Lumia, Lumia, Lumia. Who would have thought, way back at Nokia World 2011, that the name would come to ring as affectionately as it does today? The first three releases in the family, the 800, 710 and, most recently, the 900, all provided such a fluid, well-rounded experience that we found it easy to overlook certain weaknesses in their spec sheets.
Low-res 480 x 800 displays and single-core processors were largely forgotten in the face of a fresh aesthetic and matching OS that stood out from the smartphone crowd.
Which brings us to Lumia number four: the 610. As a budget phone currently going for free on a £15-per-month contract in the UK, it’s been built on Nokia’s belief that Windows Phone will run on almost anything: the merest of Snapdragon S1 processors (clocked at just 800MHz) coupled with a few crumbs of RAM (256MB). Overall, those specs make previous Lumias — with their S2 chips, 512MB and 1.4GHz clock speeds — look almost futuristic. The question is, can WP really come this cheap and survive intact?