NOKIA’S LUMIA 610 is, according to the Finnish phone maker, the cheapest Windows Phone handset yet. However, it seems Nokia has forgotten about the Lumia 710, which packs a faster 1.4GHz processor and Windows Phone Mango, that’s now available for just £99 at selected retailers. Can the Lumia 610 compete?
As we mentioned in our early hands-on review, the Lumia 610’s budget price tag is immediately reflected in its cheap plastic casing, which feels like it might chip and scuff from the lightest of tumbles. That’s not to say it’s not a good-looking phone, as at 119x62x12mm it’s nice and compact, and its glossy white casing is oddly-reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Sure, it’s not as aesthetically pleasing at the Lumia 800 or 900 handsets – but it does boast some improvements over its high-end siblings. As well as feeling more comfortable in the hand, the Nokia Lumia 610 comes with a removable back panel, enabling users to add a meatier battery, and inserting a SIM card is much easier too.
In terms of buttons, you’ll find a volume rocker, a lock button and a dedicated camera key on the right hand side. The volume and lock keys seemed to work without an issue, but the dedicated camera key needed a hefty push in order to react. There are also three capacitive keys under the screen – Back, Menu and Search – which although we found fairly handy, often got in the way.
Within the phone’s casing sits a 3.7in WVGA 480x800 screen, the same display found on the Lumia 710. This screen, while by no means on par with the curved AMOLED Clearblack display on the Lumia 800, proved vibrant and colourful during our hands on testing.
Unfortunately, the displays viewing angles and outdoor visibility wasn’t quite as impressive as its clarity, and we struggled to read the screen at all when used in bright sunlight.
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