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Don’t expect a huge amount from the camera which tops out at 1.3 megapixels. My sample photo of the coloured dish shot under normal household lighting lacks brightness and definition. Its colours aren’t especially vibrant. This photo illustrates well a general camera issue that may annoy you. When taking the shot the dish was framed centrally in the phone’s main screen, with its ends right up against the edges of the screen. In the photo this is not what you get.
The photo of the poppies was taken on an overcast day. They are much more crimson than the photo suggests, and the image is short on finer detail.
On the other hand the battery life was pretty good. As usual I got the music player to play tunes continuously through the phone’s loudspeaker from a full charge and with the main screen forced to stay on. There was a low battery warning after eight and a half hours of music, and the phone finally gave up after a couple of minutes short of nine hours.
Given that there is comparatively little going on in this handset with which to really drain battery power – no 3G, no Wi-Fi, not much compulsion to use the mobile Internet – this battery life bodes well for those who need a phone to last a few days away from mains power.
The music player is a JAVA application, and it takes quite a few seconds to run after being selected. Thereafter, it offers enough features for the casual music listener. You’ve got pause, play, previous, next, forward and backwards scan and playlist management. There is 15MB of available memory for music or other data and a slot for a microSD card sits under the battery cover on the left edge so you can add more.
The mini USB power charger connector is good news when you do have to use the mains away from base, as you may well be carrying a charger for another device already. Headphones connect using mini USB too, though the phone supports output to stereo headphones via Bluetooth if that’s what you prefer. I can’t comment further on the headphones as there were none with my review sample.
Other software not already mentioned includes a voice recorder, calculator, calendar, alarm, world clock and a couple of JAVA games.
There is nothing about the W510 that makes it stand out from the crowd. But as a mid range handset it is stylish enough, fairly small for the hand and pocket, and has reasonably battery life.