Nokia Lumia 2520

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Nokia Lumia 2520 currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 30 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Nokia’s first tablet - the Nokia Lumia 2520 - is the sixth tablet released for the Windows RT operating system.

Nokia has taken visual cues from its smartphones and offers either a matte or glossy finish depending on the color. Expert consensus leans more towards the matte finish as the glossy back leaves behind grease and fingerprints and can be difficult to hold one-handed.

Thanks to its 2.2 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of memory, the Lumia 2520 is, as Trusted Reviews states, “zippy” and “smooth and...fluid.” The tablet comes with 32GB of onboard storage and also gives users the option to store data on SkyDrive storage.

In addition to the internal hardware, reviewers are also impressed with the tablet’s display. Although the resolution - 1080p - is not as good as the iPad, experts find that the Lumia 2520 offers better viewing angles and brightness. Under bright light conditions, V3 reviewers noticed that it also performed better than the iPad.

The display itself is also protected from scratches with a coating of Gorilla Glass 2. Nokia claims that the screen is 10% less reflective than other tablets and experts back this claim. Techradar, however, mentions that in general use the screen is highly reflective due in part to the Gorilla Glass 2.

Although the camera pales in comparison to the 41MP Lumia 720, most critics agree that it is better than other tablet cameras currently. The 2520 uses the same interface as the 720 with its auto-focus ability and aperture of f/1.9. It does not, however, come with an LED light so most reviewers do not suggest using it in low light situations.

In general, experts approve of the Lumia 2520. Trusted Reviews states that it’s a “strong first effort” with Pocket Lint concluding that this tablet is a “success for Nokia.”

On the other hand, Phone Arena believes that the tablet might struggle due to the underwhelming number of apps in the Windows RT library.

The Good: Excellent display viewing angle and brightness, fast processor speed, decent rear-facing camera.

The Bad: Highly reflective screen, few quality apps for Windows RT.


Operating system
Windows
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
6+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Versus

Now a member of the Microsoft family, the "Nokia" Lumia 2520 doesn't offer much that the Surface 2 doesn't already—other than higher brightness and 4G. Plus, the materials aren't as nice, and it generally isn't as convenient to use. More than anything, we have trouble imagining Redmond promoti...

- Romain Thuret, Digital Versus
Notebookcheck

Nokia's first and last tablet with Windows RT 8.1 has an incredibly bright display, a fast processor and the ability to access the internet via LTE -- but it also has some unusual weaknesses.

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
Geek Squad

All things considered, the Nokia Lumia 2520 is one of the most impressive tablets we’ve yet to see when it comes to its tactile, glossy design and that undeniably statement screen. Where it falls behind, as ever with Windows devices, is with its lack of apps and storage. Having said that, its...

- Agent Andrews, Geek Squad
Chip Chick

If you can’t wait for the Surface to come out with a 4G LTE version, well, you really don’t need too. The Nokia 2520 is a solid alternative that offers a beautiful design with fun color choices, along with plenty of performance and a top of its class display. Overall, this is a really ni...

- Helena Stone, Chip Chick
Know Your Mobile

Nokia’s venture into the tablet space isn’t very far removed from its smartphone efforts: a confusing blend of excellent exterior design and hardware with questionable software. It’s not unusable by any means, but it does lack the pick-up-and-go usability of Android and iOS, the ex...

- Paul Briden, Know Your Mobile


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Nokia Lumia 2520's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows RT 8.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
6+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 6+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
8000mAh
Nokia's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 11 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 2520 Specs

Overview
Release date November 21, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
800/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows RT 8.1

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Secondary OS No
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.77 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Capacity 8000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Red, White, Black, Cyan
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.8 x 26.7 x 0.9 cm (6.6 x 10.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 615 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density 218 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail
Messaging IM
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 3.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HFP, OBEX
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
6+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, WMA, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Digital Versus

Good overall responsiveness and satisfactory battery life

from Digital Versus

Now a member of the Microsoft family, the "Nokia" Lumia 2520 doesn't offer much that the Surface 2 doesn't already—other than higher brightness and 4G. Plus, the materials aren't as nice, and it generally isn't as convenient to use. More than anything, we have trouble imagining Redmond prom...More

Now a member of the Microsoft family, the "Nokia" Lumia 2520 doesn't offer much that the Surface 2 doesn't already—other than higher brightness and 4G. Plus, the materials aren't as nice, and it generally isn't as convenient to use. More than anything, we have trouble imagining Redmond promoting it in any meaningful kind of way, when it basically boils down to a copy-cat of its own flagship tablet.

