Nokia Lumia 510 review: The cheapest Windows Phone Lumia

posted at 18 February 2013 by Josh


Nokia Lumia 510 is the cheapest Windows Phone Lumia available with a price that starts in the sub-$200 off-contract, but also the first to be released straight on Windows Phone 7.8 on most markets. Its low price point and various flashy color schemes indicate that the Lumia 510 is aimed at the younger crowd as well as emerging economies or markets where smartphone growth is just about starting.

But let’s see whether this entry-level WP 7.8 handset can really face competition against cheap Androids.

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What is in the box:
- The Nokia Lumia 510 phone
- Wall charger
- microUSB cable
- Headphones
- Warranty and user guides

Despite being relatively thin and light, the Lumia 510 looks solid, and comes with a painted metal band around the sides to add to its rigidity. The phone’s rounded corners and tapered back with soft touch finish make it comfortable to hold and operate with one hand.

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The three buttons on the side (the lock key, volume rocker and two-stage shutter button) are pretty tactile but also easy to find and press. The metal rim that surrounds add protection the phone’s 4-inch screen to avoid scratches when face down. The display has 480x800 pixels of resolution which translates into a decent 233ppi pixel density.

The display’s viewing angles are also decent, but, unfortunately, we cannot say the same about the outdoor visibility.

The 3.5mm audio jack is alone at the top while the bottom sports the microUSB port for data connections and charging. Its soft rubbery back holds the 5-megapixels camera lens and the loudspeaker grille across at bottom.

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