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Nokia Lumia 2520 review: Big and bold

26 December 2013 | Read the review | Post your comment
Nokia Lumia 2520 review: Big and bold - read the full textAs the Finnish company's first Windows tablet, the Nokia Lumia 2520 cannot complain about lack of attention from both brand loyalists and industry pundits. Announced alongside the Lumia 1520 phablet...


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> In reply to ajs13 @ 2014-12-29 17:15 from u4gC - click to readSorry, don't know what that program is... The choices for RT (2520) are: 1). The developer updates to universal apps or A). Run your app 'in the cloud' with a x86 or x86 windows, and use RDP Remote Desktop (Protocol).

That "A" option has gotten rather inexpensive now with Azure. Depending on your needs, you might share resources with a web site or other use to bring hosting costs to almost zero. HTH.

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  • 2015-04-05 08:39
  • kfa0

And here we are in April 2015.

I bought a bunch of the 2520,s new, on the RT Dies 1 Feb 2017 news.

It's weird seeing the RT store exploding with apps from my phone side, going universal.

The iPad case with removable Bluetooth KB works fine, however you will have to cut the case if you want the main camera.

My only wish is that I could find glass screen cover instead of a plastic cover. I have 9h glass on my 1520 and the difference so obvious.

BTW, I also have the T100 with x86 Windows as well. Given a 2520 in decent shape is 1/2 or less the money of the Acer T100, unless you Need some x86 app, the build quality of the 2520 are 2nd to none.

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  • 2015-04-05 08:29
  • kfa0

This is kinda a silly question. Can I download apps like CBR Reader to my PC and transfer it to Nokia Lumia 2520 and install without any problem. Any help regarding this will be much appreciated.

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  • 2014-12-29 17:15
  • u4gC
  • i got the lumia 2520
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The tablet is awesome for what it is. Ive had the note what's the point of it? People judge on apps and limitations but ask yourself this. What OS is running the work place and most of our computers. You can't use excel for the work place on other tablets natively. Word processing is a must for anyone at home, school or work place. This tablet provides you that tool. How many other tablets provide you easy networking with your home network cause it runs windows, share files etch. Most Samsung tablets are just way bigger phones.

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  • 2014-10-05 17:16
  • k2Vg

> In reply to yeah @ 2013-12-30 16:36 from j8wI - click to readNo, games are definitely for children. Even my nephews, who are all younger than you, would spend their time reading, not playing games.

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  • 2014-02-22 00:56
  • Hs6h

nc look, its very tecnical.

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  • 2014-01-04 18:59
  • tUdx

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-12-30 09:40 from PGXj - click to readMust be somewhat special, you.

The Nokia vs the T100, is pointless. Mainly cause this is sporting LTE and can be added to any Data plan on a cell carrier. The T100 would need to be either tethered or data stick tethered.

Also, Flash? You're kidding right? You do know RT has flash support built right in. All those 'flash' games are playable...

The only difference is that just like the ipad and droid, you have a tablet os. What desktop software does droid offer? None? Oh Linux right? Yup I bet if you have a droid, non power user, Linux will be a piece of cake for you. iOS? Yup you are flying with full OSX apps...

Please, the only thing lacking is apps, and even then that gap is almost nonexistent since you have a full browser capable of actually doing work. Not to mention office, for you know work. Meh nevermind, I know your head is hurting after LTE

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  • 2014-01-02 06:59
  • Ix5M

> In reply to adi @ 2013-12-27 18:09 from Bwcq - click to readim 28, and ive had basically every gaming console available, including the PS4. I also play games to kill time on my iphone, or ipad. I know this isnt relevant to the topic or question you asked, but implying that games are for children is just wrong.

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  • 2013-12-30 16:36
  • j8wI

> In reply to adi @ 2013-12-27 18:09 from Bwcq - click to readbecause iOS have more battery endurance then RT.

and android have more browsing feature then RT.

Buying windows RT is a waste of money, you rather get ipad or samsung's 2014 edition if you want long and productive webbrowsing.

If you dieing to get windows tablet anyways.. Get the full windows 8 for java / applets / flash like the Asus T100 for 399$ bucks then this nokia lumia crap.

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  • 2013-12-30 09:40
  • PGXj

Nokia Lumia 1020 with Windows Phone 8...
Nokia Lumia 2520 with Windows something 8...

