Nokia 2520

How Does Nokia’s Lumia 2520 Stack up Against the Android Competition

October 22, 2013 - Written By Cory McNutt

The world of Tablets continues to grow as the Desktop PC continues to fade away, and Nokia plans on helping this along with their latest release, the Nokia 2520 Windows Tablet – of course, after all, Microsoft now owns Nokia as a vehicle to promote the Windows format.  Just how well does this new Nokia 2520 stack up against an already crowded market of Tablets…lets take a quick look and compare some of the specs and features they each have.

Specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows RT 8.1
  • Networks: GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz; WCDMA: 850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100MHz; LTE: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13, 17, 20
  • Speed: LTE: 150 Mbps DL / 50 Mbps UL
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, micro SD card support up to 32GB, SkyDrive
  • cloud storage
  • Display: 10.1″ 1080p full HD (1920—1080) AHIPS Capacitive Multi-Touch Display, Gorilla Glass 2
  • Processor: 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Primary camera: 6.7MP Auto Focus ZEISS optics with f1.9 aperture; FFC: 2MP HD wide-angle
  • Size & weight: 267 x 168 x 8.9* mm (*volumetric); 615g
  • Connectivity: NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n, microUSB 3.0, BT 4.0 LE, 3.5mm audio connector
  • Battery: 8000 mAh
  • Audio: Stereo front facing speakers

The Nokia Tablet has been in the making for well over a year now, and today, at Nokia World, the Nokia 2520, is yet another attempt at producing a viable Windows RT slate.  It is an admirable attempt with LTE, a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2GHz, 6.7MP camera for pictures and a 2.0MP FFC for video chatting, quick-charging 8,000 mAh battery, and the Windows RT 8.1 OS includes Microsoft Outlook and Office pre-installed.  There is a Nokia Power Keyboard accessory for an additional $149 that contains an additional battery that promises an extra five hours of battery life, adds two additional USB ports, and acts as a cover when closed up.

You can purchase the new Nokia 2520 in red, cyan, white, and black and will initially sold in the US, UK, and Finland for approximately $499, and will eventually spread to other markets.

ASUS Transformer TF701t

New-Asus-Transformer-Pad-TF701T-announced

Specifications:

  • Display: 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA, 300ppi) LED-backlit with IPS
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40X quad-core
  • Memory & storage 2GB DDR3L RAM,
  • 32GB/64GB onboard storage with microSDXC (tablet) & SDXC (dock) slots
  • Camera: 5MP with a 1.2MP FFC
  • Wireless Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n (dual-band) with Miracast, Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR,
  • Micro-HDMI port, 3.5mm headphone/mic jack
  • Optional Dock: USB 3.0 port, microSDXC card slot
  • Accelerometer, ambient light, e-compass, gyroscope
  • Audio Speaker with ASUS SonicMaster technology, microphone
  • Battery: 31Wh lithium polymer with up to 13 hours battery life2
  • Battery for Docking Keyboard: 16Wh lithium polymer with up to 4 hours battery life2
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Color: Dark gray
  • Tablet: 263 x 180.8 x 8.9mm, 585g
  • Docking Keyboard: 263 x 180.8 x 7mm, 570g
  • Price: $399 – $499 is what ASUS is shooting for and an extra $100 for the Docking Keyboard

Killer display and processor, with great battery life, and an optional keyboard for only $100, the ASUS Transformer TF701t looks like a great tablet and we are looking at it to hit the store shelves soon and will know more about it at that time.  For such a late release, I would be hoping for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but other than that it looks like it may be a tablet to be reckoned with in the Android world.

Nexus 10

Nexus 10

Specifications:

  • Display: 10.055 inches (0.39 mm) 2560 x 1600 (300 ppi) WQXGA True RGB Real Stripe PLS
  • Size: 10.38 x 6.99 x 0.35 inches (263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm) – 603g
  • Camera: 5MP with a 1.9MP FFC
  • Dual-core A15 with a Quad-core Mali TS04 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40), Bluetooth, Dual-Side NFC
  • Micro USB & Micro HDMI
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 9000 mAh Lithium polymer battery
  • Accelerometer, GPS, Gyroscope, Barometer, Ambient Light, and Compass
  • Price: $499 for 32GB

The Nexus 10 is a tablet with a few mixed emotions – on one hand you have a beautiful 2560×1600 display, large, 9000mAh battery, and access to the large Android library of apps, but on the other hand, you are swimming in a sea of mediocrity with the processor, camera, and no MicroSD card, and an asking price of $499.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

Note 10.1 2014

Specifications:

  • Platform: Android 4.3 with TouchWiz
  • Display: 10.1-inch Super clear LCD with 2560 x 1600 resolution, 299 ppi
  • Memory: 3GB RAM; 16/32/64 GB storage; microSD card slot
  • Camera: 8MP rear with LED flash; 2.0MP front
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n/ac dual-band Wifi; Bluetooth 4.0; A-GPS and GLONASS
  • Sensors: Accelerometer; proximit; compass
  • Battery: 8220mAh Lithium Ion
  • Dimensions: 243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9 mm, 535 grams
  • Price: $599.99 for 32GB

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) edition has some very impressive specifications (and higher price), with a better display, more RAM (2GB vs. 3GB), higher mega pixel camera (6.7MP vs. 8MP), Multitasking, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and access to all of the Play Store apps.  As part of the Note family, it also comes with an S-Pen and all of the productivity software that helps make your tablet, something special.

Conclusion:

Because of its tremendous specifications, access to the large library of Android apps, and then throw in the S-Pen and the many productivity tools it offers both a home user and power hungry business user as well, we have to go with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 as our top Android pick – it is the tablet to beat at this time.