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Samsung has been really successful over the past couple of years in selling one of its flagship devices – Samsung GALAXY Note series. Not only has this phablet become the real flagship from this company every year, but Note series usually becomes the highest-grade model that influences the future portfolio of all Samsung devices each year. So everytime Samsung releases the new generation of this Note series, that device has got to have the best hardware specs on the market or at least, the highest class of specs just like its flagship rivals.
As we all know already, Samsung GALAXY Note series is always released in various different models, ranging from the original phablet size, the 8-inch model and finally the largest 10-inch variant. Not to mention, this year, Samsung has also announced the even bigger 12.2-inch model, dubbed as the Pro version in a new Samsung GALAXY Note Pro series – which actually packs some similar class of specs just like the 10.1-inch variant. So there are 4 different models that Samsung has released under the current Note series, although the 8-inch model actually is the last year's generation model, alongside Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and 2013 edition of Note 10.1 tablet.
Anyway, in this note-taking tablet category, Samsung GALAXY Note actually has some contenders from other tablet manufacturers. HP has the HP Slate 7 Extreme, Asus has the Asus Fonepad Note 6, NVIDIA has the current-gen Shield tablet (with Tegra K1), not to mention, Tegra Note and some other tablet brands. Microsoft actually also has a note-taking tablet and it is the Surface Pro tablet, but i don’t think it’s relevant to compare this tablet to other Android note-taking devices, especially given its full-fledged Windows 8 OS and laptop-class of specs that are not on the same page with other note-taking Android devices.
Interestingly, besides HP, Asus, NVIDIA and Microsoft, there is one other company that wants to take over Samsung's superiority in note tablet category. And that is Toshiba with its own homemade tablet which i’m about to show you right now.
This Toshiba note-taking tablet actually kind of reminds me with NVIDIA or HP note-taking tablet – NVIDIA Tegra Note or HP Slate7 Extreme, which both are powered by Tegra 4 quad-core processor.
The great thing about these Tegra Note and HP Slate 7 Extreme is, not only does this tablet have great note-taking experience just like Samsung’s note tablet, but it amazingly has much better and more powerful gaming performance than Samsung’s device - thanks to its Tegra 4 processor, along with the staggering 72-core GPU. So that’s definitely the same thing that you can totally expect on Toshiba Excite Write, given its same exact Tegra 4 processor.
Well, what do think? Are you interested to get to know more about this Toshiba’s note-taking tablet, as well as its gaming performance and what games that would work great on this device in full graphics, then here you go, my personal review of Toshiba Excite Write.
From the hardware standpoint, this Toshiba tablet is actually “on the same page” with one other Tegra 4 tablet i’ve already showed you a couple of months ago – Asus Transformer Pad TF701T. And when i say “on the same page”, then it means this Toshiba tablet has the same class of specs just like Asus’ Tegra 4 device – from the same super high-resolution 2560x1600 pixel screen, 10.1-inch screen size, 2GB of RAM, etc.
Actually, it’s not only Asus that has the “same looking” specs just like Toshiba Excite Write. There are also Kobo with its Kobo Arc 10HD and not to mention, Toshiba Excite Pro (which both come with the same Tegra 4 and 2.5k display). So when it comes to performance and especially gaming capability, these Tegra 4 tablets obviously are in the same class.
However, despite using a really powerful Tegra 4 chipset and super high-resolution screen - Toshiba Excite Write sadly doesn’t have the same great stylus experience just like other popular note-taking devices – such as Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 or even the 7-inch HP Slate7 Extreme (which also is powered by Tegra 4 processor).
And it’s shown clearly by the touch response of the stylus on the screen of Toshiba Excite Write, which is not as fast and responsive as the touch experience of stylus on Samsung or HP’s tablets – which both are amazing even for drawing professional paintings. But even so, for a note-taking tablet, Toshiba Excite Write can still be worth considering especially given its high-class of specs that it comes with.
Besides really superior in term of performance, Toshiba Excite Write also excels on other departments. Toshiba Excite Write features an 8MP and 1.2MP cameras back and front, 33Wh battery and many other high-grade goodies.
But the questions are, with all of these amazing high specs, as well as its stylus, does Toshiba Excite Write have what it takes to be a great gaming tablet? Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other 10-inch rivals on today’s tablet market? Is it worth it to purchase this tablet, especially compared to other similar rivals like Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1?
Well hopefully, we’re about to find out more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around guys!
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- No SIM
- Released 2013, July
- 671.3 g (Weight)
- 10.1 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 2560 x 1600 pixels,(~299 ppi pixel density)
- Quad-core Cortex-A15 Nvidia Tegra 4 Chipset
- ULP GeForce GPU
- 2 GB RAM
- Android OS 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
- 8 MP rear-facing camera (autofocus and LED flash) 3264 x 2448 pixels
- 1.2 MP front-facing camera
- microSD memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
- 32 GB Internal storage
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
- microUSB v2.0
- Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
- HTML5 Browser
- No Radio
- HDMI port
- Java MIDP emulator
- Silver Colors
- Non-removable 33 Wh Li-Po battery
- Up to 11 hours for Talk time (multimedia)
Toshiba Excite Write features a 10.1-inch display sporting the 2.5K resolution (2560x1600 pixels), which is the best on the market today. The good thing is, this tablet is already equipped also with the best processor on the market right now – Tegra 4 quad-core processor -, which is more than adequate to handle this super high-resolution display even in buttery smooth performance.
So basically, with this type of display, every thing that you throw on the screen will look insanely sharp on this tablet – HD movies will look great; contents like books, magazines or web pages are readable even in overview; and even HD games will look amazing on this tablet. However, there is still something that could plague this device in the long run. And that is the overheating issue. As you might have known, most of Tegra 4 devices have overheating issue, especially on their rear cover. So this probably could happen on this Toshiba tablet, especially given its super high-resolution screen and of course its Tegra 4 processor. And this could be quite annoying, especially if you are a tablet gamer.
Similar just like any other Toshiba tablets under the flag Toshiba Excite series, the UI of Toshiba Excite Write also looks pretty similar with its siblings, especially the ones with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box. So if you’re already familiar using Android devices in the past, you will feel at home when using this tablet. Most of the features of stock Android OS can be found easily here, like of course the standard homescreen with widgets, the standard app drawer, the standard notification and setting windows and pretty much everything. But of course, given that this tablet is made by Toshiba, then there will still be many things that differentiate this device from other Android counterparts, mostly on the icons, skins, widgets or wallpapers that come pre-installed on this device.
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As far as the performance goes, Toshiba Excite Write is gonna be blazing fast, thanks to the quad-core Tegra 4 processor clocked at 2.2GHz per core, accompanied with 2GB of RAM and of course the staggering 72-core of GeForce ULP GPU – which already becomes the package of Tegra 4 SoC. So when it comes to the performance, this tablet excels on this sector really well. It handles all the basic tasks in buttery smooth performance, it has no lag whatsoever even when running graphics-related tasks, and pretty much everything about its performance is just perfect. And that’s not shocking given that Tegra 4 quad-core processor is already known as a beast processor and in fact, it’s on same level with other today’s flagship mobile chipsets – like Snapdragon 800/801 or Apple A7 processor.
And it goes the same as a note-taking tablet. Toshiba Excite Write is still a decent 10-inch note tablet. It handles the touch of stylus perfectly and smoothly and it performs great for taking notes or even drawing some paintings. However, compared to other note-taking devices – like Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 or even the 7-inch HP Slate7 Extreme -, this Toshiba’s tablet sadly doesn’t have such a fast and smooth response of its stylus on the touch screen. So everytime the stylus touches the screen, the result will be delayed for probably some milliseconds.
Not only that, the thickness of the stylus also cannot be controlled with our pressure to the stylus on the screen. So you’ll always need to go to the setting if you want to change the thickness of the stylus, which is kind of annoying especially if you want to draw pictures. And this is not the same thing you’ll find on other note-taking devices – like Samsung GALAXY Note or HP Slate7 Extreme, which both have amazing and responsive stylus that its thickness can be controlled easily according to our pressure to the stylus on the screen. So it makes the drawing experience so much better and comfortable than on Toshiba Excite Write.
Besides as a note-taking tablet, Toshiba Excite Write is also great as a media-consumption or even gaming tablet. And that’s thanks to its Tegra 4 quad-core processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 72-core GPU – which handle any basic task in buttery smooth performance. So if you love watching HD or even full HD movies, browsing the web, reading contents like books or magazines or even playing games, Toshiba Excite Write can certainly accommodate all of your hobbies perfectly.
