Hi guys, I got my new c510 4 days ago as a replacement to my aging 4 year old w800i. Here are my views about it. I was planning to buy T700 because I'm looking for a slim, lightweight phone that I can carry around along with my ipod touch (used it for music/web), but opted for c510 has I find it a little bit hard to type within the keypads of T700 and it was a bit too lightweight that I find it already uncomfortable, and the paint looks easily to peel off, so thats why I've chosen c510 over it, their price range is the same, only 100 pesos difference here in my location.
So far so good, my unit was doing well except for an isolated couple of restarts which was related to my aging simcard (9 years) and not with the phone, so what I did was upgraded my simcard from my provider (got a new simcard, but same number). I'm hoping this is just an isolated case of my aging simcard and not with the phones software.
As for the camera, yes, it's bad that they branded it as cybershot as the quality of photos are just average in day time and worst in night time/indoor (well, i'm sure almost all camphones are having a hard time at night, even dedicated point and shoot camera does suffer). But it has a great cool design camera cover. The LED light is not very strong enough to lighten up the subject at night, my w800 photo quality does it far better. But nevertheless I'm satified with it already as I'm not into cellphone photography. A dedicated pns camera for me would far be better. Plus LED light came very handy esp. at night, it does not have a torchlight function but you can always activate the light by going to video mode and setting the LED to turn on.
As for the music, I find it okay and loud enough when I use the onboard speaker, the headset that was bundled was just an average one and standard SE proprietary headset, no 3.5mm jack (I would not anymore mind the c510 music/web function as I got an ipod touch already which is far better couple it with a senheisser cx300 in-ear headphones.)
As for the phones built quality, so far the whole phone seems to be made of plastic, which is okay for me, but I'm just afraid of the paints like the wording "sony ericsson", "cybershot 3.2 megapixel auto focus" at the back of the phone as I find it the first ones to peel off and a cheap plastic battery cover. I notice that most sony ericsson phones suffers from peeling off but I'm sure almost all phones suffers from that too esp. when we used it everyday. I hope it would last long enough until I can buy again a new phone in the next 2 years or so.
As for the memory, sad to say, when I bought this one, it does not come up with any bundled m2 card, but it's good that they have thrown away 100mb internal memory which for me is good enough having few mp3 songs (for my ringtones) and at least a dozen more photos.
As for software, and user interface. As a former SE w800i user, I find it easy to adapt with the A200 software (very simple, easy to understand interface like the A100 software - I still prefer this simple straight forward layout than those Nokia symbian phones). It has an Accelerometer feature too. I notice that some themes makes the phone slow, so I recommend to just use the "clarity" theme (which is fast) or any other themes that SE have that does not include flashy interface coz if not it will make the phone menu slow. What I dislike was that there was no more "sleep mode" feature. It means you have to click the volume button or any buttons to see if you have missed calls, messages or to see the clock. This is very handy feature found on my w800 which I missed the most.
As for connectivity, the usual Bluetooth, and the USB cable - I find the USB feature to be great, no more software cd installers needed. Just plug the USB cable to the computer and you will find options (easy self explanatory options) that would transfer you files to and from the phone fast. I also found out that it uses the USB cable to charge the phone thru your computer.
As for battery, so far I have charged 1x only since I bought it 4 days ago (still need to monitor as this is a new phone, cannot really comment so much), but I'm expecting great results from SE with this one. This is one of the main reasons I'm still with SE coz they have great battery life.
Overall, after 4 days of use I can say that it's worth the price of PHP 8,890 with one year SE warranty. Even with its downside (due for its mid-range features), it's worth the upgrade from my aging w800 (peeling/fading/cracked all over it). Just don't expect too much from this budget phone but if your looking for a simple, lightweight (92g), standard call/text phone, this one would be great for you.