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Notebookcheck

A good tablet for their first try, though there is room for improvement

from Notebookcheck

The typical Lumia design bears an unmistakable similarity to their smartphone line. The crowning jewel of the Nokia Lumia 2520 is most assuredly its incredibly bright display that glows even brighter than the promised 650 cd/m². Anyone who is often on-the-go or just likes to spend time outside will enjoy this tablet. Its battery life, too, is very good, and the integrated LTE modem makes it possible to get on the Internet easily throughout all of Europe. Because of its very good microphone, phone calls over VoIP are no problem either....

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The typical Lumia design bears an unmistakable similarity to their smartphone line. The crowning jewel of the Nokia Lumia 2520 is most assuredly its incredibly bright display that glows even brighter than the promised 650 cd/m². Anyone who is often on-the-go or just likes to spend time outside will enjoy this tablet. Its battery life, too, is very good, and the integrated LTE modem makes it possible to get on the Internet easily throughout all of Europe. Because of its very good microphone, phone calls over VoIP are no problem either.

But the tablet proves to be plagued with uncommon weaknesses in the area of manufacturing. The device is very sensitive to pressure, and when just holding the tablet waves can form on the display. The panel's visible clouding should not be present in this price class either. Otherwise, the screen has a very high contrast and displays colors vibrantly. When it comes to battery life and recharge speed, the unusual battery and power supply combo do their job well, though unfortunately the tablet can only be charged via the 2.5-mm charging connection. We deducted a little from the overall score for the Nokia Camera app's frequent crashes.

The biggest limiting factor is still the small range of apps available in the Windows Store. As soon as this store merges with its Windows Phone counterpart this will be much improved, but compared to the competition put forward by Google or Apple, the selection will still be limited. Nevertheless, Microsoft Mobile's Lumia 2520 is a good tablet that we can easily recommend.

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Geek Squad

Comes with Nokia’s usual spot-on design and performance, with more than a few tricks up its sleeve

from Geek Squad

All things considered, the Nokia Lumia 2520 is one of the most impressive tablets we’ve yet to see when it comes to its tactile, glossy design and that undeniably statement screen. Where it falls behind, as ever with Windows devices, is with its lack of apps and storage. Having said that, i...More

All things considered, the Nokia Lumia 2520 is one of the most impressive tablets we’ve yet to see when it comes to its tactile, glossy design and that undeniably statement screen. Where it falls behind, as ever with Windows devices, is with its lack of apps and storage. Having said that, its size and build is ready-made for the on-the-go use and Windows 8.1 RT looks as rich and refined as it’s ever likely to get on a tablet. Though it feels like Nokia might have come a little late to the party, the 2520 is - by a mile – the most versatile and high-functioning Windows tablet around right now.

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Chip Chick

Super solid build quality and one of the most powerful tablets around

from Chip Chick

If you can’t wait for the Surface to come out with a 4G LTE version, well, you really don’t need too. The Nokia 2520 is a solid alternative that offers a beautiful design with fun color choices, along with plenty of performance and a top of its class display. Overall, this is a really...More

If you can’t wait for the Surface to come out with a 4G LTE version, well, you really don’t need too. The Nokia 2520 is a solid alternative that offers a beautiful design with fun color choices, along with plenty of performance and a top of its class display. Overall, this is a really nice tablet that is unfortunately hampered by Windows RT’s weak app catalog. This is the same issue we have with the Surface 2, and that is that Windows RT is seriously lacking in the apps department, more so than its Windows Phone counterpart. Fortunately’s Nokia’s preloaded apps like Nokia MixRadio do help add some value.

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Know Your Mobile

Software lets the hardware down

from Know Your Mobile

Nokia’s venture into the tablet space isn’t very far removed from its smartphone efforts: a confusing blend of excellent exterior design and hardware with questionable software. It’s not unusable by any means, but it does lack the pick-up-and-go usability of Android and iOS, the...More

Nokia’s venture into the tablet space isn’t very far removed from its smartphone efforts: a confusing blend of excellent exterior design and hardware with questionable software. It’s not unusable by any means, but it does lack the pick-up-and-go usability of Android and iOS, the extensive customisation of Android, and the broad and well-optimised app catalogues of both major rivals. It seems like Windows RT could become something great with some extensive refinement – it’s just not quite there yet and feels rather unfinished as a result.

