like "Subscribe to feeds" or "Bookmark manager".

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The new toolbar

The Nokia 6710 browser features built-in full Flash support. It handled many of the Flash sites we threw at it, but choked on others (games most often). Flash content for version 9 and up seem to be the culprit. Also, it matters how the flash video was encoded, but as far as YouTube goes, we didn't run into a video that wouldn't play.

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Flash video handled seamlessly

Flash video is mostly not a problem for the 6710 web browser - you can watch video on the full-featured versions of YouTube and the like. Not all however, DailyMotion and Vimeo didn't work for instance.

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Sites other than YouTube might experience problems

Organizer and apps

The time-management skills of Nokia 6710, like most other Symbian handsets, are really good. Just name the application and you can bet the handset has it.

We start exploring the rich application package with the calendar. It has three different types of view - monthly, weekly and daily, and five types of events available for setting up - Meeting, Memo, Anniversary, To-do and a new one - Meeting request - an Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync thing.

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The calendar month and week views • setting up an event

The mobile office is also very well supported with preinstalled applications able to view Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files seamlessly. Editing documents is not supported out of the box, but hey, we're not talking Eseries here. Nonetheless, QuickOffice managed to open Office 2007 files (e.g. .docx), a nice free perk.

If you would like editing enabled you will have to purchase the complete application at the Nokia Download center. The final touch here is the included ZIP manager, which allows extracting archived files straight on your phone.

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Nokia 6710 handles .doc .xls .ppt and .pdf files seemlessly

Some of the other included PIM applications are a great unit converter, calculator and voice recorder, as well as the Notes application. We are not going to go into detail with them, as their functionality and performance are familiar enough. The ActiveNotes application is also on board allowing multimedia content to be added to your notes.

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Calculator, ActiveNotes and converter

The alarm application allows a huge number of alarms to be set, each with its own name, trigger day and repeat pattern.

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Setting up an alarm

If the gallery file-management options is insufficient you can use the file manager. It allows you to do almost anything you can think of with your files. Copying, moving, creating new folders - you name it and it's a safe bet that the file manager can do it.

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The file manager is our favorite • zip manager

The useful "Search" application is also aboard the Nokia 6710. The application itself finds almost every item in your handset containing a given keyword. From messages to landmarks, every bit of data is checked and then all results are displayed on the screen.

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Every bit of data is checked by the search application

Finally, the Nokia 6710 features a dictionary with a very rich database. English comes pre-installed but you can also download dozens of other languages for free from the Nokia website.

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The dictionary

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