When the Nokia Lumia 610 and the ZTE Ortbit announced they would have lower specifications the intention was to introduce a lower entry level handset for the budget-minded. While all built-in functionality is maintained, one consequence of the lower specs -specifically the 256MB RAM – is that some apps will not work. According to a survey conducted by AAWP this lower memory capability means that only 1.6% off all apps are effected by the memory limitation. However, when looking at Xbox Live games the number jumps up to 25%. They did note that the majority of these incomparable games are older with only 0.8% of newer games fall into this category.
Though it could be frustrating, the Windows Phone Marketplace does denote which applications will not function on the phone being used. The notice displays on both the purchase screen and if the user tries to choose the selection. One the purchase screen the notice “This application is not available for your device. Please press here for more details” is displayed, while the message “Application not available. This application requires a phone with more RAM than the <Device Name Here>” displays if a purchase fails.
While most games and apps will function on these lower-end phones, it might be enough to give some serious gamers pause before deciding on their next handset.