Nokia Lumia 2520 review

Attractive Lumia hardware is hobbled by lacklustre software

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The Nokia Lumia 2520 features both front and rear-facing cameras. The front-facing camera, which can be used for face-to-face conversations in Skype or Google Hangouts, captures video at a standard 720p resolution. The quality isn't spellbinding and it fares better in brighter light conditions, but it does the job if you temper expectations.

The rear camera is a much better 6.7-megapixel snapper that features Zeiss optics (the company's branding can be found on the shell's rear) with a f1.9 aperture. If you're planning on using the tablet as your primary camera (and we hope you're not), the rear camera takes decent shots, even in the absence of Nokia's lauded PureView technology.

Camera

But just because the Lumia 2520 looks like a blown-up Lumia smartphone, it doesn't mean it should be used as one. Focusing is a little on the slow side, and you're better off trying to get closer to your target than using its blurry 4x zoom.

You get the choice of Microsoft's native camera app or the Nokia Camera app when taking pictures. Both have their own strengths - Nokia's being the ability to take several photos at once before picking out the best saving it using an on-screen dial.

Once saved, images can be cropped and edited using basic tools such as auto-fix and others to apply basic effects. Annoyingly you can't share photos directly after you've taken them - you'll have to open them into Windows Photo viewer on the desktop for that.

Microsoft's camera app doesn't let you capture and sift through multiple snaps, forcing you to take one at a time. However, it does offer a manual zoom function that puts the image in focus by tapping on the area you want to focus on, much like on iOS.

When it comes to shooting video using a rear camera, tablets are yet to get it right, even in the case of wallet-emptying offerings such as Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 that captures low-quality, grainy footage. The Nokia 2520's is much better. It's not crystal clear, but its 1080p rear camera is more than up to the task of capturing general shots in well-lit conditions.

Nokia Lumia 2520 camera test

Nokia Lumia 2520 camera test

Nokia Lumia 2520 camera test

Nokia Lumia 2520 camera test

Nokia Lumia 2520 camera test

Nokia Lumia 2520 camera test

Nokia Lumia 2520 camera test

Nokia Lumia 2520 camera test

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ModelAdreno 330
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, HSDPA, LTE, HSUPA, UMTS
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 RT
Brand NameNokia
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 800
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)615 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Cellular Generation4G
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution6.7 Megapixel
Height168 mm
Width267 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
ManufacturerNokia
Product Model2520
Product NameLumia 2520 Tablet
Product LineLumia
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number02740T0
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationPLAY INSIDE OR PLAY OUTSIDE.

True mobility means being able to use your tablet wherever you choose to go. The Nokia Lumia 2520 has a high resolution, Full HD display with the best outdoor readability so you can use it anywhere under the sun.
Package Contents
  • Lumia 2520 Tablet
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Guide
  • SIM Door Key