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When giants unite the result is a super fresh new smartphone – a phone built by Nokia and powered by Microsoft Windows. A year ago, Microsoft (the world’s biggest software company) and Nokia (the world’s biggest mobile phone maker), announced a strategic partnership. Microsoft has developed the Windows Phone platform, while Nokia brings to the table its expertise on hardware design, language support and worldwide distribution. The result is a new line of Windows Phone-powered devices, beginning with the much-hyped Nokia Lumia 710, which is now available in Canada exclusively through Rogers. Microsoft and Nokia have also integrated their services, including maps and app stores, while Bing has become the key search engine for Nokia devices.

Hardware Specs

Available in black, this Windows Phone 7.5 device features a bright and colourful 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1.4GHz Scorpion (Snapdragon) processor and powerful lithium-ion battery that lasts up to eight hours of talk time (and up to 400 hours on standby).

Joined Services

The best of Microsoft and Nokia’s services are in the palm of your hand, including Nokia Drive (free voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation), Microsoft SkyDrive (your own personal cloud) and Zune and Xbox Live integration for music, movies and games.

Core Benefits

The Nokia Lumia 710 features the attractive and intuitive Metro interface (featuring live tiles); a half-dozen hubs for all your important connections and information; and the ability to see Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live and LinkedIn updates.

Super software

Only Windows Phone offers mobile versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and SharePoint. The Internet Explorer web browser also benefits from powerful Bing search, and Marketplace offers thousands of apps.

What is even more exciting is that you can get your hands on one of these bad boys today!

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