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Nokia Lumia 610, Most Affordable Yet Perfect Windows Phone for Entry Level Users

I love Windows Phone 7, period. More that I’m impressed with the latest “Mango” build of the OS (v7.5) that powers three WP handsets from Nokia – the Lumia 800, the Lumia 710, and Lumia 610 – all of which are already available here in the Philippines.

The number of apps available at the Windows Phone Marketplace is really a serious concern for many, but yes – I believe Microsoft have it on its arsenal what are really needed to build a wider community of developers. Just one thing is for sure the Redmond-based software giant (together with Nokia) must have in mind to stay competitive in the market, and that is pushing more compelling and quality apps at the Marketplace, very, very FAST!

I must say that the WP Marketplace can actually offer a selection of apps for every type of user, and the good thing is the most popular and widely used apps which complement for a complete mobile experience are available for download. From Facebook, Twitter, and other social apps, to entertainment, to the trendy game apps, and etc – these are actually what make today’s Windows Phones full of life.

Oftentimes, people are asking me if I can really recommend Windows Phone either from Nokia, HTC, Samsung, or LG. Well, the answer is YES. Confidently, YES. And if you guys got the same question, and if you’re still in doubt of the WP platform, I’d recommend you to try the best entry level yet affordable handset from Nokia today, the Lumia 610.

So, why I bet my card on this phone? Well, as I’ve said — I love Windows Phone 7 and I believe on this platform. Trying the latest build of the OS (WP Mango) in an entry level phone that actually doesn’t hurt your pocket is a true value for your money. Most of the latest build of competing OS’s (Android, iOS, BlackBerry) are normally available in most high-end devices first hand. But here’s Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), the latest version of WP available in the market, is also available in the Nokia Lumia 610 out of the box.

In any case you missed it, I reviewed the Nokia Lumia 800 a couple of weeks ago and I played with the Lumia 710 as well, nearly 2 months before it landed here in the Philippines. Both of these handsets are also running WP 7.5 of course, but here’s why the Nokia Lumia 610 can offer seamless WP experience as well. First, let’s take a look at the specs below.

Nokia Lumia 610 Specs

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
3.7-inch (480×800) TFT Display with Gorilla Glass
800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 Processor
256 MB RAM
8GB storage
5MP camera with Autofocus and LED Flash
720p video recording @ 30fps
3G (HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS, A-GPS
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Sensors (Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity, Compass)
microUSB 2.0
3.5mm audio jack
1300mAh Li-Ion battery
119 x 62 x 12 mm
131.5g

Compared to the specs of Lumia 710 and Lumia 800, the inferior side of Lumia 610 includes its RAM (only 256MB), the processor (just 800MHz), and storage (8GB, just half of Lumia 800’s yet the same with that of Lumia 710), at its maximum 3G data down-link speed (7.2Mbps).

I still have here the Nokia Lumia 800, with my favorite apps and utilities installed, yet I still have about 12.95GB of available storage. The Lumia 800 has a non-expandable 16GB of storage and the system information says the phone got a total of 13.86GB storage, so in a simple math – the phone is using more than 2GB (approximate) for system / OS files (16GB-13.86GB) and all the apps I installed so far eats up less than 1GB of space (13.86GB-12.95GB). What I’m trying to say here though is that the 8GB storage on Nokia Lumia 610 is not lackluster after all.

Talking about the CPU and RAM on Nokia Lumia 610, definitely the phone’s older brothers could offer faster and better performance, but I believe how the 256MB RAM and 800MHz CPU will handle tasks won’t really result into lags. For sure Microsoft is using similar technique in handling its multitasking feature on Lumia 610 in which it limits the phone to run only a maximum of 5 apps simultaneously. You can read more about multitasking on WP 7.5 as highlighted in my review of Nokia Lumia 800.

The Nokia Lumia 610 is now available at select Nokia Stores and retail outlets with a SRP of Php 10,980.

Does anybody here rocking this Windows Phone? If so, chime in your thoughts in the comment after the break.

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