As for gaming, Toshiba Excite Write will also be great for that matter. In fact, this tablet is just more than great as a gaming tablet. Any games that you throw on this tablet – even the most graphically demanding ones like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4 and 5, Dead Trigger 2, GTA San Andreas or NOVA 3 -, can all be played perfectly and smoothly on this 10-inch device, even in full highest graphics setting.
However, there’s still one issue that could plague this tablet. And that is the overheating issue. As i’ve already heard several times, most of the Tegra 4 tablets heat up easily on the rear cover, especially when doing heavy intense tasks like gaming or watching HD movies. I actually also heard that other Toshiba tablet with Tegra 4 – Toshiba Excite Pro – has this same issue.
And this can be quite annoying because everytime you do some heavy stuff in several hours and the device gets hot, it becomes uncomfortable to hold the tablet, thus ruining the experience of using this tablet. Therefore, if you’re planning to buy Toshiba Excite Write in the near future, you must be willing to accept that this tablet will have the same issue as other Tegra 4 devices out there - the overheating issue. My suggestion is, get a great and comfortable case for this tablet if you want to tackle this issue.
Toshiba Excite Write is powered by 33Wh battery capacity, which is also the same one found inside its sibling - Toshiba Excite Pro (Tegra 4). According to GSMarena, this tablet is able to last around 11 hours in talk time (multimedia). So that’s probably an all-day-long of battery life. But this will come down to which type of user are you. If you are a moderate user and will mostly use this device only in your spare time, then you can expect to see this tablet last in one solid day – of course on a full charge of 100%.
However, if you are a power user and intends to use this tablet for doing some heavy intense tasks – like watching HD or full HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row – then its battery life will drop drastically to just around 4 to 6 hours – probably less than that. Its super high-resolution screen and power-hungry Tegra 4 processor should be the ones to blame if this tablet could only survive in less than 5 hours in heavy use.
So in conclusion, just like my impression of other Tegra 4 tablets (like HP Slate 7 Extreme, Asus Transformer Pad TF701 or Toshiba Excite Pro), i personally think that Toshiba Excite Write is still a decent quality tablet, especially for those of you who are looking for a productivity note-taking tablet. Not to mention, this tablet is also great as a media-consumption and even gaming device. And that’s thanks to its really powerful processor, super high-resolution screen, complete set of cameras (8MP with LED flash and autofocus, which by the way, is able to take some decent shots according to CNET), huge battery, big RAM and the most importantly, great gaming performance.
Toshiba Excite Write is originally intended by Toshiba as a note-taking tablet. So this tablet is more suitable for you if you’re looking for an alternative of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1. However, based on video reviews i’ve seen on YouTube, sadly the stylus experience on Toshiba Excite Write is not as fast and responsive as on the Samsung’s note tablet or even a budget $199 HP Slate7 Extreme.
And that’s mainly because, the thickness of the stylus cannot be controlled in real-time by our pressure to the stylus. So you’ll always need to go manually to the setting everytime you want to change the thickness of its stylus. And this is not the same thing on Samsung’s note tablet or HP Slate7 Extreme – which both have amazing touch response and stylus experience.
Besides not really superior in the stylus’ touch response, the other thing that makes Toshiba Excite Write a not so worth it if compared to Samsung’s note tablet or HP Slate7 Extreme is its price. Toshiba sells this device at $600. And this is insane because Samsung’s slate is way more superior than Toshiba Excite Write, in terms of features, stylus’ touch response, experience and many other things – even though the specs of Toshiba Excite Write are on par with Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1. So if you’re planning to buy this Toshiba’s note tablet, i strongly suggest to switch to Samsung’s note tablet given its more superior overall quality.
So to end this review, i’ll try to answer some of the questions i’ve asked previously above:
Does Toshiba Excite Write have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet? Yes, definitely – thanks to Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 72-core of GeForce ULP GPU, Toshiba Excite Write is no doubt a great gaming tablet. It’s more than capable to handle all the games perfectly and smoothly even in full highest graphics.
Games like Modern Combat 4 and 5, NOVA 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, Horn or Dead Trigger – all will run smoothly with no lag whatsoever even in full graphics. But i must remind you that, Tegra 4 tablets like Toshiba Excite Write is usually plagued with overheating issue, especially when doing heavy tasks intensively. So if you’re OK with this problem, then you have nothing to worry about because it’s still a great tablet.
Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other devices on today’s tablet market? Yes – given its high-grade specs (like 2560x1600 pixel screen, Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 72-core GPU, 8MP ‘sharp’ camera), Toshiba Excite Write definitely deserves to be positioned alongside other 10-inch flagship rivals on today’s tablet market.
Is it worth it to buy this tablet? Yes – it is worth it to purchase this device because it’s great for many things – for watching HD movies, reading HD contents, browsing the web, playing games, listening to music, editing documents, writing notes or even drawing paintings.
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In the tablet-making business, we all know that Nokia is not really productive in this market. That’s probably because this Finish-based manufacturer is still struggling really bad to compete in the fierce battle against other smartphone manufacturers from iOS and Android camps. Even until now, this company hasn’t created such a massive impact in smartphone industry. And this is not so surprising given that Nokia has been consistently using Windows Phone OS on all of its smartphones (with the exception of Nokia X), which is still not as popular as iOS or Android, in terms of market share and popularity.
However, despite not being a really popular smartphone brand on today’s market, Nokia interestingly still has a great amount of interest to deliver its own homemade devices to the tablet market. Actually, Microsoft – the current-owner of Nokia -, already has released a few tablets under the Surface series. However, Surface tablets are made by Microsoft – not Nokia. So we definitely should put these 2 companies separately – as 2 rivals in tablet category -, Microsoft with its own Surface tablet, Nokia with its own tablet (which i’m about to show right now).
Nokia’s homemade tablet is actually still ‘on the same page’ as one of Surface RT tablet from Microsoft. And when i say ‘on the same page’, i mean Nokia’s tablet also comes pre-installed with Windows RT operating system – just like Microsoft Surface RT. However, it doesn’t mean that Nokia’s tablet will be similar just like Microsoft’s Surface RT – in terms of performance and spec sheet.
Anyway, the Nokia’s tablet that i want to show you guys today is Nokia Lumia 2520, a 10-inch tablet running on Windows RT platform. Besides Nokia Lumia 2520, this company actually also has 2 other slates under the same Lumia series. And they are Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320 – which both are packing 6-inch display, with Nokia Lumia 1520 being the mid-end model. But today, i want to start this Nokia Lumia tablet reviews with the flagship one first - Nokia Lumia 2520.
From the hardware standpoint, Nokia Lumia 2520 runs in the same race as other 10-inch flagship tablets on the market to date. It has Snapdragon 800 chipset inside, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 2.5k display (2560x1600 pixels), a huge 8120mAh battery, 6.7MP sharp quality camera on the back and many other things that today are considered as ‘high-end specs’.
Well, if you’re interested to know more about this Windows RT tablet from Nokia, as well as its gaming performance and what games that would work perfectly in full graphics, then here you go, my personal review of Nokia Lumia 2520.
Compared to Android OS and Apple’s iOS, we all know that Windows RT is still not the real challenger of these 2 popular operating systems. Not only is this OS still lacking in popularity and market share, Windows RT sadly is still left behind by its 2 rivals in term of apps. The reason behind this is actually because Microsoft – as the maker of Windows RT – is more focused in delivering the best and popular apps on the market, rather than letting all the apps on Android and iOS be ported to Windows RT. So Microsoft will only grant high quality apps on its Windows RT app market, which is not a bad thing.
So that’s why, if you own any Windows RT device, you must be willing to wait for such a long time before the latest apps and games of Android and iOS finally get ported to your Windows RT device. And this issue probably will keep plaguing this OS even in the next few months or even years because Windows RT is still not the real contender for Android and iOS.
But despite all that, i think what Nokia has to offer on its Nokia Lumia 2520 is still amazing and definitely stacks up against other 10-inch rivals on today’s tablet market. First of all – on screen department -, Nokia Lumia 2520 features a 10.1-inch display sporting the 1080p resolution (1920x1200 pixels).
So when it comes to sharpness, the screen of this tablet is still on par with other 10-inch flagship rivals on the market to date - like Sony Xperia Z/Z2 or iPad Air. And then, if we go to its hardware performance department, we’ll find a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset inside along with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM – which are ‘on the same page’ with other high-end tablets on the market right now. it goes the same on the camera sector, with 6.7MP and 2MP cameras equipped on the rear and front sides respectively. Not to mention, if you love being connected to internet wherever you are, there is 4G LTE connectivity found on Nokia Lumia 2520.
However, with all of these high-grade specs and goodies, the questions remain. Does Nokia Lumia 2520 have what it takes to be a great gaming tablet? does this tablet stacks up against other 10-inch flagship rivals on today’s tablet market? Is it worth it to buy this device, especially when its OS is not as popular as Android or iOS in term of app catalog?
