Summary: Microsoft and Nokia's work on Windows Phone Tango devices, to lower device specification requirements, has led to the Lumia 610, a low-end handset primarily designed for emerging markets like China. Although it will be available in a number of other countries, Nokia's Lumia 610 is clearly designed to lower the entry point for potential Windows Phone customers and help entice shoppers who would typically opt for non-smartphone handsets.
Pros: Low cost, Great battery life, Good design
Cons: Poor display, Lack of third party apps, 256MB of RAM restrictions, No 720p video recording
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: 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 ...
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?
Summary: This is a nicely designed Windows phone at a budget price, and offers a good way to surf the net, keep in touch and watch the odd film. However, if you want to play games or run apps, the Lumia 610 is not powerful enough and the online store is limited.
Pros: Crisp, colourful display; looks better than the Lumia 710; Windows Phone is easy to use
Cons: Performance is limited; Lack of apps; battery life mediocre
Conclusion: The Nokia Lumia 610 offers Windows Phone on a budget. It's a well-made phone with a neat physical design. But the relatively low level specifications mean it can't run some of the top apps in the Marketplace, and that means it is restricted right out of the starting gate.
Pros: Nice design, Decent screen resolution, Acceptable battery life
Cons: Only 256MB of RAM memory, Refuses to run some top third-party apps, A little sluggish