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Nokia Lumia 610 review

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

Our Verdict

For under £130, it's a decent phone - but we can't recommend it over the cheaper-and-better Lumia 710.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 10.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Low price
  • Strong battery life
  • Solid build
  • Great social networking

Against

  • Only 8GB of storage
  • Only 256MB of RAM
  • Some apps incompatible
  • Poor video camera

The Nokia Lumia 610 can access the internet via HSDPA or Wi-Fi. Using HSDPA sites can take quite a while to fully load, taking 30 seconds or more in some cases.

The browser loads them a bit at a time so you can start browsing before a page has completely loaded, but annoyingly it will jump you back to the top of the page periodically until it has fully loaded.

Nokia Lumia 610 review

Over Wi-Fi, load times are thankfully a lot quicker, with a page rarely taking more than a few seconds to display.

With only a 3.7-inch screen, the Nokia Lumia 610 struggles to display full web pages without a bit of zooming and scrolling. Technically it will display a full page on a single screen - and indeed this is how many pages are displayed when they load, but the text is much too small to read comfortably.

The usual gestures control zooming, with a pinch or double-tap getting the job done. You don't have to zoom in too far to get things to a comfortable size, but there's no text reflow, which means having to scroll around a lot to actually read a page if it's not optimised for mobile phones. But at least scrolling is smooth and precise on the handset.

The Nokia Lumia 610 comes with Internet Explorer 9, and although there are a handful of other browsers on the Windows Phone Marketplace, the other big names are all absent. So it's likely you'll stick with this one, but thankfully it's not too bad.

Nokia Lumia 610 review

The settings screen and search page share the same design as the rest of the phone, so at least it's consistent. There's a persistent search bar at the bottom of the screen, making it easy to browse to a new page at any point, although on the other hand it does take up valuable screen real estate.

You can also tap a button on the bottom-right to bring up a list of options, including tabs, recent pages and favourites. This screen also enables you to add a page to your favourites, pin it to your home screen or share it on social networks. Bookmarks are shown as a text list, while tabs are displayed as an image of each open page.

There's also a bare bones settings screen that enables you to switch your site preference between desktop and mobile, enable or disable cookies and delete your history.

Oddly, when using the search function for pages or images, the address bar moves to the top of the screen and access to tabs, settings and favourites is removed until you click through to a web page. It's a strange design decision and means that you can't get back to any other open tabs without arbitrarily clicking through to a page on the search results.

As is standard with Windows Phones, the Nokia Lumia 610 doesn't support Flash. On a more positive note, a dedicated search soft key will open Bing, meaning that you're never more than a single tap from surfing the net.

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
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7.5
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Conference Call
Pixel Density252 ppi
Height119 mm
Width62 mm
Depth12 mm
Radio TunerYes
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