Sony Ericsson C510 Review
In a nutshell: Sony Ericsson's budget Cyber-Shot phone is a
real bargain. Costing half as much as the flagship C905, the C510 nevertheless
offers an excellent 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, a flash and
geo-tagging, plus Sony's usual high quality music player and an FM radio.
The C510 also comes with 100 MB of memory, space for a memory card,
Bluetooth and motion-sensor gaming. Available in Black or Silver.
Review: March 2009. Updated July 2009.
The C510 looks like the perfect phone for these credit crunched times.
You want a high quality Cyber-Shot camera? You want the latest gadgets
like geo-tagging, motion gaming and YouTube videos? You got it! And
all this in a mid-range phone, available free on a £15 per month
contract! No wonder that the C510 is proving to be so popular.
The phone is a traditional Sony Ericsson candybar, available in a choice
of Black or Silver. The keypad is nicely designed and easy to text with.
It's a standard size phone - not large, not ultrathin - but surprisingly
lightweight. The display is compact at 2.2 inches, but has a nice high
resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 262k colours, matching the display
on Sony's high-end phones such as the SE
C905. The phone has a built-in accelerometer, which enables the
display to rotate automatically between landscape and portrait modes
when you turn the phone. The accelerometer also powers motion-based
This is a CyberShot phone, so the quality of the camera matters. The
camera in the C510 is rated at 3.2 megapixels, so it can't match the
latest 5 and 8 megapixel phones such as the C902
or the C905. But then it's half
the price. Compared with similarly-priced rivals, it offers an excellent
camera, equipped with face detection autofocus, an LED flash and digital
zoom. With care the C510 can produce print-quality photographs. And
if you're more of a happy snapper than a pro, the C510 has plenty of
features to help make snapping easier. The Smile Shutter automatically
takes a shot when your subject is smiling - you just have to point the
camera in the right direction. We'd say that for this amount of money,
this is probably the best camera phone you can buy. The camera offers
geo-tagging too. The camera can also record video clips, and video calling
is possible too.
The C510 is equipped with Sony's usual excellent music player, and
the C510 features MegaBass (for enhanced bass frequencies), PlayNow
(for downloading ringtones and other premium content) and TrackID (music
recognition software.) An FM radio with RDS is also included. The C510
comes with a SE headset and you can also use an optional Bluetooth wireless
stereo headset. With 100 MB of built-in memory, the C510 compares well
with other phones in this price range, and has enough space to store
a few CD's worth of music. You can upgrade this by adding a Memory Stick
Micro giving up to 4 GB of storage.
The C510 is a 3G phone with HSDPA for high-speed internet access. It
can also be used on a GSM network, supporting GSM 900, 1800 & 1900.
Connectivity options are Bluetooth and USB. Battery life seems to be
We like the C510 a lot. In its price range it's definitely one of the
best featured phones currently available. A cheaper option would be
the old Sony Ericsson K770i. Similarly-priced
alternatives from other manufacturers would be the Nokia
6600 Slide or the Samsung Soul. A
few people have reported firmware-type errors, such as the phone refusing
to accept their sim cards, or freezing / shutting down, so this phone
clearly isn't 100% reliable, but it's better than most Sony Ericsson
phones of recent years.
Features of the Sony Ericsson C510 include:
- 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, face detection autofocus, 3.2x
digital zoom and geo-tagging
- Video camera with video light / 3G video calling
- Display: TFT, 262,144-colour, 240 x 320 pixels (2.2 inches) with
- Media player with album art, MegaBass, PlayNow and TrackID
- FM radio with RDS
- MP3/AAC ringtones
- Voice recorder
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
- Google Maps
- 3D Java games with motion gaming
- Animated wallpaper
- Web browser, RSS feeds, blogging
- HSDPA (3.6 Mbps)
- Personal organiser functions
- Flight mode
- Vibration alert
- Memory: 100 Mbytes plus support for Memory Stick Micro (M2)
(up to 4 GB)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB mass storage, modem
- Triband (GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900) plus 3G (UMTS 2100)
- Size: 107 x 47 x 12.5 mm
- Weight: 92g
- Talktime: 4 hours (3G) - 10 hours (2G)
- Battery standby: 350 - 400 hours
Sony Ericsson C510 User Reviews
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Average rating from 103 reviews:
Reviewed by Chuck from Australia on 10th Nov 2012
For anyone upgrading from an older phone you will be very impressed.
Download apps, use Google Maps to find your location, install mini Opera
if you are not liking the current browser, loud speakerphone, movement
sensor (can tell you how many steps you did in a day). Can upgrade memory
through a card slot... however
Small keys! Excellent accuracy with your fingers will overcome this.
The top right one is a tricky one though. The Cedar J108i is much better
for this IMO. Camera is good if you can keep it really still otherwise
slight movement will blur shots. Uses M2 memory slot.
Reviewed by James from England on 7th Sep 2012
Three years on still working great... Still looking great... Two days
battery life with heavy usage... And far more reliable than any modern
smart phone. It really was an awesome phone
Reviewed by anurag from india on 29th Nov 2011
Using it...not a bad phone....atleast not for the price...you can perhaps
call it a good bargain....features are all pretty usual...the phone
survived a dip in the pool as well:p.. So water resistant:pkidding....
