Nokia Lumia 610 Blue

For many years, Nokia has been building smartphones on its Symbian operating system. However, with the advent of advanced operating systems like iOS and Android, it lost out a fair amount of market share. Now, they have teamed up with Microsoft to bring the Lumia series powered by Windows Phone operating system. Starting at the bottom of the pyramid is the Nokia Lumia 610. Lets take a look at what the Lumia 610 has to offer.

The Nokia Lumia 610 supports quad-band GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 2G networks and quad-band HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 3G networks. It uses a micro-sim and is capable of global roaming.

Dimensions and Display:
The handset measures 119 x 62 x 12 mm and has a nice design. The whole body of the phone is made of plastic but it doesn't look cheap. On the contrary, the chrome-like strip running across the edges and the matte finished plastic panel at the back give it a premium look. It fits easily into your hand and you can operate it effortlessly with a single hand. At the front, you will find a 3.7 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen display which has a resolution of 480 X 800 pixels. It supports up to 65K colors, multi-touch and has a pixel density of 252 ppi. Unfortunately, both the body and the display are prone to fingerprints and stains.

Nokia Lumia 610 is powered by Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon chipset with 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A5 processor, 256 MB RAM and Adreno 200 GPU. It has an internal memory of 8GB but lacks a memory card slot.

Nokia Lumia 610 comes with a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. It can take photos up to a maximum resolution of 2592Ñ…1944 pixels and record videos of VGA resolution at 30 frames per second. However, a secondary front-facing camera is missing. Other features of the camera include geo-tagging, face detection, night modes, candle mode, touch focus and much more.

Operating System and Applications:
The phone features Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system. Microsoft has come a long way from the earlier versions of Windows Phone and you'll definitely notice the effort they have put in. The user interface is easy to use and customizable. On the homescreen, you will find Live tiles which are similar to widgets. You can have a maximum of 2 homescreens which might be a downer for Android users who are accustomed to more homescreen panes.

The phones comes with a variety of pre-loaded applications. It has a music player which can play MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA file formats and a video player which supports MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV file formats. Apps like Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps help you with your navigation requirements. Other applications include Microsoft Office for viewing and editing documents, compass, video/photo editors, web browser, calculator and much more. You can also download many more apps from the Windows Phone store which has some decent content.

Connectivity options on the Nokia Lumia 610 include Class 10 GPRS, Class 10 EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA and Wi-fi. For data transfer, there is Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and EDR and microUSB v2.0.

Nokia Lumia 610's 1300 mAh Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery offers a stand-by time of up to 670 hours on 2G networks and up to 720 hours on 3G networks. It offers a talk time of 10.5 hours on 2G and 9.5 on 3G. You can also listen to music for 35 hours non-stop with a fully charged battery.