Nokia Lumia 510 Review


Microsoft and Nokia’s clubbing over Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 gave rise to the Lumia series and Nokia Lumia 510 the least expensive Lumia outsold all the other Lumia devices of this WP 7.5 Mango. Well the price lead to that too and also undoubtedly Nokia Lumia 510 was the best looking Lumia in the market but we question its real late release. It released just a month before Windows Phone 8 came out. Nokia Lumia 510 really accounted a big part of their Q4 2012 and Q1 2013 revenue. The phone is really of high quality and looks stunning. The speakers are a real keeper and provide a whole new dimension to this phone.
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Nokia Lumia 510 is one of the best looking phones on the market. It has the cool dimension of the Lumia colours and the brilliant matte rubbery finish to each one of them. The device is larger than 610 and 710 and overall has better looks than those Lumia devices. The body feels really solid and awesome. The phone is curved beautifully around the corners and has a rather flatter well finished back body. All the buttons available on the phone are placed on the right edge, the volume rocker on the top, the lock button and the dedicated camera button. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and a microUSB slot on the bottom to access files inside the phone and transfer them as you please. It comes in brilliant colours of Cyan, Yellow, White, Black and Red. The covers are changeable and from the stores you can get the colours that you like, so be creative.


Displays have been a real strong point in these new Lumia devices. It is not only because of the specific type of screen used for the display but also because of great software engineering that has gone into Windows Phone 7.5 that displays more amount of vibrancy and clarity for each pixel that is present on the specific display. The one on the Nokia Lumia 510 is a 4-inch display with a resolution of 480×800 pixels with a pixel density of 233 ppi making it really stunning. The display looks brilliant also because of Windows Phone’s flat design. Video playback is really nice but full HD does not look like full HD I mean obviously its not an HD screen, yet there are displays that portray better frame rate and quality while viewing the full HD content than one on the Nokia Lumia 510. The display is really suitable for good amount of use in terms of viewing content on it to anything and everything else you would want to do with the phone.


The lower end of the Lumia series of Nokia phones kind of always come short on providing a good camera. The lower end like the Nokia Lumia 510 and Nokia Lumia 610 takes shots that are kind of lacking the vibrancy of the colours, they are a tad underdone. The tone of colour seems to be losing the appropriate uniformity. The image looks washed off, pretty less in terms of contrast. These cameras do need a better sensor. Nokia Lumia 510 has a 5MP primary camera with no secondary camera available. That is kind of disappointing but there is no camera on the secondary camera on the Nokia Lumia 610 also. The video quality is also quiet poor on the Nokia Lumia 510, it records video in VGA quality. You have the dedicated camera button so that you can pull up the camera from anywhere on the phone. The photographs look really good don’t worry that was just a critical analysis of the images, they are quiet good, good enough for you to go on and upload them on the social networking sites.


The software came kind of short in the first of the mobile OS by Microsoft for the smartphones. The Windows Phone 7.5 is very different, it is the perfect getaway if you are bored of iOS and Android because it is nothing like them. Unlike the series of icons on the home pages they have these live tiles that update by the time when you are connected to the internet giving you instant updates of what is going on in these specific applications. It is your notification panel as well as shortcut to your application is a very dynamic and vibrant outlook. But the WP 7.5 feels more like a beta OS. Nokia Lumia 510 is updateable to Windows Phone 7.8 which covers up for Bluetooth, something that was missing in WP7.5.

Performance and Memory

Nokia Lumia 501 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Chip which is clocked at 800MHz. It has a 256MB RAM, this is quiet less if you want to do good amount of gaming and multitasking but if you use the phone more for the social networking, reading news or watching video and photographs this set up is quiet nice. The phone is not fast ,not at all it is not meant for gamers out there. The phone comes with user available storage of 4GB which is internal and the memory is not further expandable, there is no microSD card slot available. Even for music lovers alone this memory set up quiet less. But the quality of music is purely amazing thanks to Nokia Music app and the quality of speakers. The battery backup from the 1200mAh battery is quiet good, it gives you about 653h of standby time and 9h talktime on 3G.

Final Thoughts

Nokia Lumia 510 is not meant for those who want to carry around bulky stuff in their phones both because of storage and RAM. It is meant only for the social networking junkie and music lovers. The 4GB of internal storage is a huge setback but this more feels like a push for you to go out and buy the other Lumia devices though the sales of Nokia Lumia 510 are still going strong. The display and camera are pretty nice and the phone is the best looking Nokia Lumia 510 in the budget category.

Nokia Lumia 510 is available for Rs. 8500

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1900 – RM-898
Announced 2012, October
Status Available. Released 2012, November
BODY Dimensions 120.7 x 64.9 x 11.5 mm, 81 cc (4.75 x 2.56 x 0.45 in)
Weight 129 g (4.55 oz)
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 65K colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 4 GB storage, 256 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Up to 85.6 kbps
EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2596х1948 pixels, autofocus, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
Video Yes, VGA@30fps
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 7.8
Chipset Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
CPU 800 MHz Cortex-A5
GPU Adreno 200
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java No
Colors White, Cyan, Black, Red, Yellow
– SNS integration
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery (BP-3L)
Stand-by Up to 739 h (2G) / Up to 653 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 6 h 15 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 25 min (3G)
Music play Up to 38 h



Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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