Nokia Lumia 610 review

The cheapest Windows Phone available, but does it sacrifice too much?

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One thing the Nokia Lumia 610 does a great job of is integrating and combining contacts. The people hub combines contacts from every account you've added - be it Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or just your phone book.

It then gives you the latest updates from all of these places in one area and enables you to create specific groups to put contacts in. The Nokia Lumia 610 prompts you to add social network accounts when you first set it up, but you can also add or remove them at any point from the settings menu.

Nokia Lumia 610 review

When viewing a contact, it will pull information in from all of these sources to give you their photos, email address, phone number, latest status updates and more, and it's easy to email, call or text people from the same screen.

It also attempts to combine multiple entries for the same person into one contact, although in our experience it had mixed success with this, and there will inevitably be a certain amount of manual combining necessary.

Adding a new contact to the Nokia Lumia 610 is also done from the People hub, and is a simple matter of tapping the '+' button and entering their details.

It's an attractive layout and a decent stab at integrating social networks, but if you've got a lot of linked accounts and a lot of contacts then the main feed that combines all of these can become quite cluttered and hard to sift through. Of course if you prefer you can always disable all these extras and use separate applications for Facebook and the like.

Calling is primarily handled by the People hub, where your contacts live, although there is also a separate dialler with a list of your call history, enabling you to call people from there, as well as access to your voicemail and a dial pad to type phone numbers in manually. Nokia Lumia 610 review

Sadly the dial pad doesn't support smart dialling either when typing someone's name or number. It's quite jarring in this day and age to find that it doesn't link a phone number to a contact until you enter and dial the complete number.

Call quality on the Nokia Lumia 610 seemed good though, with clear reception even when the phone was only reporting one bar of signal.

The options during a call are about what you'd expect, with a speaker phone option that also produced fairly good sound quality, a mute button and the ability to leave the call screen and navigate your phone without ending the call.

When doing this a persistent bar at the top will remind you that you're still on a call, and a quick swipe of that will bring you back to the call screen, should you need to access any of the options available there.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time10.50 Hour
Product Model610
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)131.5 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7.5
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density252 ppi
Height119 mm
Width62 mm
Depth12 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time670 Hour
Product NameLumia 610 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number0020K39
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationExplore the world with Nokia Lumia

Every day in every city around the world, people are pursuing their own adventures, big or small. Explore the world around you with amazing camera technology, exclusive Live Tile apps and unique design features. This is Lumia.

Limited Warranty2 Year