With the 3711's 2-megapixel camera you can take pictures in six resolutions, from 1,600x1,200 down to 160x120, and three quality settings. Other options include a self-timer, three white-balance modes, a 4x zoom, and five color effects. Photo quality is quite good with bright colors and little image noise. There was a slight yellow tint to some of our shots, and there's no flash for dim environments, but on the whole it was one of the best shooters we've seen in its class.
The camcorder offers a similar set of editing options. Videos meant for multimedia messages are capped at 42 seconds, but you can shoot for longer in standard mode. When finished with your shots and clips, you can transfer them off the 3711, view them in a gallery application, or store them on the 70MB of user-accessible memory.
For music fans, the 3711 has a standard Nokia media player. The simple interface has user-friendly controls and supports album art. Features include an equalizer, shuffle and repeats modes, and an airplane mode for listening to tunes while you fly. The 3711 also offers an FM radio. The sound quality for both features was about fine, but a headset will offer the best results.
The 3711 has a standard WAP 2.0 browser. You can use it to download additional ringtones, alert tones, and customization options from T-Mobile's t-zones service. The 3711 offers demo versions of six games: Collapse Chaos, Deal or no Deal, Frogger Evolution, Monopoly Here & Now, The Oregon Trail, and Where's Waldo? You'll have to buy the full versions for extended play.
We tested the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) Nokia 3711 world phone in San Francisco using T-Mobile service. The handset also supports dual 3G bands (1700/211) for T-Mobile's wireless broadband network. In both cases the T-Mobile signal remained strong in our testing area. Note, the carrier's 3G network doesn't have the reach of AT&T's, but most pages on the WAP browser loaded in less than 10 seconds.
Call quality was quite decent. We didn't hear any static or interference, and our callers sounded natural. We would've liked the volume on our end to have been slightly louder, but that's a minor point. We had difficulty hearing only when we were in a noisy environment. Speakerphone calls were about the same and we enjoyed good call quality with a Bluetooth headset.
On their end callers said we sounded pretty good. They could tell that we were using a cell phone, but that's a typical experience. Like us, they had trouble hearing when we were in a loud place, but that was the limit of their complaints. On the whole, they reported a good experience. Similarly, automated calling systems could understand us most of the time.
The 3711 has a rated battery life of 4 hours talk time and 12 days standby time. The tested talk time comes close at 3 hours and 31 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the 3711 has a digital SAR of 1.28 watts per kilogram.