It’s been almost nine months since Nokia released a carrier-branded smartphone in the US, the Symbian-powered Astound for T-Mobile. That was before the company's sea change — it has come a long way since then, betting its future almost entirely on Microsoft's Windows Phone. The Lumia 710 is Nokia’s second-ever WP device and the first to come out stateside. But unlike the flagship Lumia 800, this one has always been aimed at at the more entry-level consumer, coming January 11th for $49.99 on a two-year contract.

Nokia has an outstanding reputation for hardware design and mobile cameras, which just so happens to be the two places where Windows Phone manufacturers are really able to differentiate from one another. Of course, the lower price tier typically means sacrifice. How does it hold up? Read on to find out.