U can install .jar file apps ... Well you will certainly miss out on
the others that work on other platforms such as android.... .3gp video
files are the only ones that work on 2 streaming basis and .mp4 on download....the
best past .....volumes is simply gr8...it is considerably loud;)
Reviewed by Sarah Donnelly from Ireland on 14th
The Shizzel... ;]
Reviewed by Pam from Lancs England on 14th Jul
I got the C510 and its a brilliant slim phone easy to use, takes nice
pics, the only problem i have with it is, i am with 3network and i am
supposed to be able to download skype but when i try it always says
'operation failed' and i sent it into 3 to be flashed and its still
the same when i got it back.(and it took them a week and 2 phone calls
to return it)
Reviewed by Adrian from UK on 13th Jul 2009
amazing phone for the price! i cant believe people are rating it 1 star
for the zoom not being available in 3mp. its a cheap phone. what do
you expect? and the camera quality is good but not for big prints i
must admit. good pictures if all you are going to do with them is put
them on facebook. and good other features to! :)
Reviewed by richard from india on 12th Jul 2009
very good with an excellelant camera and good choice of games
Reviewed by abhinav from indainn on 11th Jul 2009
zoom in camera works only when capturing at vga resolution and not at
Reviewed by Annette from UK on 9th Jul 2009
I got this mobile 3 months ago. I dont think the camera is very good
considering its 3.2 megapixels. The internet is slow, but its a slim
Reviewed by ben from United Kingdom on 8th Jul
top notch :)
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 8th Jul 2009
Not impressed with this pnone which replaced my K800i. Had it for just
over 4 weeks and the front speaker when using for phone calls developed
a fuzziness/ distortion sound, so incoming calls were very difficult
to hear clearly. Went for repair, came back and on day one speaker seems
to be going the same way again. Wished I could give it a better score,
but no good as a phone if you can't hear the caller clearly!
Reviewed by Kate from UK on 7th Jul 2009
This is a great phone, it's easy to use and it has all the essential
gadgets that I need, the camera is good, the music player is good and
it holds alot of memory. The internet access is easy and is only slow
if you have network coverage. However the only down turn is that it
does tend to get hot after a long time either surfing the internet or
calling. It's a great phone and I highly recommend it to anyone feeling
the pinch and looking for an excellent phone !
Reviewed by Will from UK on 6th Jul 2009
This phone is brilliant. The features on it are exellent and overall
quality is good. The only downturn is I had to send mine back because
the down button broke , but I would get a replacement one for definate!
Editer it should deserve 6 stars!
Reviewed by Daniel Simpson from Scotland on 6th
I have just Baught this phone its the best Ever
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 4th Jul 2009
Great little phone. Easy to use but getting onto the internet is very
slow. Can anyone tell me if their C510 gets hot. Mine warms up when
I use the internet and I have been told this is normal.Help please
Reviewed by Rowshon from England on 23rd Jun 2009
Bought this from Carphone on payg a month ago. All seemed good but now
developed a fault, which is you can't see the phone ringing or even
a missed call, which appears a few hours later. After an initial excitement
with this phone..now have take it back to Carphone..shame it's after
28 days, otherwise could have had replacement or refund.
Reviewed by Jo from Uk on 22nd Jun 2009
I got this two weeks ago to replace my much-loved k800i which has finally
given up the ghost. On the plus side, it is much slimmer and lighter,
and I can use the same M2 memory card. The interface is very similar,
although there are some differences, notably in the messaging menu when
you use the same editor for text or MMS messages. (I'd say this is an
improvement). It is also quick to access the net, and the built in web
browser is really good. I haven't felt the need to use Opera Mini nearly
as much. But, the camera is not such good quality as the K800 (especially
indoors) for stills, although video is better. Like the K800, the email
client works well, and really easy to set up using the auto setup system.
I can get push email (like Blackberry) via gmail now which is fantastic.
Sound quality of the media player is good, and the C510 can be used
with Windows Media Player as a WMP device which makes it easy to get
your music on to it. There is also now support for WMA files. Overall,
this is a good little phone. The camera is a slight disappointment,
but taken as a whole, I'm well pleased with this very reasonably priced
Reviewed by Jonny from UK on 18th Jun 2009
The phone flash can be used as a light go on to video camera like youre
recording a video and press very button right key
Reviewed by Myst from UK on 18th Jun 2009
Great phone. Coming from K750 & W810. Only problem is that the flash
light cannot be used as a torch light like the K750/W810. I'm sure someone
will make a software to crack this problem. Since I got mine free from
Vodafone with 24 month contract, other problem would be that Vodafone
decided to assign 2 keys to go to their website which is annoying as
even though I flashed the phone, I could not undo this.
Reviewed by gobble from Egypt on 17th Jun 2009
Love that phone, cheap, slim, never crashes, nice pics and got all my
needs. I don't miss my old Nokia phone!
Reviewed by Ryan from Manchester on 15th Jun 2009
Bought this phone as a cheap un for work n stuff as i broke my w902
(superb walkman phone) and got it for £109.95 , gotta say im impressed
as its basically similar in looks to the c902 minus the dodgy keypad
yet with a louder speaker. For me the advantages i love is its slimness
and ease of use , the camera slide is perfect the screen is a good size
and best of all you can have SMS alerts for each contact in the phonebook
a'la w902 and also view videos landscape. Only gripe i see happening
is the creaky d-pad and the closeness of buttons together as being a
rapid texter i can see a lot of wrong keys gettin hit.
Reviewed by tom white from england./- on 12th
ITS MY BEST FRIEND.
Reviewed by hassan from england on 11th Jun 2009
i think this is a great phone for the price range iv had it for 3 days
now and im impressed the battery life is still halfway through when
iv been mplay games and listening to music for hours the cameras very
good in good lighting conditions the flash is alright plus the screen
of this phone is the best iv seen so far so last words i definatly reccommend
this phone to anyone
Reviewed by Hannah from England on 9th Jun 2009
Great phone, had it for 3 weeks and it broke, not accepting my SIM card.
The camera isnt as good for a cybershot phone. There is only a zoom
at vga mode, which is pretty pointless considering its a 3.2 mp camera.
The battery life isnt great on it. Have to charge it up every 2-3 days
(much like my nokia 5310), but the battery goes very quick even when
im not listening to music. Although, it does do everything that a phone
should do, play good quality sounding music, texting is good, good phone
calls, takes pictures and good videos. But the battery is my biggest
let down (and the fact it broke)
Reviewed by grace from England on 8th Jun 2009
very dissapointed with it tbh software is slow and always turning of
/ restarting itself camera is poor quality for a CYBERSHOT wouldnt advise
anyone to get it .
