Sony Xperia Tablet Z vs Apple iPad: first look

Sony Xperia Tablet Z vs Apple iPad: first look
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is easily one of the most impressive gadgets we saw at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The extremely well built, slim Sony Tablet Z is a beauty to behold but it is also very practical featuring the same level of dust and water resistance as the Sony Xperia Z - IP 57. That basically means you can easily go read a book or watch a movie in say the bathtub without worrying the water would damage the tablet.

Naturally, the Xperia Tablet Z will get compared to the gadget that created the tablet category, the 9.7-inch Apple iPad. We put the two alongside to better help you understand the difference in size - the 10.1-inch Tablet Z has a much more elongated form with a 16:10 aspect ratio, unlike the 4:3 ratio of the iPad.

The Tablet Z is also noticeably lighter and thinner than Apple’s iPad. There is more than a 100g (nearly a quarter of a pound) difference between the two, and your hands will thank you for getting a lighter device. It is just mind boggling how far Sony has gone with the design of its Tablet Z and how it managed to retain the beautiful glass aesthetics in a sleek yet water-resistant package. This is definitely one of the best Sony designs we’ve seen in quite a while.

Both tablets have brilliant displays, but Apple still wins in the display department with an almost perfectly calibrated screen offering an astounding amount of detail. Sony is a close runner-up though, as its display has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, almost as much as the one on the iPad.

Both tablets ran very smoothly, with no visible lag, just as you'd expect from a modern tablet. Which one should you choose, thouhg? Well, this is a hard call and the answer depends a lot on your preference for ecosystem with Android being the open option and Apple the closed, tightly controlled platform. It is also a lot about your appreciation for the Tablet Z's water resistance, a very important feature in our opinion. On their own both are extremely well executed, take a look below.


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Xperia Tablet Z
  • Display 10.1" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6000 mAh
iPad 4
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6X, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB

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19 Comments

1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Now that's what you called a tablet!

2. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Good thing that it's not Ray S. If Ray S. Please make an in depth review of the Xperia Z.

15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I don't know why you'd want that... he'd just keep talking up the iPad.

16. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

What I meant is that I don't want Ray S to review the Xperia Tablet Z. "If Ray S is going to review it, surely it wil be a biased one".

3. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

xperia tablet z

4. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

the power of 'z'.......

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The problem for Sony is the slow roll-out and no LTE edition in the U.S. Nothing like a day late and a dollar short.

6. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Xperia Tablet Z looks awesome. The first tablet to make me say that after the iPad 2. But why are they going for the 16:9 route? Tablets, in my opinion, feel best in 4:3, like the iPad. That allows non awkward use in both landscape and portrait. That was the grudge i had against the Surface RT and Surface Pro too. Anyway, the Z is solid. Water resistance is a huge bonus too.

7. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

16:9 is better especially if you watch movies on your tablet often. it makes better use of the screen size. who likes seeing thick black bands on the top and bottom of a 16:9 or even wider movie?

11. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Yes,but on tablet you can alot of other things,not just watching movies.In the portrait mode the 16:9 looks weird for a slate when you are surfing,playing games or other things. Xperia Z makes samsung look like a sh!t.Sony is back with these 2 incredible handsets:Xperia Z and Tablet Z.Awesome!

10. AnukulVcool unregistered

its actually 1200x1920

8. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

@ 0:25 iPad has resolution of 248x1536??? lol

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is a no brainer xperia z

12. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

iPad SUCK... Z is UNBEATABLE

13. mui2g6

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

obviously its Xperia tablet Z

14. bigstrudel

Posts: 585; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Im an android guy all the way but 16:9 at the 10 inch form factor doesnt do it for me. Holding the tablet vertically is much better for reading with this screen ratio and with the 10 inch tablets its just too tall.

17. romeo1

Posts: 809; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The ipad looks really cheap compared to the tablet Z. I'm getting the Z for sure as I like the 16:9 ratio allot better also in a tablet. " but Apple still wins in the display department with an almost perfectly calibrated screen offering an astounding amount of detail." I think this should be tested for the Z and then you could compare. The ipad has a higher ppi but I don't like the bars on the top and bottom during a fullhd movie .

18. oister85

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

would they let me tray for the xperia tablet s

19. lucasug

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Sony made the Xperia Z, the smartphone which i like very much, but then why did they make it look bigger and rename it Xperia Z again and playing it like it's something different just because it looks bigger ? lol

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