Camera


Between them, we favor the 6.7-megapixel auto-focus camera of the Lumia 2520, mainly due to its balanced performance throughout all lighting situations. To tell you the truth, it’s more equipped at taking macro shots and performs better in conditions where lighting is minimal. Sure, they’re able to produce some sharp looking outdoor scenery photos, but under low lighting, we like how the f1.9 aperture lens of the Lumia 2520 is able to brighten up the scenery – whereas it’s just dark with the Surface 2. Indeed, we appreciate how it’s brighter with the Lumia 2520, which brings out the details in the shot, but noise becomes a distracting after effect. Regardless, we continue to like the results put out by Nokia’s pride and joy.


Moreover, we’re digging the 1080p videos captured by the Lumia 2520 just a smidgen more. Generally speaking, they exhibit the same sharp visuals, but the Surface 2 is more prone to heavier artifacting when panning. However, we like how audio recording is more natural in tone with the Surface 2 – while it’s a bit sharper with the Lumia 2520.


Multimedia


Music is handled by the XBOX Music player on both tablets, but as an alternative, Nokia Music is an additional option for the Lumia 2520. Obviously, the features set and presentation value with the stock player is identical. Both tablets are actually wielding dual-speakers, but the Nokia Lumia 2520’s pair seems to have a stronger presence at the loudest volume setting.


Kicking back and watching a high-definition video is just a tad bit more persuasive with the Surface 2, thanks in part to its useful kickstand, which provides us with an ideal hands-free experience. Well, it’s not to say that the Lumia 2520 is a bad option, but that added convenience with the Surface 2 is a pleasant touch.

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