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Nokia Lumia 510 Review

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Call quality:

Nokia Lumia 510 Review
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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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: 4278; 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: 3991; 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
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
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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