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The Sony Ericsson C510 is an affordable option for those who want all the features of a modern phone. Good camera quality, a number of features and an intuitive user face make a very viable option.

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      04.01.2012 22:33

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      Still better than my contract-renewal phone.

      I have had this phone for 2 ½ years and although showing a few signs of wear is still going strong. The feature that I am most impressed about with this phone is the camera. Admittedly you can get phones nowadays with 5mp and HD video but for the money this camera is excellent. So much so that I do not need a separate camera. A few summers ago I took a picture of a butterfly and it captures it beautifully. I have had it printed in a4 and it looks great, no pixilation at all. The camera lens is covered from scratches with a neat slider. My only problem with the camera is the flash. It doesn't really do the job but I never seem to need it as I take most of my pictures outside. The phone is also really easy to use with ok-sized buttons (difficult with gloves though) and a simple menu with clear symbols. Transferring media is easy, just plug it in, don't bother with the confusing software supplied and just drag and drop). After 2 ½ years of outdoor and college usage it is still performing well which speaks volumes for its reliability and build quality. A few of the decals have rubbed off and there are some scratches but it still looks quite smart due to the solid construction.
      There are, however, some downsides as always: the supplied handsfree headphones are great while they work with good sound quality but I have gone through at least 3 sets now (I do use them everyday though). They are also not cheap to replace. The only memorycard it takes is an M2 which is different to the much more common micro-sd and a bit more expensive. This is annoying if you already have a micro-sd from an old phone.
      In conclusion, I received a new nokia phone 6 months ago as part of my contract but I have given it away as after about 2 months it looked shabby, the battery life was shocking and the buttons are too small. I am much more happy with my Sony. Long may it last.

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      09.09.2011 20:06
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      A nice phone to have

      Sony Ericsson C510 Phone

      It is a few years now since I owned my Sony Ericsson C510 phone, however I found this review on my laptop and reaslied I hadn't yet published it.

      I ordered my phone from the 3 website and within 2 days it was delivered and I was busy setting it up, ready to discover a Sony Ericsson with a difference.

      The phone loaded up as a normal mobile does, after waiting a few minutes I started making my way through the menus and slowly personalising it. The first thing I noticed was the Menu screen is almost identical to the previous Sony Ericsson phones I have had, the menu screen consists of the following:

      The 12 main areas of the main menu screen are:
      * Messaging
      * Media
      * Alarms
      * Contacts
      * Radio
      * Calls
      * Organizer
      * Settings
      * Planet 3
      * Favourites
      * Entertainment
      * Cyber-Shot (Camera)

      Messaging
      The messaging area is the area for when you want to send texts, multimedia messages and emails (if your network allows you to).
      To type a text you are given the choice of non-predictive or predictive texting, I personally prefer predictive just because I find it a lot quicker, although when you try and type a word that isn't in the phones' dictionary it can take a little longer as you have to type the word in using non predictive text.
      Other than that very minor detail the messaging area is simple and easy to navigate.

      Media
      The Media area is a shortcut for viewing your photos, videos and listening to any music you have uploaded to the phone.
      There is a settings area where you have the option to view the above in portrait or landscape mode, however if you tilt the phone on its side in this mode you will find that the image flips on its side too. This feature was new to me on this phone and I have to admit that it kept me amused for a little while!

      Alarms
      The alarms area is as it sounds really, you will find 5 seperate alarms each with its own settings are for selecting an alarm tune, volume, snooze time and the days you want them to go off on. I found the alarm to be quite sufficient enough to wake me without the need for any other alarm.

      Contacts.
      Contacts section you will find all your phone numbers. Contacts has a settings area where you can choose how your contacts and numbers are displayed and also add details such as 2nd phone numbers, email addresses and personal addresses. Easy to use and navigate with the bonus that contacts can be sent via bluetooth so when you do decide to change your handset then you can simply bluetooth your contacts across if you don't have them saved to your sim card.

