Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
Interface and Functionality
Love it or hate it, but the experience between these two tablets is identical, as they’re both running the most up-to-date version of the platform – Windows RT 8.1. Naturally, it’s an intentional thing, seeing that Microsoft prides on having consistency with its operating system. Knowing that, it doesn’t shock us that all of the core features are one-hundred percent intact between them. Therefore, things like multi-tasking, notifications, and personalization are handled in the same manner.
Heck, they’re even preloaded with the entire Microsoft Office 2013 suite, which really tones up their productivity value. As much as they’re nearly identical, there’s one specific thing featured on the Lumia 2520 that extends its worth over the Surface 2 – its preloaded Nokia branded apps. To be exact, they include Nokia Here Maps, Nokia Music, Nokia Storyteller, Nokia Video Director, and Nokia Camera. Some of them are more useful than others, but regardless of that, it’s just nice to have an experience that’s more enhanced from the get-go.
Typing is best served with the landscape option, just because of the spacious confines we’re giving – almost mimicking the consistent rate we’re accustomed to having with a normal keyboard. Sure, we have the portrait options, and even the hand writing recognition ones, but they’re just not as practical.
Frankly, we’re not surprised with the results here. Even though the Lumia 2520 has a slight advantage out of the box thanks to its useful set of Nokia branded apps, it doesn’t stop the Surface 2 from being able to download additional third party ones from the Windows Store so that it functions in the same manner.
Processor and Memory
It’s the best from NVIDIA and Qualcomm! Arriving on the scene first, the Surface 2 is powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the Lumia 2520 relies on a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2GB of RAM. They’re different no doubt, but the end results are identical – they’re just snappy and fast. From basic to complex things, they exhibit the same level of performance against one another.
Two storage options are available with the Surface 2, 32GB and 64GB – whereas the Lumia 2520 is only available with 32GB of storage. Thankfully, they feature microSD card slots to supplement their capacities.
Internet and Connectivity
Okay, when you’re stuffed with impressive hardware under the hood, it’s only natural for us to expect nothing more than an outstanding web browsing experience. Right on cue, that’s exactly what we get out of these two tablets, as they feature speedy page loads, buttery smooth navigational controls, and instant page rendering on the fly. There’s nothing that they can’t handle, honestly!
You’d think that Microsoft’s tablet would be available with cellular data connectivity, but that’s sadly not the case, seeing that it’s strictly Wi-Fi only for now. On the flip side, we’re extremely surprised to find the Lumia 2520 outfitted with 4G LTE connectivity, which is included in its base price of $500. Beyond that, they pretty much carry the same set of connectivity features – like aGPS and Bluetooth 4.0. Strangely, NFC is only dished up with Nokia’s tablet.
Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2 - Interface and Functionality