They should just drop everything but "Lumia" and model number, much simpler that way!

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  • 2013-12-30 09:24
  • gGk0

If you're in the market for a chromebook then this would be the better bet. Way more useful,way more secure than normal windows and battery life that ultrabooks can only dream of.

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  • 2013-12-30 00:57
  • S6$$

Microsoft needs to reduce the licenses for WP8 to very low or free to compete with Android. Android has too many OEMs making phones for it due to Android being free or very cheap
but this never happen because Microsoft policy is so bad ! Why the not want to success! I always I asked myself,
I love Microsoft & Nokia
and about performance I can say no iPad & no android can beat surface 2/rt
guys first use surface or Nokia Lumia 2520 after that comments about windows 8/rt

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  • 2013-12-30 00:17
  • JafY

is this a saviour.. or the last of it's kind?

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  • 2013-12-29 19:39
  • Hkqv
  • $500?$1000?Only $99!
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Windows RT = Hell NO, Heck NO, NO Way ;) It's not even about how many apps have WP (or RT), ist about this nonfunctional OS, about all limitations of this OS. MS shouldnt go that way...RT like W8(WP) is failure, so what they patch up WP, it's not even funny when they give us radio, support x4 core cpu, full hd after three years, all functions as the last on the market.
In the case of WP, Nokia tried more than MS...and as a reward they disappeared from the market :D
Hardware even interesting, but not with this system.

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  • 2013-12-29 18:11
  • mEJS

People like to criticize Windows RT for not being Windows, but they don't see the strengths of it. iOS and Android do have a much stronger app store and developer support, but the Windows app store is improving. That is where iOS and Android's strengths over Windows RT end. Windows RT brings a lot of good features to tablets: snapping multiple apps side by side, intuitive gestures to switch apps and close apps, ability to create multiple user accounts (Android now has this too, but iOS does not), ability to not just mirror to an external display, but to extend the display.

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  • 2013-12-29 09:55
  • 0cyj

> In reply to onex @ 2013-12-29 00:13 from sp4e - click to read"why would you advertise it with 32gb internal memory when you only get 17.5 for use?"

Likely because.... Microsoft's reporting of storage space is no different than that of other manufacturer's in that the device is, in fact, equipped with 32gb of on-board storage BEFORE installation of the Operating System, Core Apps and (in the case of many devices) MS Office, which leaves around 20.5 left for the user (after a simple transfer the restore partition to a thumb drive).

Apple does much the same thing as the iPad Air 32gb actually offers around 25gb free to the user BEFORE installing iWork and iLife and around 21.5gb after.

You, or anyone else, can beleaguer the fact that Microsoft/Nokia chose to include a full version of MS Office 2013 Home/Office (a US 200.00+ value) on their devices all you want, but many find the inclusion of this industry standard productivity software a value added asset.

FACT: Need more storage for music, photos , videos on a Lumia 2520? Just buy a 32gb microSDXC card for around US 20.00 or a 64gb for around US 40.00 and have at it, which sure beats having to pay another US 100.00 just to go from 16gb to 32gb on an iPad Air.

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  • 2013-12-29 05:55
  • 42by

why would you advertise it with 32gb internal memory when you only get 17.5 for use? :| :| :|

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  • 2013-12-29 00:13
  • sp4e

Thanks for your interesting reviews of both the Surface 2 and this Lumia 2520. I enjoyed reading both, but this review mentions the Tegra processor and Surface 2, when describing this tablet.

I am using the previous generation Samsung Ativ Tab with RT8.1, which fullfills most of my computing/tablet needs.

With a stand and an external Thinkpad Compact keyboard email, Word and Excel works very well. The browser is quite smooth and fast compared to my Android tablets. The screen is much better than TN displays of most laptops, the tablet has no fans and the Thinkpad keyboard has good tactile response. Battery life is 8-10 hours of normal use. In many ways better than using a much faster "standard" laptop.

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  • 2013-12-28 10:35
  • m1vd

> In reply to Chupacabra @ 2013-12-28 08:50 from c}h% - click to readNo.
iPad Air > Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 > Nokia Lumia 2520.

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  • 2013-12-28 10:25
  • HI8X

Galaxy Note 10.1 (Snapdragon 800) > Lumia 2520 > iPad Air

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  • 2013-12-28 08:50
  • c}h%

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