      Radio
      If you have a set of Sony Ericsson headphones you can plug them into your phone and listen to the radio. I have tried this option and found it easy to tune in and store the stations I like, the sound quality is pretty decent too. I dont use this function very often though as I prefer to use my mp3 player instead.

      Calls
      Theres not a lot to say about the calls area other than you will simply find a list of all your Dialled, Received and Missed calls and the times that these calls were made.

      Organiser
      The Organiser contains your My Stuff folder, Video Call, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Synchronisation, Timer, Stopwatch, Calculator and Code Memo.
      I wont go into them all in detail as they're all simple and easy to use little extras really. The My Stuff folder gives you access to pictures, videos, ringtones, themes and most things which you have stored on your memory.As I have said in a previous Sony Ericsson review I have mixed feelings about Code Memo and I don't use it as this is where you use the phones memory to store important personal numbers, credit card details, pin numbers etc, all protected by a security code which you choose.
      I have used the video call area simply to see if it was any better than the last time I had video calling and to be fair the picture quality was a big improvement but I still felt ridiculous so I haven't used it since!

      Settings
      This is the area for changing any tones, volume, call settings, times and dates, Bluetooth, display settings, and so forth. Basically if you need to make a setting change to anything on your phone but your not sure where to go then this is the place.

      Planet 3
      Planet 3 is the area of my phone where I can log onto 3's website and check information about my bill, check my current bill and see my remaining call allowance and messages aswell as browse the Planet 3 pages for any downloadable items.

      Favorites
      OK, this is possibly the most used area of my phone as this contains all what I would view as the best features. To start with when I got this phone part of my contract deal was unlimited free internet and MSN, and the Favourites area is the place to find these applications among quite a few others which I have recently found out are also free for me to use. The 3 Favourites area gives you free (depending on your service plan) access to Google, Yahoo, Skype, Email, MSN, Bebo, Facebook, You Tube, Myspace, BBC, Various games sites, Ebay and My3.

      My main uses are Facebook, which is pretty simple to use, you just log in when prompted and providing you select to save then your log in information will be stored and next time you click in you will be automatically logged in, once logged in it is kind of like a mini version of Facebook with a news feed and links to photos and profiles. Obviously services are limited however it is a great way to stay upto date!
      I dont really use any of the other features in this area, simply because if I did then I would constantly be using my phone as there is so much choice. I did find it useful though when I was camping as I was able to read and send emails as well as have a little chat on msn while relaxing by the tent. At this point I'd like to point out that other than feeling like you are constantly typing a text message then msn feature is almost as good as the real version and it even shows display pictures!

      Entertainment
      In Entertainment you will find even more links to the features already mentioned such as Facebook and Email. Aswell as this you will find Video DJ, Photo DJ and Music DJ, these areas all allow you to pick your item (photo, video, music) and edit it, this can be amusing to have a play with but it's nothing special! There is also a Location Services area which gives you acess to Google Maps, I have literally only just discovered this while writing about it here and have just had a play to see what it is like and to be honest it is like having google maps off your computer except it's on your phone, you can even ask it for directions! OK I'm going to stop playing now as I'm getting distracted!

      Cyber-Shot
      Lastly we have the camera. The camera is a Cyber-Shot 3.2 Mega Pixel one. You can access the camera by either using the menu key or by sliding the shutter on the back of the phone to the side to reveal the lens.
      The camera is simple to use, it options for self-timers, black & white, frames, multi shot and a settings part for things such as shutter sounds and quality settings.
      The quality of the photos taken is excellent, however you cannot zoom in while taking a photo unless you change the setting toVGA which unfortunatly makes the picture more grainy.
      The Video record funtion is also very high quality too, I have recently been to see Pink and Girls Aloud at the NIA in Birmingham and I got some fantastic videos of them along with very clear sound quality.

      ** Other Information **
      Now we've got the main part of the phone out of the way I'll just quickly cover anything I might have missed such as Bluetooth and USB cables.

      The phone comes with built in Bluetooth, which is simple to use and a great way of sharing pictues and ringtones without the expensive data charges you would get for sending them as a message.

