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First Look: The Nokia Lumia 2520 lives in the shadow of Surface 2

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First Look: The Nokia Lumia 2520 lives in the shadow of Surface 2

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While the Nokia Lumia 2520 offers built-in cellular, it unfortunately doesn't quite measure up to the Microsoft Surface 2.

-The Nokia Lumia 2520 is the company's first Windows tablet and it's selected Windows RT 8.1 as the tablet's operating system. Windows RT 8 is a more limited version of Windows 8.1. Limited, in that you can't run Windows 8 programs but apps from the Windows store are fair game. Thankfully to make up for this inherent disadvantage Windows RT comes with a full free version of Microsoft Office. The Nokia Lumia 2520 also includes Nokia Video Director an app that allows you to very quickly and easily edit together short video clips. It also has Nokia Here Maps, Nokia's own map app. As for the tablet itself, it's a bit heavy especially in line of recent releases from Apple at Amazon. But it's still lighter than the Microsoft Surface 2. However, the pointy hard plastic corners are really uncomfortable when holding the tablet in both hands. It's also a bit thinker than the Surface 2 but does little to earn its girth. Unlike the Surface 2 there's no kick stand and no full USB port. There is however, a head phone jack, micro HDMI, a micro USB 3.0 port, and key accessible micro SD and slim card slots. AT&T and Verizon are the current supported cellular providers. There's also a Windows sensor on the lower bezel, an NFC chip inside and duo cameras, a 2 megapixel front camera and a 6.7 megapixel back camera. However, given Nokia's history of great cameras on its phones it's really disappointing that these cameras are barely decent especially compared to the Surface 2 cameras. The screen features the same 1920 x 1080 resolution as the Surface 2 but it's half an inch smaller and there's a slight yellow hue to the screen. Now this isn't a huge problem and it's really only noticeable when looking at a white background or with a tablet right next to the Surface 2's much more superior screen. There's also an optional keyboard accessory available. But unfortunately Nokia didn't send it along for our review. Without the keyboard it's difficult to get a real feel for what the Lumia 2520 will feel like when use in the wild. At this point, I can't say that I like the Surface 2's design more. Sure it's a little bit heavier but I really like the kick stand and the full USB port. Also, love the fact that I don't need a key or a paper clip in order to access storage expansion slot as I do on the Nokia 2520. The Nokia 2520 is available on contract for $399 and off for $499. Check out my full review for more info at CNET.com. I'm Eric Franklin and this has been the first look at the Nokia Lumia 2520.

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