Microsoft's Surface tablet hasn't sold in great quantities, with the most common complaints being relatively high prices and the inability to run older Windows apps on Windows RT. From that point of view, it's not entirely clear that the new Nokia Lumia 2520 — another crack at a Windows RT-based tablet — is going to do much better when it hits Australian shelves this week.
A 4G-enabled Lumia 2520 with a 10.1 inch 32GB of memory will costs $840 outright. For an additional $240, you can buy an accompanying keyboard. For $1000-odd dollars, you could also buy a very decent laptop. (To be fair, a top-end iPad will cost you similar money.)
Alternatively, you can buy the device on contract through Telstra. (Online orders are being taken from 6 May; it will be on sale in Telstra stores from 13 May.) For $60 a month over 24 months, you'll end up spending $1440, but you'll have 4GB of data a month to use.
I've been happy using my first-generation Windows RT-based Surface as a travel backup device and occasional tablet. But I wouldn't want to use it as my sole machine, and I wouldn't want to pay $800 or more for an RT-based device. What's your take?