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Nokia Lumia 510 Review

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Interface and functionality:

Our Lumia 510 unit came with Windows Phone 7.8 preinstalled, so you can resize the live tiles on the home screen, and have the other goodies that come with this WP release.

The Nokia Lumia 510 unit comes with Windows Phone 7.8 preinstalled - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
The Nokia Lumia 510 unit comes with Windows Phone 7.8 preinstalled - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
The Nokia Lumia 510 unit comes with Windows Phone 7.8 preinstalled - Nokia Lumia 510 Review

The Nokia Lumia 510 unit comes with Windows Phone 7.8 preinstalled


Besides its exclusive apps like Ringtone Maker and the free offline voice-guided navigation Drive, Nokia has loaded TuneIn Radio on the handset, and the App Highlights hub, which shows curated applications you may want to install.

TuneIn Radio - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
TuneIn Radio - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
TuneIn Radio - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
TuneIn Radio - Nokia Lumia 510 Review

TuneIn Radio



Processor and memory:

Siliconwise the Lumia 510 seems pretty weak, with an 800 MHz single core processor, just 256 MB of RAM, and mere 4 GB of internal memory. The UI moves briskly, despite the sub-1 GHz processor, yet you can feel a difference in comparison with powerhouses like the Lumia 920, for example. Don't expect performance wonders while opening apps, playing games and taking pictures, but if you are willing to live with a bit of wait, the phone runs most apps fine, excluding some that still have issues with 256 MB of RAM.

What is more likely to draw your ire towards the Lumia 510 engineers, is the lack of a microSD card slot. With just 4 GB of internal memory, of which only 2.5 GB are user-available, you will be constatly forced to delete or transfer stuff away from the phone, not to mention if you decide to load a few Nokia Maps for offline navigation, or load up on movies. There are always the 7 GB of storage in SkyDrive, but you have to be connected to the web to utilize that.


Internet and connectivity:

The mobile Internet Explorer browser renders pages fairly quickly, even complex ones, and deals with zooming and scrolling in a commendable manner, considering the phone's specs.

The mobile Internet Explorer browser renders pages fairly quickly - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
The mobile Internet Explorer browser renders pages fairly quickly - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
The mobile Internet Explorer browser renders pages fairly quickly - Nokia Lumia 510 Review
The mobile Internet Explorer browser renders pages fairly quickly - Nokia Lumia 510 Review

The mobile Internet Explorer browser renders pages fairly quickly


There is no Adobe Flash support, of course, but you can see most everything else get rendered correctly, and the viewing experience is decent enough on the 4” screen with 233ppi for more than just a quick check of something.

Nokia Lumia 510 comes with a 7.2 Mbps 3G radio with bands depending on the region, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, FM radio and that's about it. Wired connectivity is done via a simple microUSB port, conveniently located at the bottom of the phone.

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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: 3024; 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: 3876; 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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