Nokia 515 review: Time machine
Loudspeaker is decent
The Nokia 515 relies on a single speakerphone that's located on the back. Nokia feature phone have always boasted excellent speakers and the 515 is no exception. In our dedicated loudspeaker test it managed a Good score.
|Speakerphone test||Voice, dB||Ringing ||Overall score|
|Apple iPhone 5||66.8||66.1||67.7||Below Average|
|Nokia Lumia 920||61.6||64.8||65.8|
|Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4||70.6||66.2||77.3|
This means you'll be able to hear the Nokia 515 ring even if you're in a loud environment. Its ringing sound will get to you even if you've been covered it with a pile of stuff or put it in a large purse.
Good audio quality
With no resistance applied to its line-out (when used with an active external amplifier), the Nokia 515 does decently well, achieving some good scores and garnishing them with about average volume levels.
Plugging in a pair of headphones leads to a rather large spike in intermodulation distortion and a moderate one in stereo crosstalk as well as a rather big drop in volume levels. Overall, the low-standing 515 does well, but it won't get any audiophiles excited.
And here come the full results so you can see for yourselves:
|Test||Frequency response||Noise level||Dynamic range||THD||IMD + Noise||Stereo crosstalk|
|Nokia 515||+0.10, -0.39||-87.9||88.2||0.023||0.034||-81.0|
|Nokia 515 (headphones attached)||+0.57, -0.61||-87.0||88.2||0.020||0.425||-47.9|
|Nokia Asha 501||+0.21, -0.27||-80.4||81.4||0.034||0.049||-82.3|
|Nokia Asha 501 (headphones attached)||+0.79, -0.33||-80.6||81.6||0.034||1.001||-53.6|
|Nokia Lumia 520||+0.16, -0.10||-82.3||82.7||0.0094||0.385||-81.8|
|Nokia Lumia 520 (headphones attached)||+0.40, -0.14||-82.3||82.7||0.014||0.502||-51.6|
|Samsung Galaxy Young||+0.72, -0.82||-91.4||91.5||0.022||0.095||-92.5|
|Samsung Galaxy Young (headphones attached)||+0.42, -0.02||-89.3||89.6||0.020||0.201||-59.2|
|Samsung Galaxy Fame||+0.11, -1.11||-87.8||88.9||0.0033||0.130||-88.5|
|Samsung Galaxy Fame (headphones attached)||+0.15, -0.96||-87.6||88.8||0.064||0.160||-48.4|
Nokia 515 frequency response
You can learn more about the whole testing process here.