Nokia Lumia 2520 review
- Gorgeous looks
- Fast performer
- Cool Nokia apps
- Windows Store still lacking
- A little heavy
- No expandable storage
If you want a tablet computer - and as you may have heard, they're all the rage - you first need to decide what you want. The elegance of the iPad Air? The bargain price and decent specs of the Tesco Hudl? The PC-replacement solidity of the Microsoft Surface 2?
Finally, there's a tablet that does all of the above and makes a compelling alternative. The Nokia Lumia 2520 is instantly recognisable as a Lumia, thanks to the familiar colours and polycarbonate casing found on the likes of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 925.
It's solid, smooth and appealingly warm to the touch. Plastic is a difficult material to use and make classy. Nobody does it like Nokia, though Apple's iPhone 5c is another successful example.
Nokia Lumia 2520: Size and build
The Lumia tablet may prove to be the high point of design from Marko Artishaari for Nokia - he has said he wonít be joining Microsoft when the companies merge - and is unmistakable. Glossy or matte finish depending on colour choice, the edges are curved so that it feels more portable and certainly makes it fit pleasantly in the hand. This tablet is noticeably lighter than last year's iPad 4, even though Nokia's screen is bigger, though no match for the new iPad Air.
For completists, the weights are Lumia 2520, 615g; fourth generation iPad, 662g; iPad Air, 478g - all weights quoted are cellular tablets, not wi-fi only. Nokia, being a phone company hasn't made a wi-fi only version of the 2520. No surprise.
The Nokia tablet's dimensions compare well to the iPad 2 - at 267 x 168 x 8.9 mm it's narrower and thinner from front to back, though the iPad Air's measurements mean the Lumia is longer and less thin, though still narrower by a pinch.
The 2520's reasonable weight compared with those inviting rounded edges are designed to make you want to take it with you as you go, not just use it as a second screen to distract you while you watch TV. It certainly feels light enough to use on the go, even if extended one-handed use may tire you.
Nokia's palette of colours is unmistakable. The tablet is available in two matte colours (blue, black) and two gloss finishes (white and eye-searingly bright red). All look great, though the glossy version is something of a fingerprint magnet.