Sony Ericsson C510

Sony Ericsson's latest Cyber-shot mobile phone is the most affordable one yet.

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Sony Ericsson C510
  • Sony Ericsson C510
  • Sony Ericsson C510
  • Sony Ericsson C510
  • Expert Rating

    3.75 / 5


  • Simple, stylish design, camera features, sliding lens cover, HSDPA-capable, user interface, great screen


  • Controls and keypad a little small, lack of Xenon flash, proprietary headphone jack

Bottom Line

Sony Ericsson's C510 Cyber-shot mobile phone represents excellent value for money at this price. It won't wow you with its features, but this is a more than capable mobile phone with a stylish design.

Would you buy this?

A feature-packed yet affordable 3G mobile phone, Sony Ericsson's C510 Cyber-shot boasts a 3.2-megapixel camera with sliding lens cover, a dual-LED flash and HSDPA connectivity. Although its features don't stray from the norm, the C510 is great value for money at this price.

The Sony Ericsson C510 is a candy bar mobile phone that has a straightforward, yet sleek design. Controls are relatively simple, with a five-way navigational pad that is flanked by two selection buttons, answer and end call keys, and shortcut and clear buttons. Using these controls is a comfortable enough experience, though some users will undoubtedly find them a little small, and the edge of the navigational pad can dig into your fingers.

The buttons on the Sony Ericsson C510's keypad are slightly raised, but the size of the entire pad is a little small, so the keys are fairly close together. It doesn't take too long to adjust to, but the design could have been improved. Thankfully, the user interface remains excellent. Icons and menus are clearly labelled, and the C510 doesn't suffer any noticeable lag when scrolling through items or opening applications.

The key feature of the Sony Ericsson C510 is the 3.2-megapixel Cyber-shot digital camera. The sliding lens cover is excellent, attempting to replicate the lens covers found on many standalone digital cameras. The camera features autofocus, a dual-LED flash and digital zoom. The pixel count is a little underwhelming, and we would have appreciated a Xenon flash for night-time photography.

Sony Ericsson has integrated a number of useful features into the C510's camera application. Particularly welcome is the row of illuminated shortcut keys that are available on the 3, 6, 9 and # keys when the camera application is open. You can use these buttons to adjust the shooting mode, scenes, focus and flash. Also new is Smile Shutter, a mode that automatically takes a photo when it detects a person's smile. This works surprisingly well and quickly snaps a photo as soon as someone smiles, though it can be difficult to get a clear photo.

Despite not being a Walkman-branded handset, the Sony Ericsson C510 is still a capable multimedia phone. It uses a tiered media interface similar to most of the Walkman handsets, incorporating photo, music, video and Web feed menus. Included in the video menu is a YouTube application, allowing you to search and play videos and access your account details. The built-in accelerometer comes in handy here, as the videos automatically enter full screen mode when the phone is tilted. For most part, watching video on the display is crisp and clear and the screen is large enough for comfortable viewing.

Sony Ericsson's TrackID feature is also present — it allows you to record a few seconds of any song and send the snippet to a music database. If the song is recognised, the title, album and artist name are sent back to you. A2DP Bluetooth and an FM radio are also available, though the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack or adapter does put a damper on things. For extra storage, a Memory Stick Micro (M2) card slot is included, though there is no card in the sales package.

The Sony Ericsson C510 is HSDPA-capable and includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity, but no Wi-Fi or GPS (though Google Maps is included). Voice calls are crisp and clear but incoming audio could have been a little louder — this is a trend we've noticed on many of Sony Ericsson's latest mobile phones.

Other features of the C510 Cyber-shot phone include a front-mounted VGA camera for video calls, and some of Sony Ericsson's proprietary applications such as VideoDJ, PhotoDJ and Music DJ. There are also remote control and sound recording functions and a host of organiser features including calendar, tasks, notes, alarms, calculator, synchronisation, timer and stopwatch.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?