There is 16MB of built in memory and a slot for a Memory Stick Micro card is on the left edge, protected by the battery cover. My review sample came with a 64MB card – hardly generous but enough to store a few tunes to get you started.
There is a small VGA camera on the front of the handset for video calling and you can set up a shortcut to initiate a video call by pressing the right point on the navigation button. The other three points are set up to take you to the handset file manager, contacts and i-mode messaging for MMS and email.
The main camera shoots stills at resolutions up to 2-megapixels and while it has no flash it has a small self portrait mirror. There is a range of filters, a self timer, and burst mode shooting on offer. The latter might prove useful if you intend to take pictures of anything that moves. Look at the two cat shots to see what I mean – it didn’t take a lot of movement on the part of the feline to cause the blurred image.
The small size of the phone actually seems to do it a bit of a disservice during photography –I found it less easy than some more chunky, heavier phones to hold. Nevertheless, I still managed to take good quality shots.
Indoor shots can come out a bit grainy and unsatisfying, especially if you leave the white balance setting on ‘auto’ as I do throughout testing. My standard reference shot of the coloured dish shows this as well as how the white background to the dish is somewhat faded and dull.
Other applications included on the K610im include video, photo and music editing tools, sound recorder, calendar, to-do list manager, notes taker, timer, stopwatch, calculator and alarms function. There is no FM radio, which is a pity. O2 provides desktop software for PIM synchronisation and file transfer and you’ll need the cable to make a wired connection to your PC.
Battery life was superb. Music playback from a Memory Stick Micro card delivered almost thirteen hours of music. The screen dims after just a few seconds, which helps extend battery life, but during the testing period I didn’t really feel the need to rush to mains power at the end of each and every day to recharge.
I remain unconvinced about i-mode. It is certainly fast, and there is a fair array of sites, but these need to be specially produced and so compared to the full Web the choice is limited. If you are interested you can research i-mode in in detail.
As for the K610im the screen is a little small and low-resolution, the buttons a little fiddly to use and it lacks an FM radio. It does have very good battery life, though. On the upside, it is a neat and tidy phone and, for a 3G handset it is remarkably pocket-friendly and unpretentious.