Summary: Nokia's top-notch hardware is let down by Microsoft's lacklustre Windows 8.1, which still falls short as a tablet OS. There's still an alarming lack of dedicated apps, and the awkward touch-screen navigation of its desktop mode is begging for a mouse or stylus. We want to love the Lumia 2520, as its bright and cheerful glossy polycarbonate body is a zesty alternative to Microsoft's own drab and dreary Surface - but Windows RT 8.1 as a tablet OS still falls flat.
Summary: More light! Nokia's first and last tablet with Windows RT 8.1 has an incredibly bright display, a fast processor and the ability to access the Internet via LTE -- but it also has some unusual weaknesses. The software and camera are no more than average, and the manufacturing quality is not exactly up to par either. We expected more from a company who was once a mobile communications pioneer.
Pros: Quick performance, Micro HDMI, USB 3.0, MicroSD slot, LTE modem, Good battery life and charges quickly, Very good preconditions for VoIP calls, Cleverly positioned speakers with respectable sound, Bright, high-contrast display..., The bright and high-contrast display is great outdoors. Even if you hold it under direct sunlight, you can still see the display content.
Cons: ...with clouding, Slightly high black value, Pressure-sensitive case, Mediocre camera, Camera app frequently crashes, No ac-WLAN, Comparably heavy, We would like to have seen more stability in every area. If you press on the display frame a little, you will clearly see waves on the screen. Even just holding the tablet in one hand can cause this to occur.
Summary: If you can’t wait for the Surface to come out with a 4G LTE version, well, you really don’t need too. The Nokia 2520 is a solid alternative that offers a beautiful design with fun color choices, along with plenty of performance and a top of its class display. Overall, this is a really nice tablet that is unfortunately hampered by Windows RT’s weak app catalog.
Pros: Great out of the box color choices. Excellent bright and vivid display that holds up well under sunlight. Comes with Microsoft Office and other great Nokia apps like Nokia MixRadio. Built in NFC. Can store an 80% charge in just one hour. Super solid build quality with a nice soft touch finish for the black model. Built in LTE. Very good battery life of about 10 hours at full brightness. Rear camera performance is a little better than average for tablets.
Cons: Proprietary charger. Windows RT still lacks in the apps department. Lacks dedicated full size usb ports without keyboard case. MicroSD card slot can only be accessed with a paperclip. Wish it were a bit slimmer and lighter to compete better with the iPad Air. Display has some flex.
Excerpt: Years ago I was the ultimate Apple fan girl and wanted little to do with Android devices because they seemed clunky and lacked apps. Time went by, I dumped Apple, and have been firmly in the Android camp for a couple years. Now I find that Apple devices bore me to tears. I’ve tried a couple Blackberry devices, but they failed to impress me and are pretty much ready to have a fork stuck in them at this point anyway. But what about mobile Windows devices?
Pros: Gorgeous widescreen display, Long battery life, LTE connectivity
Cons: Larger than most tablets, Can't run legacy Windows apps, Some popular apps missing from Windows Store, No WiFi version
The Nokia Lumia 2520 lives in the shadow of the Surface 2
24 January 2014
Summary: Unless you want a Windows RT tablet with cellular connection, skip the Lumia 2520 and get the Surface 2 instead.
Pros: The Nokia Lumia 2520 features fast gaming performance and LTE support out of the box. Xbox Music is an incredibly robust streaming app, and Nokia Music allows you to listen to songs you don't own without an Internet connection. It includes the full version of Office.
Cons: It's thicker and heavier than recent tablets, and its pointy corners are distracting. The screen has a yellow tint, storage expansion is only accessible with a key or paperclip, and the keyboard accessory isn't as comfortable to type on as the Surface 2's.
Conclusion: If you have used Windows 8 and like it, and you’re OK with not installing legacy Windows 7 software, then this is a good tablet option for you. It will run you $500 and an additional $150 if you want a keyboard dock, which puts it at about the same price as the Surface 2. This tablet is just as nice as the Surface, and the price is roughly the same. The screen is slightly smaller, but the battery life is better.
Pros: Comfortable design, Great speakers, Superb battery life, MicroSD and SIM card support
Cons: Windows RT 8.1 interface can frustrate, Windows lacks app variety of iPad/Android, $500 price tag is steep, $150 price for keyboard dock is also steep, Rear camera doesn’t impress
Conclusion: The Nokia Lumia 2520 is a solid first entry into the tablet realm for the manufacturer, and a logical extension of its smartphone range. The slate is well-equipped, has instantly recognizable design, and, like Nokia's Windows Phone devices, comes with a number of useful, exclusive apps. Of course, like in the case of the Microsoft Surface 2, we are a bit skeptical about the choice of Windows 8.1 RT in the Nokia Lumia 2520.
Pros: 10.1" 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) ClearBlack IPS touchscreen; Gorilla Glass 2, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 SoC; quad-core 2.2GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Touch-optimized Windows 8.1 RT with deep Microsoft services integration, 2GB 800 MHz LPDDR3 RAM; 32GB of in-built storage (around 17.5GB user available), Micro SD card slot, up to 64GB supported, Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity with Wi-Fi Direct, HSDPA 42mbps and LTE 150Mbps connectivity, Micro...
Cons: Windows RT app availability is still confined to the Windows Store, Limited amount of good-quality apps available for the RT platform, Heavier than most other 10" tablets, Display resolution falls behind the competition in the same price range, There are compelling options with the full-blown Windows 8.1, some at a lower price, The keyboard dock adds considerably to the tablet's price and thickness
Conclusion: Nokia needed a tablet. It took its time with the Lumia 2520, and in many places that consideration shows. The decisions to go with a more usable display and a fast-charging system do make sense for what's billed as a tablet for work and play, and while the absence of a WiFi-only model does mean there's no low-cost model, you have to give Nokia some credit for sticking to its connectivity guns. Would we opt for the Lumia 2520 instead of the Surface 2?
Nokia Lumia 2520: A Solid Windows Tablet in Need of Apps
All Things Digital
12 December 2013
Excerpt: When you hear the name Nokia, you probably think of phones. But tablets? Not so much. That’s because the company has taken a wait-and-see approach to this category of mobile devices. Rather than rush out a product just for the sake of being able to say, “Hey, we have a tablet, too,” the Finnish cellphone maker decided to hold off until it could offer something that was different from the rest of the competition.