Apple iPad Air 2 (TouchID) vs Nokia Lumia 2520 Specs Comparison

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Apple iPad Air 2 (TouchID) vs Nokia Lumia 2520 Specs Comparison
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Around the tablet market, Nokia may not have something to brag in front of its rivals like Apple or Samsung, especially in terms of market share or sales number.

(Apple iPad Air 2 (TouchID) vs Nokia Lumia 2520 Specs Comparison)

However, despite being a new small player in the market, i think Nokia did a great job when making some of its Lumia tablets – especially the flagship ones, Nokia Lumia 2520 and Nokia Lumia 1520.

As a matter of fact, Nokia Lumia 2520 totally deserves its place on high-end market even alongside iPad and many other flagship devices.

Anyway, in my previous comparison reviews, i already did some of reviews between Nokia Lumia 2520 against other competing devices.

Today, i want to keep the momentum going by giving you more of my comparison review between this Nokia’s tablet with other rival.

But this time, the tablet that i’m really interested to put in the same ring with Nokia Lumia 2520 is coming from Apple.

Well of course, it’s no other than iPad Air 2.

Okay then, without further ad, here you go, my comparison review between iPad Air 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520.


Something that is so amazing about Apple is - especially with its iPad -, this company knows really well how to make a tablet that sells great on the market.

However, the impressive sales number of iPad every quarter of each year is also followed by the great overall quality and high resale value of this device.

So these are the main reasons why iPad has always been so popular around the world, despite being expensive tablet.

Meanwhile, despite being a well-built powerful tablet, especially as a productivity-centric device, Nokia Lumia 2520 apparently is not such a huge hit on the market, especially compared to other Android rivals, let alone iPad.

However, that doesn’t hold back this tablet from being a really great all-around device.

And that’s mostly thanks to its high-grade powerful specs that in today’s standards are still considered as flagship quality specs.

It goes the same with iPad Air 2 of course.

Besides having a really sharp display, great quality cameras, long lasting battery life and solid build quality design, this iPad Air 2 is also really powerful in terms of performance.

It’s powered by a triple-core A8X processor (along with PowerVR GX6650 GPU) and it’s more than adequate to handle all the games on iOS platform.

The same applies to Nokia Lumia 2520 actually.

With its Snapdragon 800 processor, it’s no-brainer that this device is also a powerful gaming machine like iPad Air 2.

But the questions remain. With all of the flagship quality specs and superb performance found on both devices,

Which one between iPad Air 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520 that deserves to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one between these 2 devices that is a better tablet in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets, especially for playing games?


iPad has been really prominent with its premium feel and solid build quality, all thanks to its aluminum coating all over this device.

More impressively, Apple still continues to strive for excellence with the design of this latest-gen iPad Air 2.

And just like what Apple has been doing in every release of iPad, this time this company still pushes the envelopes even further by making this tablet much thinner and lighter than predecessor.

But that’s not the only thing that is so amazing about this iPad.

iPad Air
iPad Air
Nokia Lumia 2520
Nokia Lumia 2520

Even with much thinner sleek body, Apple still manages to keep its battery life consistently at 10 hours.

And this is truly amazing because iPads – especially the latest-gen models – have been known for its strong battery life.

This is possible to happen probably because Apple brings a lot of improvements and especially tweaks on its iOS 8 in order to make it more efficient with the use of battery, compared to iOS 7.

Meanwhile, the design of Nokia Lumia 2520 is of course not on the same level as iPad, especially when it comes to build quality and premium level.

However, that doesn’t mean that the design of this Nokia tablet really sucks compared to iPad.

Well, that’s wrong because Nokia Lumia 2520 still looks great and the most importantly, has its own characteristic compared to other rivals on the market.

The design of Nokia Lumia 2520 actually kind of reminds me with Nokia Lumia smartphones.

So the corners of this device are not fully-rounded or less rectangular instead, and its entire coating is made out of matte finish all over the place. This gives a sharp looking accent to this tablet.

Meanwhile, the design of iPad Air 2 is also not a huge departure from the predecessor. Apple just made it thinner without making a lot of changes to its entire look.