      When I got this phone it came complete with a USB cable which enables me to be able to remove and add files such as pictures and music with the ease of simply plugging in the USB cable and following the on screen intructions. This is overall a fairly simple procedure.

      The Battery life on this phone is very good, it lasts me for about 3 days with almost constant use due to it having facebook and facebook being my addiction! Using the camera can drain the battery life a lot quicker if used constantly as I have done in the past on nights out and things.

      Problems
      So far (touch wood) I have encountered no problems with this phone and I am really pleased with its performance and all it's features.

      Overall
      All in all I think this phone looks great, it is lightweight and slim, there are some fantastic features including a great camera. So far this phone is performing well to all of my needs and I would give it a big thumbs up and recomend it to anyone :)

      Thanks for reading :)

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        15.08.2011 19:12

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        7/10 worth the money!

        I bought this handset a couple of years ago as i needed a cheap handset to keep me going. I have always been a fan of sony ericsson so i thought id give this handset a go as it had decent specifications.
        I must say i LOVED this handset and had no problems with it, the only reason i got rid of it was because i upgraded.
        The camera on this handset follows suit of must sony phones, this one is a 3.2 megapixel camera with a flash and zoom functions, it is above average and takes clear and decent images. The advantage of this camera being that it has a cover over it which stops it from being scratched.
        The battery life is brilliant (as all SE phones are to be honest) and you can get a couple of days usage out of this phone even when using it quite alot.
        The functions of this phone again are very familiar to other SE phones but this is quite good being a budget phone. It has good internet capabilities with the added bonus that is has 3G which means internet is alot faster than other phones on the market at this price. Access to social networking sites and emails is brilliant on this phone.
        The layout is also good with the buttons being really easy to press and the shortcut keys on the side are very well laid out. Also the look of the phone is nice with a blue strip around the outside of the handset making it look very well presented.

        Overall i rate this phone at a 7/10 well worth the money!

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        20.06.2011 21:37

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        Buy this phone if you just want a phone, not internet and so on!

        I bought this phone 18 months ago, on a £15 contract with Vodafone. This included unlimited texts and 300 minutes. It seemed like a relatively cheap, well-equipped phone that included everything I was looking for. As well as that, it is an attractive black phone, with silver trim and blue lights when the camera is opened.
        When it was new, it was a good phone, which loaded quickly and took good photographs. I put a 4GB memory card in it, as the one provided was a 2GB, and used the phone as an MP3 player for a long time. The headphones provided with it however were quite appalling, so I ordered a cheap adapter for normal 3.5mm jack headphones.

        However, after a couple of months, faults began to appear. It regularly took minutes to load areas such as the Messages section and the camera. The charger broke (which I think is a fault with all Sony Ericsson chargers in my experience) meaning that it needed careful tweaking to make it charge properly. I deleted all my messages and reset the system, but this didn't help how slow the phone was being.

        Overall, this phone is good for a phone without all the newest features, but can be infuriatingly slow and laggy. It does come with some good apps and features such as Google Maps however, but the internet is very slow even with 3G, so this is not much use.

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        21.12.2010 15:10
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        great mobile, worth the money.

        This mobile phone is the best one I have ever owned. It truly is.
        It has a fab memory, with the plus of having a memory card too. The picture quality is outstanding for a mobile phone at 3.2 mpixels. The standby time is true to advertised. I can go many days without having to charge this phone, however when it comes to actually charging it, you will need to ensure that you do so fully, not partly, as this will damage the stand by time in the long run.
        I'd recommend this to a friend as it is easy to use, very fast, has great picture and sound quality when it comes to games, music and internet access. Has built in facebook App, should anyone be interested in this. My problem with this is when it is switched on, every status update comes through as a text message, so I personally leave the app alone.

