Last week, Nokia unveiled its newest tablet, the Lumia 2520. Shipping later this fall for $499, the tablet runs Windows RT and features both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity. Like Microsoft’s Surface tablet, the Lumia 2520 can be paired with keyboard cover, which protects the tablet and also delivers a fully functional keyboard. The 2520’s power keyboard goes a step beyond that of Surface, though, as it features a gesture trackpad, five hours of extra battery life and two built-in USB ports. Those differences don’t do enough to compensate for the fact that the unit is basically the same unit as the new Surface 2, which, oh yeah, hit store shelves the same day Nokia unveiled the 2520. Both the Lumia 2520 and the Surface 2 are crippled because they’re both RT units and don’t deliver the full Windows 8 experience. The two tablets are literally both the same unit from a technology standpoint, and share another common feature: at a $499 price point, you shouldn’t be buying either.
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