Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on February 20, 2013

What are the key differences between the Nokia Lumia 820 and the Nokia Lumia 510? Does the 4.3-inch screen on the Lumia 820, eclipse the Lumia 510’s 4.0-inch display? Does its dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon CPU have more grunt? Compare the two phones for yourself in the table that follows.

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Nokia Lumia 820 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 820 VS Nokia Lumia 510
Display 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 4.0-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 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
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and VGA video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP No
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 68.5 x 123.8 x 9.9mm 64.9 x 120.7 x 11.5mm
Weight 160g 129g
Talktime 8.0 hours 8.5 hours
Standby 330 hours 653 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, free SkyDrive storage and it’s available in multiple colours GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, stereo FM radio and free SkyDrive storage

Nokia Lumia 820 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 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Connectivity

Let’s talk wireless connectivity, shall we? The Lumia 820 includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR. 4G connectivity is also baked in. 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. Nor is NFC.
— The Lumia 820 wins (1-0)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Size/Weight

Now for a size comparison. The Lumia 820 measures 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9mm. In comparison, the Lumia 510 is 120.7 x 64.9 x 11.5mm. The Lumia 510 is the shorter of the two phones by 3.1mm. Checking on weight, the Lumia 820 weighs 160g, while the Nokia Lumia 510 is 129g. The Lumia 510 has dropped points already.
— The Lumia 820 wins (2-0)

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Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Camera/Video

Nokia has built the Lumia 820 with a 8.0 Megapixel camera that boasts autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. There’s a VGA front camera for video chat and self portraits.

The Lumia 510, meanwhile, has a lower-spec camera – a 5.0 Megapixel model with a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels, plus autofocus, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and VGA video recording functionality.
— The Lumia 820 wins (3-0)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Display

The Lumia 820 boasts a touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack display, measuring 4.3 inches and delivering a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Packing 384000 pixels into this 4.3-inch screen results in an unimpressive pixel density of 216.977 pixels per inch (PPI).

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 820 features a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 216.977.

Lumia 510′s touch-sensitive LCD display only measures 4.0 inches. Like the Lumia 820, its screen has a 480 by 800 pixel resolution. With 384000 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 233.25 pixels per inch.
— The Lumia 820 wins (4-0)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Processor

As for the CPUs in this fight, inside the Nokia Lumia 820 there’s a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chip, ticking along at 1.5GHz. The Lumia 510 has a slower 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon processor.
— The Lumia 820 wins (5-0)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510

At the half-way point in this fight, it’s horribly one-sided with the Nokia Lumia 820 leading the 510 by 5 points to zero. This match-up already looks well and truly over. It’s easy to see who the winner will be…

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-1)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (7-2)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Storage

This next round tackles storage. We start with the Nokia Lumia 820, which comes with 8GB of built-in storage. The Nokia Lumia 510 is only available in a 4GB version. Of course, the Lumia 820 also features a microSD slot, which supports cards up to 64GB. This will boost the overall storage to a roomier 72GB. Nokia didn’t build an expansion slot into the Lumia 510, so 4GB is all you get.
— The Lumia 820 wins (8-2)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Battery Life

With a good overnight charge, the Lumia 820 boasts 8.0 hours of talktime according to Nokia, while the Lumia 510 is rated at 8.5 hours. Standby time is rated at 330 hours and 653 hours respectively. That’s a rare win for the Lumia 510 in this round.
— The Lumia 510 wins (8-3)

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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 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (9-4)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 820 wins! (9-4)

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