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Nokia Lumia 610 hands-on (Photo Heavy)

Published by Mike Browne May 30, 2012

Nokia Lumia 610 hands-on (Photo Heavy)

Published by Mike Browne May 30, 2012

The Nokia Lumia 610 is the entry-level smartphone in the Nokia Lumia lineup and is aimed at the younger end of the market, those looking for a ‘my first smartphone’ so isn’t quite as adept as the Nokia Lumia 800, for example. Find out how it stacks up with our Nokia Lumia 610 hands-on.

The Nokia Lumia 610 is a budget smartphone running the Windows Phone operating system. It weighs in at 120g and is built around a 3.7-inch touchscreen display. In terms of design, it moves away from the sleek lines of the Nokia Lumia 900 in favour of a curved and rounded design that take sits design cues more from the older Nokia C7 – a Symbian Belle smartphone.

Check out our Nokia Lumia 610 unboxing review for more photos 

The Nokia Lumia 610 is a three-piece solution, with a front, back and battery rather than the unibody of the more expensive models in the range. The back cover is plastic and is available in a host of colours, while the silver finish metal trim and glass front add a rigidity to the phone making it feel solid in the hand.

On the top of the Nokia Lumia 610 you’ll find a 3.5mm audio jack for use with the MP3 player (headphones come as standard in the box) and there is also a USB port for hooking up to your computer that also doubles as the charging port.

On the right-hand side you’ll find the standard array of buttons: Capture, Screenlock and Volume. The buttons take a little getting used to as they are quite flush with the body of the Nokia Lumia 610, helping to maintain the slim profile, but they work smoothly all the same.

The touchscreen may be the same size as the more expensive Nokia Lumia 800, as is the 800 x 480-pixel resolution. However, you’ll find that this is a standard capacitive screen that lacks the beautiful curve of the far more expensive model. It also comes with a 16 bit colour depth, which is noticeable when you compare the new devices side-by-side. However, at this price point it’s more than satisfactory and images look crisp enough.

Part of what makes the Nokia Lumia 610 a budget smartphone is that it’s been designed to use the latest Windows Phone Tango update, aimed at lower cost entry-level components. To this end, you’ll find a 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM, which on release wasn’t sufficient to handle apps such as Skype, Tango Video and games such as Angry Birds. However, updates should be rolling out soon to address this issue.

The thing is, for most every day users, the Nokia Lumia 610 offers up a great user experience. The Windows Phone operating system is simple to get to grips, easy to personalise and getting up and running is quick and easy.

Anyone new to smartphones and Windows Phone in general will pick up the Nokia Lumia 610 and like how it feels and works, it’s that simple!

The Nokia Lumia 610 comes with a 5-Megapixel camera that takes snaps up to 2592 x 1944 pixels in size and packs in a 4x digital zoom and single LED Flash. It also doubles as a video recorder at 640 x 480 pixels at a great 30fps.

We’re be carrying out an in-depth camera review over the next few days but we’ve been using it out and about in the recent sunny weather and found it a neat little camera to use. The screen is a good sized viewfinder that you need to shield from direct sunlight but we’ve found it easy and fun to use.

When it comes to storage, the 8GB of internal memory is enough to hold hours of music and video without impacting on the performance of the Nokia Lumia 610. You also get 25GB of online Skydrive cloud storage for free with this smartphone, so you can backup your most important files online.

The Nokia Lumia 610 isn’t going to win many accolades from those who only look at the top line numbers of any given phone and choose their stance from that. However, such types aren’t the intended market for this device, every day users on a tight budget are and we think they’ll be more than happy with what’s on offer.

Everyone we’ve shown the Nokia Lumia 610 to has been impressed with good it looks, how smooth it feels in the hand and how versatile the Windows Phone operating system is, making this a great all-round budget smartphone.

If you’re looking for a bargain Nokia Lumia 610 then check out the deals at Nokia UK.

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