Nokia Lumia 610 review

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

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While the Nokia Lumia 610 is far from a media powerhouse it could also do a lot worse. The speakers on the handset are surprisingly loud, producing an acceptable sound level for both music and video, though it's not brilliant quality and at full volume we noticed some things sounded distorted.

Of course it also has a 3.5mm headphone port and comes bundled with a set of earphones. These earphones are also required to access the built-in FM radio, which auto tunes stations and enables you to bookmark your favourites, although there's no option to record from the radio.

Nokia Lumia 610 review

The radio, along with most of the other media options on the Nokia Lumia 610, is tucked away in its own Music And Video hub, which lives on the home screen. This hub enables you to browse through and listen to any music, videos or podcasts saved to the phone. Music can be purchased from the marketplace, or you can connect the Nokia Lumia 610 to your computer and transfer music, video and image files from there.

As well as the Music And Video hub, there's a separate Nokia Music hub. This has musical mixes such as 'ones to watch' and 'summer hits', which can be streamed over 3G or Wi-Fi, and if you like a song you can tap a button to download it - for a small charge, of course.

You can also create your own offline mixes or enable the software to make personalised mixes based on music that you've downloaded or told it you like. The player itself is straightforward, with options to pause and skip track, as well as a progress bar that you can tap or slide to skip forwards or backwards in a song.

Watching video on the phone isn't too bad. The 3.7-inch screen is a little cramped, so you wouldn't want to use it for a movie marathon, but its size does mean that it's light enough to hold for extended periods without feeling like you're getting a work out, and for YouTube and the like it works well enough. Speaking of YouTube, there's no built-in integration for it or any other media streaming service, other than Nokia's own Nokia Music. Nokia Lumia 610 review

There is a YouTube app available from the Windows Phone Marketplace, however. The built-in video player controls are similar to the music player, with options to pause, skip to the previous or next video or jump ahead or back within the current one. There's also a button that stretches windowed videos to full screen.

Most of the common audio and video formats work on the phone, including MP3, WAV, MP4 and WMA. One notable omission is MKV, which sadly isn't supported. As is standard with Windows Phone handsets, DLNA support is also absent.

Photos, meanwhile, have their own Pictures hub, which enables you to view and create galleries, make a list of favourite photos and see a list of newly uploaded photos from your various social feeds.

The real problem with media use on the Nokia Lumia 610 is just how little storage it has. At only 8GB (much of which will likely get used up by apps before long), there's not a whole lot of space for music and videos. Ultimately you'll have to either settle for a small selection of favourites or regularly hook it up to a computer and change what's on there, with neither option being ideal.

Despite the dedicated Music And Video hub, this really marks the Nokia Lumia 610 out as a phone where media wasn't a huge priority. It's one of the concessions made to achieve the appealingly low price tag it carries.


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