We managed to try out the Nokia Lumia 610 for a few weeks and here’s our view on it. The Finnish manufacturer has been in business for quite awhile and they know how to make great phones. The Nokia 610 is the entry-level model for their phones running Windows Phone 7.5 Tango, with only 256MB RAM and a single core 800MHz processor.
Looks-wise, its a pretty standard looking device with a plastic body. It has a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) TFT screen that functions well enough for a low-budget phone. The sides have a metallic plated sheen but still looks like plastic. At 131.5g the phone feels pretty light for its size and fits quite well when held. Though like the usual Nokia phone, it feels quite sturdy and durable, capable of handling beating. As with the usual Lumia branding, the 610 comes in a few striking colors like magenta, cyan, and the usual black and white.
The left side is clear of buttons, concentrating the volume rocker, power button, and camera button on the right. The placement of the power button feels quite odd to use due to its proximity to the volume rocker, sometimes wrong buttons can get pressed. The camera button feels a bit wobbly which makes it hard to determine if you’ve pressed it enough. It sports the usual 3.5mm headphone jack and a MicroUSB port for charging and data transfers. The backside features a 5MP camera with flash and a speaker grille on the bottom.
For a low-budget phone the display is not as great, the vibrant Windows Phone colors look a bit washed out as a result. Despite that, navigating through the phone even in daylight conditions looks great on the 3.7-inch screen. The Windows Phone supports only 800 x 480 displays so the smaller screen is perfect for navigating around the interface.
The Nokia 610 runs on Windows Phone 7.5 Tango, a stripped down version of Mango that’s meant to work better on low-end devices with lower hardware such as the 256MB RAM of the 610. Despite running only 256MB RAM the phone still runs quite smoothly though some resource heavy apps might not work well. Microsoft says most apps should work with the 265MB barrier, though some will display a message saying that the app requires a phone with more RAM and will not install from the Marketplace. Though a few high quality apps are unavailable which is a letdown. A nifty feature syncs your social media contacts to your phone and merges them into one easy to find contact in the People section.
The Lumia’s battery life should last you a day or two with moderate use, quite good for its Li-Ion 1300mAh battery. The low-end specs give the Nokia 610 improved battery life, sufficient for a day or two without a charger.
Overall the low-end Nokia 610 is a great phone for its price range and works considerably well with its hardware restrictions. The screen betrays the phone a bit, washing out the vivid colors of the Windows Phone though its size benefits it, easing navigation. The stripped Windows Phone Tango works well with the limited resources though some apps are unavailable. Battery life lasts well enough for a day or two of moderate use. Priced at around Php11,000, the phone is a cheaper alternative to other high-end devices.
– Good battery life
– Cheap, durable device
– Washed out screen
– Hardware limitations