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          05.12.2010 00:11
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          Great phone, great for doing all the basic things a phone should do and a bit more

          I bought the Sony Ericsson C510, as my old phone had broken, and I wanted a cool, sleek phone. The C510 was it. It has a cool design, looks good, fits in the pocket well, and the camera cover slides back nicely. The large screen is nice, and plenty big enough for all the tasks needed to be done. The 3.2 mega-pixel camera is good, and the smile shutter feature works well, most of the time working, but only really with a big cheesey smile. It also has a 'flash', however this is just a couple of LEDs that turn on when taking a photo. Unfortunatley, unlike the C902, these LEDs cannot be turned on and used as a torch. The media player on the phone is good, and the speakers can produce a good amount of sound. It also has google maps, and the phone can be triangulated so the phone can also give you navigation directions in the car, however these can only be read rather than spoken out. A problem I did have with the phone is that the 4 directional keys sometimes got hard to press, however this wasn't so bad you couldn't press it at all. Overall a decent phone, that I enjoyed using, until mine got stolen!

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            26.11.2010 01:03
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            A good, easy to use budget phone, one of the best in its price range

            Technical Details
            The following are the technical details as listed by Amazon:
            Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
            Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
            Display Type TFT, 256K colours
            Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3, AAC ringtones
            Talk time Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 4 h (3G)
            Video calls

            Introduction
            The phone was marketed as a budget handset released in 2009, as an alternative to the pricier flagship Sony Ericsson models such as the C905. Offering a camera, radio and MP3 player amongst other features, in my opinion, the phone is a good choice for those who want a modern and affordable phone.

            The Radio:
            The built in Radio is awesome. I hadn't seen it as an essential feature when I originally brought the phone but it turned out to be incredibly useful. I mainly use it during boring car journeys, which means I no longer have to carry my Ipod everywhere with me! You can save up to 20 different radio channels.
            The downside of the radio is that you have to use headphones for it to work. I think there should be the option to play the radio out of the phones speakers AS WELL as the headphones? Also you have to position it in a really specific way for the headphone to pick up a signal. Often this meant me having to hold it up towards a window which was not only uncomfortable but looks stupid if you're doing this in public.

            Design:
            When I first brought this phone, I brought it for its features and reasonable price, not how it looked. Personally, I thought it looked quite big and dull. However, over time I've grown used to the design and now I really like it!
            The screen is really big which makes it easier to find and view things.
            Overall, I think the design is really sleek and slim so you won't be embarrassed to take it out in public.

            Camera
            At 3.2 mega pixels, the camera is really good for such a budget phone.
            The Cybershot camera is located at the back of the phone. You just slide the lens cover down and to use it then slide the lens cover back up when you're done. It's an easy to use camera and has a 'Photo DJ' feature which allows you to edit and play with pictures which you take. There's also a camera on the front of the phone which is used for video calls. I never use this feature because video calls are expensive but it's nice to have the option to be able to use it if I wished to.

            Main Advantages
            The cost - this is a great budget phone.
            Radio - My previous two phones didn't have a built in Radio, so I really love this feature and find it useful. It means I always have something to listen to on the bus, even if I forget my Ipod.
            Design - The large screen makes it easy to use and to see what you're doing.
            Easy to use/Navigate - It really doesn't take long to learn how to navigate your way around this phone. I'm quite a tech savvy person but some of the newer Iphones and Blackberry's are very confusing to me! In my opinion, one of this phone's strengths is its simplicity.
            Video calls - Ok so I don't use this feature at all but it's certainly a useful feature for anyone who wants it.
            Customization - Really easy to customise and there are some great wallpapers available for it. 'Energy City' is a favourite of mine, its a little scene of a digital city which has people walking around and cars driving by. It's really cute.

            Main Disadvantages
            The Signal - I can never seem to get a decent Signal on this phone! I live in a town just outside of Nottingham so it's not like I'm in the middle of nowhere...yet I'm lucky if I can get about 2 signal bars.
            Lack of games - When I brought this model, it appeared to come with a variety of built in games. I was pleased about this since I was always playing Quadropop on my last phone! However it soon turned out that these were just trials and further use of the games would require payment. I realise this isn't a big deal to most however it is something that annoyed me.
            Sound quality - I find it hard to hear people whenever they ring me, this is regardless of how high I have the volume turned up to. It's especially bad when im walking through the city centre, which I suppose can be said for any phone really. However sometimes people can sound muffled and far away, even if they are phoning from indoors and I am answering from indoors.

