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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

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Camera

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.

Camera UI of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Camera UI of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Camera UI of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Camera UI of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

Camera UI of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet


Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

Camera UI of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2


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.


Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 3.2
4.5
491
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Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 3.5
No data
516
321
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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.


Multimedia

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.

Gallery of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Gallery of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Gallery of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

Gallery of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet


Gallery of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Gallery of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Gallery of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

Gallery of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2


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.

Music player of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Music player of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Music player of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Music player of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

Music player of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet


Music player of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Music player of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Music player of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Music player of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 - Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

Music player of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2


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.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 0.44
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 77
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 70
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posted on 01 Apr 2014, 09:16 4

1. alaw.14 (Posts: 131; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Those two beast are ahead of the competetion.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 09:25 5

2. Duketytz (Posts: 466; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Looks like Sony is really shaping up in 2014 to give Samsung a run for their money!

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 10:21 3

3. RuiBacelar (Posts: 125; 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.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 10:44 4

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; 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.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 16:37

11. romeo1 (Posts: 226; 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.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 11:46

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 :/

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:19 4

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8174; Member since: 14 May 2012)


NotePRO kills this without a doubt. There's really no comparison.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 16:07

7. Miracles (Posts: 480; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Blah aha amaz what?

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 16:35 2

8. pyradark (Posts: 767; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Too bad people will ignore it and buy z2 tablet or other sammy tablet in a proper price

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 23:55

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.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 03:35

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,,

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:59

10. BooBooooooo (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


I have note pro but z2 is also strongly attracting me. Cool devices

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