Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on February 28, 2013

Is the Nokia Lumia 520 a smarter mobile phone than the Nokia Lumia 510? Is the 4.0-inch display on the Lumia 520 better than the Lumia 510’s? Does it feature a more versatile mobile processor? Will the Lumia 510’s 5.0MP camera take better photos? Find out which phone is the best below.

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Nokia Lumia 520 VS Nokia Lumia 510
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 4.0-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 7.5
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 4GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and VGA video recording
Front
camera
No No
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 64.0 x 119.9 x 9.9mm 64.9 x 120.7 x 11.5mm
Weight 124g 129g
Talktime 9.6 hours 8.5 hours
Standby 360 hours 653 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, stereo FM radio and free SkyDrive storage

 

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Connectivity

The Lumia 520 is well-specced and includes 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP connectivity. But no 4G. Nokia has jammed its handset with 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR. 4G isn’t supported here either.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Size/Weight

Let’s get the tape measure out… The Lumia 510 is the wider of the two, measuring 64.9mm to the Lumia 520′s 64.0mm. The Lumia 510 is the taller handset, measuring 120.7mm to the Lumia 520′s 119.9mm. The Lumia 510 is slightly tubbier than the Lumia 520, weighing in at 129g. The Lumia 520 is 5g lighter at 124g. The Lumia 510 trails by a point going into round #3.
— The Lumia 520 wins (2-1)

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Camera/Video

First, let’s examine the Lumia 520, which packs a 5.0 Megapixel camera (2592 x 1944 pixels) with extras that include: autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. The Lumia 510′s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and VGA video recording) equals the Lumia 520′s.
— The Lumia 520 wins (3-1)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Display

The Lumia 520 boasts a touch-sensitive IPS LCD display, measuring 4.0 inches and delivering a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Packing 384000 pixels into this 4.0-inch screen results in pixel density of 233.25 pixels per inch (PPI).

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 520 features a 4.0-inch IPS LCD display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 233.25.

The touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Lumia 510 is the same size. There’s no difference in the resolution. With 384000 pixels on the 4.0-inch screen, the pixel density is 233.25 pixels per inch.
— The Lumia 520 wins (4-1)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Processor

Crack the phones open and the Nokia Lumia 520 is powered by a dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor, clocked at 1GHz. The Lumia 510 has a slower 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon chip.
— The Lumia 520 wins (5-1)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510

Halfway through this fight, the Lumia 520 has opened up a useful 4-point lead. But this isn’t over. Let’s see what the Lumia 510 has to offer in the second half of this fight…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-2)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (7-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Storage

The Next battleground is storage. With only one option, the Nokia Lumia 520 has 8GB of internal storage. The Nokia Lumia 510 offers one version too, with a 4 capacity. The 8GB in the Lumia 520 trumps the 4GB capacity of the Lumia 510. However, the Lumia 520 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 72GB. The 4GB storage on the Lumia 510 can’t be extended, as there’s no memory card slot.
— The Lumia 520 wins (8-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Battery Life

With a full battery, Nokia boasts 9.6 hours of talktime for its Lumia 520, versus 8.5 hours for the Lumia 510. The standby times are 360 hours for the Lumia 520 and 653 hours for the Lumia 510. So it’s a last-place finish for the Lumia 510 here.
— Lumia 520 (9-3)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 520 also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Lumia 510 features GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, stereo FM radio and free SkyDrive storage.
— The Lumia 510 wins (9-4)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 520 wins! (9-4)

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