Sony Ericsson K510i Review – Mid-Range Candybar Model

Sony Ericsson K510i Review: Released in 2006, this was not too much of an original handset. One of the first phones released in the Sony Ericsson K-Series was the Sony Ericsson K500i – which was then quickly overtaken by the Sony Ericsson K750i (and its Walkman equivalent, the Sony Ericsson W800i) in the next year.

The Sony Ericsson K510i is a refresh of the original phone, but the lines are pretty much drawn now: this is a mid-range handset. In line with many other K-series handsets, the focus is on imaging, with the music left to the Walkman-based ones.  There are several related handsets which were released in succession: the Sony Ericsson K310i and the Sony Ericsson K610i are also upgrades of phones and come at slightly different price points.

In reality the market segmentation here was quite thin, and depending on the retailer the difference in price could be small. What couldn’t be denied was that K510i was a good upgrade over the Sony Ericsson K500i. The main aspect was the design, which was much more in line with the flagship models. The camera also got a good upgrade, doubling in resolution to 1.3MP.

Full specifications here.

These phones were popular and sold in numbers. The phone model gained a direct upgrade the next year – the Sony Ericsson K530i was a big improvement. By then the different model families were beginning to converge upon each other in terms of specification.

Sony Ericsson K510i Review: Pros

Phone design was subtly changed, with the phone featuring a more slimline shape with a minor keypad layout improvement.

The camera was improved substantially and was now a 1.3MP sensor. Video recording was available, where it previously was not on budget phones.

Photos looked much better on the phone. This was not only down to an improved resolution but an improved screen which now a 256K colour TFT display.

Transferring pictures was made much easier with the addition of Bluetooth.

Sony Ericsson K510i Review: Cons

Screen size actually declined on this phone to 1.8 inches and there was no improvement in resolution over the K500. There was sufficient space in the surround to make it larger.

The handset doubled the memory size, although did not contain an external card slot. This reduced the amount of data that could be stored on the phone.

Whilst the operating system was now tried and tested it lacked some features such as a radio which would have added to its versatility.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

It is fair to say the phone sold well, although the design is not unique. Many of the other Sony Ericsson phones of similar vintage offer the same basic layout. Due to this they should be easily available and towards the bottom of the price range.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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