In addition to 2 new Windows Phone tablets, Nokia launched “Sirius” which is officially called the Lumia 2520. This is a Windows RT tablet. On first impressions:
- It looks much nicer than Surface 2
- The camera looks impressive, even if it’s not a patch on what Nokia puts in the phones
- Yes it is more expensive than Surface, but that’s because it includes an LTE modem, which usually adds $100 to the cost of a tablet.
All looks good but:
- It runs Windows RT. It might has well have a MIPS processor IMO. I reckon Windows RT will be dead within 12-18 months of Ballmer leaving Microsoft, probably replaced by a rebranded Windows Phone on ARM devices (phones to 8” tablets).
- It only has 32 GB storage. Remember, that was the Surface RT that no one wanted, not that many wanted a Surface RT to begin with. 32 GB is just too small. Nokia has a bad habit of screwing the pooch on storage, e.g. the Lumia 925 only has 16 GB. And no, SkyDrive does not make up for this shortcoming. LTE/3G is not omnipresent.
- The keyboard cover is u-g-l-y. Why the frak can’t they (Microsoft and Nokia) learn from the past and just do a clamshell keyboard that works, unlike the non-hinged unusable and space-inefficient stuff they repetitively throw at us? The Nokia cover looks like one of those iPad covers from 3 years ago.
- The Surface organisation will kill the Lumia tablet in a few months when MSFT gets the OK to take over Nokia.