Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Nokia Lumia 2520

As 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, the slate expands Nokia's product lineup beyond smartphones, thus allowing the company to compete with the heavyweights in the consumer tech market.

Just like in the case of its latest generation Windows Phones, Nokia has opted for using some of the most capable hardware available around. The Nokia Lumia 2520 packs a stunning 10.1-inch IPS LCD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, LTE connectivity and a 6.7MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens. The full list of Nokia Lumia 2520 features includes:-
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
MicroUSB port, USB 3.0 host functionality
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC connectivity
HDMI port 

Accelerometer, compass and three-axis gyro-sensor
6.7MP main camera with F/1.9 aperture and Carl Zeiss optics; 1080p@30fps video
2MP wide-angle front-facing camera, 720p@30fps video
Built-in stereo speakers
Superb build quality and ergonomics
Full version of Microsoft Office available out of the box
Exclusive HERE Maps with available offline navigation out of the box
Nokia Storyteller; Nokia Camera; My Nokia; Nokia Music; Nokia Video Director apps are exclusive to the tablet
8,120mAh battery with impressive endurance
Available optional battery keyboard dock with a duo of USB ports

Few Drawbacks

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
A quick look at the key features reveals that, as far as specs go, the Nokia Lumia 2520 is well-equipped to go head to head with the finest tablet available. The Lumia's display resolution falls slightly behind its top-end iOS and Android rivals', though Nokia has made up for the pixel shortage with superb contrast, sunlight legibility, and viewing angles. In the case of the Microsoft Surface 2, we can't help but be a tad skeptical about the presence of Windows 8.1 RT as the OS of choice on Nokia's first tablet. The new wave of affordable, Intel Atom based touchscreen tablets running the full Windows 8.1 questions the very existence of the ARM-centric branch of the OS. The same goes for the obvious lack of hardware vendors willing to utilize the lightweight Windows version in newly developed products. Nokia has countered the limitations of the OS by adding a number of useful, exclusive apps to the Lumia 2520. They include HERE Maps, Nokia Camera, Nokia Video Director and Nokia Storyteller.

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