Itz a gr8 phon. Change wb and increase brightnes at n8 the photo wil b ok.itz always btr dan n73 me besids itz xn flash
And this phone got a very nice speaker. A bit low and soft but perfect. Nice design but the build is not of good quality. I have a black c510. The gray stripes is only painted and fades/chips easily. This phone is designed NOT to last. Take that. The user interface is very nice and intuitive (beats nokia). And the screen is very impressive (beats some 16m colors screen out there). That goes to say that 16m colors TFT is not everything. The music quality is a mixed bag. Very boosted bass which is most of the time is nice but some times a bit stuffy. I would have preferred a more natural sound but this phone would be just like any other phone. (Just buy another headset). Take this phone for what it is. Dont get your hopes too high on the camera performance of this phone. If only SE could improve the flash. And this phone is not that affordable. You have to buy an m2 card, and another headset if you're into music. Consider the accessories when you buy.
My phone is starting to hang & the screen 'blacking out'. I have the latest software version & I kept the phone memory free of user files. And this phone is very slow at times. To the guys unsure about the camera performance, this phone is pretty average. Very nice still/macro shots but very pathetic moving/night/portrait shots. The colors are very good but how can you appreciate it when its all blurry and dark? Try taking a pic of a dog's wagging tail and know what i'm talking about. Flash is useless too. BTW, Opera Mini is very fast. In fact i'm using my phone in this post.
Good day everyone.
the great phone!
Ive had around 4 months it works great
Very good video recording and quality of sound its wonderful
C510 is the best!
the c510 is one of the worst se phones i have used for arnd $250-$300..sadly sony hasn't even given this phone a propper camera!!it is the most pathetic camera..the flash is not at all affective..it doesn't really seem like a 2mp camera also!!i do not think this phone phone is a good buy..other things like accelerometer,motion gaming,etc. are good..
Amazing phone! Other than being slightly laggy, amazing none the less. I've had this phone for about 6 months now, but sadly it has been stolen. ): I'm now looking forward towards purchasing a new one. This phone has put up with my clumsiness, been through slight water damage (Fixed it myself!), and has been sat on repeatedly. Pretty durable phone I must say. For a phone set at a price for less than $200 USD, it is quite a deal for what you get. Camera quality is alright. When taking pictures with poor lighting, the result isn't amazing. Other than the quality when shooting pictures in low-lighting, nothing is wrong with this phone.
What's with all this comments? I have this phone and its awesome!! I have it for almost 5 months now! Camera quality is really good with such realistic colors and good contrast!! Night shots aren't the best but still acceptable especially with its PhotoFix feature! The phone is really really stable and I never ever had a single hang, freeze, or restart! Music on this phone is good too! The user interface is really one of the best! And the threaded SMS is such a cool feature! Internet is really fast aswell as uploading! The Facebook app is really great and the stepcounter and all that are awesome!! FlashLite themes are really amazing on this phone too!! The phone also looks really sexy and sleek! I really really recommend this phone! It has everything packed in it and will keep you entertained! It's really really awesome!!
I dont have any of the problems,users under my post talking about! I have it 2 mounths and it never hangs...im trying to remember but nothing...even once,hmmm no! Camer quality on my device and in my opinion is great for 3,2mpx camera! This phone is cheap...please remember that! Screen is great,music player is amazing with better headphones,baterry is good too! I love 6 amazing themes! Phone is just amazing,i have black color and it looks great,i love it! Anyone can buy this phone! SE rocks!!
hi guyz...my advise to u all..pls dont buy tis phone..i juz bought it 2 months ago n really dissapointed...its keep on hanging n the pic was not good...
Bull Sh*t phone
camera quality is very bad it seemd it is below vga quality
i have used it picture taken with this cel is not clear and become distored upon zooming
if any body is trying to buy this cel plz dont buy its useless to buy such a low camera quality phone.
Anonymous, 18 Nov 2009I had this phone for a few months now. Battery life is excellent. Sound quality is not too bad... moreDear, kindly confim the software version name & date. when you loaded software???
pls......guys , anyone tell me the latest version of update service for this phone................ thanks in advance..........
Ive just bought a nokia 6303 classic for my sister. Actually, my first choice was Sony Ericsson Naite but having seen its build quality, i changed my mind and went for 6303 instead. Although the camera is not at the top of its priorities, 6303 got a dual led flash thats really WORKING unlike c510 where its flash is a total disgrace/failure (and that's coming from a cybershot-branded phone). I've been waiting for a software update to fix this problem but i think that aint coming. I guess it a wake up call for me that there are phones that can give better value for my money. Time to try out other phones. I'm really really disappointed with the flash & nightshots of C510.