Nokia's Lumia 2520 Tablet Delivers What Microsoft Surface Didn't

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2013-11-21 Print this article Print

Nokia follows the lead of other Windows tablets by including a number of ports and slots. These include a MicroSD memory slot, a micro USB 3.0 connector, a MicroHDMI connector, and there's a keyboard connector. Unlike most other tablets, the 2520 supports NFC (near field communication) with the antenna location indicated on the rear.

What Nokia did not include is some analogue to the Surface kickstand or the option for more built-in memory. While you can add another 32GB using an SD card, more built-in memory would have been useful for people who like to run a lot of apps.

It's also worth noting that the 2520 is not particularly cheap. The non-contract price for an AT&T tablet is $584.99, or $499.99 for the Verizon version. AT&T and Verizon customers can get the tablet for $399.99 with a two-year agreement.

The obvious question is whether the Nokia 2520 will do any better in the marketplace than other Windows 8.1 tablets, and that's a fair question. Microsoft didn't exactly create a barn-burner with the Surface RT, and some would-be makers of Windows RT tablets have abandoned their projects. How is Nokia different?

Probably the biggest difference, besides the fact that Nokia's mobile devices unit has been acquired by Microsoft, is that Nokia is marketing its tablets through the same stores that sell its Windows phones. This means that the tablets will start to show up in places where a lot of people who buy mobile devices actually shop.

It also means that the store employees will be reasonably familiar with the tablet when customers show up to take a look, rather than what happened to me when I stopped by a Best Buy to look at a Surface last year, only to find out that nobody had a clue.

The attraction of getting a 2520 for less than $400, even with a two-year contract, may be appealing enough to bring in buyers. That's a lot less expensive than buying an iPad, especially an iPad with cellular radios. And now that the Microsoft app store has a wide enough selection to make it more likely to find the app you want, the reasons to spend the extra money to buy an iPad become less compelling. Is it a nice enough tablet to be worth $400? I'd say it is, but I still miss the kickstand.


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