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Nokia Lumia 610 review

Verdict

A budget smartphone that, for once, is a pleasure to use; ideal for the first-time smartphone owner

Review Date: 28 Jun 2012

Reviewed By: Jonathan Bray

Price when reviewed: Free, on a £15.50 per month, 24 months contract.

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
6 stars out of 6

Performance
4 stars out of 6

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User comments

Pointless in the UK.

Seeing as the 710 has been readily available SIM-free in he UK for around £100 for the last few months, I don't understand what the point of releasing this here is.

Also, how much does 256mb of RAM actually cost? Does it save enough to be worth creating a two-tier app market, and limit some of the most popular applications from working on the device, including Microsoft's own Skype?

By Lemax on 29 Jun 2012

"Budget Android phones typically don't feel 100% smooth; the Lumia on the other hand is almost as fluid and responsive as premium Windows Phone handsets. That's surprising given the comparatively low-power 800MHz processor and limited 256MB of RAM."

Another proof that you don’t have to have a silly number of cores to get your phone running smoothly. I really hope that Nokia continues making or will keep Lumia 800 design once Win8 is out and available for updated 800. 900 didn’t feel as good or high quality as 800. The only problem remains - battery life.

By matuesto on 29 Jun 2012

Perhaps time to reassess the Lumia 800

When you did a round up review of smart phones,a couple of mnths back the Lumia 800 was pretty well dismissed as an also ran. I've been using it for six months, and unlike my previous phones, I have been coming to appreciate its virtues more as time goes on (as I get to know it better). If this Lumia 610 is recommended, then I think the 800 which is better in every respect, should have been given a higher rating.
There is now an "accepted story" with Nokia - that they are making bad decisions, are on the way out, should not have teamed up with Microsoft etc. The quality of the phones and the software tells another story altogether - but you have to have one to know that.
I admit that the Nokia 800 battery life is terrible, but once you adjust, it is not a huge problem. It simply goes on charge every night - easier to manage perhaps than a phone that needs charging every 2.5 days.

By PeterMcIntyre1 on 5 Jul 2012

Perhaps time to reassess the Lumia 800

When you did a round up review of smart phones,a couple of mnths back the Lumia 800 was pretty well dismissed as an also ran. I've been using it for six months, and unlike my previous phones, I have been coming to appreciate its virtues more as time goes on (as I get to know it better). If this Lumia 610 is recommended, then I think the 800 which is better in every respect, should have been given a higher rating.
There is now an "accepted story" with Nokia - that they are making bad decisions, are on the way out, should not have teamed up with Microsoft etc. The quality of the phones and the software tells another story altogether - but you have to have one to know that.
I admit that the Nokia 800 battery life is terrible, but once you adjust, it is not a huge problem. It simply goes on charge every night - easier to manage perhaps than a phone that needs charging every 2.5 days.

By PeterMcIntyre1 on 5 Jul 2012

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