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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 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%

"The Nokia Lumia 2520 is a solid first entry into the tablet realm for
the manufacturer"
FYI, few years ago, Nokia designed and marketed Nokia 770 & Nokia 800 as "tablet"
so this thing is not the first tablet from Nokia.

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  • 2013-12-28 07:13
  • thtJ

> In reply to Stephen4Jesus @ 2013-12-27 04:01 from ftKc - click to readAs the owner of an iPad Air, Note 10.1, Surface RT/2 and several other tablets, I find my Lumia 2520's combination of size, weight, build, ergonomics, battery life and overall value (23gb of useable storage, LTE, REAL MS Office and a full/desktop quality browser - At No Additional Cost), makes it the better of them all.

My iPad Air is not only ludicrously over-priced for a model comparably specced (Lumia 2520 32gb/LTE - US 499.00 vs iPad Air 32g/LTE = US 728.00), but my iPad Air's build quality/durability is quite noticeably inferior not only the Lumia 2520, but any other generation of iPad prior e.g. hold it by the corner when reading or even lightly press on the display and it 'pools' very disconcertingly or tap on the screen and it emits a very hollow/plasticy sound. Not to mention almost every drop/durability test performed on the iPad Air shows it to dent and crack quite easily.

As far as Windows RT is concerned, I find it quite laughable that few (if any) have ever complained that the iPad can't run OS X applications yet they lob nonsensical complaints that RT happens NOT to run Windows 'legacy' application that were never designed for touch-screen devices anyway.

Nokia's decision to utilize RT pays off quite well as the Lumia 2520 delivers outstanding battery life, excellent build quality, reasonable weight, excellent display/outdoor visibility/font rendering via Clear Type, a well-stocked/ever-growing app store, and speedy/fluid operation ALL while eliminating ANY user concerns regarding downloading.installing 'legacy' applications that could include malware/viruses that might harn the device.

Bottom Line: The Nokia Lumia is easily one of the very best tablet deals existent, especially as Nokia is currently including the Keyboard Case/Extended Battery For Free.

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  • 2013-12-28 07:06
  • 42by

The video audio is terrible. Noise cancellation makes a metallic hiss, and all other noise seems lost. very unimpressed by it.

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  • 2013-12-28 00:52
  • i5@B

I think it looks good. I wouldn't worry to much about the et. It has most apps you will need. But rt will leave us by 2015.it will merged with windows phone. Making your tablet an android and apple killer. So get one. Windows will only have 2 os soon.

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  • 2013-12-27 20:44
  • nxM6

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