This guide will detail two of the leading smartphones on the market and the main differences between them. Both phones have been succeeded by newer versions and updates, although they remain popular with consumers.
There will also be a section on how to buy both phones on eBay, a website with plentiful amounts of each model in stock. Searching on the site is relatively simple and possible deals can often be found.
The Nokia Lumia 710
The Nokia Lumia 710 model works with the Microsoft Windows 7.5 operating system. It is in the same family as the higher-quality Lumia 800 phone, but is aimed more towards the mid-range market. One of its main selling points comes with the exchangeable back plates and the range of colours this offers.
Some of the features it shares with the 800 version are the 1.4 GHz single-core processor, hardware acceleration, and graphics processor. In terms of its design, the glass face goes well with the curved edge design and provides a desirable, clear screen to operate.
Synching multiple personal email accounts to the phone is possible, and the ‘unread message' element comes in very handy for those constantly on-the-go.
Fast and precise web browsing is also a benefit of the Lumia 710, with an efficient zoom in feature to read text easier. With a Windows operated phone, the choice and accessibility of apps is another clear advantage over competitors. Being a Microsoft product, playing Xbox live online or using Office is straightforward.
The Samsung Galaxy S
The Galaxy S smartphone, released in 2010 by the Samsung Electronics Company, operates with the Android system. Millions have been sold worldwide, helped by the fact that a number of variations have been released in different regions.
Although the more recently released smartphone models have since improved on the Samsung Galaxy S version, at the time it was a groundbreaking model and is still being widely purchased.
The Samsung S5PC110 processor is used within the phone, with additional constant updates of the operating system being released. It has a 101.6 millimetre touch screen face, which is layered with a special glass material, helping prevent cracks and scratches.
The appearance of the Galaxy S isn't overly remarkable, although the all-black shiny front and curved edges lead to a slick feel. It remains a generally lightweight phone, inconspicuous in the pocket and easy to grip.
Comparing the Lumia 710 and Galaxy S
The table below will look at both the important specifications of both phone models as a way to compare their most important features.
Nokia Lumia 710
Samsung Galaxy S
119 mm x 62.4 mm
122.4 mm x 64.2 mm
9.9 mm – 14 mm
118 – 155 grams
1.4GHz Qualcom Scorpion
1 GHz ARM Cortex A8
8 GB Internal
16 GB Internal
1300mAh Li-ion battery
Li-po 1500 mAh
Using eBay to Buy a Smartphone
Depending on which phone is required, searching on eBay is relatively simple. Using the search bar at the top of the home page will bring up all the relevant results.
Type in either "Nokia Lumia 710" or " Samsung Galaxy S" and then review the listings that appear. Make sure the correct category is selected from the left-hand side of the page; in this case choose Mobile Phones. Alternatively, for any additional items then browse the Mobile Accessories section.
Use the refinements menu to narrow down the selections as much as possible. Think in terms of the most desirable colour, condition and price range of the phone. It is also possible to sort the listings by such aspects as the buying format and price.
As eBay does not regulate each individual listing itself, more care must be taken over the purchase. Read the description of the item as carefully as possible, reviewing the postage and payments information also.
If buying from independent sellers and not a professional electronics outlet then ensure the phone is unlocked and ready to use. Ask the seller a question if unsure of any details concerning either the phone itself or payment/delivery details.
If worried about overspending when purchasing the new phone, check out eBay Deals – a section of the site that offers items at reduced prices and with free postage costs. For the Lumia 710 or Galaxy S, select the Electronics category from theeBay Deals home page and then browse the Phones section.
When coming to choose the right phone, it can simply come down to personal preference, individual requirements and how it feels in the hand. For example, some people may prefer the fast WiFi connectivity of the Nokia Lumia 710, whilst others may enjoy the many apps on the Samsung Galaxy S and ability to switch easily between them.
For the best deals then look on eBay to find a wide selection of phone models.