Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Very good tablet cameras that slightly oversaturate the photos to make them more appealing for the general public.
The tablets are equipped with 8 MP cameras, and NotePRO even throws in an LED flash, in case you want to, you know, carry it around at the Thanksgiving dinner. Both offer plenty of scene options and color effects, including Panorama and HDR modes. Sony's tablet is extremely fast to focus and take a picture, and the Superior Auto mode has become very precise at guessing the scene in front. NotePRO features minimum shutter lag, too, but is a bit slower to focus.
The photos from both tablets come out nice, with amount of detail akin to their 8 MP resolution. The slates oversaturate the colors a bit, so that they look more pleasing than the actual scene, but don't overdo it to the point of yuckiness. When you shoot contrasting scenes with them, like against a sky background, we'd recommend to use the Rich Tone (HDR) modes, as otherwise the pictures come out underexposed on both.
The slates record 1080p video with fluid 30fps, which looks more appealing from the Z2 Tablet, which oversaturates the scene a tad more, and has very good sound recording.
Sony's Walkman-branded music player coupled with the four S-Force Surround speakers make for one of the best sound outputs we've heard on a tablet.
Sony's Xperia UI uses the Albums gallery app, which offers picture editing options from within the app itself, and so does Samsung with its own Gallery. The NotePRO has the stylus advantage, though, making it much easier to crop, draw and annotate your pictures. Samsung also offers an easy split-view gallery interface, that lists the folders on the left, and their content on the right for easier navigation.
When it comes to music players, the Walkman-branded one on the Z2 Tablet is much more appealing in terms of design, with its stylishly categorized layout. Samsung's music player is very functional, with plenty of sound modes and equalizers, too, but its interface is rather basic, and already looks aging. Sony's four S-Force surround speakers are situated in two-by-two placement at the bottom of the tablet, and produce one of the cleanest, fullest tablet sound output we've heard. The NotePRO has two strong stereo speakers, which, however, don't sound as clear, despite that Sony had to keep its speakers waterproof, and to stuff them into a thinner slate.
The Z2 Tablet is graced with an excellent video player that plays anything thrown at it at 1080p resolutions even. You can play MKV and Xvid videos in up to 1080p resolution with the NotePRO's stock player, but not DivX ones, which can be easily remedied with a 3rd party player. The bright and large 12” screen on the NotePRO, however, is great for watching movies, and in that regard it trumps the smaller, less luminant display of the Z2 Tablet.
Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Camera and Multimedia