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Samsung u510 review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Samsung u510 currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 56 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
1+ MP



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Samsung released the u510 on March 18, 2007.


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Samsung backs up the u510 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Samsung u510's screen size is Unknown with 176 x 220 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1100 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 16 days standby time.

Samsung u510 Specs

Overview
Release date March 18, 2007
Regions available Canada
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 64 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.28 W/kg
Body: 0.86 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.3 x 4.6 x 1.7 cm (3.7 x 1.8 x 0.7 in)
Weight 87 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display Monochrome OLED, 96 x 48 pixels
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters
15 fps, up to 0 minutes
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SCH-u510, SCH-u510T

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Texting is IMPOSSIBLE

Man I really hate this phone. I got it for prepaid a couple of months ago and i see all my friends with their cool android phones. If you don't care what it looks like and use it to just make calls, then that's fine. Texting, is a whole different story. Either I can't figure out how to add new words to...More
Man I really hate this phone. I got it for prepaid a couple of months ago and i see all my friends with their cool android phones. If you don't care what it looks like and use it to just make calls, then that's fine. Texting, is a whole different story. Either I can't figure out how to add new words to the dictionary or it's plain ole' not possible but texting is miserable for me, especially for slang. I like to think of myself as not really that fickle when it comes to electronics when it comes to electronics, but I can't wait to buy a new phone. Less

First Phone So Worth It . Dont underestimate

This is my first phone but Ive checked out everyone else phone and compared them to mine... Even if this doesnt have a keyboard or even long recording for videos, the resistance is incredible and its a pretty good phone when it comes to prepaid. Bad thing is sorta the fact that you cant exactly use dif...More
This is my first phone but Ive checked out everyone else phone and compared them to mine... Even if this doesnt have a keyboard or even long recording for videos, the resistance is incredible and its a pretty good phone when it comes to prepaid. Bad thing is sorta the fact that you cant exactly use different type of headphones, the phone cant get ring tones via the micro SD card and it can only take 15 seconds of video. However, despite this, its got a great resistance, has good value, built-in camera, a music player that can make playlists and one of my personal favorite, built-in flash. Its really good if its your first cellphone from a prepaid payment. I recommend to anyone who wants resistance and wants music. Also the speaker is great on this little one. Less

Horrible phone..

Bought this phone brand new almost 3 years ago and had nuthin but problems, mp3 player always turns it self on and always has. Poor reception and echos almost everywhere. The light sensitive buttons work when they want. But i must say the phone has lasted even with much abuse and me not really caring about it anymore.
Bought this phone brand new almost 3 years ago and had nuthin but problems, mp3 player always turns it self on and always has. Poor reception and echos almost everywhere. The light sensitive buttons work when they want. But i must say the phone has lasted even with much abuse and me not really caring about it anymore. Less

Great Phone

Overall a pretty solid phone. It's sleek, it works well, and has plenty of useful functions. I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone.

Excellent phone

This has been my favourite of several cell phones. Although it is discontinued, you can often get a refurbished (like brand new, trust me) on telus's site. they give you a free $50 pay as you go card, and the phone for around $80, meaning the phone itself is $30 apparently. thats an amazing deal, and i...More
This has been my favourite of several cell phones. Although it is discontinued, you can often get a refurbished (like brand new, trust me) on telus's site. they give you a free $50 pay as you go card, and the phone for around $80, meaning the phone itself is $30 apparently. thats an amazing deal, and it shipped to me in 1 day! Anyway, now to the phone. I've heard some people gripe that the phone has started calling people in thier pocket because the keys are too sensitive. First off, you must have pretty tight pants for that to happen, and secondly, you can turn down the sensitivity of the keys in the options menu. Its a small, relatively simple phone with MP3, Camera and video, internet and even gps as an available system (although it probably costs a lot to have the gps monthly). Its relatively durable, as i have dropped it a fair amount, but dont think you'll be able to drop it from the top of a skyscraper and then expect it to work. It's easy to text on it, but takes a little getting used to, as do all phones. A wierd thing about it is you can have 500 contacts! I don't really think anyone would ever fill that space with more than 150 people, so you should be able to add all your friends and your enemies. It also prevents spam messages by simply alerting you to the fact that its a duplicate, and then deleting it. the only problems i have with it are with its camera. the video is only 15 second clips, but the most annoying thing about it is the pictures. they always are cropped or extended to be landscape pictures, and when set as a background they dont cover the whole screen. it says you can take pictures in portrait or landscape, but the portrait view is just decieving. Overall though, if you want a cheap pay as you go phone thats simple,small and easy to use, this thing is perfect for you. Less

It's Pretty Good...

I own the phone and I like it but i have been experiencing problems with the soft key (the touch ones) when it charges it's a really good phone and i would recommend it to anyone who is the average cell user just not to the average business person.

