Which tablet would you get - Galaxy Tab S2, iPad Air 2, or the Xperia Z4 slate?

Which tablet would you get - Galaxy Tab S2, iPad Air 2, or the Xperia Z4 slate?
Samsung outed the world's thinnest tablets this week, the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, each measuring the incredible 5.6mm thin, and weighing just 265g and 389g, respectively. Those two will be competing directly with slates that are a bit thicker, but no less impressive, like Apple's iPad Air 2 and Sony's Xperia Z4 Tablet.

Designwise, the trio of tablets looks exquisite, with the Samsung and Apple slates donning a metal body, while Sony keeps things soft and touchy. The Xperia Z4 Tablet has one very important reason not to go the aluminum alloy way, though, as it is IP68-certified for watching movies in the bathtub, while the metal-clad slates can't brag with any extra waterproofing to speak of.

The Xperia Z4 Tablet has a much higher pixel density than the other two, with its 2560x1600 pixels screen. Not only that, but Sony has equipped it with one of its power-sipping, yet ultrabright panels, making the display on the Xperia tablet the best of the bunch in these two important aspects. When it comes to the silicon inside, all three are capable warriors, with Apple's desktop-grade A8+ chipset taking the cake from the Exynos 5433 in the Tab S2 and the Snapdragon 810 in the Z4 Tablet, and eating it with much better benchmark scores. Samsung and Sony are more generous with their internal storage allotments, plus they offer microSD slots for expansion.

Last but not least, Sony claims 17 hours of video-watching on a charge, and, considering what it does with its phones now, consistently placing them in our top battery life ranks, we'd wager to bet that the Z4 Tablet bests both the iPad Air 2, and the Galaxy Tab S2 when it comes to endurance on a charge. Given all those pros and cons for each one of the trio, we wanted to let you decide which one is your favorite, given that they are all hitting very similar price points when storage amounts are evened out. Take your pick in the poll, and argue your choice in the comments.

Which tablet would you get - Galaxy Tab S2, iPad Air 2, or the Xperia Z4 slate?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
Apple iPad Air 2



1. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Air 2 for sure.

8. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

z4 tablet, hands down imo

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Surface 3 with type cover IMO That's more of a ultrabook than a tablet But its more useful IMO

17. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I would rather choose SURFACE PRO 3... may be SURFACE PRO 4.

38. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Fully agree But people will complain the Pro 3 is priced like MacBook/Ultrabook since it has MacBook/Ultrabook specs So I said Surface 3 since its cheaper than these tablets Definitely looking forward to the Pro 4

19. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Agreed! But you'll have to pay alot to get one that's as quick as those others. And the battery life is not up to date with especially z4t. But software and option wise, there no debate.

15. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Already have Air 2, would have purchased note tablet if samsung would have came up with one.

29. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Apple iPad Air 2 for me but I will keep my iPad Mini 2 still. Because still beautiful and scratchless like new.

2. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Of course an iPad Air 2. Super thin metal unibody, low weight, laminated display with antiglare coating, computer-level performance, loooong battery life and great app and software updates. There was never a better iPad.

4. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

It's going to get even better with iOS 9 because of the multitasking features.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man I can't wait for that, I agree with Iodine too. It's the best iPad so far, by far.

27. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes it is and the only apple product I own, the best part the iPhone. Always get better reviews and its crap why the iPad Air 2 is the best tablet part from the spro3 that I also own, but used for work as it's not the best for apps to windows 10 and the keyboard is crap again to windows 10, the spro3 need to be re-reviewed when windows 10 gets installed

7. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

That was all fantastic and I agreed with you................ Until you said "There was never a better iPad" Then I felt like slapping you

3. Tattari

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

as much as i love android on smartphones , i believe the Ipad Air 2 is the best option here to be honest

5. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I have the iPad Air 1. But wouldn't mind trying Android tablet if has cellular capability.

11. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Most of them have the option. In fact both the Galaxy Tab S2 and the Xperia Z4 have it:http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S2-9.7-inch_id9385http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S2-9.7-inch_id9385 Check the "Technology" section there.

6. OmarMontaser

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

Apple Ipad air 2 is perfect one.waiting for Ipad air 3 or Ipad pro

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Z4. Longer battery life, IP 68, better display (16:9), front camera, more features, microsd.

36. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

MicroSD is reason enough for me

10. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Rather just get a Surface 4 when it comes out, the 3 can run Desktop Windows well and even play games, I'm just waiting for 4 to get a bit more GPU speed.

13. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

You can play games on iPad too. And if you want a bit more GPU perf and considering Apple's crazy SoC improvements cadence, Apple metal and that the A8X already trades blows with intel HD graphics.................... Then don't be surprised when Apple will come up with an SoC that'll be faster than any mobile intel core in surface 4 (and it will use far less power too).

28. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, the spro3 can play pic games ok (they look better than iPad)

35. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

yeah, it is sure great to play overpriced PC ports and loads of crappy freemium games. WOOHOO.

12. DBounce

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

There's no option for none? Which is what I would choose.

41. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Unless phone arena is going to give me one. My tab s 8.4 works well and none of the above give enough improvement to pay for one.

16. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

My choice would be NONE of the above - all too expensive. I just got a Xiaomi mi Pad for about $250 but the quality is as high end as any of the above listed tablets - I have had iPads and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. I loved the Tab S and used it nearly every day for a year but the battery life is just OK and got quite poor after a year. The Xiaomi tablet has a 6700 mAh battery much bigger than average. The only minor gripe is that it is a bit heavy but otherwise stellar build quality and much to be recommended.

18. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Samsung Tab S2 because of the features Samsung's skin has and because it's a Super AMOLED screen. Although I don't like the 4:3 ratio.

20. holydemon6

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

I'm very happy with my iPad 2, so I would probably stick with iPad. I would also consider a Surface, simply to have the same OS as on my laptops and phone. Android is definitely no-go

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

None of the above bastardized tablets...would pick Surface 3 for the same cash instead.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have the iPad Air 2.

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