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Apple iPad Air 2Nokia Lumia 2520

Released October 2014
Nano-SIM/Apple SIM
* Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
9.7 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1536 x 2048 pixels (~264 ppi pixel density)
capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsScratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
iOS 8.1, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2
Triple-core 1.5 GHz Apple A8X
No Memory Card slot
16/64/128 GB Internal storage
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels
1.12┬Ám pixel size
Video 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, HDR
1.2 MP front-facing camera, 720p@30fps, face detection, HDR,
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.0, GPS
No Radio
USB v2.0
Safari (HTML5)
No Java
Non-removable Li-Po battery (27.3 Wh)
    4G LTE
    SIM Micro-SIM
    Released December 2013
    615 g (Weight)
    10.1 inch IPS LCD touchscreen 1080 x 1920 pixels (~218 ppi) 16M colors
    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-camera with Carl Zeiss optics
    2 MP front-facing camera (720p@30fps video recording)
    Bluetooth v4.0
    No Java
    Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass Sensors
    Cyan , Red, Black, White Colors Options
    Non-removable 8120 mAh battery

    There’s no doubt that Nokia Lumia 2520 and iPad Air 2 are flagship quality devices. They have that ‘flagship’ material on their hardware specs especially.

    Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a 10.1-inch display sporting the full HD 1920x1200 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, Windows RT, 6.7MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 2MP front-facing camera on the front, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, a huge 8120mAh battery and some standard features including NFC, GPS and Bluetooth (of course, the one that’s working correctly).

    Meanwhile, iPad Air 2 looks more promising than Nokia Lumia 2520 in terms of spec sheet.

    It comes with a 9.7-inch display sporting the “Retina” 1536x2048 pixels, a triple-core A8X processor, PowerVR GX6650 GPU (if i’m not mistaken), 2GB of RAM, an 8MP iSight camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 16/64/128GB of internal storage, iOS 8 pre-installed, a huge 27.3Wh battery (or equal to 7900mAh battery if i’m not mistaken) and there are some standard features as well, excluding the microSD card slot.


    Compared to Nokia Lumia 2520 with its full HD 1920x1200 pixel display, of course the “Retina” screen found on iPad Air 2 looks more superior than Nokia’s tablet.

    But it’s just not on paper, but also in the real life implementation.

    And there’s nothing so surprising about that because Apple iPad has been known for its great quality display, thanks to its suppliers like LG, Sharp and some other more that keep pumping out their high quality screens for Apple devices, especially iPads.

    But even so, having the full HD resolution on a 10.1-inch display actually still produces sharp looking experience to Nokia Lumia 2520. In fact, this display resolution is more than great for most of users.

    It looks insanely sharp, text looks readable even from far distance, image looks crisp and everything just looks gorgeous and nice on this device.

    But of course, compared to the “Retina” display of iPad Air 2, this Nokia’s tablet is not on the same level, especially in sharpness and color reproduction.

    User Interface

    The UIs of iPad Air 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520 are entirely different, not just from the features, but also from their entire design.

    The iOS 8 of iPad Air 2 – as you know already – still remains the same as the previous installments with the same icon-grid based UI and icons with rounded corners.

    However, there are still some new goodies and stuff that Apple crams on this software, like much improved notification window, widget element on notification window, much simpler looking design and many more.

    Meanwhile, the Windows RT of Nokia Lumia 2520 is also not very different.

    Similar just like the previous-gen Windows RT and even Windows Pro version, the UI of this device still looks and works the same way, with box-shaped Live Tile widgets, horizontal overview layout and fast transition when opening the apps.

    The good thing is, the background wallpaper can be changed manually with a wide range of cool looking wallpapers, which is nice to keep it look refreshing.

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    As 2 powerful tablets with high-grade quality processors and GPUs, of course both Nokia Lumia 2520 and iPad Air 2 are more than great as gaming machines.

    In fact, with the hardware package that comes packed on each of these tablets, you can literally throw any games – even the most graphically demanding titles – on these 2 devices and they will execute the games without any problem whatsoever.

    Nokia Lumia 2520 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor, accompanied with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU.

    With this type of specs, this tablet is of course more than capable to handle the latest and most graphics intense games like Modern Combat 4 (and 5), GTA San Andreas or Asphalt 8: Airborne – all in buttery smooth performance and in full highest graphics.

    The same applies to iPad Air 2. Thanks to its triple-core Apple A8X processor, along with PowerVR GX6650 GPU plus 2GB of RAM, you’re also able to play any kind of games on App Store.

    So basically, games like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas and even console-ported Bioshock can all be executed perfectly and smoothly, even in full highest graphics.

    However, between these 2 devices, i think it’s really obvious that iPad Air 2 is the one that deserves to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review against Nokia Lumia 2520.

    It’s not only because it has the latest-gen more powerful processor and GPU in its machine, but it’s also because this tablet is fully-supported by many iOS game developers across the App Store.

    And thanks to the Metal API that is now supported on iOS 8, these game makers will have much bigger workspace to improve their games to the next level, especially in terms of graphics and visual effects.

