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Windows Phone 7 Tango adds support for devices with 256 MB of RAM. Will I encounter any major problems if I purchase a device such as the Nokia Lumia 610?

  • The Lumia 610 is entry level, so really only for people switching over from a feature phone to a smartphone. My parents were still using the Samsung E250 after 5 years, despite the phones barely functioning anymore, so I convinced them to get the 610 as a starting point. Nice phone, but the aforementioned 256MB RAM is not going to let you do much more than the basics. I've noticed WhatsApp takes quite a while to start up. – Cindy Jayakumar Sep 5 '12 at 5:34
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Here are the main limitations:

  • You will not be able to install some applications. A very large list can be found here.
  • You cannot manage podcast subscriptions or watch video podcasts on your phone.
  • Automatic uploading of photos to SkyDrive will not work.
  • Some video codecs will not work: VC1 Advanced profile (a common WMV format), MPEG-4 Pt 2 Advanced-Simple profile, and MPEG-4 Pt 2 (for 512-MB devices). I think this more has to do with the CPU than RAM.
  • Local Scout will not be available.
  • Background agents (generic: Resource-intensive tasks and Periodic tasks) are not supported.
  • Applications available for fast application switching will be killed more frequently .
  • Please feel free to edit and add to this answer. – row1 May 30 '12 at 2:26
  • Photosynth wont work in Nokia 610 too. Bad. – Vitor Canova May 30 '12 at 10:36

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