There aren’t too many tablets that still carry Windows RT out there, with almost all OEM’s backing up from Windows RT. Two of the most known Windows RT tablets are the Surface 2 and the Nokia Lumia 2520 which both basically belong to Microsoft, since the company has acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services unit for Just $5 billion.

However, if you still believe in the potential of Windows RT and you are not bothered by its shortcomings, then Microsoft’s Surface 2 and Nokia first tablet, the Lumia 2520 should be the top choices in your short list. We will put them to a versus match to compare their specs and feature to help you decide which is the best Windows RT tablet for you to buy.

Microsoft Surface 2 versus Nokia Lumia 2520

Design and display

lumia2520-2Early reviews have praised the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet for its display and design, but this is something that we’d expect from Nokia. The tablet features a Full HD (1920×1080) resolution display on a 10.1-inch screen while the Surface has a bigger screen at 10.6 inches and the same 1920 x 1080 px resolution with 208 ppi but with ClearType HD screen. This means that Lumia 2520’s screen is slightly better, and with a 650 nit brightness and a 5 percent reflectance – its screen is brighter and better to be used even outdoors.


The dimensions of these two are almost the same: Nokia Lumia 2520 with 168 mm x 267 mm x 8.9 mm and Surface 2 with 275 mm x 173 mm x 8.9 mm. The Lumia 2520 is slightly lighter, weighing 615 g compared to Surface 2’s  676 grams. The Surface 2 wins in materials used to build it, as it is made of magnesium alloy and toughened glass, while the Lumia 2520 is covered on polycarbonate. But, be it as it may, Nokia’s tablet does look better.

Hardware and processor

Recently, Qualcomm’s CEO, Raj Talluri, said that the battle between the Surface 2 and the Lumia 2520 (in terms of the processors) is a no-brainer, saying the following:

“The performance on the 2520 is brilliant. It’s really at the next level. It’s not even really a contest compared to Surface 2. In every area, it’s much bigger, faster, and lower power.”

Qualcomm clarified that Talluri was specifically comparing the processors, and not the tablets as a whole. And he does seem to have a point. Looking at the hardware inside, we see enough features that seem to incline the balance towards Nokia’s tablet. The Lumia 2520 comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 processor, clocked at 2.2 Ghz which should provide a better performance in my opinion than the Nvidia Tegra 4 on the Surface 2. But, this is sometimes subjective, as in some areas the Surface 2’s processor could be better, so let’s say it’s almost even here. Both of the Windows RT tablets come with a RAM of 2 GB.

The Surface 2 currently sells a Wi-Fi-only model, with the LTE version planned for 2014 while Nokia will sell LTE versions of the 2520 right from the beginning.  The Surface 2 includes a full USB port, Micro-HDMI, and microSD just like the 2520, but Nokia’s tablet also comes with NFC. The Lumia tablet only comes in a single 32 GB size version, while you can get a 64 GB Surface 2, as well.

Camera, battery and other features

lumia-2520Nokia is a company that is known to take care good care of the camera sensors in its phones and the company has extended this tradition to its first tablet, as well. The Lumia 2520 comes with a 2-megapixel front camera and 6.7-megapixel rear Carl Zeiss optics camera. The Surface has a better front camera, at 3.5 megapixels and 5-megapixel back camera. So, Lumia’s tablet is better for taking pictures, and the Surface 2 for video calls –  you decided what’s better for you.

In the power battle, Lumia seems to have a slight advantage, once more having a battery capacity of 8000 mAh, which ensures a maximum standby time of 25 days and a battery life of up to 11 hours. Surface 2’s battery life is shorter by one hour, and in idle mode it will resist from 7 to 15 days. The Lumia tablet also charges faster, up to 80 percent in one hour while for the Surface 2 it takes two to four hours to completely charge its battery.

The Surface 2 comes with ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer just like the Lumia 2520, but Nokia’s tablet also throws in a proximity sensor. Lumia 2520 has a Wi-Fi hotspot that can let you pair up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Also, the Lumia tablet comes with HERE maps that you can also use in offline mod and the Video Director app.

Price, special offers and accessories

surface 2.0The Surface 2 comes with an Integrated Kickstand, one year of unlimited world calling to landlines in over 60 countries and unlimited Skype wi-fi at over two million hotspots. Also, you get 200GB free SkyDrive storage for two years compared to only 7 GB that you’d get with the Lumia 2520. But Lumia’s tablet comes with enterprise security features such as Mobile VPN, remote wipe, device lock and passcode and user data encryption for device.

The Surface has more accessories, and even a special one for music professionals, called the Surface Music Kit. You can also buy the
Touch Cover 2 with backlit keys from $120 and the Type Cover 2 for $130. Besides this, you can buy mice, pen, sleeves, docks and even screen protectors. Nokia has less but trendy accessories, the JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker and the Purity Pro Wireless Stereo Headset by Monster

The Surface 2 starts at $449 with 32GB of storage, and there’s a 64GB version for $549. The Lumia 2520 has the cellular advantage, so you will be able to get it for a decent price; its unlocked price is set at $499.

Specs comparison: Surface 2 vs Lumia 2520

surface 2 vs lumia 2520
Decide for yourself which is the tablet that you are choosing. If accessories, more storage, the adjustable kickstand, the build quality are what you need, then Surface 2 is your choice. Nokia’s Lumia 2520 first tablet seems to be either equal or winning in the remaining categories. Which will it be?


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