Nokia Lumia 2520 hands-on
0. phoneArena 22 Oct 2013, 08:07 posted on
It took it a while, but Nokia has finally entered the heated tablet race. The Lumia 2520, as Nokia calls its first tablet computer (in the modern sense of the word), is a 10.1” Windows 8.1 RT slate that makes use of powerful internals, such as the Snapdragon 800, and a variety of connectivity features in hopes of standing out from the crowd in this market. Still, we just can't help but feel skeptical about this product, due to... you know, Windows RT, but hey – it was Nokia that found a way to make Windows Phone look cool; it might once again be Nokia that manages to make a decent OS out of Windows 8.1 RT. Let's see...
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2. Tommy1960i (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)
I think many windows tablets will fail because of this. In Europe every one who will buy a Windows RT tablet will buy a Nokia 2520. Nice move Nokia!!!
6. Rorschach (Posts: 37; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)
Windows RT isn't even viable.. Not being able to run legacy apps is a big fail because the market place is still missing a lot of essential apps.
13. DaHarder (Posts: 168; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
'Fail'... ? BULL!
It's a mobile SoC powered tablet in the same category of Apple's iPad and the iPad NEVER gets lambasted for NOT supporting OSX 'desktop' applications.
The Windows Store is getting more well populated with apps on a daily basis and RT already comes standard with the single most utilized 'legacy' app existent: Microsoft Windows (a near US 150.00 added value BTW).
... and it should not be overlooked that the Windows Store/Modern UI apps available for RT-powered devices are that exact same apps that run on ALL Windows 8.X devices, making compatibility completely moot.
People seriously need to get over this 'it doesn't run my Windows legacy applications' sooner than later because Windows 'Modern UI' is the future of the platform... Like It or Not.
16. dratomic (Posts: 463; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
but it's windows rt... you're right. this nokia built tank would have killed all other tablets if it wasn't rt. bad move for nokia. nice move elop.
4. Beijendorf (Posts: 318; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
At the price of 500+150 you can actually get a really nice tablet-ultrabook hybrid with a Haswell processor, meaning legacy programs and functionality (Sony Vaio Tap 11 or Multi-flip).
Sure you don't get the LTE compability, but one could just use the phone as a hotspot. I feel like the pricing for RT tablets are poorly thought through.
5. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Dude, Sony Tap 11 is no Hasswell Processor..
8. Beijendorf (Posts: 318; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
With the Tap 11 you are given a choice of 3 processors. These are the Pentium 3560Y, Core i3-4020Y (Haswell) and Core i5-4210Y (Haswell).
So yes, it comes with Haswell processors.
9. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
Yes but not for $650. Also this tablet isn't $650 its $500. Most people will probably buy this without the cover.
10. Beijendorf (Posts: 318; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
I'm afraid you completely miss the point.
If you want to use this productively - and one would assume that's a major selling point of Windows RT since it comes bundled with Office - you'd need the keyboard. As such the price goes up to 650 dollars.
For 700 dollars where I live, you can get the Core i3-variant of the Tap 11. Yes it's 50 dollars more, but you also get a faster and more versatile device with the full productivity of an x86 laptop. You also get a larger screen.
I'm not saying RT tablets like the Lumia 2520 or Surface 2/RT are bad - they're not. I'm saying they're overpriced for their performance and what they can do when compared to the hybrids on the market.
7. twens (Posts: 668; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Very very nice. But I still prefer the surface pro tho.
14. DaHarder (Posts: 168; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
The Surface Pro also cost between US 900.00 and 1600.00 dollars... So Not in the Same Product Category.
People seriously need to be more realistic about what these 10 inch-ish/mobile SoC-powered devices are for, as it's simply unrealistic to expect to use Windows 'legacy' application on a display this small (especially with such a high resolution).
These devices are designed to be used with Windows Modern UI (touch-centric) apps obtained from the Windows Store, which (as I previously posted) IS the Future of Windows.
11. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
The lack of a full size usb port is disappointing. I have been waiting for this tablet to be announced so I could compare it against the Surface 2. The 2520 looks better in every way except for this. It may just be a dealbreaker for me, I use the usb on my Surface RT a ton.
18. T00muchF00D (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
Do you not know the keyboard has 2 USB ports?
12. djripster (Posts: 130; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
I would have loved the tablet to be a tad cheaper... If Nokia has thrown in the Power Keyboard as a free add-one with the Lumia 2520 it would have been the perfect price (since the full USB is a must have for me too)
Its a little frustrating to see folks continue to ask Windows RT to run legacy apps... Isnt this the same as asking the iPad to run OS X apps... Windows RT is meant to compete with the iPad, and whats good enough for the iPad should be good enough for Windows RT devices... If you want to run legacy programs, there are devices of all shapes and sizes for that... Its just that Windows RT is not right for you...
While I do applaud the new apps headed to Windows RT, I have to say Microsoft needs to make some decisions and take some action on coaxing developers to bring their apps and games to Windows RT...
17. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
I agree with you. But I believe that MS should allow devs to design for the desktop space as well. Then we could potentially see some of the legacy apps get ports for the ARM chips, thus improving the experience on RT. Also, vpn support is a must, if they want to see them taken seriously in the business sector.
15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6579; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Thinking of returning my nexus 7 for this baby. How much is the wi-fi only cost?