Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Samsung's tablet-tailored Magazine UX with its split-screen modes trumps the basic Xperia UI of the Z2 Tablet.
Samsung's new Magazine UX is specifically tailored towards tablet usage, with large resizable panels that can host plenty of diverse social media, news, apps and scheduling content. It's a different, more structured take on Android's widget system that is more uniform to look at. Couple this with the amazing multitasking modes that Samsung offers, like the Multi Window mode that can split the screen in four independent sections for each app running, and Sony's Xperia UI pales in comparison. It only offers a set of Small Apps that can hover in separate windows above whatever else you are doing underneath. You can open up to five of them, but Samsung immediately counters that with its Pop-up View mode, which lets you open up to five apps in such “floating” windows, too. The NotePRO also has another huge advantage in terms of multitasking and productivity, and it is the S Pen stylus, tucked at the top right. It is an alternative input method that is more precise than your fingertip, and lets you preview links or folder content before you've even touched the display.
Processor and memory
Graced with the latest Snapdragon 801, the Z2 Tablet feels superior in the graphics department, but both tablets run very smooth in general usage.
The fight here is between the Snapdragon 801 on the Z2 Tablet, and the 800 on the NotePRO. Both are quad-core and clocked at 2.3 GHz maximums, so the overall processing power is only slightly in favor of the Sony slate. When it comes to graphics, however, the benchmark gap becomes much larger, as the Adreno 330 GPU in the new Snapdragon 801 is clocked a third higher than in 800, with the respective boost in productivity. The GPU in the NotePRO has to push more pixels with a slower clock, but in reality the performance on both tablets seems on par, and we even encountered a hiccup or two on Sony's slate, unlike the smooth sailing on the NotePRO.
Both tablets boast 3 GB of RAM, but the internal storage differs, as Samsung starts you off with 32 or 64 GB, while Sony's device begins at 16 GB. The tablets offer microSD card slots for storage expansion, too.
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 18547
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 17980
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Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 34940
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 33669
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Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 1188
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 1202.33
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Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 1864
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 1498
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Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 1048.1
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 975.13
Internet and connectivity
We can't say a bad word about the browsers on these powerful slates when it comes to the fluidity of scrolling, panning or zooming. Samsung's default browser offers Adobe Flash support, though you have to sideload it, while Sony sticks with Android's Chrome that doesn't offer this feature. Browsing on the 12” screen of the NotePRO is more pleasant not only on account of the larger canvas, but also since you can use the S Pen stylus to preview links and photos, as well as clip and share content quickly.
Both tablets have 3G/LTE-equipped models, and share Wi-Fi/ac connectivity, plus Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and DLNA. There is an infrared port at the top of the slates, letting you command home electronics with it. The IR blasters are both managed by dedicated apps, but Samsung offers a much wider scope of gear to manage, including AC units.
1. alaw.14 (Posts: 225; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
Those two beast are ahead of the competetion.
2. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
Looks like Sony is really shaping up in 2014 to give Samsung a run for their money!
3. RuiBacelar (Posts: 152; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
Both are really good, but, Sony is beautifull and really handy...I'll replace my netbook with Tablet Z2 and BKC50 Bluetooh keyboard and case.
4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3683; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Sammy, asus and microsoft think that tablets are laptop replacements and making them more functional and productive. Lol Tablets are actually meant(by apple's logic that i believe) as entertainment device and for user experience. Imo tablets will never replace laptops for me. So i think tablets(ipads, kindles, nexus, xperias) are better where they are.
11. romeo1 (Posts: 661; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
it could happen as tablets get better and better.
in the beginning i didn't think a phone could replace my laptop for work. but with the z ultra i almost never use the laptop anymore. i can make/edit contracts and print them with the printer. make pictures and edit them to show what happened etc.
tablets like the vaio tab are also really attractive as they are light and have a keyboard and its basicly a average pc in terms of speed.
5. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
ahh ... I wish I could afford the 12.2 Note ... It's breathtaking .. but I'm sure it's somewhere around 1000$ which is crazy ..so something like an ipad mini 2 or maybe a Tab 4 .. is more suited for my budget :/ ... too bad as this 12.2 Note is the best thing anyone can own :/
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10091; Member since: 14 May 2012)
NotePRO kills this without a doubt. There's really no comparison.
8. pyradark (Posts: 820; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
Too bad people will ignore it and buy z2 tablet or other sammy tablet in a proper price
9. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
You can suck your beloved Note PRO and break your arm in the process while i slumber in my bathub with my sexy Z2 Tablet. 12.2 inch for a Android tablet is way to big. Honey, add a little more and you can get decent ultrabook.
12. royalsovereign (Posts: 37; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)
You're are,the centurie's joke,,no doubt about it, and z2 tablet is absolutely better,,
10. BooBooooooo (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
I have note pro but z2 is also strongly attracting me. Cool devices