Well, we’re about to find out more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stay tuned here guys!
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- 4G LTE
- Released 2013, December
- 615 g (Weight)
- 10.1 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 1080 x 1920 pixels (~218 ppi pixel density)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 2
- ClearBlack display
- Microsoft Windows RT
- Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Chipset
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 2 GB RAM
- microSD Memory Card slot for up to 64 GB
- 32 GB Internal storage
- 6.7 MP rear-facing camera (3088 x 1744 pixels) with Carl Zeiss optics and autofocus
- 1080p @30fps Video recording
- 2 MP front-facing camera with 720p@30fps video recording ability
- Bluetooth v4.0
- USB v3.0
- HSDPA 42.2 Mbps,
- Wi-Fi 802.11 dual-band Wi-Fi hotspot
- Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
- HTML5-enabled Browser
- No Radio
- HDMI port
- No Java
- Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass Sensors
- Cyan, Red, Black, White Colors Options
- Non-removable 8120 mAh battery
- Up to 600 hours for Stand-by
- Up to 10 hours for Talk time
As a matter of fact, it has a sharp 1080p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, a fast quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (one of the best on the market today) along with its powerful Adreno 330 GPU, big 2GB of RAM, decent 6.7MP and 2MP cameras back and front with Carl Zeiss optics (the rear one) plus LED flash and autofocus and a huge 8120mAh battery inside.
Not to mention, microSD card for up to 64GB to accompany its 32GB internal storage, 4G LTE connectivity, Microsoft Windows RT out of the box and a couple of other standard features of tablet like Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, HDMI port, Java, NFC and many other more, with the exception of FM Radio – which is not a huge disappointment given that most users don’t listen to radio by using tablet.
It’s too bad that Nokia doesn’t use 2.5K display on this tablet, just like many of its rivals that already adopt this super highest-resolution screen. But even so, the 1080p resolution on the 10.1-inch display of Nokia Lumia 2520 still looks more than sharp and crisp. As a matter of fact, it’s perfect for doing any media-consumption tasks like watching HD movies, browsing the web, reading contents like books or magazines, editing documents, checking out photo album or even playing games. The screen still looks really sharp on this tablet and this type of display also won’t squeeze a lot of power from its processor - compared to 2.5k display -, making its battery life last longer even in heavy use.
Similar just like Microsoft Windows RT tablet – with its Windows RT platform -, the UI of Nokia Lumia 2520 will also look similar with that Microsoft’s tablet. As a matter of fact, given their same OS – not to mention Microsoft’s huge involvement on this tablet -, all the features on Surface RT basically can be found on this Nokia’s tablet, especially since Microsoft is the current owner of Nokia.
I think the experience of using this tablet is far better than the experience of using either Nokia Lumia 1520 or Nokia Lumia 1320 because these two 6-inch Nokia Lumia tablets both come with the same Windows Phone 8 OS, not Windows RT. So there will be much richer customizations found on Nokia Lumia 2520, which cannot be found on its 6-inch siblings – not to mention its features.
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As far as the performance goes, Nokia Lumia 2520 is powered by a quad-core processor supplied by Qualcomm with the clock speed of 2.2GHz and it is the flagship model of Qualcomm’s last year portfolio. Yup, that’s right – the Snapdragon 800 processor. It’s accompanied by 2GB of RAM and of course, Adreno 330 GPU, which already comes packed on Snapdragon 800. So as the results, this tablet definitely is capable to perform fast and smooth with no lag whatsoever.
Moreover, this tablet only comes with Windows RT OS – which is really light-weight compared to the full-fledged Windows 8.1 OS -, so this tablet can execute any basic and even heavy tasks in buttery smooth performance without any meaningful problem at all. And that’s the thing that can be expected from a device with a powerful chipset on the market to date. Not to mention, it’s also great to see that Nokia Lumia 2520 is only sporting 1080p resolution (1920x1200 pixels) on its 10.1-inch display, meaning that this tablet won’t squeeze a lot of power from its processor to execute all the pixels on its display, making its battery last longer even for heavy usage.
Meanwhile, as for playing games, something that i didn’t expect from this tablet is actually its gaming performance. I know that Snapdragon 800 processor is a really powerful processor and it’s still the flagship model of Qualcomm’s latest mobile chipset series this year (of course with Snapdragon 801/805 being the newer flagship models from this company).
So basically, with this type of processor, along with its Adreno 330 GPU and especially 2GB of RAM, this tablet will scream in gaming performance. However, the thing that keeps bugging me with the gaming capability of this tablet is actually the app ecosystem or app catalog of Windows RT – the operating system of Nokia Lumia 2520.
As you might know (or not), Windows RT is definitely not as popular as Android or iOS, especially in terms of market share and app catalog. Even though Microsoft has granted many popular apps and games to this OS – which they consider as high-quality apps -, there is still a lot of popular apps and games on Android and iOS that haven’t been ported to Windows RT, making it harder for its users to find their favorite apps on this OS.
But the good news is, despite not having such a huge app catalog just like Android OS or iOS, there are still many popular games that you see today on Android and iOS which can be found easily on this Windows RT and of course, can be played perfectly on Nokia Lumia 2520 – given its powerful high-grade specs.
If you love Asphalt 8: Airborne, you got it. With Nokia Lumia 2520, you can play this awesome arcade racing game in buttery smooth performance and even with the highest graphics setting (as i’ve already seen on video reviews on YouTube). I don’t know about other popular games that can be found on this Windows RT, but i believe the latest popular games like Modern Combat 4 and 5, GTA San Andreas, GTA Vice City, NOVA 3, Real Racing 3 or FIFA 2014 can all be found and played perfectly on this tablet, not to mention, in full graphics.
Overall, Nokia Lumia 2520 can still be considered as a great gaming tablet. In fact, put its lack of app catalog aside, this 10-inch tablet is probably one of the best gaming tablets on the market right now. It handles all the games (even the most graphically demanding games) smoothly and in full graphics, it has great touch response, it has great long battery life (given its light-weight OS, huge battery and less-power-hungry processor and display) and pretty much everything about its gaming performance is just great.
Well, of course, if you decide to buy this tablet, you must also be willing to accept that fact that many of your favorite apps and games that you’ve come to love on your iOS or Android devices, cannot be found on the Windows RT of this Nokia Lumia 2520. But you can still find the other alternatives on Windows RT MarketPlace or app market.
On the sector of battery life, Nokia Lumia 2520 is powered by a huge 8120mAh power battery. This battery capacity actually kind of reminds me with the same battery capacity of iPad Air. And they both also run on a simple and light-weight UI. So if iPad Air proved to have such a great and long-lasting battery, then you can definitely expect the same thing on this Nokia’s tablet. According to GSMarena, Nokia Lumia 2520 is able to survive in about 10 hours of talk time (and i assume multimedia use as well) and a staggering 600 hours of stand by – which is really insane for a 10-inch tablet.
So for doing any basic tasks like watching HD or full HD movies, browsing the web, reading contents like books or magazines, checking emails, checking out photo albums, editing documents, listening to music or even playing some games randomly – all in combined screen on/off usage -, Nokia Lumia 2520 is definitely capable to deliver you an all-day-long battery life or even more than 1 day – again, thanks to its light-weight UI and OS, less-power-hungry processor and display. Of course, this can be achieved only on a full charge of 100%.
However, if you’re a type of power user and gonna use this device solely for doing some heavy tasks intensively with resting the screen at all – like watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then its battery life will drop drastically to just around 6 to 8 hours – or probably more. And this is already considered as great for a media-consumption tablet.
So if you’re looking for a great media-consumption device, then you’re on the right track if you're planning to buy this Nokia Lumia 2520 because not only does it have great and powerful performance, but this tablet also has great and long lasting battery life, not to mention, sharp display and amazing cameras – given Nokia’s years experience on camera departments of its previous devices.
So my final impression of this 10-inc tablet is, i think it’s just really easy to recommend Nokia Lumia 2520 to you especially if you’re only looking for a decent media-consumption and even productivity tablet – thanks to its productivity-related features that Microsoft has provided on Windows RT.
Not only is this tablet great as a media and productivity tablet, Nokia Lumia 2520 is also amazing as a gaming tablet. Thanks to its Snapdragon 800 processor, accompanied with 2GB of RAM and a beast Adreno 330 GPU, this tablet is just more than capable to handle even the most graphically demanding games on the market to date – like Modern Combat 4 and 5, NOVA 3, GTA San Andreas, GTA Vice City, Real Racing 3, FIFA 2014 and many more.
