Nokia Lumia 2520, The Beginning

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Nokia Lumia 2520Nokia Lumia 2520 marks a new beginning for the Finnish company (now owned by Microsoft, nota bene): this is the first tablet running on Windows Phone OS, if you’re not counting the Lumia 1520 phablet. The Lumia 2520 expands Nokia’s portfolio of high end devices, being built on the latest generation of hardware. Just think about it: the display is an awesome 10.1 inches wide IPS LCD, the system on chip is the latest and the greatest from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 800, it features 4G/LTE connectivity and has a 6.7 megapixels camera powered by Carl Zeiss lens. All these are augmented by Nokia’s own apps and services, which are already legendary, and I kid you not.
All these specs make the Nokia Lumia 2520 a serious adversary for all the high end tablets out there, running on iOS or Android, regardless: there’s a new sheriff in town. You were warned.
Starting with unpacking, the retail box is nothing to write home about. It contains a regular charger and a special tool for the SIM/micro SD card, along with some leaflets.
Just like Microsoft’s Surface 2, the Lumia 2520 includes an optional cover for the keyboard that features a full QWERTY keyboard and a trackpad, plus an extra 2027 mAh battery and two USB ports. If you’re a heavy user and you have $149 extra to spend, the keyboard cover is an excellent choice.
Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet In terms of design, Nokia kept it classical: the tablet has a rectangular shape with rounded edges, just like the Lumia range of smartphone. The Lumia 2520 looks strangely familiar, and I’m saying that in a good way. The tablet is available in a multitude of colors (black, cyan, red or white) just like the Lumia smartphone line and you can opt out for a matte or a glossy finish. I can say with certainty that the black/matte version is one Hell of a looker and my personal favorite.
The tablet measures 267x168x9 mm and it’s pretty heavy, at 615 grams. Keep in mind that heavy is good, heavy is reliable, in a survival situation you can always hit the enemy with the tablet and run. I’m kidding, but the tablet is built like a tank, in Nokia’s good tradition. The built quality is top notch and the Lumia 2520 looks and feels like it’s capable to survive a zombie apocalypse.
The chassis is made of polycarbonate and the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2.
The main star of the show is the display, which is an exceptionally 10.1 inches wide full HD IPS LCD featuring Nokia’s ClearBlack technology, with a relatively modest 218 ppi pixel density. But, the overall quality of the screen is breathtaking, with fantastic contrast and viewing angles. The only downside is the resolution, at just 1920×1080 pixels.
There is a 2 megapixels camera above the display, along with the regular ambient light/proximity sensors and the WP start button below. The tablet comes with two stereo speakers front-facing and with a 3.5 mm audio jack and the charging port on the left side. There are also micro HDMI and micro USB ports available on the right side. On the top, you’ll find the power key, the volume and the micro SIM/micro SD trays. On the bottom lies Nokia’s proprietary connector and nothing much else.
The back panel harbors the 6.7 megapixels camera lens, powered by Carl Zeiss and a few logos plus a secondary microphone used for the noise cancellation.
The battery is a respectable 8120 mAh unit, perfectly capable of providing up to 12 hours of video playback or web browsing using the Wi-Fi card.
Nokia Lumia 2520 redThe soul of the Lumia 2520 is its operating system, namely Windows 8.1 RT, which is somehow different from the WP 8 or the regular Windows in your home computer. RT stands for Runtime and is built especially for ARM CPUs (those regularly found inside smartphones/tablets as opposed to the regular AMD/Intel ones in laptops/PCs).
Using Windows RT means that you’re fully dependent on Windows Store for acquiring apps, because you can’t install other legacy software except for Windows’s own.
Nokia Lumia 2520 windowsBasically, the menu looks like a WP 8, being comprised of live tiles and almost everything works like in a regular Windows Phone. What’s different is the Charms menu that gives access to share, search, devices, start and settings by swiping from the right edge of the display.
The OS runs fluidly and smooth, without lag and that’s normal for the Snapdragon 800, one of the fastest platforms on the market. Obviously, there is a desktop mode in the RT, transforming the tablet into a good’ol classic desktop, if you’re into that, obviously.
The Lumia 2520 will play everything you throw at it, like DivX, XviD, AVI, mp4, .mov, MKV, up to 1080p resolutions. Just like in the WP8, the People app will control your contacts and your social networks; the People app integrates everything, from Facebook to your Microsoft account, including Hotmail, Linkedln, Google or Twitter. Windows 8.1 RT comes with Skype as its dedicated messaging app. using the virtual keyboard is a pleasure, both in split screen and in the standard 16/9 mode (hand writing recognition included).
The app responsible for your emails is divided, there are 3 screen panes for that: a folder view in the left, the convo view in the middle and on the right you can see your currently selected mail.
Nokia Lumia 2520 The Beginning For setting up the email you can use Microsoft’s Outlook 2013, which works with IMAP accounts too and it’s very easy to set up (just insert your email address and your password and you’re ready to go).
When taking photos, the experience is very similar to your regular Windows Phone. The camera has a very simple and intuitive user interface and you can capture photos by tapping the screen. For a tablet, the Lumia 2520 is quite good at taking photos and videos (full HD 1080p) and it offers you plenty of apps and features. When playing games, watching videos or listening to music, you’ll have to rely on Xbox, that’s pinned onto the start menu.
Internet browsing is a pleasure on that high quality screen, courtesy of IE 11, that supports flash and works as well as the one in your desktop PC.
The Lumia 2520 comes with SkyDrive integration, Windows Store and Bing maps, so you can get around pretty easy.
For the business users, the tablet comes with Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student edition preinstalled; you can view and edit Word, Excel, and Power Point and OneNote files. There are plenty of Nokia apps and services available on the Lumia 2520, like Nokia Music, HERE maps, Nokia storyteller and Nokia Music plus lots of games.
In conclusion, Nokia Lumia 2520 is a great tablet, offering an impressive user experience, especially if you’re already using a WP 8 smartphone. The build quality is exceptional, the screen is awesome and Nokia’s exclusive apps play in a league of their own.
Nokia Lumia 2520 multicolor

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One Response to “Nokia Lumia 2520, The Beginning”

  1. tony solinan Says:

    I had the 520 lumia,just to see what a windows phone was like well,I powered it on and it was faulty, I brought it back to the store, and they told me to bring it to a repair store to see if they could fix it, the store where I bought it wouldn’t replace it,so that put me off windows, so iPhone and windows are not for me,iPhone 5snew,faulty, apple gave me a new 5s,so I gave it to a niece of mine, I am sticking to Android phones and devices like I’ve always done all along, no more iOS,or windows for me!

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