            Summary
            A good, easy to use phone.

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              01.10.2010 11:28

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              A good budget phone showing it's age slightly

              I have owned this phone a few months now and it's a pretty good phone. The phone comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera which comes from Sony's Cybershot range so the camera is ok but it's not the best on the market. The phone is worth around £60-£80 if you can find it at that price. For that money you get the camera as well as all the features you would expect on a mobile phone. The phone comes with bluetooth connectivity and 3G Internet. However the phone is beginning to feel a little outdated now the touchscreen phones and smartphones such as the IPhone are beginning to dominate the market. However the processing speed is still pretty good and is better than some of the new phones on the market. Also the phone is very reliable and is likely not to develop any faults in the immediate future. The phone is also well designed so overall it is a good budget phone with some nice features.

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              21.07.2010 17:08

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              If your going on contract go for it, dont pay anymore than £50 or so, otherwise buy another phone.

              I had this phone for 14 months before it broke due to apparent water damage.

              The phone is very good overall, with numerous little negatives, in my opinion at least. It has a large screen and looks very nice. The camera is 3.2 megapixel with autofocus, a flash and geo-taggingis, which i have found extremely good as far as phone camera's go! Obviously it cannot match the 5 and 8 megapixel camera's some phones now have, but you can get this phone for free on £15 a month contract so its not at all bad. The C510 also comes with 100 MB of memory, space for a memory card and Bluetooth. I had stored around 20 songs before it broke but im sure you could store more.

              The keypad is nicely designed and its easy to text with. I often find that keypads are extremely compact and you end up pressing two numbers at once, i never had a problem with this phone. Talking about texting, i had over 1000 messages in my inbox and over 1000 in my sent messages and the memory was not full, so its a great phone if you hate the hassle of having to delete messages when the memory quickly fills at 200 messages like a lot of the cheaper phones tend to do.

              Some negatives include that its easily damagable. For example, the buttons wear really easily, and i dont throw it around, but it scratches really easily and orange refused to repair it for me as it looked like i had chucked it on the floor many times.... which i hadnt.

              If your going on contract then i would recomment this phone, if your getting it free with the contract. However, if your buying the phone for full price, i would suggest a Samsung C3050, for £30, which i just bought as this one had broken, and its every bit as good, minus the camera and message memory.

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              13.07.2010 12:42
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              Buy this phone if you find it for £50 on PAYG

              Sony Ericsson C510i

              I am coming to the end of my 18 month contract with this phone now and am i a position to offer my opinion having used it constantly.

              First the spec Batt: 4hrs talk 350 hrs standby
              Internal Memory: 100mb upto 8gb external
              Camera: 3.2 mp with face detection, smile shutter, photo DJ
              The rest of the specifications can be found at :

              http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/mobilephones/overview/c510?cc=gb

              As I dont want to just produce a list and would rather talk about how it rates as a phone.

              This is a small thin plain candybar phone with a reasonably large screen for limited internet and games, the software runs at a good enough speed but it takes around 90 seconds to be usable at start up.

              Sound wise the Microphone is high quality and can be set louder than any other phone I have owned, the speaker is also of a high standard.

              Screen display is sharp and the menus are very easy to get around having been designed with lots of common sense, this is very easy to get to grips with.

              This is a decent phone if you just need a phone but there are some issues, The antenna is not as powerful as the w910i which my wife owns and consistently has 2 bars stronger signal, occasionally when I receive a text the screen display splits into 2 or goes upside down which needs a restart to repair and the thing freezes at least once a month.

              Build quality may be another problem, the silver detailling round the central navigation button has worn and is now a browny colour, the charge port is delicate and it can become tiresome plugging it in and un plugging it to try and get a connection and the memory card needs removed and replaced now and again as the connections for it seem to have deteriorated.

