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Nokia Lumia 610 Review

Nokia Lumia 610

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Interface:

The Windows Phone 7.5 “Metro” interface looks more or less like it did last year, with a home screen populated by live tiles and the list of installed applications at a swipe's distance. And that is anything but a bad thing. The platform's appearance is acclaimed for its minimalism and intuitiveness, and we honestly like it as well. And how can we not mention that awesome Windows Phone on-screen keyboard? While doing our Samsung Omnia W review we took an in-depth look at the platform's functionality, so check it out for more information. The Lumia 610 behaves pretty much the same, with only several features like automatic SkyDrive uploads and Bing Local Search omitted to bring the hardware requirements down.

The Windows Phone 7.5 “Metro” interface on the Nokia Lumia 610 - Nokia Lumia 610 Review
The Windows Phone 7.5 “Metro” interface on the Nokia Lumia 610 - Nokia Lumia 610 Review
The Windows Phone 7.5 “Metro” interface on the Nokia Lumia 610 - Nokia Lumia 610 Review
The Windows Phone 7.5 “Metro” interface on the Nokia Lumia 610 - Nokia Lumia 610 Review


Processor and Memory:

“Smooth as silk!” – This is how we would usually describe the experience of using Windows Phone, but not with the Nokia Lumia 610. The Qualcomm MSM7227 processor and 256MB of RAM combination is pretty weak no matter how you look at it, which is why every day things like switching between apps take time, and navigating through the interface gets choppy every once in a while. But above all, it is sad to see that a number of pretty popular applications and games, such as Tango, Skype, and Angry Birds, are currently unable to run on the device due to its hardware limitations. Thankfully, this issue should be resolved through software updates. We installed a number of less demanding games: Fruit Ninja, Chickens can't fly, and Myth Defense, and all of them were playable.

There are 8 gigabytes of on-board storage, but only 6.21 of them are user-available. Still, for a device of this class, this is an acceptable amount of storage. Keep in mind, however, that a microSD card slot is absent, so there is no way of expanding the phone's storage capacity.

 
Software:

The more an application store grows, the trickier app discovery gets, which is why you will likely use the App Highlights application often. In a nutshell, it aggregates apps and games that Nokia believes you should really check out. Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps are two other great additions to the smartphone's software set. After all, that free offline voice navigation can be quite useful. Detailed maps for over 100 countries and a variety of languages are available for download straight through the app itself. Last but not least, you get Nokia Music, which works a bit like an on-line radio with a good variety of music styles to choose from.

Nokia Maps - Nokia Lumia 610 Review
Nokia Drive - Nokia Lumia 610 Review

Nokia Maps

Nokia Drive



Internet Browser and Connectivity:

Internet Explorer Mobile has a tough time rendering our home page, as well as other relatively heavy web sites. Although scrolling and zooming are smooth, redrawing the actual contents is what takes longer than usual, so surfing the web is less enjoyable as it is on more capable Windows Phone devices. Lighter web pages are rendered just fine, without any noticeable lag. Embedded YouTube videos are playable in full-screen mode.

Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 610 - Nokia Lumia 610 Review
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 610 - Nokia Lumia 610 Review
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 610 - Nokia Lumia 610 Review

The Nokia Lumia 610 sports all mandatory connectivity features, such as Wi-Fi b/g/n that can work as a hotspot too, 3G at up to 7.2Mbps, Bluetooth 2.1, and A-GPS. An NFC chip is present on the Lumia 610 NFC model, so those who need the functionality should get that one instead. The microUSB port is used for battery charging and for transferring data to a PC. Unfortunately, the latter is done only with the Zune software since USB mass storage is not supported.

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Nokia Lumia 610

Nokia Lumia 610

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.44 x 0.47 inches
(119 x 62 x 12 mm)
4.64 oz  (132 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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