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Nokia Lumia 610 Review

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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

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

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.


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

Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 610

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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posted on 06 Jun 2012, 05:51 6

1. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

At the right price the Lumia 610 can be serious competition to the Galaxy Y.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:04 1

8. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

Yeah if only it had more internal storage :(

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 06:11 4

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

Thanks for this, but a little too late. I refused the offer already. Lol. I'll wait till Windows Phone 8.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 06:19

3. amaranth (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 May 2012)

So, when the budget Lumia 710 is £99.90, unlocked, instore at Carphone Warehouse or online, with free Monster iems, free £20 Marketplace Apps and a free 6 month Zune pass, will this 610 sell for £60 unlocked?

Or perhaps less?

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 06:28 4

4. rizvi (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 May 2012)

Better go to lumia 710 if you insist buying budget windows phone. At least you would find better performance. For me I won't buy any windows phone anytime soon until nokia free up zune restriction. I think windows phone may would popular in USA but not in Asian countries. People in Asia prefer easy USB transfer and bluetooth file transfer. That's why symbian very popular in Asia.
IMO Nokia should keep their symbian market in Asia and middle east and focussing their windows phone in USA.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 06:46 1

5. Izzat (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 May 2012)

if only bluetooth was available on mango. or well

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 07:31 1

6. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Perhaps this phone should have never been released.The galaxy w and lumia 710 cost $50 more ,and give you a better experience.
Please spend the $50 more!
you will not regret it!

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 09:04 1

7. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Hmm Nokia I think wont sell many of these smart phones I am stunned microsoft would lower the specs for WP& smart phones to allow one this weak to be sold because it could make People who buy it think that WP7 smart phones Stink when for a few dollars more they will get a better Windows smart phone experience a Nokia 710 with an added front facing camera and Windows 8 would be great to have it would not cost that much more than the current 710 and would give folks a great experience maybe Nokia will make one.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 12:20

9. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

Hey does windows phone allow us to transfer files via bluetooth? can some one tell me, because i am planning to buy lumia 710.


posted on 18 Jul 2012, 01:32

10. asna_eram (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

@hunted: no. Currently WP is lacking OPP, FTP and BIP Profiles which enables to send files via bluetooth. But rumours are that by the end of year it might come...

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 14:50

11. charnellebester (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)

Phone is incredibly slow and lacks basic features such as Voice Recording (even the most basic phones have this), it does not support USSD, the camera quality is appallling Had to download my own bluetooth application. Dont particularly want to go through all my FB contacts to find a number, unable to find where to change from Bing to Google (Very Annoying). Whats App takes ages to respond.

This phone is more suited for your younger target market due to its facebook and windows live features.

My advice - Wait for Windows 8 or do not buy the phone.

Coming from the Nokia N8 which was a great phone!

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 10:11

12. prashantsingh (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

Lumia 610 Bluetooth Not Working It's True...

posted on 25 Dec 2012, 07:54

14. theresa42 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)

i am using the nokia lumia 610 it has the beta version of viber it will allow to text but not call which i believe you can call mine wont i also have the sony j experia same promblem text not call help can some one help this must be a technical problem mine is covered by 3g both are and all you can eat data

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 11:27

15. TinCity (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 May 2013)

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posted on 12 Oct 2014, 21:07

16. edelxander (Posts: 55; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)

the worst nokia phone i've ever had.

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Nokia Lumia 610

Nokia Lumia 610

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
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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