Reviewed by David from UK on 6th Jun 2009
I needed a new phone recently and had the following requirements: 1.
Must look good 2. Must be small and fit easily into the pocket of my
jeans. 3. Must have a good camera - not for professional photography
but good quick snaps when I'm out and about and don't have my camera
with me. 4. Must be relatively cheap - I am a light user so prefer to
buy the phone and use it on PAYG. The C510 came onto the market at about
the time I was looking and it could not have matched by spec better.
Absolutely perfect for my needs. I agree with all of the positive comments
on this forum. I have not had any issue with crashes and I've had the
phone for almost 2 months. The only minor niggle for me are the keys.
Not the size, I have no problem with this. But I find that the keys
are not as positive as other phones that I have used. Perhaps I just
need to get used to it but sometimes I hit a key and find myself having
to hit it again. But, again, this is a minor issue. I heartily recommend
Reviewed by Stephen from Philippines on 6th Jun
its a balanced phone. has a good cam (above average), has some pretty
nifty features including its media programs and some internet apps..
i would have liked a better cam though as it is a cybershot phone. (takes
crappy pictures in low light).. overall a well rounded phone, a jack
of all trades and a master of none.
Reviewed by Lee from UK on 5th Jun 2009
Just picked up one of these to save money on my contract. I am really
happy with it so far even though it was a down grade phone for me I
have not lost any major features. Nice feel to the phone easy to text,
fairly slim. Camera is pretty good for a 3.2 was used to a 5 but hard
to notice the difference. Great phone for not alot of money
Reviewed by Jamie from UK on 4th Jun 2009
Having lost my nokia n82, i needed a new phone saw this quality handset
for £89.99 had it for just over a month and wow its the best ive had
its a good tough phone unlike them slider phones out there that break
when you drop them lol, its just like the old k800i but thin and more
features, even the music player has MEGA-BASS which i wouldnt expect,
battery is great lasts twice as long as my n82! well worth £89.99 from
Reviewed by jonesylar from UK on 4th Jun 2009
Yes great phone, fantastic, huge memory, massive memory card, awesome
this, awesome that, but when will everyone just wake up and realise
that all these post-2005 phones have short battery life because there's
far too much crammed onto them for the memory to cope with, and the
Edge and 3G technology just eats power by the second. On Sony Ericssons
there's no way of disabling 3G (at least I've never found out how) whereas
on Nokias you can return to dual mode and save battery power (although
they're not much better either). I keep asking this question, but can
someone tell me why my 2005 Motorola with 3G, email, web access, camera,
bluetooth and everything, lasts for three days before recharging, whereas
these recent ones drain after a ten minute conversation?
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 3rd Jun 2009
My last Sony Erricsion - W810i never worked from day one nor did several
replacments so it was with reluctance I went back to SE. I did so due
to it being the best phone in the price range on PAYG and the good reviews
it had. Everything went well for the first few weeks apart from a few
minor niggles others have noted then yesterday it was working one minute
then not the next. The speaker did not work (and no the silent mode
was not on) so I missed a couple of important calls. A reset did nothing
and technical support on my mobile provider were useless. I solved it
by reinstalling the firmeware but I am wary that I might be on a downhill
path with this one. They quote a five day turnaround for repairs and
as I am waiting for calls about a job this is not an option as my mobile
provider (Tesco) will not let me forward calls to another phone only
to voicemail. To sum great phone, major concenrs over SE reliability.
My advice go with a Nokia.
Reviewed by Pete from England on 2nd Jun 2009
Hi all. I've had the C510 for a little over 2 weeks now, and im sorry
to say its crashed on me twice already (much like the W980 and W910
did, though to be fair, they were much worse than the C510). Anyway,
apart from it freezing twice, its a pretty good phone - it takes nice
pics during the day, easy to use UI, very good mp3 player, when used
with a walkman 3.5mm adaptor from previous a previous phone, and it
does its main job of texts and phoning very well. Its just im now tired
of the phone crashing that goes hand in hand with S.E phones. Any chance
of a Samsung s5600 review guys?
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
2nd Jun 2009
Soon, Pete, next few days.
Reviewed by Leigh Welsby from UK on 1st Jun 2009
Amazing,perfect phone.Had for over a month,no problems whatsoever.Last
3 SE phones i had were bug infested, W910i by far the worst.Rebooting
countless times everyday from day one.This one hasnt done it once.Dont
know why people complaining about button size,im a 6ft man with big
hands and i use the side of my thumbs and no probs atall for texting
or anything.Camera good,about the same as 3mp on LG Cookie,internet
odviously rapid coz 3g.Does everthing the other SE's do,without the
software problems.Lovin it.
Reviewed by Zoe Thomas from UK on 25th May 2009
Had this phone for a month now and it is outstanding. The Sony Ericsson
interface is second to none. It's really easy to navigate the various
functions. The speaker is good and you can hear the other person loud
and clear. Ringtone is loud and you can set your own music as the ringtone.
It has a good range of symbols (and smiley faces! No smileys with samsung!)
which are easily accessible when texting. You can add your own words
to the T9 dictionary and edit them under 'my words'. For some reason
I've always found Nokias a bit unreliable when adding new words, it
remembers them when it wants to. Also with Nokias you can't access or
edit your own words once added. Just one gripe, the keypad is a bit
cramped to make up for the large screen. As an avid texter, i still
find that because the keys are so small i occasionally press two at
a time. This aside, it is an outstanding phone and well worth the money.
