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Apple iPad Air vs Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.2 2014: specs comparison

Apple iPad Air vs Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.2 2014: specs comparison
Specs aren't all in a device, but they are informative enough for us to consider them an important aspect of any device. Perhaps even more importantly, they allow us to easily compare devices and get an idea of how they stack up against each other. And now for the disclaimer: even though specs are informative, we shouldn't forget that there's more to a device than that. A faster processor, or a processor with more cores doesn't always mean better performance; a camera with a larger sensor or more megapixels doesn't always mean better images. There's something we like to call 'user experience', which can't be described with specs, as it's the result of the marriage between hardware and software.

Having that said, we can now move on to the specs comparison at hand, and this time we're pitting the new iPad Air, Lumia 2520 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 against each other. All three are very new tablets, with only the Note 10.1 already on the market, so it's bound to be interesting to see exactly how these guys differ under the hood. We know Apple is now paying slightly more attention to the specs aspect of its devices, and we know that Nokia, too, is looking to make the Lumia 2520 a no-compromise tablet, so it's safe to presume that this is really going to be a true heavyweight clash! Let's take a look!

Apple iPad Air vs Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

Design
Phone functionality  Yes
OSiOS (7.x)Windows (RT 8.1)Android (4.4.2, 4.3) TouchWiz UI
Dimensions9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)10.51 x 6.61 x 0.35 inches (267 x 168 x 8.9 mm)9.57 x 6.75 x 0.31 inches (243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9 mm)
Weight16.86 oz (478 g)
the average is 14.6 oz (417 g)
21.69 oz (615 g)
the average is 14.6 oz (417 g)
19.29 oz (547 g)
the average is 14.6 oz (417 g)
Body materialAluminium  
Design features  Stylus
Display
Physical size9.7 inches10.1 inches10.1 inches
Resolution2048 x 1536 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels2560 x 1600 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

264 ppi218 ppi299 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDIPS LCDSuper Clear LCD
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness 665 cd/m2 (nit) 
Camera
Camera5 megapixels6.7 megapixels8 megapixels
Flash  LED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.4F1.9 
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 26 mm 
Camera sensor size 1/3.4" 
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
Recording format H.264 
FeaturesDigital image stabilizationVideo calling 
Front-facing camera1.2 megapixels2 megapixels2 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps) 
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Apple A7 with 64-bit architectureQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Dual core, 1400 MHz, CycloneQuad core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorPowerVR G6430Adreno 330Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

1024 MB RAM / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR33072 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage128 GB32 GB16 GB
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Battery
Stand-by time 25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 36 days (861 h)
 
Talk time (3G)  43.00 hours
the average is 26 h (1540 min)
Music playback  217.00 hours
Video playback 30.00 hours11.00 hours
Capacity8820 mAh8000 mAh8220 mAh
TypeLi - Polymer Li - Ion
Not user replaceableYesYesYes
Technology
CDMA

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

800, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 800 (band 19), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 850 (band 26), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 1900 (band 25), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz800 (band 20), 1800 (band 3), 2600 (band 7) MHz800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz
DataLTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A, EV-DO Rev.BLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), , HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), , HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 929$ 499 


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posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:45 24

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Note 10.1 > iPad Air > 2520

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:49 23

4. fouadqr (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


2520 >ipad>note 10.1

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:56 4

7. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


you r fanboy , arnt you ?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:26 14

14. noler (Posts: 167; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


NO, this is true
surface 2 pro > 2520 > surface 2 > ipad > note 10.1

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:12 11

19. xoatomxo (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Apr 2011)


How is Note worse than 2520 and Ipad?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 21:03 5

34. fsnas (Posts: 95; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


it has no MS Office application, that's how!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:19 3

25. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


and you r ms employee lol

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 04:18 1

41. noler (Posts: 167; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


No, but it is known that Samsung is paying for trolls.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 20:24

33. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1949; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Cool story bra

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:17

20. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


zuckerboy Yes he is. +1

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 18:34 5

29. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Note is a copied joke! Nokia and Apple are miles ahead in almost every area. Especially the lag, spyware and malware free OS and quality hardware and services.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 20:15 2

32. veer.d (Posts: 85; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


ipad is coolest but overpriced

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:48 6

2. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Apps vs. Desktop experience vs. incredible screen resolution. All three have some great attributes, leaves it up to the OS for most to decide which direction to take.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:48 6

3. tech2 (Posts: 2186; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Now this comparison makes more sense ! Nexus 10 is last year's device. No point including that.

