Nokia Lumia 610 review

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

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As seems standard these days, messages on the Nokia Lumia 610 are viewed as an ongoing conversation with each contact, and are displayed as speech bubbles.

Nokia Lumia 610 review

From the messaging application you can also swipe left to see if anyone is on Facebook chat or Windows Live Messenger and talk to them there instead. As with most of the built-in apps on the Nokia Lumia 610, the appearance is quite plain, with a simple white background and black text when viewing the list of message threads. While unexciting, it's also pleasant enough to look at.

From the main screen that lists message threads you can either click an existing thread to send a message to that person, or start a conversation with a new person by tapping the '+' button at the bottom of the screen.

The keyboard is responsive and quite accurate, making typing a message easy. On the few occasions when we did hit the wrong letter, the Nokia Lumia 610 would usually correct it to the right word. Word suggestions appear at the top of the keypad, and at the touch of a button you can switch between typing a message and speaking it.

The keypad performs similarly well in landscape mode, although in both portrait and landscape it is a little bit cramped, so those with bigger hands may struggle. Because it's so cramped you also can't easily see any previous messages when the keypad is up, since the keypad plus the box where you're typing your message take up almost the entire screen.

This means that if, for example, you want to reference something from a previous message but can't remember the exact wording, you have to scroll back up to it and then back down to the text entry box.

Nokia Lumia 610 review

This isn't made any easier by the fact that though you can copy and paste whole messages, you can't select a smaller sample of text - so again if you want to refer to something in a previous message, you have to copy the whole thing.

On a more positive note, the Nokia Lumia 610 extends its social network integration to messaging too, enabling you to easily switch between text message, Facebook chat or any other service you've got activated at the touch of a button, and messages from all of them are shown in a single stream.

The keyboard and layout remains the same whichever channel you message someone through, but there's a reminder at the top of the screen of where your message will end up, and if you exit the application it always defaults back to text messages when you go back in.

You can also press a button on the main messaging screen to change your chat status on enabled services to 'away', 'busy' and so on.

Slightly disappointingly you can't make calls, send or receive emails or make Facebook wall posts from the Messaging hub, so these instead have to be done from the People hub.


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