Nokia 3710 Fold

 Nokia 3710 Fold

There are a few surprising things to note about the Nokia 3710 Fold. Firstly, there's the price tag of about €140 before tax and subsidy, but then there's the rather surprising fact that the 3710 features 3G data and GPS too.

Inside the 3710 Fold is a 2.2" 240 x 320 pixel display with a smaller semi-concealed screen on the outside. There's a 3.2 megapixel "full focus" camera with Flash, a secondary video camera, microSD expandable memory, Bluetooth, a multimedia player and an FM radio.

This is strictly a 3G handset, and not a 3.5G one. This means that the maximum download speed for data is just 384 kbps, but that's actually very good for a phone that costs this little. Several different UMTS bands are supported, so you can probably expect to see the 3710 Fold worldwide.

 Nokia 3710 Fold open Nokia say that the relatively small 860 mAh battery can give the 3710 up to 3 hours talktime on 3G and 4 hours on GSM. The 3710 is a fairly standard 89 x 47 x 15mm in size, but at 94 grams it can be considered to be fairly lightweight for a 3G clamshell.

This isn't just a good value phone, it is a very good looking device too. Shipping in three colour combinations of Pink, Plum and Black, the 3710 Fold comes with a patterned surface on the outside, and the decoration continues inside as well. The elegantly curved shape means that the 3710 fits into a pocket or bag easily. The spacing between keys is also very good, and the overall handset ergonomics seem to be quite reasonable.

Don't forget about GPS - the 3710 Fold comes with A-GPS and Nokia Maps, which possibly makes it the cheapest GPS-capable phone that we can think of. OK, so it's not as good as a dedicated SatNav, but it is a very pocket-friendly way of providing basic navigation services.

This is a Series 40 device rather than a smartphone, but it the 3710 Fold still comes with a web browser, standard email client, photo gallery and a multimedia player. Nokia say that they have worked on the user interface to make it easier to use, but Series 40 already had a reputation for being a well-designed and straightforward user interface.

At Mobile Gazette, we like clamshell phones a lot - even though they are somewhat unfashionable these days. Perhaps the 3710 Fold will help to make them fashionable again, who knows?

If you want to get your hands on a Nokia 3710 Fold then you will have to wait a while - Nokia say that the 3710 should be available during Q4 2009. Perhaps it's a good time to start drawing up your Christmas present list?

Nokia 3710 Fold at a glance


Q4 2009


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 1700 or 1700 / 2100 or
UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100




2.2" 240 x 320 pixels, 16m colours


3.2 megapixels


Medium clamshell
89 x 47 x 15mm / 94 grams



Memory card:











Series 40 version 9.1

Battery life:

3 hours talk (3G)
4 hours talk (GSM)

1 comment:

r4i said...

have only had this phone for 9 months, it is well looked after but already having mass problems.

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