Sony Ericsson C510

Sony Ericsson C510

The Sony Ericsson C510’s 3.2 megapixel Cybershot camera is a real beauty. We were eager to test out its features and performance in different situations.

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Our Rating: 68%

Our Sony Ericsson C510 Review

Sony Ericsson C510

Design

Though Sony Ericsson C510 was born in hard times, no credit crunch could stop us from testing it out. To start with its design, the C510 comes in three colours: silver with a grey trim, black with an ocean blue trim, and white with an energetic red trim. The design is solid and reminiscent of earlier Sony Ericsson models back in 2005. Its slim, lightweight build at 92 g accentuates its “hip colour” factor. Not to mention, it fits in your pocket perfectly. Our hands felt comfortable testing it out, as its curves are designed for maximum grip comfort.

Screen

At 2.2 inches, the Sony Ericsson C510’s screen is vibrant with a 240 x 320 TFT display. The screen offers 265,000 colours that blend nicely for each purpose be it: video, images, or simple web browsing. Its scratch-resistant surface excels under direct sunlight and the display is bright with balanced contrast at all times. A handy accelerometer is included enabling auto-rotation of images to landscape or portrait modes.

C510 Horizontal

User Interface

Moving on to the user interface, we felt at ease with its straightforward, no-fluff approach. You can easily navigate through the menus even if you’re a first time user of a Sony Ericsson handset. The icons are modern bright giving off a Web 2.0 feel. They don’t differ from the usual icons present in the traditional Sony Ericsson user interface, so users won’t have any trouble navigating through them.

Keypad

The prominent square D-pad is cleverly positioned and embossed for maximum ergonomics utilization. The numerical keys, however; are small and hard to cope with if you’re in a hurry. The numbers and letters are beautifully contrasted against the keypad making it easier for users to type in their messages in a meeting or under direct sunlight.

Sony Ericsson C510 Rear

Camera and Multimedia

The Sony Ericsson C510’s 3.2 megapixel Cybershot camera is a real beauty. We were eager to test out its features and performance in different situations. The Cybershot user interface has great shortcuts backlit in the top keypad row (in landscape mode) for better usability. It comes packed with great features such as: scenes, shoot mode, focus adjustment, flash, exposure, white balance, Face Detection technology, and SmileShutter technology, and geo-tagging.

The quality of photos varies according to lighting conditions. While the general quality is excellent, shooting in poor-lit areas can be quite problematic.

C510 Side View

We were pleasantly surprised by the photo optimization and after effects. Photos can be easily adjusted without resorting to external photo editing programs.Add to that, the sliding lens cover provides reliable protection for the camera on the long run.

On a scale of 1-10, we give the Sony Ericsson C510 a 7 for its video features. Shooting videos is good for anyone looking to make home videos – nothing more. We weren’t so keen on the embedded video upload feature.

While the Sony Ericsson C510 is no Walkman handset, you can still expect to get decent sound quality. One of the disadvantages of the C510 is the lack of a standard headphone jack, making it hard to plug any headphone for music playback.

Google Maps is one feature that made us grin from ear to ear. Though this handset falls in the mid-range, its Google Maps integration is quite impressive.

Connectivity and Battery Life

Connectivity is one of the Sony Ericsson C510’s strongest features. It sports an impressive 3G HSDPA, HSUPA integration, Bluetooth 2.0, and USB 2.0. Web browsing is a joy with the Sony Ericsson C510 running HSDPA as images and web pages are rendered in a jiffy. The YouTube application enables you to view, find, and upload videos with ease.

Battery life is good for the given price tag. It competes with nicely both with mid-range and high-end handsets. Depending on multimedia usage, you’ll need to recharge every 2-3 days.

What We Liked

We liked the Sony Ericsson C510 for its user-friendly user interface, Google Maps, and great connectivity features.

What We Disliked

We disliked the Sony Ericsson C510 for its hard-to-use keypad and unusual sound jack.

Our Final Verdict

The Sony Ericsson C510 is a well-balanced handset suitable for average users utilizing their mobile phone for calls, occasional web browsing. You will definitely be getting your money’s worth, as the C510 is feature-packed and reliable on the long-run.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 107 x 47 x 12.5 (mm)
Talk Time 240 mins
Standby Time 350 hours
Weight 92 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 3.20 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes

Messaging

MMS Yes
Photo Messaging Yes
Predictive Text Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

Sony Ericsson C510 Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 107 x 47 x 12.5 (mm)
Talk Time 240 mins
Standby Time 350 hours
Weight 92 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 3.20 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes

Messaging

MMS Yes
Photo Messaging Yes
Predictive Text Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

User Comments

For me I needed an affordable phone - very happy with my choice - as it does not go cheap on features and it's still within my budget.

CaseyQ67 submitted on 1 September 2009

Was a bit surprised when I found out this handset has 3G… as it's not exactly in the expensive phones category.. Nonetheless a pleasant surprise…

Bailey D. submitted on 13 June 2009
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