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.

Related phones

Xperia Tablet Z
  • Display 10.1 inches 1200 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP (Single camera) 2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 6000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
iPad 4
  • Display 9.7 inches 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A6X 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • OS iOS 10.x


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