Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Toshiba Excite Write: Tablet Battle

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Published on January 22, 2015 | 0 comments
Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Toshiba Excite Write: Tablet BattleHi guys, welcome back to this site!

Around the note tablet market, i think it’s still pretty rare to find the other better options for Samsung GALAXY Note devices.

I mean, besides having great writing and drawing experience on its S-Pen, this tablet series is also really superior when it comes to software and features related to its stylus, making it almost a perfect note-taking device on the market to date.

Besides Samsung GALAXY note, there’s actually one other great note-taking device from NVIDIA.

And that is NVIDIA Shield Tablet, which also an impressive note tablet with great writing and drawing experience that even matches the S-Pen of Samsung GALAXY Note.

Toshiba also has the same note-dedicated tablet in its tablet lineup in 2013. The tablet is called as Toshiba Excite Write.

Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Toshiba Excite Write benchmarks and gaming performance

This Toshiba tablet is actually the one that i’m about to put in the ring today in my next comparison review. The challenger, however, is not a note-taking tablet just like Excite Write.

But i think this device is still relevant to compare against Toshiba Excite Write tablet because it also falls in productivity category.

Anyway, the tablet i’m referring right now is Nokia Lumia 2520.
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Well, if you would like to know more about my comparison between these Nokia and Toshiba tablets and see how they compete in terms of gaming experience and performance, then here check this one out, my comparison review between Nokia Lumia 2520 and Toshiba Excite Write.

Introduction

As far as the hardware specs goes, i think it’s quite obvious that both Nokia Lumia 2520 and Toshiba Excite Write are top-end quality tablets.

And that’s shown perfectly by their flagship quality specs. Nokia Lumia 2520 has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 GPU handling the performance and graphical power of this tablet.

Meanwhile Toshiba Excite Write is counting on Tegra 4 quad-core processor and its 72-core ULP GeForce GPU to take care the entire performance of this device.

Basically, with these 2 top high-end processors and GPUs, of course both Nokia Lumia 2520 and Toshiba Excite Write really excel in terms of performance.

So for doing any daily tasks like watching HD movies, browsing the web or just simply checking emails or Twitter updates, these 2 tablets are more than happier to execute any of these tasks in buttery smooth performance without any lag whatsoever.

And thanks to its 2GB of RAM, you also have much bigger space in their memory/RAM to load as many apps at the same time in the background.

It goes the same when playing games with any of these tablets. Given their high-grade hardware specs, you can absolutely throw any games – even the most graphically demanding games – on these tablets perfectly and smoothly, even in full highest graphics.

So yeah, besides great as a productivity-dedicated tablet and note device, both Toshiba Excite Write and Nokia Lumia 2520 can also be great gaming machines.

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

which one between Nokia Lumia 2520 and Toshiba Excite Write that deserves to take the crown here as the best gaming tablets in this comparison review?

Which one that is a so much better device in the whole aspect?

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

You're gonna get the answers of these questions as well as my final conclusion of this review at the end of this post. So be sure to keep reading!

Design

When it comes to design, Nokia apparently still takes some design cues of its smartphones and use them on a much larger Nokia Lumia 2520.

And this can be seen clearly from the sharp looking design especially on every corner of this device, which are not rounded like any other rivals on the market.

The other thing that makes this tablet look similar with Lumia smartphones is definitely the use of prominent color like red or yellow on the rear-cover and around the side of bezels.

Nokia Lumia 2520
Nokia Lumia 2520
Toshiba Excite Write
Toshiba Excite Write

The design of Nokia Lumia 2520 really contradicts with Toshiba Excite Write. If Nokia Lumia 2520 is more prominent with its sharp looking design with non-rectangular corners, then Toshiba Excite Write is different.

The corners of this tablet are fully rectangular, making it look chubby and actually generic with many other regular Android tablets on the market right now.

Between the 2, of course i will side on Nokia Lumia 2520 because i really like the entire design of this tablet and especially with its prominent color.

Not to mention, i also like how this Nokia’s tablet has its own characteristic than many of its rivals across the market.

Meanwhile, the design of Toshiba Excite Write has nothing to write home about because it looks really generic with many other rectangular-shaped tablets on the market right now. There’s nothing special about its design.

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Nokia Lumia 2520Toshiba Excite Write
4G LTE (Micro-SIM)
Released December 2013
615 g (Weight)
10.1 inch IPS LCD touchscreen 1080 x 1920 pixels (~218 ppi) 16M colors
Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Chipset
Adreno 330 GPU
2 GB RAM
Microsoft Windows RT
6.7 MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 1080p @30fps Video recording
2 MP front-facing camera with 720p@30fps video recording ability
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
ClearBlack display
microSD Memory Card slot for up to 64 GB
32 GB Internal storage
Bluetooth v4.0
NFC
No Java
Non-removable 8120 mAh battery
Talk time (multimedia): for up to 10 hours

    No SIM
    Released July 2013
    671.3 g (Weight)
    * Stylus
    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)
    1.2 MP front-facing camera
    microSD memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
    32 GB Internal storage
    GPS
    No Radio
    HDMI port
    Java MIDP emulator
    Silver Colors
    Non-removable 33 Wh Li-Po battery
    Talk time (multimedia): for up to 11 hours

    Despite not having such a great design like Nokia Lumia 2520, there is still one great thing to appreciate from Toshiba Excite Write.