The other strongest point found on Nokia Lumia 2520 is definitely its cameras. On the back, you’ll find the 6.7MP camera equipped with Carl Zeiss optics and autofocus and it’s able to take 1080p videos which absolutely will look great – given Nokia’s years of experience of mobile camera development like Pureview and many more. Meanwhile, on the front, there is also the 2MP camera that can be really handy for doing selfies or video calls, and it’s capable to take 720p videos. So there’s no single doubt that Nokia Lumia 2520 is more than superior on this camera department, even on par with iPad Air and Samsung’s flagship tablets, or maybe much greater then its 2 rivals.
However, there is still one thing that probably will hold back this tablet from being the perfect 10-inch tablet. And that is its app catalog and ecosystem. As you might know already, Windows RT on this tablet is not as popular as Android and iOS, and it’s still left behind by these 2 rivals in terms of app catalog and market share.
This Windows RT may already have many popular apps and games like Modern Combat 4 and 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas and many more, but there are still many of your favorite apps on Android and iOS that cannot be found on Windows RT. Therefore, if you decide to buy this Nokia’s tablet, you must be willing to accept the fact that there are many of your favorite apps that you cannot find for this tablet, thus forcing you to find the alternatives for them.
However, apart from that lack of app catalog, Nokia Lumia 2520 is still a decent quality tablet. It’s made by Nokia and it runs on Microsoft’s light-weight but reliable OS. And you’ll make no mistake if you decide to buy this tablet. it’s still a great 10-inch tablet and in fact, one of the best 10-inch tablets on the market right now, although iPad Air, Sony Xperia Z/Z2 and Samsung GALAXY Tab S/Tab Pro/Note 10.1 are still the definite choices on today’s tablet market.
Anyway, to end this review, i’m gonna try to answer some of questions i’ve already asked previously above:
- Does Nokia Lumia 2520 have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet? Yes, definitely – thanks to the Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU inside this tablet, Nokia Lumia 2520 absolutely has what it takes to be a great gaming tablet. In fact, i’ve already seen this tablet perform really smooth when playing the latest graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne and GTA San Andreas, both even in full highest graphics setting.
- Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other devices on today’s tablet market? Yes – given its high-class hardware specs and it’s made by Nokia/Microsoft, then YES – there’s no single doubt that Nokia Lumia 2520 will stack up against its 10-inch rivals on today’s tablet market. It’s even on par with Microsoft Surface RT tablet – especially given their similar platform.
- Is it worth it to buy this tablet? Yes – despite lacking in app catalog and ecosystem, plus market share, Nokia Lumia 2520 is still a worth buying tablet. It has sharp display, a powerful processor (the best on the market), huge RAM, huge battery capacity (8120mAh just like on iPad Air), sharp cameras along with its Carl Zeiss optics, smooth experience on light-weight UI and pretty much everything on this tablet is simply great.
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Despite not having such an impressive sales number nor market share just like Apple’s iPad or Samsung’s flagship tablets, I think it’s still amazing to see what Microsoft has to offer to tablet shoppers out there through its homemade Surface tablets.
They may not have such a giant game catalog nor healthy app ecosystem just like Apple with its iTunes or Google with its Play Store. However, as a new comer, i believe there are still many people out there that will be more than happier to be the owners of Microsoft Surface tablets, even the ones that are just looking for a simple productivity tablet.
Anyway, earlier i just showed you one tablet made by Microsoft under the Surface series. That tablet was the first-generation of Microsoft Surface RT tablet, a 10.6-inch tablet running on Windows RT of course, powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, along with its 12-core of GeForce ULP GPU.
One interesting fact about this tablet is, despite being the lighter version of Surface Pro tablet - carrying the lighter version of Windows 8 Pro OS -, this Microsoft Surface RT tablet also comes with the smart keyboard just like it sibling, as well as the kickstand on the back of the device.
Today, i want to show you the other tablet from Microsoft which also carries the same Windows RT OS on its platform. This one is actually the second-generation of Microsoft Surface RT tablet and as the sequel model, this one is packing more powerful internals than its predecessor – like Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 72-core GPU, 5MP rear-facing camera, 3.5MP front-facing camera, full HD 1080p display and many other new goodies.
However, this second-gen model still inherits some of the key features found on the predecessor – like the smart keyboard, the same 10.6-inch display, the same Windows RT OS of course, the same 2GB of RAM and also, there is no cellular connectivity on this model.
Anyway, the tablet i’m about to show you today is no other than Microsoft Surface 2 RT. If you’re interested to know more about this device, including its gaming performance and how it performs when running the latest graphically demanding games in full graphics, then here you go, my personal review of Microsoft Surface 2 RT tablet.
As a second-gen model, it’s not surprising to see that this tablet comes with some bumped up specs compared to the predecessor. And it’s true because it now has a much sharper 1080p display (as opposed to the 1366x768 pixels on predecessor), a Tegra 4 quad-core processor (from Tegra 3 on previous-gen model), 72-core GPU and many other sectors that receive upgrades from Microsoft.
The upgrade also takes places on the software and OS version of this device, which now comes with Windows RT 8.1 out of the box, as opposed to the Windows RT 8.0 on the predecessor. The good news is, the previous-gen model is also upgradeable to this same latest OS build just like Microsoft Surface 2 RT. So if you currently own the first-gen Surface RT and you want to upgrade to the sequel model just for the shake of its Windows RT 8.1 update, i suggest you to delay that decision because your current Surface RT model can also be upgraded to the same OS build as Microsoft Surface 2 RT.
Anyway, something that really attracts me a lot with this tablet is actually its processor, which now is taken care by Tegra 4 quad-core processor, instead of Tegra 3 on predecessor. I’ve already seen some of the tablets equipped with this powerful processor and all of them proved to be great for gaming or handling any graphics-related tasks on the device.
However, this Surface RT 2 tablet might also have the same problem just like any other Tegra 4 tablets out there. And that is overheating issue – which usually can be triggered if you use this tablet mainly to do some heavy graphics-related tasks like gaming or watching HD movies in marathon without resting the screen. But we’ll get more on that later.
But the questions remain. With all of these hardware upgrades found on this tablet, does Microsoft Surface 2 RT have what it takes to be a great gaming tablet? Does this tablet stack up against other 10-inch rivals on today’s tablet market? Is it worth it to upgrade your current-gen Surface RT to this second-gen model?
Well hopefully, we'll get to know more about that at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around!
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- No SIM No
- Released 2013, October
- 675.9 g (Weight)
- Built-in 2-stage kickstand
- 10.6 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 1920 x 1080 pixels (~208 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
- ClearType technology
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 RT
- Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 Nvidia Tegra 4 T40 Chipset
- 72 core ULP GeForce GPU
- 2 GB RAM
- microSD memory Card slot for up to 64 GB
- Internal 32/64 GB
- No GPRS
- No EDGE
- WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
- Bluetooth v4.0
- USB v3.0
- 5 MP rear-facing camera (2592 x 1936 pixels) autofocus, LED flash
- 3.5 MP front-facing camera (1080p @30fps video recording)
- HTML5 Browser
- No Radio
- No GPS
- No Java
- Dark Titanium
- TV-out with HDMI port
- Microsoft Office 2013 RT
- 200GB free storage for 2-years of SkyDrive cloud sync
- 1 year Skype free international calls and Wi-Fi
- Non-removable Li-Ion battery
The camera sector of this tablet also gets bumped up with much better 5MP and 3.5MP cameras back and front – as opposed to the 1.2MP cameras on predecessor. Meanwhile, on the software side, this Microsoft Surface 2 RT gets updated to Windows RT 8.1, compared to the Windows RT 8 on the previous-gen model.
Overall, i’m very pleased to see many departments of this tablet get upgraded to the higher level. In fact, i personally think that Microsoft Surface 2 RT is worth upgrading especially if you’re currently owning the previous-gen Microsoft Surface RT tablet. It has a way more powerful processor and GPU, a higher-resolution screen, much better cameras, newer software build, newer features and some other more.
The display of this Microsoft’s tablet may not be the best and highest-resolution screen on the market to date – because the highest-resolution display on the market today is 2.5K or 2560x1600 pixel display -, however, having this full HD resolution on the 10.6-inch display actually already delivers a sharp and eye pleasing experience to the users. In fact, it’s more than enough to satisfy most of the users of this device, especially the ones who really love watching movies/tv shows, browsing the web, reading contents like books or magazines, playing games or even simply checking emails. Everything just looks sharp and crisp on this screen.
The great thing is, even with that full HD display, this tablet is still more than capable to perform perfectly and smoothly with no lag whatsoever given that Microsoft Surface 2 RT is powered by a really powerful Tegra 4 processor, which has a staggering 72-core GPU, not to mention accompanied with 2GB of RAM, which is more than enough for multitasking many apps at the same time.
