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Display Mate rates the screen on the Nokia Lumia 2520 above the display on the Microsoft Surface 2

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Display Mate rates the screen on the Nokia Lumia 2520 above the display on the Microsoft Surface 2
Display Mate recently ran a head-to-head comparison of the screens on the Nokia Lumia 2520 and the Microsoft Surface 2. The latter tablet has moved up to an FHD display of 1920 x 1080 from the OG version's resolution of 1366 x 768. That matches the resolution on the Nokia Lumia 2520, although it should be noted that the screen on Nokia's model is 10.1 inches vs. the 10.6 inch panel on the Microsoft slate.

Display Mate was impressed with the brightness of the screen on the Nokia Lumia 2520. The slate produced the highest number of nits that Display Mate ever found on a mobile device at 684 nits. That reading was 74% higher than the 394 nits scored by the Surface 2. The color gamut, which measures the range of colors available on the tablets, was again in favor of the Lumia 2520. While the Nokia slab finished with a score of 75%, 20% above the Microsoft tablet, it is below the 100% scored by many of today's top tablets. While both tablets have good viewing angles, the Microsoft Surface 2 had poor color accuracy according to the testing.

The final grade given to the display on the Microsoft Surface 2 was a "B". The comments cited the small color gamut on the screen, but still called it a "good display". The Nokia Lumia 2520 display was graded "A-" and was praised for being very bright with high ambient brightness, although it too was flagged for having a low color gamut. Overall, Display Mate calls it a "Very good display."

"With virtually identical functionality and OS software, it is the quality and performance of the displays that really differentiates these Windows Tablets. The display on the Nokia Lumia 2520 is impressive while the Microsoft Surface 2 is mediocre and a disappointment."-Raymond Soneira, president, DisplayMate

Soon, Microsoft will close on its purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services, and perhaps the gang in Redmond will leave the screen design for the Surface 3 to the newcomers from Finland.

Display Mate picks the Nokia Lumia 2520 screen over the Microsoft Surface 2 display

Display Mate picks the Nokia Lumia 2520 screen over the Microsoft Surface 2 display


source: DisplayMate via BGR

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posted on 10 Dec 2013, 23:21 11

1. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Nokia Lumia 2520 >>> Microsoft Surface 2

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 23:31 7

3. DaHarder (Posts: 170; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


As one who owns both: I Couldn't Agree More.

My Lumia 2520 is quickly turning out to be the single best larger tablet I've yet owned, and I've owned dozens.

The vibrancy, brightness, outdoor visibility and color reproduction surpass ANY tablet I've purchased this year e.g. Surface 2, iPad Air, iPad Mini-R, among others.

Once people come to their senses and realize that Windows RT/Modern UI is far more efficient, well-optimized and useful on tablet devices less than 11 inches, tablets like the Lumia 2520 will finally get the respect/market adoption they deserve and the app catalog/developer market will explode.

Excellent Work Nokia... now bring out that 8 inch (Lumia 2020) version already.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 23:44 9

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8665; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You actually bought:

1) iPad Air
2) iPad Mini w/ Retina
3) Surface 2
4) Possibly more?

Donate some money over here!

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 23:52 3

6. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I've lightened up to Windows RT a little. Even if it is sort of a crippled version of Windows 8, it's still more productive than any other mobile tablet OS out there, the app selection is really all it's missing.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 14:04

15. sniper1087 (Posts: 378; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


While I dont have a problem with ths 2520 which I myself have, the main issues is one of the apps CBS which worked on the Surface 2, just doesnt work on the 2520, when I try to play videos it gives me an error and crashes, and between other things, I use other videos through the browser and then some wont play in full screen, while it tries to place it on full screen ,the video just gets placed on a corner and the rest black background, and yes I tried to play it on my normal pc and there are no problems, so I know is an issue from the tablet itself.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 00:40 5

8. akki20892 (Posts: 3555; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


That's what Nokia is famous for >>>>>>>>Quality.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 13:14

14. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


No more once it becomes M$ property, pending tax dispute with Indian authorities who have frozen all immovable assets of Nokia in India.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 23:31

2. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


I am liking this tablet more and more. Now, if only they would release it in Cyan I would go out and buy one.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 02:44

10. tigermcm (Posts: 729; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


I think, if im not mistaken white and cyan are exclusive to some store in europe. I remember seeing a few ads with red, black, white, and cyan and found something saying white and cyan are exclusive

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 23:43

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8665; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Hmm. I'm starting to question the advantage of S2 over the 2520 now.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 23:59 1

7. blkjack (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


Did anyone catch the Verizon Christmas commercial for the Nokia 2520 during Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? They definitely made a point to talk about how great the screen is.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 01:53 1

9. Gemmol (Posts: 538; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Anyone who pick another tablet over the 2520 is crazy and I only say that cause I tried all.....2520 is smooth and fast and looks beautiful I go days without charging they were not lying about Th great battery life and fast charging

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 02:46 1

11. tigermcm (Posts: 729; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


yes it is!!!!! i got mine last week monday and it was about 4 days before I had to charge it. cant wait for my free keyboard im drooling already

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 11:57

12. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 861; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Where's the outdoor visibility testing?

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 12:16

13. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1100; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


folks it looks like Nokia did to the Windows RT tablets what it did for Windows smart phones when it introduced the Nokia Lumia 920. Nokia made a product that made the Public look at Windows smart phones as a smart phone worth buying and people went and bought them and love what they purchased. I hope Microsoft big wigs are smart and keepit in production and get the Apps makers to make GOOD QUALITY App for it. now if the MS surface 2 gets the Nokia Screen tech and uses it wow the Surface 2 will get better too. Folks Microsoft's
Smartphones and tablets can be made to use all the high tech components that are out there
today but what Microsoft needs now is more software features for it smartphones and Tablets. the coming Windows phone 8 upgrade to Windows phone 8.1 will bring some sft ware improvements and new features.

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