Lumia 610 hands on

Microsoft announced at Mobile World Congress back in February that its Windows Phone operating system would begin supporting low-cost devices with just 256MB of RAM, and this week, the first of those devices — the Nokia Lumia 610 — has begun arriving in Europe.

Although Microsoft had warned that certain, memory intensive Windows Phone features would not be available on these budget devices, it also said that it was expecting 95% of Windows Phone applications to work just fine. However, some users are now discovering which ones don't work just fine, and it's not looking too good.

Among those unsupported apps are a number of popular games like Angry Birds and PES 2012, in addition to services like Tango and Skype. It's not that they don't run properly; they just simply won't install, delivering an error message when a user attempts to download them from the Marketplace.

As you'd expect, this is a huge disappointment to those who are receiving a Lumia 610 this week. What's unclear at this point, however, is whether some of these restrictions can be quashed with a simple update. While certain games may need more than 256MB of RAM to run seamlessly, it seems services like Skype and Tango shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Of course, Microsoft should now be urging developers to tweak their applications as soon as possible, otherwise the company is going to have a very hard time selling those low-cost devices.

Has this news changed your mind about Windows Phone devices with just 256MB of RAM?

[via The Verge]