    And that is of course its high-grade flagship quality specs. As a matter of fact, this Toshiba’s tablet is actually far more powerful than Nokia Lumia 2520 in terms of spec sheet.

    It comes with:
    • a 10.1-inch display with 2.5K resolution (2560x1600 pixels), 
    • Tegra 4 processor, 
    • 2GB of RAM, 
    • 72-core GPU, 
    • 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 
    • 1.2MP front shooter, 
    • Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, 
    • microSD card for up to 32GB, 
    • 33Wh battery and some other standard features.

    Meanwhile, Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with:
    • the same 10.1-inch display sporting the 1080p resolution (1920x1080 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 snapper to do selfies, 
    • microSD card slot for up to 64GB, 
    • a huge 8120mAh battery 
    • and a bunch of other standard features including NFC, GPS and many more.

    Screen

    So what do we have here on the sector of display?

    Well, Toshiba Excite Write comes with 10.1-inch screen sporting the 2.5K resolution (2560x1600 pixels), while Nokia Lumia 2520 looks more humble compared to Toshiba’s device with just 1080p resolution (1920x1080 pixels).

    So when it comes to sharpness, the 2.5K display of Toshiba Excite Write is just untouchable by Nokia Lumia 2520.

    However, it’s not on paper the sharpness of Toshiba’s device is more superior at than Nokia’s tablet, but also in entire quality.

    So according to one review i’ve seen on YouTube about this Toshiba’s tablet, its screen impressively looks really gorgeous with outstanding color saturation and great viewing angle.

    So as a result, watching movies, browsing the web and reading books/magazines on Toshiba Excite Write are definitely more pleasing to do on this Toshiba’s tablet than on Nokia Lumia 2520.

    This is probably why this Toshiba tablet costs really expensive.

    But even so, having the 1080p resolution on a 10.1-inch display is actually good enough for most of users.

    In fact, it really looks insanely sharp and gorgeous on this device, text is readable even from far distance, image looks crisp especially when browsing the web or reading books, and everything just looks nice and sharp on this tablet.

    User Interface

    Besides the design, there’s also one other thing that sets these 2 tablets apart. And that is of course their UIs. And this is not so shocking given that both tablets are powered by 2 entire different platforms.

    So Nokia Lumia 2520 comes pre-installed with Windows RT platform, while Toshiba Excite Write is an Android-powered tablet.

    The Windows RT platform – as you already know – is prominent with its Live Tiles, horizontal overview layout and some features and customizations from the full-fledged Windows 8 Pro OS.

    On the other hand, the Android UI of Toshiba Excite Write is not the stock version of Android OS released by Google to all tablet manufacturers.

    So there will be some additions of features and tasks especially the ones that are well-optimized for its stylus experience.

    Not to mention, the icons of its UI also look quite different, especially with its circle-shaped icons.

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    Besides powerful as productivity and note-dedicated tablets, both Nokia Lumia 2520 and Toshiba Excite Write can also be impressive as gaming devices.

    And all thanks to the use of powerful processor and GPU found on each tablet.

    Nokia Lumia 2520 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor along with Adreno 330 GPU, while Toshiba Excite Write also looks promising as a gaming tablet with its Tegra 4 quad-core processor and 72-core ULP GeForce GPU.

    Basically, with any of these tablets, you’re able to play any kind of games on their own platform, Windows RT on Nokia Lumia 2520 and Android OS on Toshiba Excite Write.

    So you can expect to see games like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne or even GTA San Andreas, to run perfectly and smoothly on any of these devices, even in full highest graphics.

    However, despite being equally powerful in gaming performance, there’s still one downside found on Nokia Lumia 2520. And that is its game catalog.

    So given its Windows RT OS – which is not as huge as Android and iOS, in terms of game collection -, there are many popular games on Android and iOS that even until now, are still not available on this platform.

    Therefore, if you decide to buy Nokia Lumia 2520, then you must also accept the fact that many of your favorite games will not be available on this tablet.

    And this really contradicts with the Android platform of Toshiba Excite Write that has almost all of the apps and games on iOS.

    Bottom line, if you’re looking for the better gaming tablet, then your destination is definitely on Toshiba Excite Write.

    But even so, Nokia Lumia 2520 is still a powerful gaming tablet. It may not have all of the games in town, but its gaming performance is still really great, as great as Toshiba Excite Write.

    Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Nokia Lumia 2520 and Toshiba Excite Write, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

    Cameras

    On the camera department, both Nokia Lumia 2520 and Toshiba Excite Write can be considered as well-prepared.

