Excerpt: The Nokia Lumia 610 is the fourth Windows Phone smartphone to arrive in the UK, following the Lumia 800 , Lumia 710 and more recently the Nokia Lumia 900 . The previous trio shared dual-core processors, but had differing designs, storage and screen technology. The Lumia 610 is a bit different; starting at around £10.50 a month on contract and £130 on PAYG, it's billed as the most 'affordable Windows Phone to date.
Pros: Intuitive user interface, Range of colours, Nokia Drive and Mix radio, Great battery performance
Cons: No expandable storage, Limited memory can't run some apps, Overpriced at launch, Poor camera
Conclusion: It’s hard to imagine any serious adult plunking down the money for this phone as a primary mobile device for them self. But it’s easy to see parents doing so in order to provide their children with a smartphone. The Lumia 610 is a great vehicle to get your pre-teens and younger teens connected without spending a lot of money and risking a big investment on behalf of kids who can sometimes be careless.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a budget smartphone to either be your or someone else’s first — and you don’t want to go with similarly or even lower-priced Android devices — the Lumia 610 is a nice companion. Microsoft and Nokia have proven that Windows Phone can not only be fluid on 1GHz and above processors with 512MB of RAM, but it can also perform with buttery smoothness on an 800MHz CPU coupled with only by 256MB of RAM.
Pros: + Excellent battery life, + Candy-like design, + Low price, + Windows Phone platform is fluid, + Free Nokia essential software (Maps, Drive, Traffic), If you are looking for a budget smartphone to either be your or someone else’s first — and you don’t want to go with similarly or even lower-priced Android devices — the Lumia 610 is a nice companion. Microsoft and Nokia have proven that Windows Phone can not only be fluid on 1GHz and above processors with 512MB of RAM,...
Cons: - Low specifications (especially 256MB of RAM), - Some applications will not install due to low hardware specs, - Can’t rely on camera’s flash, - 8GB of Internal Storage, - A tad slower than other Windows Phones, - Screen backlight bleeding, - Plastic on the back scratches easily, - Only VGA video recording, - Video recording audio very poor, If you are looking for a budget smartphone to either be your or someone else’s first — and you don’t want to go with similarly ...
Conclusion: Making Windows Phone more accessible was one of the goals Nokia set out to achieve when the deal with Microsoft was sealed. Well, it took the Finns only five months after the release of their first Microsoft-powered smartphones, to come up with the Lumia 610, which is ready to challenge the Windows Phone definition of affordable. Considering that the Nokia Lumia 610 is a first attempt, and essentially a conscious downgrade, the end result is pretty solid.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Quad-band 3G with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA support, 3.7" 65K-color LCD capacitive touchscreen of WVGA resolution, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, VGA video @30fps, Windows Phone 7.5 OS (Refresh), 800MHz ARM Cortex-A5 CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, 256MB of RAM, Qualcomm MSM7227A chipset, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free lifetime voice-guided navigation, Digital compass, 8GB on-board storage, Acti...
Cons: Some apps are incompatible due to low RAM, No Flash or Silverlight support in browser, No USB mass storage (Zune-only file management and sync), No video calls and no front-facing camera, No memory card slot, microSIM card slot, No native DivX/XviD support, videos have to be Zune-transcoded, No HD recording or playback, due to hardware limitations, Will probably be stuck on this Windows Phone version for good
Conclusion: The Nokia Lumia 610 has both its strengths and weaknesses. On one hand, you should be able to get one for about $250, as long as you do some digging around, which makes it a decent entry-level offering. On the other, you will have to accept the incompatibility of select applications and the occasional software lags caused by the smartphone's modest hardware.
Pros: Affordable Windows Phone, Free offline GPS navigation
Cons: Performance issues are common, Some apps do not run
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 610 isn't going to appeal to anyone who wants or needs a high-end smartphone, it simply lacks the speed and the guts to compete against the likes of the iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S3. However, younger users and those looking for their first smartphone will appreciate what it has offer - a great looking smartphone, at a decent price with an easy OS to use, what more could your mum want?