It is very reliable, and I hope I'm not tempting fate here, but it has
not frozen once, nor dropped a call. Battery life is excellent. I would
certainly recommend this phone, well done SE! PS after the bug ridden,
and/or poor quality phones SE have been issuing Sony Ericsson needed
to claw back some credibility. It has done this with the C510. Well
Reviewed by citizen17 from UK on 25th May 2009
******* DO NOT BUY, MORE RUSHED SONY RUBBISH***** Sorry Arak but Mike
is right on this one, He is just to balme the phone, and before i even
say what i have to say i will start with sony are gulty of this time
and time again, marketing already faulty products while being aware
of it. dont get me wrong its a great phone....when it works, which is
the problem, its like microsofts xbox360 all over again, either the
phones arnt thoroughly tested enough or they know the issues and ship
the phone anyway. now maybe arak you have a point, maybe ur sony ericsson
worked fine, whereas mike got one of the faulty ones. But dont tell
him not to balme the phone. I work for a large telecommunications company,
and recently we were all supplied with a sony ericsson c510a. at first
i was stoked it was a sexy slim little phone crammed full of features
and whats better, paid for by my company, however after it ran out of
battery the first time i got the message ( CANT CHARGE NEEDS SONY ERICSSON
BATTERY ONLY) which as mike stated is the same battery that somes in
the sealed box. So to start with i did question myself and wondered
if i had done something wrong. until i got back to work after the weekend
and there had been a dept set up and a brand new emergency proceedure
as several of my colleagues more than 6 had the exact same problem and
thats just out of the 50 odd people on my floor. then when i called
the newly set up help desk to arrange a replacement and found the reponse
team had 3 our their team out of 14 have the same problem with the handset,
even our site manager had this problem. i sorry arak but im gonna have
to go with mike on this one great phone but as per usual sony you have
some major issues to sort out.
Reviewed by brad from uk on 24th May 2009
i was looking for ages for a new mobile, only to realise that if i just
widened my sights away from nokia nokia nokia that i could get such
an amazing bargain!! this phone cost me £90 unlocked and has been the
best purchase ive made for a long time! its battery life is great, the
camera is nothing short of amazing for the price (i dont understand
why people complain about a camera phone that costs so little and compare
it to phones which cost twice or three times the price), it is one of
the best looking phones in my opinion, especially in black :), the visuals
on the phone are marvelous and allow a large amount of customisation
and the technology is faultless. i have large hands and i thought that
the keys would be too small to text with as i am an avid texter, however
after using the phone i realisied this was not a problem whatsoever.
GREAT PHONE, GREAT PRICE, YOULD BE MAD NOT TO GET ONE!!!
Reviewed by ian from uk on 22nd May 2009
great phone just one downfall i found was the battery not to good
Reviewed by mike from uk on 19th May 2009
BEWARE DO NOT BUY had this phone less than 3 weeks and it can’t
charge saying NEEDS SONY ERICSSON battery, thats good it came with a
sony ericsson what else, straight from the boxed sealed. As anybody
else had this problem going back to my SE 810i (no problems for over
2 years) SONY ERICSSON PLEASE SOLVE THIS PROBLEM 0 out of 5
Reviewed by Arak from Cyprus on 19th May 2009
dont blame the phones , just check if you have downloaded something
from your computer or through blue tooth that could contain viruses
I have the phone its just great , the only 2 cooments , camera does
not function in the dark and the protective shutter could break one
Reviewed by Varsha from India on 18th May 2009
Overall its good. But i really got disappointed with "no zoom" with
3MP/2MP/1MP..Too bad.. Its nearly cheating.. Being a camera special
model, this is an unepectable drawback!! :(
Reviewed by Steven Saunders from UK on 17th May
Artistic design. Mod-menus, with zippy action. Compact and easily put
in your pocket. The technology actually works too, unlike some pretty
phones that don't really deliver the goods. Regarding the tiny keys
- well, I'm kind of okay with that. I got used to it, and it's fine.
You just use a slightly different technique when hitting the keys.
Reviewed by fernic from philippines on 17th May
my c510 is a week old and up to this date i'm still not familiar with
its functions and buttons.What i miss more from my recent brand of fon
is its reminder tone.c510 has a very brief reminder tone.My recent brand
can be replaced with longer and more distinguished tone.I wish SE can
manipulate this tone thru upgrading or downloads from SE website.my
Reviewed by Tom from UK on 16th May 2009
Amazing phone! Won't repeat all the technical details above but just
to say it's one downfall is the size of the keys. They're TINY! Finding
it difficult to text at speed but hopefully I'll get used to it. Still,
excellent phone and real value for money.
Reviewed by Anne from UK on 16th May 2009
A bargain of a phone. Small, slick and with plenty of features. Good
crisp display. Can't fault it - except for one thing. The size of the
keys! They're tiny, I have trouble and I have small fingers, lawd luv
us, if you have big digits! If it wasn't for the keys it would be a
5 star phone, as it is, it's still excellent so 4 stars.
Reviewed by MotoMixer from Wales on 16th May 2009
Pros-1. It's cheap. 2. It has a good camera. Cons-1. It will drop calls
if the signal drops to 1 bar. 2. The speaker is very quiet, might as
well stick your head out of the window and shout to the person you are
trying to call. 3. The keypad is very cramped. 4. The joypad fell off
after the first week!! 5. Can't see the screen in broad daylight. 6.
Useless software and layout if bought on Orange. 7. It's got a top heavy
feel to it. The list is endless because it's the usual SE trash. Avoid
like the plague and buy a boring old Nokia or an LG
Reviewed by Riasat from UAE on 15th May 2009
Amazing phone i like it.
Reviewed by Lorraine Baxendale from GB on 14th
Bought this phone today, traded my old Nokia for £36 in part ex so only
cost £64 at Carphone Warehouse......really good. Slick and cool looking.
Easy to use and not too full of gadetry that never get used. Deffo recommend.
Reviewed by Robert Moore from England on 14th
Great phone, looks classy in silver. Clear screen for viewing photos.
Speaker is good quality as you would expect form Sony.I do like the
key contacts list.Got every thing you want from a phone and more. Great
price, well done Sony!!