              The phone comes with the usual accessories like earphones and has facebook pre loaded. The internet runs fast and it can deal with more than one application open.

              All in I like the easy navigation the phone functionality the decent camera and the small convenient size but there are more negatives than I would have expected, thats why I am giving it 2 stars.

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                12.07.2010 13:33
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                Good phone - hopefully the software problems are fixed now!

                I had an absolute nightmare with this phone which is a real shame as I've had a couple of Sony Ericssons since Motorola don't seem to make many phones these days and have had no problems with them at all. I had this phone on an upgrade with Orange. A cracking deal, 600mins unlimited texts and 80mb internet for just £15 per month on 18 month contract. After about 3 months I had an issue where I couldn't access my address book and after switching off and back on, the phone was telling me it didn't have the correct battery and to install a Sony Ericsson battery. I called Orange, and they ran through a few things and then decided the software had crashed and swapped the phone out the next day for another one of the same. New phone, about 3 weeks later did exactly the same, losing data again! So Orange - who I must add were fantastic, sent out a new battery and credited my account with £25 so I could buy a battery incase the one they sent didn't arrive quickly enough! As I suspected, this made no difference and phone number 3 was shortly on it's way to me. Within a month, the software problem occured again and at this point I was offered a different phone - sadly not a Sony Ericsson this time but a Samsung (I'll be reviewing that later). Such a shame as when it worked, it was a great little phone and I'll definitely be looking to this brand when it's time for renewal later this year!

                Update - I've lowered the star rating as perhaps it was high considering the problems I have encountered.

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                  07.07.2010 20:51

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                  Solid, reliable phone that easy to use

                  This is another excellent phone in the Sony Ericsson range. I got this phone on a pay monthly contract a few months ago and so far I am very pleased. The menu is very simple and easy to use, very similar to previous Sony Ericsson's. The buttons may look small and fidly but it takes very little time to get used to them and once I did I found I could text just as fast as I could on my previous phones. The 3.2 Mega Pixel camera has some nice features and effects that can be used to produce some really good looking photos.
                  In terms of music it is not that great. It does come with a memory card but not big enough to store many songs, however it does have an mp3 player. I don't you would buy this phone for its music capabilities and it makes up for this in other areas.
                  If you're not looking for anything too flashy then this is a great, easy to use phone.

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                  06.07.2010 17:19

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                  sony ericssom c510 with 3.2mega pixel camera

                  Got this phone on pay as you go in black and I really like it. Its a good size as its not to big or small and is quite light in weight. The phone has a 3.2 mega pixel camera with auto focus and a sliding lens at the back of the phone which when you slide down automatically opens up your camera on the phone. Also the camera has digital zoom, photo fix, face detection and video recording and you can switch between landscape and portrait mode simple by rotating the phone onto its side. It comes with three games on it but only one of mine were free to play whereas the others are 25p each play. There is a phone memory of 100mb and has space for a memory stick micro of up to 8gb. I only need to charger my phone up about twice a week which I think is really good as my previous phone had to be charged up every second day! Other features of the phone are blue tooth, mp3, internet access and all the normal stuff like calendar, timers, calculator and phone book. I personally think the phone is quite sturdy as I have a tendency to drop my phone everywhere I go. Its been dropped down stairs, fell out my pocket even fell into the toilet haha! And after all that it still works. There are a few scratches but I suppose that would be expected by the amount of times it has been dropped! The only problem I have had with the phone is the down bottom seems to stick now and again and when that is fine the top bottom then sticks. It not a big problem but can be rather annoying when you are trying to write a message.

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                  27.06.2010 09:15
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                  Sony Ericcson C510

                  Coming out at the start of 2009, the Sony Ericsson C510 came out as a mobile phone in the brand's Cyber-shot range and so is made for its photographic capabilities. It features a 3.2 megapixel camera, has 100 MB of memory and supports Bluetooth technology. I got this one as my first contract phone and felt that it was a great choice. It's a stylish phone with a number of specialised functions which don't require any specialist know-how.