The user interface of Surface RT 2 actually has nothing to write home about especially since Microsoft doesn’t really make a complete overhaul to this sector of its devices. So basically, the UI of Microsoft Surface 2 RT still looks really similar with the one on the predecessor.
It still has the same looking Live Tile UI, the same wallpaper customization on the background, the same kind of features and pretty much almost everything on this tablet still looks and works just the same with the UI of the previous-gen Microsoft Surface RT tablet. As a matter of fact, the UI of Windows RT OS on this tablet also looks and works pretty similar with the full-fledged Windows 8 Pro on Surface Pro tablet, although the Pro model has more complete features than the RT model.
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As far as the performance goes, it’s really obvious that Microsoft Surface 2 RT will be ahead of its predecessor - Microsoft Surface RT Tablet. And that’s mostly thanks to its Tegra 4 quad-core processor, along with its 72-core GeForce ULP GPU - as opposed to the Tegra 3 processor and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU inside the predecessor. This hardware upgrade is actually really vital for this tablet given that Microsoft Surface 2 RT now is packing a much higher-resolution 1080p (1920x1200 pixels) display, unlike the previous-gen model that is only equipped with lower 1366x768 pixel display (or slightly higher than 720p display, just slightly).
However, the significant improvements on the performance of this tablet might not be that noticeable, especially on the UI given that this tablet still inherits the same looking Windows RT OS (of of course, with newer 8.1 version compared to 8.0 on the predecessor), which has really light-weight UI, features and visual presentations. So it still performs fast and smooth on the daily basis, especially when doing some basic tasks like editing Office docs, typing on Office Word or doing some media-consumption stuff from watching movies, reading contents like books or magazines, browsing the web, editing videos or playing games.
Even so, the huge improvements on the performance of Microsoft Surface 2 RT tablet will be noticeable when this tablet is tasked to do some heavy intense 3D gaming. Thanks to its Tegra 4 quad-core processor, coupled with 72-core GeForce ULP GPU and 2GB of RAM, this tablet will be more than ‘happier’ to execute any games that you want to throw on this device.
The Windows RT platform on this tablet may not have such a huge collection of games just like on Android or iOS. However, there are still some popular 3D games that can be ‘found’ and played on this device like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Need for Speed Most Wanted, FIFA 2014 or GTA San Andreas – which all of these guys can be played perfectly and smoothly on this tablet and the most importantly in full highest graphics.
This is actually not that surprising for me personally because i’ve already seen many Tegra 4 tablets out there on the market – even the ones with 2.5 or 2560x1600 pixel display - are also capable to handle the very latest and the most graphically demanding games across the market today – all in buttery smooth performance and full graphics. So you can basically expect the same exact thing on this device. Even though the app catalog of this tablet is not as complete as on Android or iOS, but at least, you can pretty much run all the games that you see today on Windows RT App Store or Marketplace (or whatever Microsoft calls it).
The good thing is – similar just like the previous-gen model, Microsoft Surface RT -, this tablet can also ‘get along’ with your Xbox 360 controller. And that means, you can just plug in your Xbox controller to this tablet and it will automatically turn into a pure gaming tablet. And more impressively, you can also find some retro game emulators for this device (like SNES or PS1) and then play the ROMS or game files straightly using that Xbox controller. Isn’t that amazing, huh?
Overall, Microsoft Surface 2 RT can still be a great gaming tablet. In fact – put its lack of game catalog aside -, this tablet is one of the best gaming tablets out there, especially in term of gaming capability and performance. It may not have some popular games like Dead Trigger, ShadowGun or Horn (which is an impressive open-world RPG) just like Android or iOS devices, but at least, there are still many popular titles from high-profile developers like Gameloft, EA Mobile or RockstarGames that can be found on Windows RT platform.
Besides, you can also play some of your favorite retro games in the past by using Xbox 360 controller on this tablet. So i believe that can add up a lot of points on the gaming experience of this Microsoft Surface 2 RT. But then again, Microsoft Surface 2 RT is originally intended by Microsoft as a simple productivity tablet, not a pure gaming tablet like Nvidia Shield. So you just cannot expect this tablet to have the same gaming experience and performance just like Nvidia’s gaming device.
One of the strongest points found on this tablet is actually its battery life. Unfortunately, i found no exact information about the battery capacity inside this tablet. However, according to GSMarena, this tablet is capable to deliver almost 15 days or 360 hours of standby time, which is really impressive for a productivity and media-consumption tablet. The previous-gen model of this tablet actually features a huge 31.5Wh battery.
So you probably can expect the same battery capacity on this sequel, or probably bigger given that this tablet is now powered by a more powerful and power-hungry Tegra 4 processor plus 1080p display – which both could be huge battery squeezers on this device. The good thing is, this Microsoft Surface 2 RT still inherits the same light-weight UI, features and visual presentations just like the predecessor. So this probably could help a lot in making its battery life last much longer even in heavy use.
To be perfectly honest, i don’t know the exact battery life number on this tablet when used for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen - like watching full HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row. But i believe it’s still more than capable to survive around 5 to 7 hours in that heavy use. This is the reason why Microsoft Surface 2 RT can be a great choice for you especially if you’re looking for a reliable and long lasting on-the-go device that you can literally use in long long hours every day.
So my final conclusion of this tablet is, Microsoft Surface 2 RT may not be suitable to use for most of tablet shoppers out there on the market. However, as a productivity-dedicated tablet, i think it’s still impressive to see how this tablet is not just great as a productivity device, but also as a media-consumption and even gaming tablet.
And that’s proved by how powerful the internals found inside this tablet. It has a powerful Tegra 4 quad-core processor, accompanied with 2GB of RAM and 72-core GPU, it has a high-resolution 1080p display, a complete set of cameras (5MP and 3.5MP back and front with LED flash and autofocus), a long 15-day battery life in standby mode, microSD card for up to 64GB to support the 32/64GB of internal storage and a couple important features of normal tablet.
Not to mention, as the owner of Microsoft Surface 2 RT, you’ll also get the privilege to enjoy the 200GB of free storage for 2 years on SkyDrive cloud service plus 1 year of free international calls and WiFi using Skype. Isn’t that amazing, huh?
Microsoft Surface 2 RT may not have such a huge collection of games just like on Android or iOS’s Google Play Store and App Store respectively. However, thanks to its ability to work seamlessly with Xbox controller, you can still turn this productivity-dedicated tablet into a pure gaming device. And more impressively, if you’re a huge fan of retro games like SNES or Super Nintendo games for example, then your hobby will be accommodated really well on this tablet.
You just need to find the right emulator on Windows RT Marketplace and the ROMS (or game files around the internet), then you’re good to go. That’s the awesome thing about this tablet.
Overall, Microsoft Surface 2 RT can still be considered as a great choice around the 10-inch tablet market. As a matter of fact, thanks to its powerful specs, i think this Microsoft’s tablet really deserves its position alongside other flagship tablets like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T and many other high-end 10-inch rivals out there.
So to sum this up, i’ll try to answer some of the questions i’ve previously asked above:
- Does Microsoft Surface 2 RT have what it takes to be a great gaming tablet? Yes – despite lacking on game catalog and ecosystem, i think Microsoft Surface 2 RT is still a great gaming tablet. It may not have many of popular titles that you can see today on Android and iOS, like Dead Trigger 2, ShadowGun DeadZone or an amazing open-world RPG called Horn. However, thanks to its support for Xbox 360 controller and not to mention the retro game emulators, Microsoft Surface 2 RT can still be used as a gaming device. Besides, this tablet is powered by Tegra 4, 2GB of RAM and 72-core GPU, which are more than happier to handle any games on the market to date.
- Does this tablet stack up against other 10-inch rivals on today’s tablet market? Yes – given its powerful specs, it’s really obvious that Microsoft Surface 2 RT deserves to be positioned alongside other 10-inch rivals out there on high-end market. I even think that Microsoft Surface 2 RT deserves much higher position on the market given that this device is originally intended as a pure productivity tablet, not just a media-consumption device just like any Android or iOS tablets out there.
- Is it worth it to upgrade your current-gen Surface RT to this second-gen model? Yes, definitely – this second-gen model now brings many bumped up specs like a full HD 1080p display, a more powerful Tegra 4 processor, higher quality 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, more robust 72-core GPU and many other things that make it a much better offering than the first-gen Microsoft Surface RT tablet. So i think it’s still worth it to upgrade your first-gen Microsoft Surface RT Tablet with this sequel.
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Sony has been through a lot of ups and downs especially on tablet market. But the amazing thing about this company is, despite not having such a ground breaking sales number just like Apple iPads and Samsung’s tablets every quarter of the year, this Japanese manufacturer is still really consistent in delivering great quality tablets to the market – as shown on its Sony Xperia Tablet family.
