Nokia Lumia Tablets (2520, 1520 and 1320): My Thoughts and Impressions

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Published on September 12, 2014 | 0 comments
Nokia Lumia Tablets (2520, 1520 and 1320): My Thoughts and ImpressionsHi guys, welcome back to this site.

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.

Introduction

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.

Nokia Lumia 2520

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 terms 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.

Nokia Lumia 1520

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.

Nokia Lumia 1320

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 terms 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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