Reviewed by Liam from England on 12th May 2009
absolutely smashing x
Reviewed by Matt H from England on 10th May 2009
Iv had this phone for a few days now and im impressed. I used this website,
to read the reviews and although these were mostly excellent, there
were the odd ones moaning about it. Well my suggestion is to take no
notice. For the price of the phone its fantastic! Great little camera
(not the best in the dark), a nice size, cool slide on the camera cover,
handy features and easy to use!!! Another great Sony Ericsson thats
Reviewed by Erik from United Kingdom on 8th May
Had this phone for a month now, this is my 4th SE phone, T610, W810i,
K810i then this. I do like this phone, it's the slimmest one I ever
had. But coming from the K810i which I loved, I hated the camera on
this one, the xenon flash on that really made a difference on the quality
of photos. The phone I have is highly customised by 3 so i could not
get alter the left and right keys. I do not like that I have to go so
deep in the menu to play music and that i could not return easily to
the main menu from the music menu, or accidentally turning the music
off completely. The screen is good as it is bigger than the K810i but
it does not look as sharp, the c510 is a bit more plastic-y than glassy.
And the any key answer wouldnt work on this phone. It also feels a little
sluggish. But i would give this a four star as it is a good value phone.
It can do almost everything nicely, but not breathtaking.
Reviewed by Ian from uk on 5th May 2009
I had my c510 a few weeks now and no probs so far i had 2 k800i phones
before this because i loved the camera. The camera is good but a big
difference with no xenon flash in dark but with the video at 30fps is
a huge difference from the k800i.The c510 is not to good in low light
conditions on vid or cam.If any1 had a SE phone before and wondered
why they had lost all your pics in folders you can find them back in
folders in org/tools select my files and u will find it.This phone is
a great little phone 4 the money vodafone knocked £5 of my contract
a month which made it a winner because of its price.If i was on pay&go
i would say 4 the money u will not find a phone as good as this with
a budget of £100.
Reviewed by seann from scotland on 4th May 2009
this phone is outstanding i hav recently purchased this phone from three
and i am paying monthly its a great wee dinky phone for every day use.
My last phone was the nokia n95 which have since got rid of because
it was a total brick. The camera on the c510 suprisingly enough is much
better than the 5mp camera on the n95. the n95 is a brick nokia have
just overoaded with fancy software that no one would use and in doin
this they have made the n95 really really slow. so all in all BUY THE
C510 YOU WON'T REGRET IT
Reviewed by chirag patel from India on 2nd May
Battery is poor quality ,not last for one day with multimedia,sound
is normal.camera is ok.3.2 is ok.as per price.net is fast.I would not
recommend to buy this phone.go for HTC like windows phone in low cost.
Reviewed by Martin from uk on 1st May 2009
Great phone Great value Buy it...
Reviewed by Martin from uk on 1st May 2009
Great phone Great value Buy it...
Reviewed by Dave from Wales on 1st May 2009
Just got one of these and it is a really likeable little phone. I recently
got a SE C902 on contract and hated the hard plasticky keypad, squashed
buttons and general clumsiness of the thing (as well as the Vodafone
firmware but that's not specifically a C902 shortcoming, as all Vodafone
issued SE phones have it), so I traded it in for the C510. What a difference!
It may not have as good a camera, but everything else is up to the same
spec and, on top of that, it has a larger screen and is far easier to
use. In my view this is the best mass appeal SE phone since the K800.
Reviewed by Marc from UK on 1st May 2009
Got the C510 as a replacement for my K800i which was a fantastic phone.
So far have been a little disappointed with the replacement. Main issue
is with the media storage of photos.....it seems to be impossible to
store photos in folders of your own naming as opposed to the pre set
display of showing by months. Anyone know how to fix this as for some
reason its only showing some photos in order whilst others are all messed
up and out of order which is annoying!! Aside from that so far seems
like a decent handset.....not sure its going to be better than the K800i
though, has alot to live up to.
Reviewed by Sally from England on 30th Apr 2009
I was provided with the C510 supposedly as an upgrade from my K800i.
Tried hard to like it for a week and then put it back in the box I disliked
it so much. Not the quality of the K800i and battery didn't last as
long and I don't use my phone much! Didn't manage to get it to zoom
either. Glad I didn't give my K800i away and hope it lasts me for a
good while yet!
Reviewed by Jack D from England on 28th Apr 2009
This phone is great, bought it today and I'm over the moon with it.
For the money it is great, very slim and stylish and the way the camera
is tucked away is awesome. I considered the W595, but I honestly believe
all you are paying for with that is the slide mechanism, this is so
much better! The cybershot camera is pretty good, and I'm hard pushed
to see how the C902 is any better than this phone! Glad to see Sony
Ericson can still produce great phones at reasonable prices!
Reviewed by Katie from England on 28th Apr 2009
This phone is amazing! i love it :) brought it from carphone warehouse
and the i brought a memory card along with it. Couldn't wish for a better
sony ericsson phone BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT
Reviewed by Michael from Philippines on 28th Apr
I am a big fan of Sony Ericsson phones. I recently upgraded to a C510
from a K510i. The phone was very impressive for its price. The picture
quality is excellent and the sound is superb.
Reviewed by Piecan from UK on 27th Apr 2009
I wish I could have loved enough to keep it. The sound quality is brilliant
on calls, music playback and call volume. It is neat lightweight easy
to use and the keypad, although a little small, is quite good, the internet
is fast and the screen is a nice size, also liked how you can zoom into
a photo afterwards and crop it.. and here comes the but...The battery
life I found to be really poor, it drained down in two days which I
haven't come across in an SE phone before. The photos were also really
poor in low light (I did play around with all the settings) and the
shutter so slow that the subject had gone by the time the picture was
taken. This was the second C510 I'd tried, the first took random black
photos. The flash on it is much worse than the Nokia 3600 which also
uses a double led. I also couldn't alter the size of the text despite
three options. I took it back to the shop where I begrudgingly got a
refund, then begged back my Nokia 3600 from hubby!
