Better late than never: Nokia rolls up to the tablet game with the Lumia 2520

Nokia is keeping the Windows RT dream alive with its new 10.1in tablet

6-inches just doesn't seem to be big enough for Nokia. It's upsizing the game with the 10.1-inch Nokia 2520 tablet. Though the company is a bit late in the Windows RT tablet game, it's making up for lost time with a good selection of apps and a host of accessories.

Decent specs, decent apps

Being new to the whole tablet game, Nokia does have quite a bit to catch up on but they seem to be starting on a pretty decent footing.

The Lumia design is apparent in its sleek 8.9mm side profile and unibody design but it ain't all style and no substance for Nokia's first Windows tablet. 

You get a full 1080p display (which Nokia claims is brighter and yet less reflective than conventional displays), complemented by a front-facing 2-megapixel and rear-facing 6.7-megapixel camera. The latter comes with Zeiss optics and f1.9 aperture. The rear camera supports full HD video recording too, so it's no slouch when it comes to imaging. Sadly, Nokia's PureView camera technology is not included in this tablet. But who knows, it might make an appearance on future tablets.  

The Lumia 2520 has some pretty decent processing power in the form of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor. And speaking of power, that 8000 mAh of juice it comes with would be more than enough to keep you occupied with Angry Birds the whole day. And if that isn't sufficient for your obsessive gameplay, the tablet can be charged from 0 to 80% in one hour.

Storage could have been better though as the Lumia 2520 comes with a fixed 32GB with no option to add a microSD for extra trunk space.

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New apps and accessories, same old story

Like the Microsoft Surface, the Lumia 2520 has an optional Power Keyboard, priced at US$149 ($185) before taxes and subsidies. The keyboard accessory weighs 150g, comes with two USB ports and a 15Whr battery to keep the tablet alive for five more hours.

You can expect some apps to differentiate the Nokia tablet from other Windows RT tablets. One such app is Nokia's version of iMovie: Nokia Video Director. Nokia said it managed to wrangle in some Hollywood expertise to optimise the app's transitions and effects. The app also lets you add background music, trim clips and share them via Facebook, e-mail, and SkyDrive.

Priced at US$499 ($620) before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia Lumia 2520 represents a good start for Nokia in the tablet game. But with so many other players in the market (not to mention Apple's upcoming iPad refresh), it might be a little too late. 

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