Anywho, I choose Galaxy 10.1 coz that's the only one which actually makes use of its screen real estate from productivity point of view. It would've been better if we had more tablet apps in android but ......

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:50 5

5. mousesports (Posts: 254; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


2520 and the rest for anyone !

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:53 9

6. fouadqr (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Nokia ..

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:04 2

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


NOTE 10" STYLIST, MULTITASKING, Nokia 2520 FULL Windows OS

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:08 5

10. galanoth (Posts: 325; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


2520 Uses RT not full Windows.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:19 2

12. apple4never (Posts: 961; Member since: 08 May 2013)


trolls these days eh ?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 23:49

37. SleepingOz (unregistered)


hahah I'd take the iPad over this "Full Windows OS" crap anyday!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:07 9

9. Santi_Santi (unregistered)


Serious winner here. Note 10.1 2013

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:16 2

11. alaw.14 (Posts: 143; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


You mean 2014???

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:20 8

13. T00muchF00D (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


Hands down buying the Lumina 2520 its a beast

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:31 9

15. argos1991 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Oct 2013)


Lumia 2520 is beautiful and it has a Keyboard cover. Epic.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:45 7

16. akbarkool (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


Lumia 2520 is the most gorgeous tab ever

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:47 8

17. matrix_neo (Posts: 321; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Galaxy note 10.1 enough said.. ;-p

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 15:55 5

18. HouTexan (Posts: 315; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Galaxy Note 10.1, without question.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:46 4

21. londoner (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


2520 For sufre.
IPad can wipe muy ass

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:47 4

22. londoner (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


2520 For sure.
IPad can wipe muy a ..

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 16:55 1

23. Pyoung0560 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Ray S you sound like an Apple commercial with your disclaimer, trying to make allowance for all of the Ipad shortcoming

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:09 4

24. Ikechukwu (Posts: 143; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


2520 in a heartbeat!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:46

26. imparanoic (Posts: 68; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


But compare these to xperia tablet z. The z could also be a winner. However. IPad air is much powerful

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 18:14

27. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


After comparing the screens and storage options, I'll choose whatever lets me run 2+ apps ON SCREEN at the same time, so either the Note 10.1 2014 or a full Windows 8 device wins for me.

Anyway, Apple surely outdid themselves for once (it's been a while), so credit where it's due.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 18:30

28. runzlord (Posts: 26; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)


Ipad > 2520 > note 10.1

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 20:00 6

30. julz17ronald (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


2520!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 20:07 6

31. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Nokia 2520 FTW, only lacks resolution at the same overkill level as the other two.

I'll take mine in cyan! And probably an 8" full Windows tablet for in-home use.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 00:43

38. Jason2k13 (Posts: 648; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


people also want apps on their tablets, obviously nokia lacks that to.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:17 3

35. DOODpls (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


I'll take 2520 & note 10.1

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 23:12 5

36. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1099; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


wow the nokia 2520 has scored some sales here. I am not too shocked. it is clearly one hell of a good design and comes preloaded with Microsoft office plus MS Outlook". Windows RT 8.1 is so much better an OS than the original RT OS it's like night and Day. I love the way it's cover Keyboard makes it look like a thick business carry all folder. it looks professional.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 02:54

39. del_x (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


2520 is a stunning device and for me packs everything I need in a tablet, Windows 8.1 will continue to evolve and things can only get better with updates.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 03:18 1

40. volcano (Posts: 255; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Lumia 2520

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:46

42. taikucing (unregistered)


2520.IS.THE.BEST

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 10:27

43. Tumaini (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


Mine is Lumia 2520..its sexiest , professional n modern!

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 12:54

44. shammont (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Lumia 2520 .... Just waiting for it to hit Verizon.

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