Reviewed by Arron from UK on 26th Apr 2009
I've returned to SE after a new generations with Nokia and, in the past
few months, a succession of other brands such as Samsung and LG. I was
surprised by how more advanced this 'feature phone' seems in comparison
with other 'smart phones'. Texting on this phone is smoother and more
efficient than any other; soft keys, T9 alternatives accessed on a 'rocker'
basis, access to 'My words' (a editable list of all user additions to
the default T9 database, apparently unique to SE), IM-style conversation
view as an option, and an icon which shows if a text has been replied
to (a nice touch). Smart dialling (by letter, rather the useless 'by
digit' version seen in Samsung and LG phones), a great browser (although
I normally use Opera Mini), adequate camera, keypad shortcuts in all
menu screens, outstanding PC software, and a all-round friendly user-interface.
Topped off with a sleek, no-nonsense look, this is the ideal phone for
anyone who uses their phone primarily for texting, making calls, occasional
internet browsing, and casual photography.
Reviewed by Jim from Sweden on 25th Apr 2009
So far I've been impressed with this little phone and really do love
it to bits. The keys seem small at first but really are superb for texting
on when you're used to them. The whole phone feels well constructed
and sturdy and has a quietly classy look in the black- and the quality
of the screen is phenomenal. The bad bits for me are that the camera
quality is only average for a 3.2mp phone- not as good as the k800i
which was a REAL camera phone. Also my 3 branded phone occasionally
freezes or reboots. Otherwise top notch and a fantastic buy. And did
I mention that the sound quality of the music player / radio is awesome?
Reviewed by Thomas from UK on 23rd Apr 2009
The most budget conscious phone in the C series, this phone represents
excellent value for money. A 3.2MP camera with dual LED flash (pity
no xenon flash). Autofocus and a function which takes the picture when
the subjects are smiling! Crisp colourful display with scratch proof
coating and all sorts of bells and whistles like Google maps, YouTube
portal. megabass on music player etc. The keys are small but you get
used to them. Bargain for the money - highly recommended.
Reviewed by Shaun from Scotland on 21st Apr 2009
This phone is a really good phone. I find the buttons are just fine,
good menu, really impressive speaker, easy to use also. The camera is
good, but nowhere near as good as the old favourite K800i, as that still
remains best for qaulity and flash. The only problems I have encountered
with this phone is that it rarely doesn't respond. It crashes on rare
occasions and sometimes decides to turn off when it wants too. But so
far, it hasn't happened much and I've had it for over a month now. But
all in all, this is a really cool phone. It would get losers some friends.
Buy it, it's an amazing bargain!!
Reviewed by Zoe from UK on 21st Apr 2009
I've had it a few days now and it definitely grows on you! It's so easy
to text with despite the small buttons, it's light and slim and doesn't
feel like you've got a brick in your pocket as with the K800i (bless
it's heart!) Fast internet, good camera, scratch resistant screen which
is bright and crisp - a pleasure to behold. It's excellent value for
money. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by Rachel from UK on 20th Apr 2009
Iv'e taken mine back and had a refund. The main problem was I could
hardly hear people I was talking to. Despite the volume turned to maximum.
Ended up putting speaker on just to hear. The phone also developed a
blemish top left hand corner within a day of using it.
Reviewed by Zoe from UK on 19th Apr 2009
Well, I've just bought the phone and coming from a k800i I'm not overly
impressed. No sleep clock/missed calls/texts alerts when the phone is
in sleep mode. So have to fire up to check. The internet search soft
key is right next to the back/end calls key and I keep catching the
search internet key when I want to go back. I thought the buttons on
the k800i were small, but these are tiny (I expect I'll get used to
them tho). The speaker is placed on the back thus reducing the noise
of it's ringing, but on full volume it is quite loud thankfully! The
Google maps seem quite accurate in placing where I am. All in all a
reasonable phone for the money, it is slim and light and fits into your
pocket easily. I think maybe it's a grower...
Reviewed by miss L from ENGLAND on 16th Apr 2009
I LOVE THIS PHONE. ITS SO HANDY AND SLIM
Reviewed by ChrisS from Cambridge, UK on 14th
Not impressed one little bit with this phone. After buying it I found
that the quality of the 3.2 megapixel camera is actually worse than
my old Samsung D600 2MP camera! The images are more pixellated and the
video quality leaves a lot to be desired. And when taking a photograph,
theres about a THREE SECOND DELAY before the camera actually takes the
picture, which is just totally ridiculous and completely unacceptable
for what is billed as a Cybershot camera. I managed to reduce the delay
to just over a second by setting the camera focus to "infinite". The
phone didn't come with a USB connector cable but DID come with PC software
- what's the point without the cable?!! One thing positive I will say
about the phone is the internet browser - it's pretty fast and I was
fairly impressed with it but since I don't actually use the internet
that much on my mobile it makes that speck of praise slightly redundant
for me. Otherwise, I can't say I have a lot of positive things to say
about this phone. The camera slider feels cheap and its as if its about
to snap off. The keypad is smaller than my previous phone but I do admit
I've gotten used to that. I just don't really like this phone that much
and it's going back to where it came from.
Reviewed by Andrew. from Kent. on 11th Apr 2009
Needing a new phone after owning a wonderful K750i for over 4yrs ive
taken my time & done lots of research. Finally decided to go for the
C510. So far iam completly happy. The phone looks & feels real quality,
with a nice weight to it just the same as my K750i when new. My needs
for a mobile is to phone & text backed up with reliability. No complaints
about any features of the C510 at all.
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 10th Apr 2009
I love this phone.I got it to replace my K810i which I'd had for 18
months and served me trouble free.The C510 is much slimmer and a better
designed phone than the K810i.I find the camera much better too,a lot
of the pictures from the K810i were always a bit blurry but from the
C510 I find them much sharper.The menu systems are typical SE but the
graphics and Icons have been improved such as those on the code memo
where now you get an animated safe lock when you enter your password,pretty
neat.The only minus I would give the C510 is that it has no sleep clock
mode.It shows no clock or missed texts and calls unless you press the
side button or one of the keys.I'm used to not having that now and I'll
still give the phone 5 stars as it is great value for money.
