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Nokia Lumia 510 Review

Nokia Lumia 510

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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

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


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

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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Nokia Lumia 510

Nokia Lumia 510

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
6Average
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.25 GB 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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