Not Bad, Does What It Should

Summary: Not bad, not bad at all! Looks nice, works fine, and suits my needs. And I've owned this phone since mid-July. This review may be a bit long....Please bear with me =) This is just my experience with the phone, and it may or may not apply to you. Also, I might be "easier" on the evaluation tha...More
Summary: Not bad, not bad at all! Looks nice, works fine, and suits my needs. And I've owned this phone since mid-July. This review may be a bit long....Please bear with me =) This is just my experience with the phone, and it may or may not apply to you. Also, I might be "easier" on the evaluation than what some of you may wish... ------------------------------------- Design: 9/10 Reason: Why would they stick the microSD card slot UNDERNEATH the battery?? There's no way to quickly swap microSD to and from your computer/other phones. Aside from that, I've got no further complaints about the physical design. I love slider phones =) The raised ridge at the navigation buttons and at the speaker (the one above the screen) prevents the phone from getting scratched being put face-down on a flat surface. I thought that was a pretty good idea. ------------------------------------- Performance: 9/10 Reason: Well, it does what I need it to do pretty consistently. (See Features comments for more details.) No problems whatsoever with voice calls or texts. Sometimes the phone would freeze or be non-responsive while browsing through my pictures gallery, but it's not a usual/regular occurrence. Oh yeah, more battery life is ALWAYS welcome, even though as it is (4 months old) it's still got approximately 5-6 days of light-to-average use per charge. ------------------------------------- Features: 8/10 Reason: I only use a VERY limited set of the features that are included by default, so this evaluation is based ONLY on the features that I use. I do not use the following: Calendar, instant messaging, GPS, mobile radio, mobile TV, downloads of any sort from Telus, or mobile backup. The Features rating is based on satisfaction with: Voice-activated dialing, touch-sensitive keys, taking pictures, occasional music, send/receive texts, voicemail, and of course, regular phone calls. I don't use the Calendar or Scheduler because it does not display repeating commitments on subsequent days. I would set an activity as repeating weekly on Monday, starting from Nov.10 at 7pm (for example) but I would not be SHOWN that I've got a commitment at 7pm on Monday the 17th. This isn't JUST with this phone though. I know for certain that the LG580 also has this problem, and since the only common link between the two phones is the service provider, this fault is not phone-related. Voice-activated dialing by default is not sensitive enough (in my opinion) to be efficient. But, you can change the settings so that it's more sensitive (which I did). Doing so will require more precise voice input though, so if your voice isn't being recognised then just revert back to the defaults. Touch-sensitive keys really should be used on max sensitivity. Anything less and it would have too much lag and you'd get frustrated. Don't worry about the heat from your face/ear activating those keys accidentally; the touch-keys lock during voice calls. Pictures are really just the occasional random shot in order to poke fun at friends with =) Quality's not bad, but really, since I know that this is a PHONE and not a CAMERA, I'm not too picky about this feature. There IS flash for those night time pictures too... Video recording length is capped at 15 seconds no matter where I choose to save the recording. I've currently got a 2GB microSD card (purchased for under $10 tax and SD-adapter included!) so I really don't know why I can only record my life in 15-second segments. But I don't use this feature at all, so it doesn't bug me. Music listening can be a little difficult in a large room or open area because the external speaker (on the back) isn't loud enough for me. But I'd just use the headphones if I really wanted to hear the music, and for extended listening I'd use a device that was specifically designed for that purpose. Sending and receiving texts is really variable. I find that when I'm texting to friends on Rogers phones there's a delay of a few minutes, but texting to other CDMA carriers like Bell or Solo etc. is pretty fast. Predictive text input is decent, although sometimes I do need to press the DOWN nav-key so that the second half of the word doesn't screw up the spelling of the first half. And yes, if you're doing the "Abc" input method, you press DOWN rather than the RIGHT nav-key to select the letter. So for example, the "igh" sequence would be tapped out like this: 444DOWN4DOWN44. I actually got this tip from reading another review from this site, but I haven't found the author yet... Voice-mail and regular phone calls are good! I have no problem hearing the other person, and the other person's got no problem hearing me. I can't compare reception strength though, because different phones and carriers would just be too much of a hassel to compare by myself...=] And thanks to my number being from a city in the middle, I can receive and make local calls from cities roughly 1.5-2 hours drive from each other by highway! ------------------------------------- Final Thoughts: All in all, I'm happy with this phone. Sure, things could be better, but then again, things can always be better. This phone suits my needs well, and so I'm satisfied with it for what I need it to do. I hope you found this review helpful in your decision. Less

Not a great Phone! Poor reception!!

This phone has some good features in that it is small, light and is fairly easy to use.... However it has the worst reception I have ever had on a cell phone!! I live in the Mountains, which is a true test of a phones reception, and this one fails miserably! As other reviews have noted it also has th...More
This phone has some good features in that it is small, light and is fairly easy to use.... However it has the worst reception I have ever had on a cell phone!! I live in the Mountains, which is a true test of a phones reception, and this one fails miserably! As other reviews have noted it also has the nasty habit of unlocking itself in your pocket and redialing the last number. Fortunately for me its poor reception has prevented it from connecting on all of these unwanted calls!! I do not recommend this phone to anyone who lives in areas where reception can be an issue. Less

best phone so far, not to mention only phone

This is my first phone, I got a refurbished one from telus on pay and talk for 80. The touch sensitive buttons are hard to get used to and the battery doesn't have that long of a life. I can't compared this to any other phones I've had because I haven't had any other phones. But still I would recomend this phone.
This is my first phone, I got a refurbished one from telus on pay and talk for 80. The touch sensitive buttons are hard to get used to and the battery doesn't have that long of a life. I can't compared this to any other phones I've had because I haven't had any other phones. But still I would recomend this phone. Less

Jsut bought it today.

I jsut bought my Samsung U510 today for 79.99 PREPAID and it came with 50 dollar credit from Telus. It was a 3 day sale at Bestbuy and Bestbuy Mobile. It's a great phone. I know how it says 1GB max but 2GB is able to work. I use it mostly for MP3 and text. Never tried text but the sound quality is re...More
I jsut bought my Samsung U510 today for 79.99 PREPAID and it came with 50 dollar credit from Telus. It was a 3 day sale at Bestbuy and Bestbuy Mobile. It's a great phone. I know how it says 1GB max but 2GB is able to work. I use it mostly for MP3 and text. Never tried text but the sound quality is really good. But not as good as Samsung MP3's which coem with DNSE 2.0 Well its a great phone you should all buy it! Less
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