Nokia Lumia 2520 Review
Nokia Lumia 2520 is the first model tablet by the Finnish manufacturer that arrives in the tech world to compete against the Apple iPad Air and the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablets. Its main advantages include the 10.1-inches screen, its powerful processor and the rich abundance of connectivity features, including LTE and Wi-Fi, something that not many model slates offer for users today. Lumia 2520 runs on Windows 8.1RT OS which makes it the third model tablet that works with the Microsoft’s platform. The other two are the slates from the Surface Pro family. Nokia introduced the tablet on 22nd of October in Abu Dhabi at the event Nokia World. It was unveiled along with the high-end phablet Nokia Lumia 1520 and the mid-range Nokia Lumia 1320.
Design and Display
Nokia Lumia 2520 features unique design that reminds a bit to the Lumia line phones but stands out with its own curves and shape that feels just great in the hand. The tablet is very thin, only 8.9 in thickness. It is very light as well – only 615 grams. The ergonomic shape of Lumia 2520 makes it comfortable for holding, despite if you are right- or left-handed. The tablet comes in four color options. The black and the cyan variants have matt finish while the red and the white shells of the slate are with glossy finish. On the top side of the panel of Lumia 2520 are located the volume rocker and the power/lock button. On the right side of the tablet are set the USB 3.0 and HDMI. On the left side are placed the headphone jack and the charging port.
The screen of Lumia 2520 measures 10.1-inches in diagonal and boasts a full HD resolution of 1080x1920p. The pixel density is 218ppi. The display is built with the ClearBlack technology. The screen assures great visual experience for users even in environments with strong light. The display stands out with great brightness and sharpness of the images. It is protected with Gorilla Glass 2 coating. In general the screen of Lumia 2520 is highly responsive and supports multi-finger gestures, with great viewing angles.
Nokia Lumia 2520 boasts a great overall performance thanks to its 2.2GHz quad-core CPU with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip and 2GB RAM on board. Multitasking is an easy and delightful with the slate. It assures 32GB internet storage with the possibility to be expanded up to 64GB via microSD card.
The battery of Lumia 2520 is Lithium-Ion with a capacity of 8000mAh. According to Nokia, it assures 11 hour usage time for the device.
Nokia Lumia 2520 has a 6.7MP camera on the back. Even though it is not enriched with flash or optical image stabilization, the camera delivers satisfying picture quality. On the front panel is located a 2MP camera for video chats.
Software and Connectivity
Nokia Lumia 2520 runs on Windows 8.1 RT operating system. Nokia has chosen this certain platform for the slate because of the better battery life that it assures. The Windows 8.1 RT works with an x86 CPU which allows slimmer design of the device compared to the tablets powered by ARM CPU. The Microsoft’s platform is very easy to navigate but compared to iOS it is less intuitive. Nokia Lumia 2520 arrives with the full Microsoft Office suite pre-installed. Some of the other apps that users of the tablet can enjoy out of the box are Xbox Music, SkyDrive and Mail. Among the most interesting Nokia apps that will keep you busy is the new Nokia Cam app that blends in one the capabilities of the Pro Cam app and the Smart Cam. Nokia Video Director app is worth attention as well. As its name suggest it is a video-editing app that enables users to edit their clips, to combine them together and to create unique longer videos. The app includes possibilities for adding of sound effects, music, tittles, design elements etc. In order to edit videos from your Lumia phone on the tablet via Video Director you will need a separate mobile app to transfer the clips.
In terms of connectivity, the Nokia Lumia 2520 has a lot to offer to its users. It is LTE enabled and supports Wi-Fi and NFC. This is unique combination for a tablet, as most of the models slates today offer one or the other connectivity options.
Nokia Lumia 2520 is compatible with great accessories, like the keyboard cover named Nokia Power Keyboard especially designed for the tablet. It costs $150 and has the ability to turn your tablet into a convenient PC for seconds. The keyboard cover is with a full touch pad. It reminds a lot to the Type Cover accessory for the Microsoft Surface tablets. Among the advantages of the keyboard cover for Lumia 2520 is the extra 5 hours of battery life that it assures for the device. It provides two USB ports for the slate.
Availability and Price
Nokia Lumia 2520 will be launched first by the US carrier AT&T on 22nd of November. The entering price for the slate is $399 with signed two year contract. The tablet will be distributed globally. It is expected that the price in the UK will be slightly higher.
Nokia Lumia 2520 is the first tablet of Nokia that brings the company to the highly competitive market of tablets. Its fast Snapdragon 800 processor, 10.1-inches screen with full HD resolution and the great battery are among the key features of the slate. The 4G LTE connectivity with the Nokia Power Keyboard make Lumia 2520 practical and comfortable for usage everywhere you go for entertainment and business purposes.