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Coolsmartphone

A great device with few issue

from Coolsmartphone

Overall the Nokia Lumia 2520 is a great device, it just has a few issues that when you look at the bigger picture you’ll probably not buy the Lumia. First is the price, in this day and age when you can get full blown Windows 8.1 touch devices for a similar amount why would you get this? Just because of the design? Doubtful really...

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Overall the Nokia Lumia 2520 is a great device, it just has a few issues that when you look at the bigger picture you’ll probably not buy the Lumia. First is the price, in this day and age when you can get full blown Windows 8.1 touch devices for a similar amount why would you get this? Just because of the design? Doubtful really.

I think if Nokia continue this line of devices they have the potential to make a seriously nice device, it’s just balancing price, software and hardware features that they need to get right. They certainly got damn close with the Lumia 2520. 

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My Nokia Blog

Pretty beefy internals, packed with a sweet design

from My Nokia Blog

The Lumia 2520 is a great tablet, and Nokia got a lot of things right on their first go, what little things that you can say are “Wrong” are merely annoyances rather than severe flaws; and the awesome in the 2520 definitely outweigh the annoying. And contrary to mass disapproval Windo...More

The Lumia 2520 is a great tablet, and Nokia got a lot of things right on their first go, what little things that you can say are “Wrong” are merely annoyances rather than severe flaws; and the awesome in the 2520 definitely outweigh the annoying. And contrary to mass disapproval Windows RT isn’t all that bad; in fact it’s quite a productive OS once you understand what it’s meant for. However Microsoft need to work on some things such as getting a Metro version of the Office suite, as well as figuring out what RT wants to do with its life (if it’s meant for mobile devices then plug and play is a must). But if you honestly want a good tablet the best testament I can give is that I haven’t touched my iPad since I’ve gotten the 2520… Not even once.

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Digital Trends

A superb-looking tablet that feels great

from Digital Trends

If you have used Windows 8 and like it, and you’re OK with not installing legacy Windows 7 software, then this is a good tablet option for you. It will run you $500 and an additional $150 if you want a keyboard dock, which puts it at about the same price as the Surface 2. This tablet is just as nice as the Surface, and the price is roughly the same. The screen is slightly smaller, but the battery life is better...

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If you have used Windows 8 and like it, and you’re OK with not installing legacy Windows 7 software, then this is a good tablet option for you. It will run you $500 and an additional $150 if you want a keyboard dock, which puts it at about the same price as the Surface 2. This tablet is just as nice as the Surface, and the price is roughly the same. The screen is slightly smaller, but the battery life is better.

For the rest of you, keep in mind that it’s not easy to use classic Windows features on a tablet (especially without the keyboard dock) and the Windows Store still doesn’t have a competitive selection of apps compared to the Android Google Play Store or Apple App Store. And at $500, it’s hard not to recommend the similarly priced and sized iPad Air because it can do so much more, and there are plenty of decent keyboard cases for it, as well. Most of those cases won’t cost $150 either.

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The Gadget Show

A bright and bold full-sized tablet

from The Gadget Show

Nokia's top-notch hardware is let down by Microsoft's lacklustre Windows 8.1, which still falls short as a tablet OS. There's still an alarming lack of dedicated apps, and the awkward touch-screen navigation of its desktop mode is begging for a mouse or stylus. We want to love the Lumia 2520, as...More

Nokia's top-notch hardware is let down by Microsoft's lacklustre Windows 8.1, which still falls short as a tablet OS. There's still an alarming lack of dedicated apps, and the awkward touch-screen navigation of its desktop mode is begging for a mouse or stylus. We want to love the Lumia 2520, as its bright and cheerful glossy polycarbonate body is a zesty alternative to Microsoft's own drab and dreary Surface - but Windows RT 8.1 as a tablet OS still falls flat. Maybe next time?

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Expert Reviews

4G support is fantastic if you need it, but Windows RT is still a stumbling block

from Expert Reviews

If you’re looking for a portable device purely for web browsing and Microsoft Office, the Nokia Lumia 2520 is a good buy. The Microsoft Surface 2 is cheaper, but we think the extra cost is justified given the Lumia 2520’s integrated 4G, faster processor and better battery life.
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If you’re looking for a portable device purely for web browsing and Microsoft Office, the Nokia Lumia 2520 is a good buy. The Microsoft Surface 2 is cheaper, but we think the extra cost is justified given the Lumia 2520’s integrated 4G, faster processor and better battery life.

Windows RT is still an awkward middle ground between desktop and mobile operating systems, but if you’re willing to give Windows RT a chance there’s no doubt the Lumia 2520 is the best device to try it on. 

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