The Nokia Lumia 2520 is a newer Windows 8.1 RT tablet. If you are looking for a connected tablet with a nice screen and the newer Windows OS, this may be a good tablet to compare with the likes of Microsoft’s own Surface RT. It is available at AT&T for $499.99 without a contract or $399.99 with a two-year agreement.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 has a very nice, full HD 10.1-inch display. Pictures taken on other devices and movies stored on a microSD card looked crisp and clear. The IPS LCD screen and 1920X1080 resolution makes viewing the device at angles a pleasant experience.
Reading web pages or text documents inside or outside was comfortable. Since this device is longer than it is tall, it seems to be meant for viewing horizontally or in landscape. While this is great for consumption of videos and even web browsing, it may be a bit awkward reading a long PDF in portrait mode.
With 4G LTE available through a SIM card, the tablet can be used on the go. Nokia indicates that battery life is around 11 hours. With normal use, the tablet did last throughout the day for web browsing, reading and responding to emails, and playing a couple of low impact games.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 does feel sturdy and more solid than many Android tablets out there. The bezel does seem a bit larger than it needs to be. There are ports along the sides of the Nokia Lumia 2520 as well. A microUSB 3.0 port is included, but you will need a separate adapter to use it. The headphone jack is on the other side, but be careful as the power port is on the same side and not clearly marked.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 does come with 32GB of space. The operating system and an install backup take up some of that space. It can be expanded using the microSD slot located at the top. You will need a paperclip or the included tool to open the tray for the microSD and the SIM card. If you are using 4G LTE, you will want to make sure the microSD is in place so you do not lose your internet connection.
You can connect a Microsoft account to the device as well. This will help with some space issues and provide more functionality with the included Office suite. Connecting to Skydrive was easy and added to functionality of the always on internet connection. Opening and editing Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents was pretty easy for the Nokia Lumia 2520.
If you are looking to type quite a bit on this device, you may want to wait to get the power keyboard. It is not included with the base unit, but would come in handy when editing or creating Microsoft Office documents either locally or through SkyDrive.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 does come with a 6.7MP Zeiss Optics camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front. The pictures are OK for a tablet. However, holding up the device to take the pictures seemed a bit awkward. The front-facing camera was good for Skype calls and functioned well during testing.
If you are in the market for a new tablet and enjoy Windows 8.1, stop by your local AT&T store or other retailer to check out the Nokia Lumia 2520. It is a good device with a great screen and provides a good user experience for consuming content.