                  The phone is visually satisfactory and gives off a sleek look and design that you'd want to own. I got the phone in black (it's also available in silver) and found that its look seems to be unisex with no real tendency to lean towards either gender with its look. I found that it was light and a decent size to fit well on your hand. Its dimensions make it easy to operate and are well-suited to its chocolate bar form factor. I felt that the buttons weren't as satisfying to press as some phones, but you'll adapt to its style quickly as it seems to be light be make it easy to text and even instant message on.

                  I found that as I've been used to the sort of phone which tends to be able to withstand a lot of damage and will last a long time, this one was a little flimsy and lacked the same robustness as I've found with all the other ones I've owned. Within three months I managed to crack the screen and almost completely totalled it through water damage (however it recovered with the later incident). This is certainly something that holds it back, but something you tend to have to put up with when you're dealing with more advanced and sensitive technology.

                  The 3.2 megapixel camera on it is excellent and one that you're not going to have any problems with if you're not usually the type to take many pictures on a mobile. It does all that you'd expect of a modern phone with very clear images with a lot of depth and a massive improvement to what I've had in the past. In order to operate this feature, all you need to do is just flip down the back and it'll go into Cyber-shot mode. I found that this made it very easy to use and from there it was simple to create a short video or snap a few pictures without effort. If you're not using it for that purpose then it's just as useful as a torch.

                  In addition to the main camera on the back, there's also on the front too in order to allow you to make video calls. I found this to be a nice inclusion to the phone and certainly makes it more desirable. Obviously the quality of the images are lower with this camera, but it still seems to do the job and is suited to its purpose. This is just one example of all the sorts of additional extras which Sony Ericsson seemed to have fit into this phone.

                  The battery life on this phone tends to be quite standard for what's expected of a phone of its sort (one with a variety of technological features) and so seems to only really last a couple of days before it starts gasping for breath. This is, of course, when using it regularly through texting, phoning and using applications such as its MSN Instant Messenger or perhaps the internet since its able to do so.

                  This mobile does everything for me. It gave me a reason to want to take pictures on a mobile (since ones on older models made doing this pointless) and offers a range of useful applications and functions which you may not have used in the past, but you will find useful. You can pick one of these up for about £70 and I felt that this was a very good price for all that you get. Although this price is for PAYG (and so may not come along with certain applications which will be desirable to some) it will obviously come with the main feature in the camera and that's all that's important here.

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                  A phone with bad ear speaker

                  Got this phone with an £18 a month 3 contract - read my 3 review to see what I think of this network, but I'm here to talk about the phone, not the cr*p h*le of a network that's supporting it.

                  The phone itself is a nice size for me, just big enough to not feel like you're holding a lotus flower and not so big you feel like you're carrying your living room remotes around with you.

                  Entertainment wise it has games - none free had to pay for them to unlock them; an mp3 player where you have to buy a bigger memory card to actually store enough songs for some semblance of musical enjoyment. A location services powered by google maps, also pay per minute. A track ID that's free but utterly useless - no where near as superior to the iPhone's but who cares if I want to know a track I usually ask someone.

                  The phone has blue tooth which works perfectly. The camera is 3.2 MPixel which is pretty decent, slightly blurred when the picture is put onto laptop. The video recorder is at a small frame rate so as with most mobiles the video is pretty awful - but again who cares I want a phone.

                  Now, here lies the problem. I do like technology and all the whizzy gizmos that fly around but when it comes to phones all I want to do is text and phone. The text system on this is brilliant with your standard choice between predictive and normal. To the predictive, I've been adding words to my dictionary including the word 'dooyoo' and the memory is still fine. So, text wise everything great. Now calling, here lies the problem. The ear speaker is awful. The caller sounds like they're talking through a pillow behind a telephone box. No matter how loud, quiet etc, nothing works properly, so call wise, not good.

                  Build quality is not particularly brilliant. I'm not clumsy but already bits are wearing away on it, and the down key gets stuck every now and then which is pretty horrendous.

                  Other than these gripes, the phone does a job and I thank it for it - think my main gripe is with Three that controls it.

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