Reviewed by Mark from Uk on 10th Apr 2009
Just upgraded from w910 which kept restarting every 30 min, Got to say
this is a great little phone good camera good Internet
Reviewed by kat from uk on 9th Apr 2009
over all a good phone, especially for the price, but a cybershot phone
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
9th Apr 2009
Kat, this phone does have a zoom!??!
Reply by kat from uk on 13th Apr 2009
i'll make myself clearer lol when you try to zoom when the camera is
set to 3mp (and 2 and 1mp) the words 'zoom not possible at this resolution,
select a smaller picture size' come up on the screen. zoom only works
in video and VGA mode which kind of defeats the object of having a 3mp
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
13th Apr 2009
OK, now I understand. Most Sony Ericssons's are made like this unfortunately.
Reviewed by Stevie from Scotland on 9th Apr 2009
Just a word of advice for all those saving up their well earned pennies
to buy the C905. If you don't particularly require a very high standard
of camera, buy the C510 instead as te 3meg is more than sufficient.
It' basically the same phone without the alleged better camera and a
couple of bells and whistles which are unnecessary anyway. Choose practicality
over status. Definately a five star phone.
Reviewed by Jason2kaii9 from Rostrevor N.I !!! d4 best
:D on 8th Apr 2009
Hi This phone is great uploaded from a sony ericsson w580i ( DNT BUY
) nd this is a really good phone the camera is abs class BUY IT :D
Reviewed by Steve from Aberystwyth, Wales on 7th
I absoutely adore this phone! Unlike my old phone, the SOny Ericsson
w910i it doesn't freeze, well i've had it about 3 weeks and it hasnt
froze yet. The only thing i could complain about is it's a cybershot
phone with no zoom, this is not a major issue, the camera is generally
good though. This phone is a great phone and i would recomend it to
anyone, unless the zoom is your highlight haha.
Reviewed by Aaron from UK on 7th Apr 2009
This is a brilliant phone, i am very happy with the purchase and would
recommend it to anyone who is thinking of getting a new mobile phone
Reviewed by burt from uk on 7th Apr 2009
good quality feel to phone lots of good features. camera good outside
in good light but not quite as good as k800i. dont bother taking pics
at night it just cant do it!!!. ear pice tone quality is poor compared
to nokias, people just sound like they have a hankey over their mouth!
maybe i will get used to it.this phone has been made to a budget but
Reviewed by Emma from UK on 6th Apr 2009
After owning an indestructible K750i for ages I was itching for something
a bit newer. I checked out the touch screen gadgets but really only
wanted a slim, smallish phone with a decent camera and bigger screen.
I'm also a low user so PAYG suits me - and at £99 the C510 fits my budget
too! It has a really quick interface, easy to use phone with lovely
hidden camera and big sexy screen! Well happy!
Reviewed by Ben from UK on 3rd Apr 2009
This is a great phone. I love the sturdy metal design. One thing that
annoys me is all the horrible blue bits on the black model. It looks
much nicer in silver. Sadly it is very difficult to get the phone simfree
in silver so I am stuck with black and blue. If you can handle weird
blue bits in a phone, THIS PHONE IS BRILLIANT. It's the sort of phone
I can imagine myself keeping even when it seems really old.
Reviewed by Steve from Newcastle Upon Tyne on
31st Mar 2009
Excellent phone, previously had a sony K800i, which despite being old
takes some beating. This handset is slimmer, and fantastic value (sim
free £120 on ebay). Good camera, better sound quality, and great FM
radio. Buttons a bit small, however you have to accept this as it is
a small slim compact phone! Software reliable, doesnt crash like the
Nokia N series Sybian handsets, having had top of the range Nokias,
Samsung and Blackberys, I think sony Rules !
Reviewed by Bob from Germany on 30th Mar 2009
Well I really like this mobile. By the way, it's a phone not a camera
but even that function is great.
Reviewed by James from Essex on 27th Mar 2009
Genuinely very good. Best Sony Ericsson I've had in an age and half
the price of the c902 despite feeling more like an upgrade to it! (Nick,
you can do the high rez zoom by looking at the photo in the gallery,
zooming into a portion of it and then hitting the save key to get the
photo you actually want) Reminds me very much of my old k750i, but massively
upgraded. Keys are great for texting, battery life is ok, software's
stable, voice clarity and reception are excellent and the whole phone
feels well built and sturdy. Camera quality is crisp and clear too.
Only thing I really miss is a xenon flash (phone has a dual led) I'm
honestly impressed and it's much better than the equivalent Nokia (6500
classic) or Samsung (u800) despite selling for the same price.
Reviewed by Frubin from London, UK on 27th Mar
I also experienced the same issue as Nick. When i tried to use the zoom
on 3MP, 2MP and 1MP modes, i got this message on the screen "Zoom not
possible at this resolution. Please select a smaller picture size" But
on VGA and on Video mode, the digital zoom works fine. So whats the
point of having the 3.2X digital zoom, function if it does not work
on 3-1MP and only VGA and Video mode? My K810 with 16x digital zoom
worked fine on all of the modes. I will be contacting Sony Ericsson
about this matter as it misleads the point of having the 3.2x digital
zoom function on the C510. Therefore due to the issues and lack of the
Xenon flash, my rating for the C510 has gone down to a 4 but it still
is a great phone!
Reviewed by Dave from Edinburgh on 27th Mar 2009
Wow I have had many top of the range mobiles but this slim and light
mid range mobile feels just right, solid and easy to use, only bad thing
i would say about it is that although the camera takes great outdoor
pics its low light pics are not good, this is more than made up by the
quality of the calls, gps, scratch resistant glass, auto rotate sensors,
greap mp3 etc etc,it also has easy buttons to text with unlike its very
similar c902, amazing bargain, buy it
Reviewed by Nick from UK on 25th Mar 2009
How can you rate this 5 stars when it wont even zoom at 3mp?? or 2mp??
or even 1mp?? it only zooms in vga mode. No matter what other great
features the camera has they are irrelivent if it cant do basic functions!!!
Reviewed by James from London, Uk on 25th Mar
I tried out the C902 in a shop before getting my c510 from the internet.
