Excerpt: This is likely the first and last Windows RT tablet from Nokia. Nokia has sold its phone and hardware business to Microsoft, and plans to leave the business it helped create behind. The Lumia 2520 is also probably the only RT device outside of the Surface 2 we will see this year, because no manufacturers seem willing to make a Windows tablet that isn’t compatible with older Windows 7 applications.
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
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.
Conclusion: So how does Nokia’s report card look in light of the 2520? Design and hardware undoubtedly get an ‘A’. It’s a strong statement; a bold, powerful slate with character that should serve a myriad of users well. Windows RT will pose a few problems for some, especially as the likes of iOS and Android undoubtedly offer a lot more flexibility and functionality thanks to their respective app stores, but the basic experience should be commended.
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: Battery Exclusively relying on 4G LTE connectivity, the 8000 mAh battery inside of the Lumia 2520 delivers a battery life that we’re comfortable of getting nowadays. With heavy usage, it’s able to pull out a solid day with a fully charged battery – a tally that we consider average. Conclusion Aggressive is a word that best describes Nokia’s strategy of late.
Pros: Attractive design, Enhanced experience with Nokia branded apps
Nokia Lumia 2520 review: a good Windows tablet, not the best for typing
21 November 2013
Summary: Considering the Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first Windows tablet, the company produced a strong product its first time out. Because it's so lightweight, the 2520 is easier to use in tablet mode than the Surface 2, and that stunning 665-nit display makes the experience even sweeter. Add to that long battery life, a high-quality camera and some generous pricing ($499 with LTE and 32GB of storage), and it's pretty clear Nokia did good.
Pros: Attractive design, Long battery life, Bright, vibrant display, Good camera performance, Offline music and maps
Cons: No WiFi-only option, Picks up scratches and fingerprints, Typing in the lap isn't comfortable, Windows Store still has holes
Summary: With its sexy styling, powerful processor and exceptional battery life, the Nokia Lumia 2520 has a lot to offer tablet customers. We also love the bright display. If you're willing to pay an additional $149, the Power Keyboard combines a comfortable typing experience with even more endurance. However, the camera isn't as sharp as we would like and its speakers sound more harsh.