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.
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
Summary: Whenever I’m using a Wi-Fi-only tablet, I invariably leave it at home or work — places I know that Wi-Fi networks are reliable and fast, where the device will actually be useful to me. That’s why LTE seems like such a natural addition to a device, bringing that connectivity everywhere — but it’s an extra cost, that can be hard to justify. And apart from the iPad and a handful of Android tablets, there aren’t that many LTE tablet options out there anyway.
Pros: Fast performance, Bright display, Great battery life, Built-in LTE
Cons: Prone to scratches, Limited app selection, Heavy keyboard case
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.
Excerpt: Nokia’s first ever tablet running Windows RT ; it’s an unknown quantity in an Android-dominated market, atop of which sits Apple iOS-based iPads, so is the Nokia Lumia 2520 a solid alternative or should we simply stick with what we know? When Nokia first unveiled its Lumia line it was founded on two key elements: the distinct look, feel and usability of Windows Phone OS, and simple, elegant, capable hardware.
Pros: Beautiful design and screen, Very affordable 4G tablet, Great battery life and fast charging
Cons: Windows RT still lacks apps, Minor bugs and crashes, Weak on-screen keyboard
Excerpt: In a few hours, Nokia’s first Windows RT 8.1 tablet goes on sale in the US on Verizon (AT&T gets it just 24 hours later ). It’s a momentous step both for Nokia and Microsoft, who so far have had a tough sell with the RT. In fact, Microsoft and Nokia are the last two manufactures to offer the stripped down version of Windows, with other OEMs opting for the more powerful 32-bit version on an Intel Atom or i5 processor.
Conclusion: Aggressive is a word that best describes Nokia’s strategy of late. And now that they’ve entered the tablet scene with a pretty good contender in the Lumia 2520 , it’ll be interesting to see where they go from here. The sky is the limit, right? As for the tablet itself, it’s no doubt a serious offering that captures the essence of what it means and takes to be a high-end thing.
Pros: Attractive design, Enhanced experience with Nokia branded apps