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Nokia Lumia 510 Review

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Nokia Lumia 510 Review
Introduction:

Nokia Lumia 510 is the rock bottom price point for a Windows Phone Lumia, starting in the sub-$200 without a contract, and available in various flashy colors.

The price range and color scheme indicate that it is geared towards emerging economies and the younger crowd, and that's where the Lumia 510 is headed indeed.

Is there something in the entry level specs that could make the WP 7.8 handset stand a fighting chance against cheap Androids? Read on our review to find out...

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Stereo headphones
  • Warranty and information booklets

Design:

The soapy shaped Lumia 510 is built solid, without creaks or crevices around the chassis. It is also relatively thin and light, compared to some other smartphones we've seen.

The soapy shaped Nokia Lumia 510 is built solid - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
The soapy shaped Nokia Lumia 510 is built solid - Nokia Lumia 510 Review

The soapy shaped Nokia Lumia 510 is built solid


Nokia Lumia 510 Review

You can compare the Nokia Lumia 510 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Nokia has even thrown in a painted metal band around the sides, which adds to the rigidity of the phone, and ups the build materials mojo a bit. The rounded corners plus tapered back with soft touch finish make it comfortable to hold and easy to operate with one hand.

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Windows buttons - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
 

Windows buttons


All three buttons on the side – the lock key, volume rocker and two-stage shutter button – are easy to find and press, with deep tactile feedback.

Right edge - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 510 - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
Left - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 510 - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 510 - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 510 - Nokia Lumia 510 Review

Right edge

Left

microUSB port (bottom)

3.5mm jack (top)

Back - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 510 - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
Battery compartment - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 510 - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
Camera - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 510 - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
Speaker grill - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 510 - Nokia Lumia 510 Review

Back

Battery compartment

Camera

Speaker grill

The sides of the Nokia Lumia 510



Display:

The 4” screen is recessed for added protection, so the phone lies on the edges of the metal rim that surrounds the phone, thus avoiding scratches when face-down. The display is with 480x800 pixels of resolution which rings in a good 233ppi pixel density number.

Viewing angles are decent with this display, but brightness is not that great and the reflectance ratio seems to be high, so viewing it comfortably outside is a challenge at times.



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posted on 21 Jan 2013, 04:09 6

1. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Is this that thing that can't run angry birds?

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 04:28 4

2. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


yea...bcoz of lesser amount of RAM

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 06:52 7

4. harsh_doshi (Posts: 36; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


all versions of angry birds are now optimised for these devices (256mb ones) now so it can run them.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 06:46 1

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"What will make many
potential buyers turn away from the phone, though, is
the lack of a microSD slot for storage expansion." agreed...but that wouldn't have been a bad point if the phone come atleast with 8GB of internal memory. Just 2.5 GB user free internal-memory is too extra less!!

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 07:15 3

5. Bappy (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


i liked the camera quality.... if only it had flash
& the phone should have at least 8GB internal..

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 08:40 2

6. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Wow 256MB of ram is really horrible!!!!

Here's what i think this phone should have-

4 inch screen, same resolution....

Running Windows Phone 8, powered by a single core 1.2 GHZ processor (S2 snapdragon)

Micro SD card slot

4GB internal memory

512 MB of RAM (THATS more better!!!)

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 14:21 1

7. -box- (Posts: 3699; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


That raises the price point and could make it unattainable in its target markets for the average consumer there. I agree MicroSD expansion and/or some more memory (even just a few gigs more) seem almost necessary, but most users of it will take a photo, upload it elsewhere, and delete it, or stream music instead of purchasing it and saving it on the device. For those who want more, there is the 620

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 09:05

10. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


True, true. :o

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 09:06

11. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Well at least they could have a higher ram and a sd card slot but with the same specs and everything tho :p

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 01:09

8. Divinity (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


This is a really great phone. Do check out my review of this phone. worldwideweb.divinelawrence.wordpress.com/2013/01/​21/nokia-lumia-510-with-windows-7-8/

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 01:21

9. Divinity (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


This is a really great phone. Do check out my review of this phone. divinelawrence.wordpress.com/2013/01/​21/nokia-l​umia-510-with-windows-7-8/

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:41

12. sujani (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)


wanna know why viber calls can not be made using this phone and why games like Talking Tom can not be installed :-(.. can some one plese answer and do let me know the possible options in this phone.. and even no skype as well. Really, aint these the minus points in this model?

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 12:15

13. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


u cant makes calls using viber in windows phones bcoz it doesnt support yet. some games cannot b installed bcoz it has only 256mb RAM while other ohones have atleast 512mb

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 08:03

14. Alpha135 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Huh, this "thing" seems like the Lumia version of the 500 (crappiest phone in the line).

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 06:48

15. veereshrjoladal (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


nokia and microsoft needs to solve many problems this device has... doesnt worth buying this...:(

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 12:42

16. jools1h (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


can you get candy crush on this phone

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 22:55

17. erprtkjn (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


My sister brought 510 two months back. That is not the problem, the problem is half portion of the touch screen has stopped working. Please tell me what to do....:(

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Nokia Lumia 510

Nokia Lumia 510

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
view full specs
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
256 MB RAM
Size4.75 x 2.56 x 0.45 inches
(120.7 x 64.9 x 11.5 mm)
4.55 oz  (129 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 6.2 hours talk time

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