Nokia Lumia 510 Review

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.


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.



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.


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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17 Comments

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. worldwideweb.divinelawrence.wordpress.com/2013/01/​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. divinelawrence.wordpress.com/2013/01/​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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