    And this is something that cannot be found on the Windows RT of Nokia Lumia 2520.

    Besides having low market share in global operating system for mobile device market, this platform is still playing catch up with the app/game catalog of Android and iOS.

    So as a result, there are so many popular games on Android and iOS, that are still not available on this platform.

    This is actually the main reason why i don’t recommend this tablet to you especially if you’re looking for a great gaming tablet.

    It’s not because its gaming performance really sucks – well, that’s totally wrong -, however, it’s more because of its lack of game catalog on Windows RT MarketPlace.

    And if you’re really into gaming, this will be really annoying for you in the long term, especially when many other tablet manufacturers decide to stop supporting this platform in favor of the full-fledged Windows 8 Pro OS.


    If you’re looking for a tablet with the best sharp cameras, then you’re answer is of course this iPad Air 2.

    Its 8MP rear-facing iSight camera is capable to take decent sharp quality photos and videos, even without any tweaks made by users manually, which is a good thing especially for those who are not really expert in photography but want to take great quality photos easily without any hassle.

    Meanwhile, the cameras of Nokia Lumia 2520 are also not too shabby at all, even compared to this iPad.

    So Nokia Lumia 2520 is equipped with a 6.7MP camera on the back with Carl Zeiss optics, while the front-facing camera is 2MP that’s able to do 720p video recording.

    In terms of quality, the cameras – especially the rear one – are still reliable to accommodate your hobby of photography.

    In fact, thanks to Nokia’s years of experience in camera developments along with its technology – like PureView tech for example -, the 6.7MP rear camera of Nokia Lumia 2520 is also capable to take the same great quality shots just like the iSight camera of iPad Air 2.

    So if you pick up either iPad Air 2 or Nokia Lumia 2520, any of these 2 tablets won’t leave you disappointed with their cameras.

    Battery Life

    In terms of battery life, i think both iPad Air 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520 are stronger equally.

    And that’s mostly thanks to their light-weight software and of course, their huge battery capacity.

    So Nokia Lumia 2520 is powered by a huge 8120mAh battery, while iPad Air 2 is also looking good with its 27.3Wh battery (or equal to around 7900mAh battery, if i’m not mistaken of course).

    So basically, any of these tablets are more than happier to accompany you even in a solid day on a full charge, even in heavy use.

    According to GSMarena, Nokia Lumia 2520 is able to survive around 600 hours for stand-by and 10 hours for talk time (multimedia). I think this is believable especially given the reasons i already mentioned above.

    Meanwhile, iPad Air 2 with its huge 27.3Wh battery is capable to last around 10 hours in talk time, which is also believable for the same reasons, plus the improvements and tweaks made by Apple on iOS 8 especially on battery life department.

    My Personal Opinions

    So my final conclusion of this comparison review is, i think both devices are really on par in the whole aspect, especially performance.

    Okay, Nokia Lumia 2520 may not have the TouchID sensor found on the home button of iPad Air 2.

    However, this tablet is still really impressive with its high-grade specs. It has a full HD display, great quality cameras with Carl Zeiss optics, huge battery life, good productivity features and OS, comfortable-to-hold design and the most importantly, powerful gaming performance.

    The same applies to iPad Air 2. Besides having the TouchID sensor on its home button, this latest-gen iPad also has sharp looking display, great high-quality cameras, premium design, solid build quality, great long lasting battery life, huge app/game catalog on iOS and of course, powerful gaming and graphical performance.

    I think the most prominent sector of iPad Air 2 – besides its TouchID sensor – is its huge support from all iOS app/game developers, in the form of well-optimized games/apps specifically for this iPad Air 2.

    And this is something that cannot be found on the Windows RT of Nokia Lumia 2520. As a matter of fact, the ecosystem of apps on Windows RT is nothing compared to iOS.

    So as a result, there are many popular games and apps (probably your favorite ones too) that cannot be found on Windows RT, even until now.

    So at the end of the day, the final decision of buying these 2 tablets will totally come down to your personal preference and needs.

    I mean, if you’re looking for a great productivity tablet to do a lot of your productivity works, then Nokia Lumia 2520 is a great option for you.

    However, if you’re here looking for the best media-consumption tablet with the best cameras, great display, long lasting battery life, premium design, solid build quality, powerful gaming performance and huge complete app/game catalog, then iPad Air 2 is no doubt your best shot here.

    Besides, iPad Air 2 can also be paired with some 3rd party Bluetooth keyboard cover/dock.

    So i believe the use of this iPad can be further enhanced into a great productivity device, just like Nokia Lumia 2520.
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