10 inch tablet wars: Nokia Lumia 2502 vs Apple iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

In this article we are going to speak about the specifications and features of the tablets unveiled by Nokia, Apple and Samsung for the OS respectively.

From Nokia we have the Lumia 2520: this was a tablet unveiled side by side with the Lumia 1320 & Lumia 1520, showing us that when Nokia decided to go beyond 4.5 inch with their devices they made sure they went all the way till 10 inch.


The Lumia 2520 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 800 processor, has 2GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, a 6.7 MP Carl Zeiss optics camera & a Full HD 10.1 inch screen backed with Nokia’s ClearBlack display. It runs the Windows 8.1 RT software.

From Apple we have the new iPad Air: this is apple’s thinnest and lightest iPad till date. It is powered by the same 9.7” Retina display which is now more power efficient, new Apple A7 chip, PowerVR G6430 Graphics, a 5 MP iSight camera & iOS 7.0.3.

From Samsung we get the 2014 edition of the Note 10.1: It has a super high resolution 10.1” screen, powered by Snapdragon 800 processor for the LTE model while the 3G is the Octa core variant, has a 3GB RAM, a 8MP camera &  runs Android Jelly Bean 4.3 out of the box.
It also comes with the S-Pen, giving us similar integrated features that one can find on the Note 3.

Let’s have a head to head comparison of the 3 tablets on main specs and features

Nokia Lumia 2520

Apple iPad Air (iPad 5)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1


10.51 x 6.61 x 0.35 in

9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 in

9.57 x 6.75 x 0.31 in


615 g

469 g (Wi-Fi) / 478 g (3G/LTE)

540g (WIFI)/ 535 g (3G)/ 547g (LTE)


10″, 1080 x 1920 pixels, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, ClearBlack display, 218 ppi

9.7″, 1536 x 2048 pixels, LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating, 264 ppi

10.1″, 2560 x 1600 pixels, LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 299 ppi pixel density


Stereo Speakers

Stereo Speakers

Stereo Speakers with Dolby Sound


6.7 MP, 3088 x 1744 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, 1080p@30fps; Front facing 2 MP, with 720p@30fps video recording

5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, 1080p@30fps with video stabilization; Front facing 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps video recording

8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@60fps (LTE model only); Front facing 2 MP, with 1080p@30fps video recording


HSDPA 42.2 Mbps, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB 3.0

HSDPA 42.2 Mbps, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0

HSDPA up to 42.2 Mbps, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0.0, IR


32 GB inbuilt storage with microSD expansion support upto 32GB, 2GB RAM

16/32/64/128 GB storage options, no expansion support, 1GB RAM DDR3

16/32/64 GB internal storage with microSD expansion support upto 64GB, 3GB RAM


Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800, Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400

Apple A7, Dual-core 1.3 GHz

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 (LTE model)/ Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (3G model)


Adreno 330

PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)

Adreno 330 (LTE model)


Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, gyro, compass

Accelerometer, proximity, compass


Non-removable 8000 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po battery, 10 hours usage

Non-removable Li-Po 8220 mAh


Cyan , Red, Black, White

Space Gray, Silver

Black, White


Microsoft Windows 8.1 RT

iOS 7.0.3

Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean) with TouchWiz UI


While Apple is the only one that has released Prices on their various available models, Samsung has just released the 3G variant price that is available in India for about 49,990/- Nokia is yet to release its pricing.

Those fans of the iOS and Apple will be happy with the new iPad as it does have the latest chipset and better ergonomics. The camera being a 5MP is the only real downside

People who are contemplating on options to either get a Windows 8.1 laptop or a tablet now have a choice to consider the Nokia Lumia 2520. It has a 10” ClearBlack display Full HD screen, the latest Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2GB RAM, great inbuilt memory of 32GB that is expandable & also a 6.7MP Carl Zeiss lens equipped camera. The tablet can be considered as a cross between a windows smartphone and a laptop. So for people looking at a windows tablet, this is an excellent option to consider.

On the Android OS, Samsung has delivered another great Tablet in the form of Note 10.1 2014 edition. It does feel like a Note 3 on a bigger display with the S-pen integrated features. Android fans who have the money to spend should not look any further than this tablet.

The DNetWorks Team