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Nokia Lumia 610 review

The cheapest Windows Phone available, but does it sacrifice too much?

The Nokia Lumia 610 runs Windows Phone 7.5 Tango, a stripped down version of Mango designed for low-end phones with only 256MB of RAM. Though a number of concessions have been made, they have had minimal impact on the interface, which remains much the same as Mango.

When you turn the phone on or wake it up you are greeted with a lock screen showing you the time and date in big writing, along with your next reminder or calendar event shown smaller below that, and an unread email and SMS count at the very bottom.

Nokia Lumia 610 review

It also displays how much battery you have left and the signal strength at the top. All of this is written in white and it's a very clean look, with the bulk of the screen taken up by a wallpaper of your choice.

Swiping upwards clears the lock screen and brings you to the phone's home screen. This uses the same attractive tile-based design of other Windows Phone handsets, and scrolling down takes you through all of your home screen shortcuts.

The colour of the tiles can be changed, with a selection of 11 colours to choose from, and the background can be made black or white, but that's all you get. There are no custom wallpapers and no widgets to be found here.

A swipe to the left will bring up a list of every application installed on the Nokia Lumia 610, along with a link to the settings menu. Any of these applications can be pinned to the home screen by long-pressing them and dragging them into position, while web pages and contacts can also be pinned to the home screen.

Nokia Lumia 610 review

Though games will automatically be put in a separate folder, there is no option to make your own folders, meaning that if you're planning on installing a lot of things the two main screens could easily become clogged with applications.

Pressing the back button will always take you one screen back (or one page back when using the web browser), while a long-press of the button will bring up images of recently viewed pages or applications and enable you to select from them.

The home button brings you to the home screen, and a long press on that enables you to give voice commands.

This actually worked surprisingly well, with most commands carried out correctly, including simple texts and web searches. However, inevitably it did sometimes struggle, and it's not going to challenge Siri. We're also still not convinced that voice commands are generally any quicker or easier than just doing things the old fashioned way.

Nokia Lumia 610 reviewScrolling around is fast, and there's not even a hint of slowdown when moving between menus, but opening downloaded applications and even built-in apps such as the picture gallery is a little slower, leaving you with a white screen for a few seconds while they load.

It's not a big deal, but it's a constant reminder that you're using a low-end phone. Equally, some of the built-in applications weren't performing optimally, with the People and Games applications in particular often jerking from screen to screen rather than moving smoothly.

The whole interface is reasonably intuitive. If you've used a recent version of Windows Phone before then it will all be much the same, but even if you're new to the operating system it's easy to find your way around, since there are basically only two main screens and everything is clearly labelled.

The only caveat to that is that the settings screen is hidden away on the applications list by default, and because this is a screen you'll likely be using a lot, it would be better suited to a place on the home screen, but it's easy enough to pin it there yourself.

The TFT screen provides reasonable image quality and is fine indoors, but in direct sunlight it can be almost impossible to make out. The viewing angles aren't great either, when not in direct sunlight you can see the display from every applicable angle but it does become slightly less clear whenever it's not viewed straight on.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time10.50 Hour
Product Model610
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)131.5 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7.5
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density252 ppi
Height119 mm
Width62 mm
Depth12 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time670 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameLumia 610 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number0020K39
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationExplore the world with Nokia Lumia

Every day in every city around the world, people are pursuing their own adventures, big or small. Explore the world around you with amazing camera technology, exclusive Live Tile apps and unique design features. This is Lumia.

Limited Warranty2 Year