I cannot really understand the price difference. The HSDPA internet
is REALLY quick and the camera and music player are better than I really
need. AND it has a bigger screen than the c902... I was worried about
the small keys when looking at the pictures but have had absolutely
no problems - they look tiny but seem to work fine. Overall an outstanding
Reviewed by Frubin from London, UK on 24th Mar
I finished my 18 months contract with Orange and still have and use
the Sony Ericsson K810i and was thinking not upgrading to a new handset
as i am very happy with my K810i which i love to bits and not had any
problems with. However i still did look at the C902 as i like the design
and it was very similar with the functions and features of my K810.
When Orange called me out of the blue to upgrade, they recommended the
C510 including a good deal on my upgrade! I normally research into handsets
to check the features, functions, flaws, pros and cons etc before deciding
on a handset to buy. This time i was "blind" when choosing a handset
but i had a quick fiddle around with a "live" handset in a 3 shop. From
what i saw, i was quite impressed with the C510 yet it being a "budget"
phone to the C902. It has a very similar design to the C902, slick,
light and very similar functions to my K810 (but i yet have check out
and test out the phone and functions). The only thing that i know it
doesn't have is a Xenon flash, but i don't think that’s a bad
thing as my W800i only had a photo light with 2MP camera and it took
good pictures! Overall, it has got good reviews both on this site and
others, so I can’t wait to test the handset out for myself!
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 22nd Mar 2009
Just came out of a 18 month contract with Orange and had a sony ericsson
K810. Reduced my minutes and opted for this the C510. Overall very pleased
- easy to use - great camera and good features and even looks good in
your hand. My only issue this early on with a new model is the reliability.
If its as good as the k810 - I won't be complaining! One possible gripe
could be the small buttons..
Reviewed by slicko from u.k on 19th Mar 2009
really really good phone excellent camera and music player has lots
of features worth the money recommended 5*
Reviewed by taliban from U.K on 15th Mar 2009
great phone, slim with lots of features
Reviewed by Sam Smith from UK -Devon on 15th Mar
I was first a bit worried when i saw the C510. I've been looking for
a phone to replace my samsung u600, which has broken, but luckily it
happened just as i was ablt to get an upgrade. When i saw pictures of
this phone i thought it was an older model, also because of the number
"C510". For some reason i just figured it wasn't one of the newer phones
SE have brought out. I searched for ages, looking for decent phones
as i always do. I looked at Nokia such as the N95,96, N79 etc as well
as the LG Cookie and others like that. I searched about the C510 and
found out it had only been recently released to my suprise. I managed
to negotiate a awesome £15/month deal with orange, worth £30 in store,
but the problem was the nokias i was keen on were going to be very expensive.
So, without reading a customer review, i plugged for this phone. I am
glad i did! -This phone has a great screen, it is very bright and the
wallpapers it coems with really show off how vibrant it is. -The camera
is better than average, it is on par with my dads Nokia N95 (which shows
it isn't all about the megapixels), but it is much much better than
my old Samsung U600. Therefore, i would say that unless you are aiming
to 'professionally' it is perfectly adequate. -Bearing in mind i also
have a Ipod Touch 2nd gen, i wasn't essentialy bothered about the music
capabilities, but this is also good although i haven't really used the
music player, but the FM radio is good through the external speaker.
-The Keypad is a very good size, the buttons are springy and easy to
use and also well spread out. It is a joy to text with after the stupid
Samsung T9 system. THis is one reason i plugged for the phone as my
old K750i was great to text with to. -It is a very sleek looking phone,
i have the silver one though i think there is a black one too. The camera
is well hidden behind its sliding cover which protects it to. -The charging
port is on the upper left side, which is unusual i think but has not
caused me a problem yet. -The menus are good and work quickly though
there has been a couple times when it has taken a while to do something.
By a while though i mean hardly any time, but some people can become
prustrated by this. It is important to understand though that it has
happened about twice in a week and therefore i think it would be very
weird if this stopped someone buying a phone. So, seems like i work
for Sony Ericsson so far from this review! There are a few little niggles.
-You cannot scroll through your messages, you must go back, and then
into another one. -Though i say the kepad is very well set out, i have
a couple times pressed the call or exit button instead of the soft keys,
but this is just me getting used to it i believe, not a problem. -Something
that really annoys me is that these new phones all seem to come with
stupid demos of games. I don't want demos i want a couple of free full
games. The C510 comes with i believe 4 demos, which i hate. Will have
to fid a site with some free ones. So if you've managed to get to here
in the review then i suggest you go and buy this phone as it really
is a classy phone. There are hardly any bad points at all. It is a well
rounded, well priced, well presented and wel designed phone! Any questions
just ask and ill try to give you an answer. Thanks.
Reviewed by betty from croatia on 13th Mar 2009
excellent phone ! only flaw it doesn't have a xenon flash...
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 13th Mar 2009
Hi all nice small phone packed with mp3 player 3.2 camera. only problem
is buttons are a bit small
Reviewed by bushra from london on 13th Mar 2009
Fantastic PHONE i love it soo much so many new feautures.. Thee camera
is good .. alsso thee musicc playerr veryy good phonee recommend it
too every wuun ;)
Reviewed by Adam from UK on 13th Mar 2009
I had to replace my SE w810i payg (which is a good phone) only because
had problem charging. I like SE because I can take the M2 card out (Using
adapter in w810i) and put it in new and off I go. I have had my eye
on c902 but very expensive, then I saw the C510 which is 3G and the
price. The orange sales guy said good phone for the money, just under
£100. Now I have had it for a week he is not wrong. What can I say about
it. It is excellent in all departments. Good camera with led, and hidden
when not in use. Music player good. One really good feature I must mention
is that it has a large screen and it is scratch resistant. I could go
on, but if you need a new phone and on a budget get this you will not
be dissapointed. A++++++++++++
Reviewed by Graham from UK on 11th Mar 2009
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Great phone so many features.