And more impressively and should be appreciated from this Japanese company is - even with mediocre sales each quarter -, Sony doesn’t follow what its counterparts - like Samsung and LG - do to gain quick popularity, sales and market share around the tablet market, which is by blatantly copying the products of its top competitors – with Samsung copying Apple’s devices, and LG copying Samsung GALAXY devices.
Not to mention, Xiaomi also blatantly copies Apple’s iPad mini through its Mi Pad tablet – which has the same exact design, 4:3 aspect ratio, 1536x2048 pixels, 7.9-inch screen size and even the same looking iOS-7-inspired UI of iPad mini -, although Xiaomi’s tablet is more superior in term of specs and performance than Apple’s mini tablet, mostly thanks to Tegra K1 processor from NVIDIA. And surprisingly not, this strategy really works for this company with over 7 million units of Mi Pad tablets sold since its first launch in China a few months ago.
So this is the reason why i totally – and we all should – respect Sony with its strong and firm idealism in this tech industry - which actually the industry where Sony has been really good at, even when Apple or Samsung were not really popular around the world with their products. But that’s not all.
There are still many amazing things about this Japanese company. And those can be seen on all Sony’s lineup of Xperia Tablets - Sony Xperia Tablet S, Sony Xperia Tablet P, Sony Xperia Tablet Z and the latest-gen Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 which just launched a couple of months ago.
Anyway, on this website, i’ve already reviewed the gaming performance on all of these 4 Sony’s tablets. So that’s why today, i want to wrap them up into one solid quick summary review, which is the continuation from other quick summary reviews of other tablet brands that i’ve been showing you guys in the past couple of days.
First of all, let me begin with the first-gen Sony Xperia Tablet S, a 9.4-inch Android tablet powered by Tegra 3 processor, then followed by the smaller Sony Xperia Tablet P, continued with Sony Xperia Tablet Z and of course, last but not least, the much improved and successor of Sony Xperia Tablet Z – the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2.
As a tablet released in late 2012, Sony Xperia Tablet S is actually not too shabby at all, especially in term of spec sheet. First of all, this tablet is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor with the clock speed of 1.3GHz per core, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, which will be more than capable to handle any basic to even heavy graphics-related tasks that are thrown on this device – especially when playing 3D games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8: Airborne, NOVA 3, GTA Vice City, Dead Trigger, Horn and many other 3D heavy games released in 2013 or before that year. And all of these games will surely run smoothly even in full highest graphics.
Meanwhile, on the screen sector, Sony interestingly decides to use a different screen size than many of its rivals – a 9.4-inch display sporting the resolution of 1280x800 pixels or translated into 720p resolution. This is a great decision by Sony because the Tegra 3 processor inside this device – despite being able to handle even 1080p display – will perform much faster and smoother if it’s only tasked with 720p resolution. And by using this processor and 720p display, the battery life of this tablet – which has a huge 6000mAh capacity – could last much longer even in heavy use.
The other awesome things to be liked from this tablet is its 8MP rear-facing camera that’s of course able to deliver some decent quality shots, plus 1MP camera on the front that’s also capable to do 720p video recording. Not to mention, thanks to its IPX-4 certification, Sony Xperia Tablet S is a splash proof tablet – although it’s not water resistant device. This is actually similar with Motorola Moto E smartphone that has splash proof certification but it’s not water resistant.
Besides Sony Xperia Tablet S – which is the companion or tablet model of Sony Xperia S smartphone -, this company also released another Android device called Sony Tablet P. However, unlike other regular Android tablets out there on the market, this Sony Tablet P is using dual screens that are flippable.
This device actually kind of reminds me with Nintendo DS – which also has dual flippable touch screens where the top screen is used as the main screen, while the bottom touch screen is utilized as the on-screen virtual keyboard, keypad or gamepad controller.
One thing to notice from this Sony Tablet P is actually its gorgeous looking design and premium material. However, in real life situation, this dual-screen design apparently is not executed perfectly by Sony on this Sony Tablet P. So in the middle of both screens, there are some huge bezels between top screen and bottom screen.
And this really ruins the experience of using this tablet entirely, especially when users use it to browse the web or reading contents like books or magazines, where the middle dark bezels between both screens don’t do anything besides showing dark areas between each screen. This is probably the reason why Sony decided to stop the production of this device from long time ago.
On the display, Sony Tablet P features 5.5-inch dual flippable screens sporting the resolution of 1024x480 pixels, with the pixel density of -206 ppi. This may not be the highest resolution screen on the market in 2012. However, the dual-screen design of this tablet is actually pretty interesting and in fact, cannot be found on any other Android devices until today.
Anyway, as far as the performance goes, this Sony Tablet P is probably not as fast and powerful as its sibling Sony Xperia Tablet S, especially in gaming performance. And that’s not so surprising given that this device is powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, as opposed to the Tegra 3 on Sony Xperia Tablet S.
But even so, with this type of processor, there are still many games that will run perfectly and smoothly, plus in full graphics on this handheld device – from Modern Combat 2, Samurai Showdown, ShadowGun, Need for Speed Undercover and SHIFT, NOVA 1, GTA III, PES 2012, Real Football 2012 and many other games released in 2012 or before that year. Of course, the latest games in 2013 can also be played on this device, but most of them will not run smoothly in full highest graphics.
There are also many other goodies that can be enjoyed by users on this tablet – from 5MP rear-facing camera that’s able to take 720p videos, as well as VGA camera on the front. Meanwhile, on the energy department, there is a 3080mAh power battery found inside this tablet, ensuring an all-day-long battery life to users. And the fact that Tegra 2 processor is not that power hungry (as seen on other Tegra 2 tablets like Acer Iconia Tab A500), i believe its all-day-long battery life is easily achievable on this tablet.
Last year, Sony continued its journey on tablet market by introducing the world’s first water resistant tablet called Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Similar just like the predecessor, this tablet is also the companion - or the tablet model, if you would – of the Sony Xperia Z smartphone, which also is a water resistant device
Through this tablet, it’s really obvious that Sony has high hopes that this flagship tablet will have an amazing success just like iPad on tablet market. So that’s why Sony equips this device with some of the best high-grade specs on the market that time – from a full HD 1080p (1200x1920 pixels) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, 8.1MP rear-facing camera as well as the 2.2MP camera on the front (which both are able to do 1080p video recording and HDR mode), a huge 6000mAh battery inside (providing 110 hours of music play, according to GSMarena) and Android Jelly Bean out of the box, which can be upgraded to KitKat.
Interestingly, unlike many other tablets on the market, this Sony Xperia Tablet Z comes with a complete set of standard features – from Bluetooth, Infrared, FM radio, WiFi, GPS, Java and Micro-SIM cellular connectivity, making it an all-around media-consumption tablet. Not to mention, Sony also uses its Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 on the screen of Sony Xperia Tablet Z, which is an upgrade from the Sony Bravia Engine on the predecessor.
However, according to many reviews on YouTube, many tech reviewers and users reported that the display quality of this Sony Xperia Tablet Z is not really good, as marketed by Sony. It has a bad viewing angel and the colors look really washed out. These are actually the same exact issues plagued on the Sony Xperia Z smartphone. Many believe this was probably due to the IP57 certification on this tablet, which is dust proof and water resistant certification. However, that turned out to be wrong because on the successor of this tablet – which is the one i’m about to show in a minute -, the IP57 certification of this tablet doesn’t have anything to do with the quality of its screen.
It’s really obvious that through this sequel Sony Xperia Tablet Z2, Sony wants to address some of the issues – especially on the screen – that plague the predecessor - Sony Xperia Tablet Z. And that’s shown by how the screen of this Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 looks really gorgeous and it has a far better viewing angel than predecessor, not to mention, the colors now also look more vibrant and realistic – as opposed to the screen of the previous-gen model that looks really washed out.
Besides on the screen department, Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 also brings many bumped up sectors here and there on the hardware – from a newer Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a much improved IP58 certification, which upgrades the water resistant ability of this device (IP5”8” compared to IP5”7” on the predecessor). There are also some other new goodies that can be enjoyed on this tablet – like its 4G LTE cellular connectivity, 8.1MP rear-facing camera, 2.2MP front-facing camera and the same 6000mAh power battery, ensuring 188 hours of music play, 13 hours of talk time (multimedia) and 1200 hours for standy mode. The rest of other things on this tablet is pretty much the same, it still has Bluetooth, Infrared, GPS, Java, FM radio and many more.
