Nokia Lumia 510 Review

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


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.

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.

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.


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.



1. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

2. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

yea...bcoz of lesser amount of RAM

4. harsh_doshi

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

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

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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!!

5. Bappy

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

6. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 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!!!)

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

10. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

True, true. :o

11. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

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

8. Divinity

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

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

9. Divinity

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

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

12. sujani

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 05, 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?

13. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 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

14. Alpha135

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

15. veereshrjoladal

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

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

16. jools1h

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

can you get candy crush on this phone

17. erprtkjn

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 18, 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....:(
Lumia 510
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB
  • Battery 1300 mAh(8.4h 3G talk time)

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