David vs Goliath: Apple iPad Air vs Nokia Lumia 2520

Camera loving

On paper, the Lumia 2520’s 6.7-megapixel camera beats the 5-megapixel shooter that the iPad Air comes with. The Carl Zeiss lens that the Lumia 2520 comes with has an aperture of f1.9, so you can expect low light shots to be pretty bright and on the money. The front camera is a 2-megapixel affair and should be more than sufficient for video calls.

In contrast, the iPad Air still has the same cameras that the iPad 4 had, both back and front. It has maintained the same 5-megapixel iSight camera at the back as well as the 1.2-megapixel HD camera up front so you can expect the same quality of shots and video calls that was seen in the iPad 4.

It’s interesting that Nokia decided not to integrate their PureView camera into the Lumia 2520, but they did at least decide to put a more than decent camera into the tablet. Apple’s decision not to make any changes might be a disappointment to some, but if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

Winner: Nokia Lumia 2520

Power Struggle

Like its smartphone counterpart, the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air comes with the new A7 chip. With a dual-core 1.7GHz processor and 2GB of RAM not to mention 64bit processing. As it is, the iPhone 5s could handle everything we threw at it so we don’t see any difference in performance on the iPad Air. Due to the lack of 64bit apps, with maybe the exception of GarageBand's 32 track sampling, there’s still not enough to judge just how well it performs.

David vs Goliath: Apple iPad Air vs Nokia Lumia 2520 - Power Struggle 2

The Lumia 2520 has the same quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 chip that our top smartphone, the LG G2 has and though we’ve yet to see how well it performs on the Windows 8 RT platform, we know that the Lumia phones already offer one of the smoothest experiences one can have on a mobile device.

We’d love to do a battery comparison but Apple hasn’t revealed the battery capacity of the iPad Air yet though we do know the battery size has been reduced but still manages to retain the same battery life of the previous iPad. The Lumia 2520 on the other hand has a 8000mAh battery which, according to Nokia, provides 10 hours of battery life, just like the iPad Air.

It’s hard to make a decision in terms of power but it seems that both the iPad Air and Lumia 2520 are tied in this matter.

Winner: Tie

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Pricing

If there’s one shining beacon that the Lumia 2520 has, it is definitely price. It might only have one capacity option, the 32GB as compared to the variety that the Apple iPad Air offers, but at US$499 ($618), you get the whole shebang including LTE.

In contrast, the iPad Air starts out at US$499 ($688 here in Singapore) and that’s just the base 16GB Wi-Fi model. If you were to compare apples to apples , so to speak, a better comparison would be the similarly specced 32GB Wi-Fi and Cellular version of the iPad Air that goes for US$729 ($1008)  to the Lumia 2520. So when it comes to value, there’s no question who the winner is.

Winner: Nokia Lumia 2520

Verdict

This David vs Goliath battle should have seen the underdog making a break for it and coming out tops. Unfortunately, that wasn't to be. The Lumia 2520 looks like it’ll be a pretty decent 10-incher with a good camera, and at its price, it does offer some pretty good value.

But the iPad Air still comes out tops. Let's face it, we'd rather get access to a wide variety of apps now. It may be pricier but the assurance that it's well supported is well worth the money.

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