Introduction


Windows RT tablets in general are a rare bunch nowadays, so we’re humbled to know that two of the best ones bring back light to the budding platform. Unlike last year, Microsoft made sure to do itself good this time around by outfitting its Surface 2 tablet with a more modernized set of hardware to keep in good light with the competition. And with Nokia, they’ve astounded us by delivering one remarkable tablet in the Lumia 2520 – more so when it’s their first venture into the tablet market! They’re unbelievable tablets no doubt, especially for being Windows RT tablets, but which of the two can prove that it can outmuscle the other?

Design


Gorgeous! That’s what we can say about the two as we feast our eyes upon them. It’s a difficult decision, but in the end, it’s the flashy colors and sleek design of the Lumia 2520 that gets our attention more. Well, the Surface 2 is still one fantastic looking tablet, especially with its solid industrial design and angular cuts, but it’s something we’ve seen before with last year’s tablet. Sure, the VaporMg casing of the Surface 2 is sturdier than the polycarbonate plastic body of the Lumia 2520, but its angular cuts doesn’t make for the best in-the-hand feel. Mainly because it’s a refreshing take for a tablet design, we gravitate more towards Nokia’s first time offering.

Showing off its versatility, we really like how the Surface 2 is armed with a full-sized USB 3.0 port, easily accessible microSD card slot, microHDMI port, and an adjustable kickstand. Quite simply, it really mimics the stuff we’d see on laptops, which is a nice gesture. In comparison, the Lumia 2520’s skinny profile means it’s limited in what it can offer. Rather than getting a full-sized USB port, we’re instead given a microUSB 3.0 port. Yeah, it does feature a microSD slot too, but accessing it is a process in itself.

In terms of cameras, they’re stuffed with some pretty good hardware for tablets. For the Lumia 2520, it’s packing along a 6.7-megapixel camera rear camera with an f1.9 Zeiss lens, and a 2-megpixel front-facing one. Meanwhile, the Surface 2 has a 5-megapixel snapper in the rear, and a 3.5-megapixel one around the front.


Display


At first glance, it seems that they’re packing the same sized display, but in reality, the Surface 2 has a larger one. Specifically, it’s a 10.1-inch display on the Lumia 2520, and a slightly larger 10.6-incher with the Surface 2. Seeing that they both feature 1080p IPS LCD touchscreens, they deliver sharp details at every angle – so there’s not one that’s more profound than the other. However, the color reproduction on the Lumia 2520’s display is more vibrant, producing warmer colors tones to be exact, which helps to get our attention over the cooler and subdued tones seen with the Surface 2’s display. Outdoor visibility is good with both, but we do notice that the brightness output is stronger with the Lumia 2520.

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18 Comments

1. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Both are gr8 ..

5. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

6. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

2. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Surface 2 is the obvious choice.

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

8. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 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 .

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

"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.

14. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

the S800 out preformed the T4 and thats a fact

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

15. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

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

4. Aphorism

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 07, 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

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

11. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 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

12. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 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...

16. Alexander_K

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 18, 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.

17. sidcheck

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 04, 2014

nokia lumia 2520 is picked as compare to microdoft surface 2

18. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 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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