As a gaming tablet, then it’s really obvious that this Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 will more than greater for that matter. And that’s because Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM are "designed" to handle any games that you see today on the market – even the latest and most graphically demanding ones like Modern Combat 5, GTA San Andreas, NOVA 3, Dead Trigger 2 or Need for Speed Most Wanted – all in buttery smooth performance and of course, in full highest graphics.
Okay then, that’s it for now about Sony Xperia Tablets. But don’t worry, this is not the end of this blog post because i’ll definitely be updating this article with more tablets in the near future especially when Sony finally releases the next-gen of its tablet series. So you should stick around to this page if you’re interested to find out more about other Sony’s tablets.
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In the past couple of months, there is a lot of tablets that i’ve been showing to you guys here in my reviews. From Apple iPad, Google Nexus, Samsung GALAXY, Sony Xperia, Asus Transformer, Acer Iconia Tab, LG G Pad, Amazon Kindle Fire, NVIDIA Tegra Note, HP Slate to even Kobo Arc tablets, and a couple of other tablet brands – all have been shown on this website through my reviews.
But from today, i want to try something else on this website. Don’t worry – i’m not going to talk about other things outside tablet because tablet is the main topic of this website – or blog, if you would – and i want to keep it that way hopefully for the next months or even years to come. I really want this website to be the place where you’ll only find everything about gaming tablets and probably tablet games as well.
Anyway guys, as i mentioned above, today i want to try something else. Unlike my other previous posts that mostly discuss a lot about the gaming performance reviews of many tablet brands, today i want to make a different type of blog post – a blog post that summarizes all the tablet reviews that i’ve showed you on this website since last year according to each tablet manufacturer. For example, today let me start with the Nokia Lumia tablet series.
So in this blog post, i’ll try to make a quick review or write some important parts of these 3 Nokia Lumia tablets – Lumia 2520, 1520 and 1320 - (especially related to their gaming performance) into one review. It goes the same with other tablets that i’ve already published on this website since few months ago. So you can expect to see the same type of articles like this one in the next few days ahead.
Okay then, without further ado, here you go, my quick summary review of all Nokia Lumia tablets. First of all, let me start with the flagship model Nokia Lumia 2520, then followed by the other high-end but smaller Nokia Lumia 1520 and last but not least, the lower-end Nokia Lumia 1320 in the last part of this blog post.
Deployed on the same tablet category as iPad and other media-consumption tablet, Nokia finally has guts to deliver its own homemade Lumia tablets to the market. Nokia Lumia tablet series consists in 3 different variants – from the larger and flagship model Nokia Lumia 2520, the other flagship but smaller Nokia Lumia 1520 and the lower-end model, Nokia Lumia 1320. The interesting part of these 3 tablets is actually their platform.
On these 3 Lumia tablets, Nokia decides to use 2 different platforms on each model. The flagship model - Nokia Lumia 2520 – receives the Windows RT treatment, while the other Nokia Lumia 1520 and 1320 gets the injection of Windows Phone 8 – which both can be upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1.
As the highest-end model in this tablet series, Nokia Lumia 2520 brings many goodies that can be found mostly on flagship tablets on the market to date. It has a full HD 1080p display, a powerful Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU handling the graphical performance of this device.
With this type of specs, then it’s really obvious that Nokia Lumia 2520 will be a beast in term of gaming performance. It’s capable to handle the latest and most graphically demanding games on the market today perfectly and in full graphics.
And that’s on the performance sector. Meanwhile, on the camera sector, Nokia decides to embed a 6.7MP rear-facing camera that’s able to do 1080p video recording and not to mention, a 2MP camera on the front that can record 720p videos. Given Nokia’s years experience on camera department on its previous devices (especially features phones in the past, not to mention, its still-developing Pureview technology), then it’s not surprising if the cameras found on this Nokia tablet are just capable to take some decent quality shots, even for macro photography.
However, despite being a really powerful-spec tablet, there is still one downside found on this device. And that’s actually its platform itself – Windows RT. Even though this OS brings some important features and customizations, plus UI, of the full-fledged Windows 8 Pro OS, unfortunately, there are still many popular apps on Android and iOS that still cannot be found on Windows RT Marketplace. So if you decide to buy this tablet, you must also accept the fact that you’re not gonna find many of your favorite apps that you’ve come to love on your Android or iOS devices.
But despite that issue, Nokia Lumia 2520 is still a great quality tablet. In fact, put its lack of app catalog aside, this 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet is still a decent option of media-consumption, productivity and even gaming tablet.
Similar just like its larger sibling, Nokia Lumia 1520 also features the same Snapdragon 800 processor with the same 2.2GHz clock speed, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU and even the same 1080p (1920x1200 pixels) resolution on a tinier 6-inch screen size, making it look much even sharper than on the larger 10.1-inch of Nokia Lumia 2520.
With this type of specs, this 6-inch tablet is definitely more than capable to handle any games that you see today on the market. However - just like its sibling -, the app catalog of this tablet is also still playing catch up with Android’s Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. So chances are, you will likely have a lot of problem to find many of your favorite Android or iOS apps and games on the Windows Phone OS of this tablet.
Interestingly, this tablet is equipped with a much higher quality 20MP Carl-Zeiss-optic camera on the back, which of course is able to take some sharp looking images, accompanied with the 1.2MP front camera that can do 720p video recording.
Overall, Nokia Lumia 1520 can be such a great tablet even alongside other flagship devices like iPad mini with Retina Display, Sony Xperia Z2, LG G Pad 8.3, Google Nexus 10, Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S and other rivals on high-end market. But of course, its lack of app catalog still prevents this tablet from being the real challenger for other Android and iOS flagship rivals.
Released on the lower-end tablet market, Nokia Lumia 1320 can still be a great choice of tablet, especially if you’re looking for a media-consumption device that has 4G LTE connectivity. This tablet may not be on par with other 6-inch rivals like Samsung GALAXY Note 3 – especially in terms of performance, specs and features, plus S-Pen -, however, there are still many great things to be liked from this tablet.
First of all, it has a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor – which is the low-end model of Qualcomm’s mobile chipset lineup last year -, coupled with Adreno 305 GPU.
But of course, as a lower-end model in Nokia Lumia tablet series, Nokia will slash some of the sectors of this tablet – from its RAM that is only 1GB, its display that’s only 720p resolution and its cameras that are only 5MP and VGA back and front respectively. However, for the most part, this 6-inch tablet is still pretty similar with its sibling - Nokia Lumia 1520 -, especially on the standard features like Bluetooth, Java, GPS and many more. Its battery capacity is actually also similar with Nokia Lumia 1520, which is 3400mAh battery.
In term of gaming performance, Nokia Lumia 1320 can still be considered as a good performer, if not the best – especially because Snapdragon 400 and Adreno 305 are still powerful and can handle the latest most graphically demanding games (as i’ve already seen on Android devices like Moto G, Redmi 1S or Samsung GALAXY Tab 4). However, given that this Nokia 6-inch tablet comes pre-installed with Windows Phone 8 OS – just like its sibling, Nokia Lumia 1520 -, then chances are, you’re probably not gonna find many of your favorite apps and games on Android or iOS for this tablet.
But even so, i personally think that Nokia Lumia 1320 is still a pretty good 6-inch tablet, especially as a media-consumption device. Its display still looks sharp (given its 720p resolution crammed into a smaller 6-inch screen size), its cameras are still able to take some decent quality shots, it has great battery life (given its less-power-hungry processor and display, plus UI and OS) and the most importantly, it has 4G LTE connectivity, which can be really handy especially if you love browsing the net or downloading files or videos.
Okay then, that’s it for now about these Nokia Lumia tablets. But don’t worry, this is not the end of this blog post because i’ll be updating this article with other newer tablets from this company, of course when Nokia finally releases the next-gen models of Nokia Lumia tablet series in the future. So you might want to bookmark this post if you want to know other Nokia Lumia tablets in the future.
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As you know already, NVIDIA has been well known for its homemade graphic cards or GPU – under the GeForce GTX series - on a wide range of computer devices – from PC, laptop to desktop. However, compared to other graphic chipsets from other manufacturers, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX series has been really superior especially in delivering a powerful graphical performance to any device that uses it.
So if laptop or PC is powered by this GPU – especially the latest-gen GeForce GTX -, then its gaming performance will be amazing. In fact, thanks to NVIDIA's close collaboration with other console game developers (like Ubisoft, EA, Activision, etc), there are many PC games that look way better and have more detailed graphics plus advanced visual effects, compared to the console versions – as seen on Assassins’ Creed IV: Black Flag and many other titles.
Interestingly, despite being a really productive graphic chipset manufacturer, this company actually also has another vision on other markets, especially with its graphic card lineup.
