Nokia Lumia 510 Review

Call quality:

Call quality in the earpiece is decent, with distinct sounding voices, which, however, come out a bit muted. The Lumia 510's mic didn't fare well relaying our voice to the other end, and we sounded distorted on the receiving side at the higher volumes.


Nokia quotes nearly 8 hours of talk time in 3G mode, and about a month of standby from the 1,300 mAh unit, which are commendable achievements. The unit is also easily swappable should you need more juice on the go.

The company rates the Lumia 510 as able to provide close to 8 hours of video playback, which is again above the average mark for any smartphone, so in terms of battery life you are covered with the cheap WP 7.8 handset.


There are no overly weak points in the Lumia 510 performance, and Nokia has even managed to create an above average looking and feeling 4” handset for its sub-$200 price point without a contract.

What will make many potential buyers turn away from the phone, though, is the lack of a microSD slot for storage expansion. There are a few Windows Phone handsets out there which will offer more than the Lumia 510's mere 4 GB of storage for about the same, or a little higher price, like the Lumia 710, and even the 610.

If you mainly use your handset for talking, navigation, quick browsing and taking pictures, though, the Lumia 510 is a good choice, as it makes pretty decent photos, and the browser performs well.

If you venture outside the Windows Phone world, however, a sea of Android handsets awaits you at rock bottom prices, like the LG Optimus L5, which goes for about the same money also with a 4” screen and 5 MP camera, but offers all the advantages of Android and its application store.

Software version: 7.10.8858.136

Nokia Lumia 510 Video Review:


  • Good picture quality
  • Free voice-guided navigation
  • Well built, pleasant to hold and look at chassis


  • Just 4 GB of storage with no memory card slot
  • Some apps won't run with 256 MB of RAM
  • Phone's microphone relays voices a tad distorted

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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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