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Nokia Lumia 2520 review

Nokia Lumia 2520 V3

The Nokia Lumia 2520's stellar battery life, above average screen and nippy performance make it the best Windows RT tablet currently available. However, the lack of legacy application support and a bundled keyboard are an issue.


Nice design, good screen, Office built in, decent Nokia apps, great battery life


Lack of keyboard limits productivity, camera still isn't great

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £400

Manufacturer: Nokia

Nokia announced plans to enter the 10in tablet market at its World event in Dubai earlier this year when it unveiled its brand new Lumia 2520 tablet. The move sparked interest in the technology world as, as well as being the first Lumia tablet, the 2520 has been listed by the Finnish firm as a key step in its ongoing move to secure control of the enterprise market.

Running the latest version of Windows RT and featuring a host of both Microsoft and Nokia productivity applications, the Lumia 2520 certainly on paper has some impressive business credentials. However, with its attachable keyboard case costing an extra £150, some professionals have justifiably questioned whether the tablet can deliver the productivity perks promised on its impressive CV.

Design and build
Building the 2520, Nokia's not strayed too far from the design philosophy used in its Lumia series of smartphones, creating the tablet to be as colourful and characterful as possible. This is no bad thing as we're really big fans of Nokia Lumia designs, with the brightly coloured handsets some of the most characterful currently available.Nokia Lumia 2520 back

The 2520 is available in black, white red or blue, our favourite being the Ferrari-like red, and features a minimalist chassis, that wraps around the tablet's Gorilla Glass 2 front. The curved edges of the tablet combined with its slim 267x168x8.9mm dimensions mean the 2520 is fairly comfortable in hand and feels suitably travel friendly. The only possible concern is that the 615g 2520 is slightly heavier than the feather light, 468g Apple iPad Air - meaning fans of the iOS tablet may initially find it a little cumbersome.

Despite this we're still impressed, as by Windows RT and Windows 8 tablet standards the 2520 is still light when compared to equivalent RT devices like the official Surface 2, which weighs a slightly heftier 675g.

The 2520 also comes with a reasonable selection of port options. On its right there are micro-USB 3.0 and HDMI-D micro ports, while its left features a custom charge and 3.5mm headphone jack. Complementing this its top houses a micro-SIM slot while its bottom boasts a connecting port.

We were also reasonably pleased with the Lumia 2520's build quality. While not as robust feeling as the metal Surface RT 2, the 2520 feels significantly better built than many polycarbonate Windows tablets, like the lightweight, but scratch prone Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2. While the back of the 2520 does have some give when pressed, overall the 2520 left us reasonably assured it could survive the odd accidental bump or scrape.

Next: Display, operating system and software

Processor: Quad-core 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Display: 10.1in Full HD 1920x1080, 218ppi
Storage: 32GB expandable via microSD, 2GB RAM
Camera: 6.7MP rear with Zeiss optics
Connectivity: LTE, Bluetooth, WiFi
Operating system: Windows RT 8.1
Dimensions: 267x168x8.9mm
Weight: 615g

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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