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Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2

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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.

UI of the Nokia Lumia 2520 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
UI of the Nokia Lumia 2520 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
UI of the Nokia Lumia 2520 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
UI of the Nokia Lumia 2520 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2

UI of the Nokia Lumia 2520


Interface of the Microsoft Surface 2 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
Interface of the Microsoft Surface 2 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
Interface of the Microsoft Surface 2 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
Interface of the Microsoft Surface 2 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2

Interface of the Microsoft Surface 2


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.

Nokia-branded apps on the Lumia 2520 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
Nokia-branded apps on the Lumia 2520 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
Nokia-branded apps on the Lumia 2520 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
Nokia-branded apps on the Lumia 2520 - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2

Nokia-branded apps on the Lumia 2520


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.

The Windows RT keyboard - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
The Windows RT keyboard - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
The Windows RT keyboard - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
The Windows RT keyboard - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2

The Windows RT keyboard


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 get an outstanding web browsing experience on the two tablets - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
You get an outstanding web browsing experience on the two tablets - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
You get an outstanding web browsing experience on the two tablets - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2
You get an outstanding web browsing experience on the two tablets - Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2

You get an outstanding web browsing experience on the two tablets


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.

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posted on 27 Nov 2013, 07:17 3

1. fouadqr (Posts: 318; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Both are gr8 ..

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 09:44 9

5. DaHarder (Posts: 174; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Bought the Surface 2 and really enjoyed the performance as compared to my (original) Surface RT, but...

After buying the Lumia 2520 last week I returned my Surface 2 as the Lumia 2520 is just far better suited to my desires e.g. it's lighter, slightly smaller, somewhat smoother/faster, features a noticeably brighter/easier to see outdoors display, comes with fast LTE and NFC at no additionally charge, charges incredibly fast, is more ergonomically friendly, and includes Nokia's beautifully designed/functioning apps. Here! Maps & MixRadio FTW.

Make no mistake... They're both very nice tablets and run everything very efficiently, but Nokia simply produced a better product and unless the Surface's 'kickstand' is paramount, there's very little reason to buy the Surface 2 over the Lumia 2520, especially now that the (US 149.00) Power Keyboard is being offered as part of the US 499.00 purchase price.

My current dilemma is whether to (also) return the iPad Air a bought two weeks ago, though I do like having a 128gb tablet... Then again, I did install a 64gb microSDXC card in my Lumia 2520 (giving me around 72 gb for my music, pics and videos) and Windows Modern UI apps do tend to be much smaller in size than iOS equivalents.

Ok... Looks like my iPad Air will be returned this morning, and it's not like the iPad Air does/did anything remotely different, or even much better, than the iPad 4 I already have, and US 928.00 is really a ridiculous amount of money for such a limited device.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 10:16 5

6. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I agree, the 2520 was just the better choice for me. The LTE connectivity and the way it fit in my hands were the deciding factors. That being said, I do miss the usb port that I had on my Surface RT. Luckily, I found a 3.0 mini to usb 2.0 adapter online to solve that issue. Also, Nokia is giving away the keyboard cases on their website until January... so that is $150 saved for me.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 07:28 1

2. lsutigers (Posts: 772; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


One thing many reviewers have touted is the extra Nokia software. While some of it may be value add software like Nokia Here/Maps, Nokia Music, now Nokia Mix Radio after the update, is complete garbage without a paid subscription. The rest of the software looks completely useless and would be called bloatware on any smartphone. There have been a couple of reviews that have called it as such. Otherwise it's a nice tablet but you still dont have the kickstand and keyboard...

I think I'll be waiting for the 4G LTE Surface Pro 2 coming early next year as it sounds like Windows RT wont be around much longer.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 07:50 1

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Surface 2 is the obvious choice.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 10:19 1

7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2730; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Even if you need a tablet with a cellular radio, right?

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 10:58 1

8. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


i knew you were an ANTI Nokia person the day i saw you , even Qualcomm said that the Lumia 2520 is a better choIce than the the surface 2

more beautiful design with colors , better battery life , better camera , better processor and lastly has 4G .

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 11:03 2

9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2730; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


"even Qualcomm said that the Lumia 2520 is a better choIce than the the surface 2"

That's your argument?! Really? Perhaps you should familiarize yourself with which companies made the processors for these tablets.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 15:37

14. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


the S800 out preformed the T4 and thats a fact

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 13:31 1

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That's cute.

Surface Pro because I can tether LTE to anything thanks to unlimited data. USB 3.0 and keyboard is the reason why I'd get it thank you very much. Now sit down and look stupid.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 15:38

15. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


but why did you pick the Surface 2 over the Lumia 2520 ?

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 08:34

4. Aphorism (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


I would agree - exept with the Surface you geht 1 year Skype International Calls for free and 200GB SkyDrive fort 2 years. Out of the Box.

Especially with the Kickstand I do go with the Surface (who cares the Can on a Tablet?) but, Style and possibilities with the more poweful Snapdragon make it a close Photo-Finish I think. Great Tablets anyway, just typing on one ;)

Greets from Vienna guys

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 11:10

10. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1154; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I think the new Nokia tablet is going to sell very well because it has a sleek design and has 4G connectivity. the Nokia Design is like the Apple Ipads and most of the Android tablets which are designed to be held in your hands where as the surface 2 design is more of a Tablet or table top portable computer. you can put it on your lap but most people will not do that. Next year the MS Surface 2 gets 4G however if it costs more than the Nokia 2520 in it's 4G model the Nokia 2520 will sell sell well enough because it will be a cheaper .4G windows 8.1 touch screen apps only tablet.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 11:51

11. Gemmol (Posts: 563; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I am glad that I got the AT&T deal because the 2520 do look sweet.......I cancel my Microsoft 1520 preorder, and got the Red Lumia 1520 (99.99) and Lumia 2520 (199.99) with AT&T, they been preparing the shipment since monday so I hope I can get my phone and tablet soon so I can get that free keyboard for the 2520...cause the red 1520 and the tablet is all sold out in corporate stores and their other stores in my area

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 12:37

12. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I keep on wanting the 2520 more and more... How many RT apps are there in the store exactly? I'd be cool with sth like 1000+ because i'm mostly looking for a multimedia (movies,e-books nd stuff) device for the time being...

posted on 29 Nov 2013, 06:49

16. Alexander_K (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


The Windows Store has around 120 000 apps and games. You can search for the website version of the store and look for the apps you want.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 02:22

17. sidcheck (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jan 2014)


nokia lumia 2520 is picked as compare to microdoft surface 2

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 15:54

18. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


I have been looking for a long time for the right tablet for me. I really like the Nokia 2520 . i like the processor better. I do prefer Qualcomm over Nvidia . Unfortunately the Nokia 2520 doesn't come with WIFI only and that is a deal breaker . I have no use for the 4G data. I will continue to wait and see what will come out next.

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