Nokia 515 review: Time machine

Time machine

GSMArena team, 20 November 2013.

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 testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score
Sony Xperia Z60.1 58.361.6Below Average
Apple iPhone 566.866.167.7Below Average
Nokia Lumia 92061.6 64.865.8Below Average
Nokia 51566.3 66.677.2Good
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini66.3 64.875.1Average
HTC One69.3 66.675.9Good
Samsung I9505 Galaxy S470.6 66.277.3Good
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active72.7 66.678.1Good
LG Optimus G74.671.382.7Excellent

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:

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Nokia 515+0.10, -0.39-87.988.20.023 0.034-81.0
Nokia 515 (headphones attached)+0.57, -0.61- 0.425-47.9
Nokia Asha 501+0.21, -0.27-80.481.40.034 0.049-82.3
Nokia Asha 501 (headphones attached)+0.79, -0.33-80.681.60.034 1.001-53.6
Nokia Lumia 520+0.16, -0.10-82.382.70.0094 0.385-81.8
Nokia Lumia 520 (headphones attached)+0.40, -0.14-82.382.70.014 0.502-51.6
Samsung Galaxy Young+0.72, -0.82-91.491.50.022 0.095-92.5
Samsung Galaxy Young (headphones attached)+0.42, -0.02-89.389.60.0200.201-59.2
Samsung Galaxy Fame+0.11, -1.11-87.888.90.0033 0.130-88.5
Samsung Galaxy Fame (headphones attached)+0.15, -0.96-87.688.80.0640.160-48.4

Nokia 515 frequency response
Nokia 515 frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 15 Jul 2020
  • gAn

What do you mean? Both SIM cards work together

  • Nokia freak
  • 31 May 2020
  • Tun

Can i take calls and send messages with this phone when i have Dual sim or do i need to switch simcards all the time.? I want to be connected to 2 simcards all the time so People can call me. Plz answer.

  • Toufiq
  • 19 Sep 2016
  • X$R

The price is a bit higher