Nokia Lumia 2520 review

Attractive Lumia hardware is hobbled by lacklustre software

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With a super bright display, svelte dimensions and pleasingly comfortable construction, the Nokia Lumia 2520 isn't a tablet that's designed to be confined within four walls, so it's a good thing that Nokia has fitted it with a leggy 8000mAh battery.

Nokia claims that the battery will last for 25 days on a single charge, a test we didn't quite have time to verify. However, in general use (browsing the internet, playing some videos and undertaking some light gaming with the screen set to maximum brightness), the 2520 lasted an admirable 10.5 hours.

Nokia Lumia 2520 in bush

You don't have to wait long for it to charge either. Having to use Nokia's proprietary charger is something of a pain, but it means that the Lumia 2520 can go from zero to 80% charge in just one hour. Considering its battery life, that's one impressive feat.

Once you've powered up and logged in, the tablet's Snapdragon 800 processor zips along without any discernible lag or hiccups. As with the Surface 2, its pre-installed Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT apps load up on command within a few seconds, adding to the tablet's pick-up-and-go feel.

Nokia Lumia 2520 under tree

After firing up 3DMark for Windows RT, we were forced to use the most graphically demanding benchmark it offers, because the others were "too light for your device". We didn't get that message when running the same app on the Surface 2, so it appeared off the bat that the Lumia 2520 packs more power - but is it substantially more?

Running the Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark gave us a test score of 16,864, which comfortably beats the Surface 2's score of 13,151. That extra power should come in handy when playing more graphically powerful titles on the platform.

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