    Nokia Lumia 2520 is equipped with a 6.7MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 2MP front-facing snapper, while Toshiba Excite Write also looks impressive – on paper of course – with its 8MP front-facing camera and 3.5MP camera on the front.

    Not to mention, there’s also LED flash found on the rear of Toshiba’s tablet, which sadly doesn’t exist on Nokia Lumia 2520.

    So for taking photos or videos in low light condition, then Toshiba Excite Write is probably more ideal to use than Nokia’s tablet.

    However, the cameras – especially the rear one – of Nokia Lumia 2520 is actually not too shabby at all.

    As a matter of fact, thanks to the Carl Zeiss optics found on the rear camera of this tablet, not to mention, Nokia’s years of experience and expertise in developing its camera technology – one of them is known as PureView -, then you can totally count on its cameras to take decent quality shots, especially in day light.

    Battery Life

    One of the strongest points found on these 2 tablets – besides their processors and GPUs – is definitely their battery.

    So Nokia Lumia 2520 and Toshiba Excite Write are powered by really huge battery capacities - Nokia Lumia 2520 with 8120mAh battery, while Toshiba Excite Write also looks superior with its 33Wh (or equal to around 8400mAh if i’m not mistaken, with the assumption that 10Wh is around 2700mAh).

    So basically, with any of these devices, you can have a solid all-day-long battery life out of them, even in heavy use.

    But of course, if you use any of them to do some heavy intense tasks without stopping or without resting the screen at all – like for watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, of course their battery life would drop drastically to probably just around 6 to 8 hours.

    Maybe less, maybe more, depending on some certain factors like screen brightness, user’s use cycle, the use of live wallpaper, the existing apps that are running in the background and many more.

    So if you want to achieve a full solid day of battery life from any of these devices, you must do some optimizations like setting its screen brightness to medium and even low, force-closing some unnecessary apps, using static simple wallpaper, using battery saving apps and many more.

    Or if you want to go extreme, you can root this Toshiba Excite Write and install one app called “no frills”, which you can use to set the clock speed of its Tegra 4 to lower level, in order to decrease the overheating problem and of course, to make it more efficient with the use of battery.

    My Personal Opinions

    So in conclusion, i think both tablets are really great equally, especially as productivity-dedicated tablet (for Nokia Lumia 2520) and a note-taking device (for Toshiba Excite Write).

    Each of them has a sharp display, high-grade processor and GPU, huge RAM, big battery capacity, great software and features, good quality cameras and the most importantly, powerful gaming and graphical performance.

    However, when pitted side-by-side against each other, then Toshiba Excite Write could come up as the winner here in this comparison review against Nokia Lumia 2520, simply because its overall spec sheet is far better than the one found on Nokia Lumia 2520.

    I mean, it has a much sharper 2.5K display, better cameras (in megapixel count of course), LED flash, a more powerful GPU, stylus, bigger battery capacity and of course, much bigger app/game catalog thanks to Google Play Store – as opposed to Windows RT platform that is still playing catch up with Android and iOS especially in app catalog.

    Even so, there are also some great things on Nokia Lumia 2520 that make it more appealing than Toshiba Excite Write, especially for those looking for a decent productivity tablet.

    It ships with keyboard case/cover, a more serious productivity-dedicated Windows RT platform, better camera technology and optics, bigger microSD card expandability and much better looking design – as opposed to the generic looking design on Toshiba Excite Write.

    But for me, from the entire aspect of these 2 devices, i think Toshiba Excite Write is still a much better choice than Nokia Lumia 2520.

    It’s not only because it has more powerful higher-grade specs than the ones on Nokia’s device, but it’s also because this device is running on Android platform.

    And that means, all of the popular apps and games in town, including your favorite ones, are available on this device.

    This really contradicts with Nokia Lumia 2520 that has limitation on its app and game catalog on Windows RT MarketPlace, despite having powerful gaming performance.

    However, despite all that, i still think that both devices are equally great in the whole aspect. And the final decision to buy any of these tablets will totally come down to your personal preference and needs.

    I mean, if you’re looking for a productivity-dedicated tablet with powerful specs, great camera, good battery life and a productivity software, then Nokia Lumia 2520 can be a good choice for you.

    On the other hand, if you’re looking for a stylus-equipped tablet with powerful gaming performance and specs, sharp 2.5K display, plus good battery life, then Toshiba Excite Write can also be pretty good to buy.

    However, it’s worth noting that the stylus experience of Toshiba Excite Write is not as great as the stylus experience on NVIDIA Shield Tablet, HP Slate7 Extreme or Samsung GALAXY Note 8 tablet.

    One of its flaws is its writing and drawing experience.

    So the touch response with the stylus is not really good, the result doesn’t occur in real-time and the thickness of the stylus cannot be controlled by using your pressure to the stylus.

    Long story short, the stylus experience of Toshiba Excite Write is not that good, especially compared to the other note tablets aforementioned above.

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