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.
Pros: Affordable Windows Phone, Free offline GPS navigation
Cons: Performance issues are common, Some apps do not run
Summary: Nokia has recently launched the most affordable of its Windows Phone devices – the Lumia 610. But has the lower price tag come at the cost of performance? We take a closer look. Looks: Simple yet suave Nokia has gone with a minimalistic design for Lumia 610.
Excerpt: After the mid-range Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 , closely followed by the big-screen Lumia 900 , we finally have Nokia's budget Windows Phone 7 handset; the cheap-as-chips Lumia 610. This is just £180 SIM-free or free on a £13.50-per-month contract, which makes it around £40 cheaper SIM-free than the...
Summary: • MicroSIM card support • SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM messaging • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic • GPS with A-GPS support • Video/photo editor • Document viewer • Predictive text input • Bluetooth with A2DP, EDR • Voice memo/dial • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n • No microSD card slot •...
Pros: MicroSIM card support , SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM messaging , Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic , GPS with A-GPS support , Video/photo editor , Document viewer , Predictive text input , Bluetooth with A2DP, EDR , Voice memo/dial , Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Cons: No microSD card slot , Absence of secondary camera , Low processing capability , lack of Java support , No Flash support in browser , Only 8GB internal storage
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 Lumia 610 offers a very user friendly experience for the first-time smartphone user. It's enjoyable to use, as a phone "just works" and comes with enough extras and goodies - Nokia Drive, Nokia Music, Nokia Transport that it will go down well with those that try it.
Pros: Cheap, nippy, easy to use, replaceable battery, replaceable back cover
Cons: Not all apps run on the phone, Windows Phone is like Marmite - you'll either love it or hate it