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)

Display

Display size

9.7 inches
10.1 inches
10.1 inches

Resolution

2048 x 1536 pixels
1920 x 1080 pixels
2560 x 1600 pixels

Pixel density

264 ppi
218 ppi
299 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Super Clear LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

71.65 %
62.74 %
70.97 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

 
665 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

5 megapixels
6.7 megapixels
8 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.4"
 

Flash

 
 
LED

Software Features

Digital image stabilization, HDR, Face detection, Exposure compensation, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, White balance presets
Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Self-timer, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Panorama, Scenes

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Recording format

H.264, MOV
H.264
 

Features

Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Video calling
 

Front

1.2 megapixels
2 megapixels
2 megapixels

Video capture

1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
 

Design

Dimensions

9.45 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)

Weight

16.86 oz (478 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)
21.69 oz (615 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)
19.29 oz (547 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
 
 

Features

 
 
Stylus

Phone functionality

 
 
Yes

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Apple A7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor

Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

PowerVR G6430
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

1 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

128 GB
32 GB
16 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

 
microSD, microSDHC
microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

OS

iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
Windows (RT 8.1)
Android (4.4.2, 4.3), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Battery

Capacity

8820 mAh
8000 mAh
8220 mAh

Stand-by time

 
25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 23 days (559 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

 
 
43.00 hours
the average is 51 h (3060 min)

Music playback

 
 
217.00 hours

Video playback

 
30.00 hours
11.00 hours

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26
Bands 20, 3, 7
Bands 18, 5, 8, 3, 1, 7

UMTS

850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

CDMA

800, 1900 MHz
 
 

Data

LTE, HSPA, UMTS
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

TV-out
DLNA, TV-out
DLNA, MHL

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 929
$ 499
 


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44 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note 10.1 > iPad Air > 2520

4. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

2520 >ipad>note 10.1

7. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

you r fanboy , arnt you ?

14. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

19. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

How is Note worse than 2520 and Ipad?

34. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

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

25. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

and you r ms employee lol

41. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

33. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2347; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Cool story bra

20. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

zuckerboy Yes he is. +1

29. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

32. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

ipad is coolest but overpriced

2. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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 ......

5. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

2520 and the rest for anyone !

6. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Nokia ..

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

10. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

2520 Uses RT not full Windows.

12. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

trolls these days eh ?

37. SleepingOz unregistered

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

9. Santi_Santi unregistered

Serious winner here. Note 10.1 2013

11. alaw.14

Posts: 412; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

You mean 2014???

13. T00muchF00D

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

Hands down buying the Lumina 2520 its a beast

15. argos1991

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

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

16. akbarkool

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Lumia 2520 is the most gorgeous tab ever

17. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Galaxy note 10.1 enough said.. ;-p

18. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Galaxy Note 10.1, without question.

21. londoner

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

2520 For sufre. IPad can wipe muy ass

22. londoner

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

2520 For sure. IPad can wipe muy a ..

23. Pyoung0560

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

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