Nokia's lower-end Lumia doesn't deliver the goods, considering its asking price. It's a functional phone aimed at new buyers, but there are better bargains out there -- and Nokia fans with any budget wiggle-room will surely want to upgrade to a Lumia 710, 800 or 900.
As far as the build goes, the Lumia 610 is sturdy but unremarkable. It comes with a 3.7-inch LCD screen with decent resolution and Gorilla Glass, although its display looks a little outdated. The rounded corners make it easy to grip, and it comes in a variety of shades, with the colorful entries looking a little more eye-catching. The black and magenta colors have a different back than the white and cyan options, rubbery as opposed to metallic like the rest of the body.
Functional buttons line the right side, including volume, on/off and the camera. Unlike the Lumia 710, the 610's front controls are built into the UI instead of onto the hardware, so some users might actually prefer the 610's setup.
The 5-megapixel camera does little to distinguish the phone, taking mediocre pictures after a frustrating lag between pressing the camera button and seeing the screen pop up. It can shoot video, but not 720p, so the quality is low. But the ordinariness of the camera looks much better when you compare it to the Lumia 610's biggest weakness: its serious lack of memory, in the form of 256-megabytes of RAM.
There's no front-facing camera, so downloading the Skype app would be kind of pointless anyways, but the Lumia 610 can't support several popular apps due to its teensy memory, including Angry Birds. There's no microSD slot, either, so it's difficult to find a way around the low memory.
Like its more upscale brethren, the Lumia 610 is a Windows phone, running off of Windows 7.5, although it cannot be updated to the forthcoming Windows 8. The UI is easy to use, and navigating is a breeze. But knowing the phone can't be updated should be a turnoff for some customers. And aside from the memory problem, Windows phones of all stripes are still missing some key apps like Instagram and Pandora, although the Marketplace does provide some unique apps.
Also, the phone is not available in the U.S., so buyers will have to get the phone abroad -- and it's certainly not worth importing. The phone is available in some European and Asian markets, as well as in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with prices around $300 without contract and marked affordably with contracts, although some countries have better deals than others.
Overall, this phone isn't worth it. Even with contracts, it's not cheap enough to justify the purchase in most countries, and its problems running apps means it will frustrate people who want to run them -- and if you don't care about apps, there's not much of a point of buying a smartphone in the first place. Unless you have a burning hatred for Apple and Android phones and absolutely can't afford a higher-end Lumia model, there are better options out there. ♦
The Nokia Lumia 610 is a gorgeous phone. The touch display is great -- very responsive -- and the sound quality is crystal clear. Everything works perfectly. In addition, the GPS Maps app is awesome -- far better than any driving app out there. You'll easily found your way to your destination after getting the shortest route. The battery life is superb. I can get about a week from each charge. There's even a "battery saver" function that helps prolong the power.
Of course, it runs on Windows, so it syncs with your Windows-based PC. Contacts and email sync with Outlook, and the calendar syncs with Hotmail and even Google calendar. Other files are synced with Microsoft's new Skydrive online storage. The interface uses “live tiles” icons that are more beautiful than the mess of a menu on Android. Overall, everything is just well-planned out.
I wish the phone had better apps. Windows Marketplace has a few programs, but nowhere near the number that Android and iOS contain. But other than that, the Lumia exceeds all my expectations. It's an elegantly-designed phone with a strong battery.Was this review helpful to you?
The small design and range of colorful shells make the 610 an ideal starter phone for teens. It's also cheap, so it's an affordable entry into Windows software.
It's not sold in the U.S. -- and for good reason. The Lumia 610 comes with a slow 800-megahertz single-core chip and just 256-megabytes of RAM -- nearly half of what competing devices offer. And, of course, it runs on Windows, which still has bugs to work out. If you're looking for a budget phone, there are more appealing options out there -- get an Android.Was this review helpful to you?
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