And that’s proved by NVIDIA’s decision to get involved in tablet industry by supplying its own homemade mobile processors – known as Tegra – to any manufacturers that are interested to have this processor inside their tablets. The good thing is, this tech giant has an impressive success especially to convince many tablet makers to use its mobile processors – from Samsung, Asus, Toshiba, Sony, Acer, Xiaomi, LG, Kobo, HP, Lenovo, Motorola and even Microsoft with its Surface RT series.
But apparently, that’s not enough for this GPU maker. Last year, NVIDIA made a brave decision to jump to the bandwagon of its partners – a tablet market. The first-ever tablet made by this company is called NVIDIA Tegra Note, which is just like any other regular 7-inch Android tablets out there, but it offers something that cannot be found on other counterparts. And that is a great gaming tablet that has powerful gaming performance, plus a tablet that can also be used as a note-taking device and even a painting canvas. That’s pretty much about this tablet.
But again, that’s still not enough achievement for this company as NVIDIA then continued its journey on Android market by delivering its own homemade gaming device called NVIDIA Shield, which actually a gaming controller – just like Xbox controller -, powered by Tegra 4, that also has a 5-inch screen attached on it, which kind of reminds me with Sony Xperia Play – although this Sony smartphone doesn’t have a physical Xbox controller just like what NVIDIA Shield has.
However, the concept of NVIDIA Shield changed when this company unveiled its latest effort in tablet market – another gaming tablet called NVIDIA Shield tablet, which takes a lot of design cues from NVIDIA’s first-gen tablet – Tegra Note. In fact, NVIDIA Shield tablet actually looks really identical with Tegra Note – from the same looking speaker grills on the front side, the same 7-inch looking design, the same stock Android UI, the same note-taking pre-installed apps and of course, the same but much improved stylus.
Okay then, if you’re interested to find out more about these 2 tablets from NVIDIA, then here you go, my quick review of these NVIDIA Tegra Note and NVIDIA Shield.
As far as the design goes, NVIDIA Tegra Note actually kind of reminds me with the HTC One smartphone, which has those 2 speaker-grill areas on the left and right (landscape mode) and thin side bezels. As a matter of fact, i think this NVIDIA’s tablet takes some inspirations from that HTC’s phone. But even so, i still personally like the overall design of this tablet.
It looks really elegant and with those 2 speaker grill areas on the front, enjoying media contents like movies, music or games will be a lot more fun given that the speakers sound really louder and clearer compared to other tablets that have their speaker on their rear cover.
However, the great front design of this tablet is not followed by its rear-cover. It looks really weird with many inconsistent shapes that just don’t look great on this tablet (which kind of reminds me with the back cover design of Kindle Fire HDX tablets). And it’s worsened by the lame smart cover that NVIDIA provides officially for this device, which is pretty hard to attach.
But despite all that, what NVIDIA Tegra Note has to offer to many tablet shoppers out there probably will be unmatched by many other 7-inch rivals out there on the market. NVIDIA Tegra Note is still a decent quality tablet. In fact, it is one of the best gaming tablets out there, alongside LG G Pad 8.3 or even iPad mini, especially the first-gen model.
It has a powerful Tegra 4 processor along with a staggering 72-core GeForce ULP GPU inside, 1GB of RAM, 720p resolution on its 7-inch display, a solid battery life, a powerful gaming performance, a fast and smooth experience thanks to NVIDIA’s decision to only use stock Android UI on this tablet, great quality cameras that are able to take some decent shots (according to many reviews on YouTube, including CNET) and the most importantly, an amazing quality stylus that even its touch response could match the S-Pen of Samsung GALAXY Note 8.
So if you’re still looking for a great gaming tablet, that’s also great for many other things – like for watching HD movies, browsing the web, listening to music, reading contents like books or magazines, checking out photos, editing documents (the most important one!), drawing beautiful paintings and even taking photos or recording videos – then look no further, NVIDIA Tegra Note is a perfect all around tablet for you.
Actually, NVIDIA has partnered with many tablet manufacturers to release this same Nvidia Tegra Note tablet to their own countries – from HP, WVGA, Advant (if i’m not mistaken) and many other tablet brands. However, don’t worry because all of these tablets are still the same Nvidia Tegra Note tablet even with the same Tegra 4 and stylus, only with different logo on the back (and probably some pre-installed apps from each manufacturer, such as: HP printer app on its HP Slate 7 Extreme, etc). So if you’re not able to find Nvidia Tegra Note in your country, you’ll probably find this same tablet but from different manufacturers.
However, it’s worth noting that, according to many reviews around internet (and even many giant tech sites), Tegra 4 tablets like NVIDIA Tegra Note has this overheating issue on its rear cover. So this device – on the back cover – becomes hotter especially when used for doing some heavy intense tasks like playing heavy 3D games intensively. This actually also plagues many other Tegra 4 tablets out there on the market, especially the ones with higher-resolution 1080p or 2.5K display.
But given that this tablet only sports a 720p display, which is not as power hungry as other 1080p or 2.5K tablets, then the overheating issue on this device is probably not that significant.
After having some moderate reception around the tablet market, NVIDIA is still not giving up with its effort in this industry. And that’s proved by this company's decision to release the successor for its previous-gen Nvidia Tegra Note tablet. However, this second-gen tablet actually is still similar in many ways with the predecessor. This one is called Nvidia Shield tablet, but it’s not the same Nvidia Shield device that was released last year, which was a Xbox-alike gaming controller with 5-inch screen attached.
But Nvidia Shield tablet still inherits many great things found on the Nvidia Shield controller, like the ability to stream games through GeForce-GTX-powered PC/laptop or via WiFi/internet. Not to mention, this Nvidia also provides the separate controller which looks like Nvidia Shield device, but without the screen (because the screen will be taken over by the Nvidia Shield 7-inch tablet.
However, there are some parts of this device that are still similar with the predecessor – from its stock Android UI, the same pre-installed note-taking apps (added with NVIDIA’s new ‘Tegra Zone’ app) and of course, the one and only, the great quality stylus. The other great thing found on this tablet is actually on its touch response technology that is now much improved and more realistic than the predecessor – especially when used for drawing paintings -, thanks to the power of Tegra K1 processor and its technology.
As a gaming tablet, there’s no single doubt that Nvidia Shield will be perfect for that matter. In fact, - thanks to its Tegra K1 along with the 192-core GPU -, Nvidia Shield is absolutely the best gaming tablet on the market right now, as well as other Tegra K1 tablets out there, like Xiaomi Mi Pad and the rumored-HTC-Nexus tablet. It handles any Android games perfectly and smoothly, plus in full highest graphics and visual effects, and it also has the huge support by some console game developers and game engine makers to deliver their popular titles specifically to Tegra K1 tablets only, such as this Nvidia Shield and Xiaomi Mi Pad of course.
And not to mention, if you want to play games on this device with controller, then YES – you can do it! NVIDIA itself actually also releases a separate Xbox-alike controller (without the screen attached just like Nvidia Shield device released last year) specifically for this Nvidia Shield tablet. And according to many reviews, this controller is really awesome to use on this Nvidia Shield tablet.
But it’s worth nothing that, given its full HD display plus an insanely powerful Tegra K1 processor – which both are power hungry for this tablet -, according to some reviews on YouTube, this NVIDIA’s tablet is only capable to last only around 2 to 4 hours when it’s deployed with some heavy 3D graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 5 or any other console titles like Trine 2, Half Life, etc. This is actually still acceptable given that its higher-resolution screen and powerful Tegra K1 can really squeeze a lot of juice from the battery of this tablet.
However, despite all that, i personally think that Nvidia Shield is still a great gaming tablet. In fact, thanks to its powerful Tegra K1 processor (that’s capable to deliver a desktop-quality graphic performance and 3 times graphic power as Apple A7 chipset), 2GB of RAM, full HD display, a staggering 192-core GPU, sharp-taking 5MP cameras (that are able to take decent quality shots), a stock Android UI and of course, the great quality stylus along with its pre-loaded apps, i think it’s really easy to recommend this tablet to you, especially if you’re still looking for a decent quality tablet for many things – either for gaming, watching movies, reading books or magazines, listening to music, checking out photos, taking photos, recording videos, taking notes and even drawing some beautiful paintings.
Okay then, that’s all for now about these NVIDIA tablets. I’m sorry i don’t include the Nvidia Shield device (gaming controller) in this quick summary review because – besides i haven’t reviewed this device on this website -, this Nvidia Shield is actually not a tablet. So i think it’s irrelevant if i write the review about this Nvidia Shield device because it’s simply not a tablet. But i’ll probably change my mind in the future and will be interested to bring up this Xbox-alike gaming device to this website. So if you want to know whether that will happen or not, then you should stick around to this website for further updates, especially on this ‘NVIDIA Tablets’ page.