Solutions Through IT

September 26, 2012

Nokia Lumia 610 Review

Filed under: Hardware, Mobile, Review — solutionsthroughit @ 14:50

Summary

The Lumia 610 appears to be a clean & tidy phone.  Cheap, but somewhat limited in what it can and can’t do.  Likely good emergency phone or staff phone.  Teens likely won’t want it (camera/not new & powerful), and it’s not a very good example of what WM 7.5 can do, due to the limitations of CPU and RAM.  Unless your phone dies, and you’re waiting for a next generation phone, think carefully before getting this phone.

5/10 – On par with the HTC HD2 – which has had it’s third birthday!

Detail

I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised by this phone, but didn’t really think that I was going to be expecting too much based on the price.  I must admit that I didn’t do much research, other than a glance at a Gizmodo review (Note to self, feel free to ignore Gizmodo reviews!).  Unpack was suitably unimpressive (or maybe it was – I’ve NEVER been impressed with an unpack).  Phone (duh), charger (wall “lug” with a reasonably long USB micro cable), manual, recycle bag (Mobile Muster) and some headphones with four different ear bud sockets to change around.

The phone takes a micro sim, so I had to wait for the Telstra guys to configure one of those, not a massive task.  I had to wait to get home so that I could shuffle the self-signed certificate onto the phone, so that I could install it and thus setup my email/calendar/contacts.  No scheduling on the activesync any more (apparently it’s an OS feature drop, that may or may not be back in WM 8.x).  NOT impressed with this missing feature, as I’ve since had to disable the email alert sound, so that I can sleep.

Running apps is generally smooth, and the phone appears to cope most of the time, but sometimes it’s very obvious that the phone is struggling and is singled threaded.  I’m honestly contemplating giving up the slightly better battery life and shiny stuff and going back to the HD2.  I’m significantly underwhelmed by this device.

Phone call quality is good to great – I’ve used it with headset, handset and speakerphone.  It paired

 

Pros

Phone is new, so it’s (hopefully) going to have a great battery life (wrong – see Cons).  Reviews indicate that it should be a good value for money phone. Screen is great to look at when it’s clean (rarely!).  Nokia Music looks too be fresh & a good source of new music.  Very easy to install a Self-Signed certificate – setup a Hotmail account on the phone, and emailed the cert to the phone.  Launched the certificate from the email, and it installed without issue.

 

Cons

Not a quick phone, not a lot of CPU. Not a lot of RAM. It only has an 800Mhz single core CPU (my 3 year old HTC HD2 had 1GHz!) and only has 256MB RAM.  No SD memory card expansion, no front facing camera.  Buttons are taking some time to get used to, but may be a WM7+ thing.  Looks like scheduled sync has disappeared with WM 6.5 :(  Screen loves fingerprint oil. Battery life (with everything turned on) isn’t great. Barely lasts the day, with relatively few phone calls.

Phone Review Disclaimer

Reviews undertaken will likely be compared against my “best” phone.  Currently, this phone is the HTC HD2Review of the 610 for comparison.  These are my personal observations, and are in no way professionally done.  Consider this and other reviews carefully, and ensure that you independently identify YOUR requirements for a device.  I’m quite sure that they’ will be different to MY requirements!

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