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Tablet Smackdown: Sony Xperia Z Tablet vs. iPad

Steven Blum
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Sony is unveiling a new tablet at Mobile World Congress that is sure to turn a few heads. The Xperia Z tablet is not only the world's thinnest 10.1-inch tablet at 6.9 millimeters, but it's also waterproof in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes, and weighs just a bit over a pound. But it's svelte design also makes it a competitive entry against the newest iPad. How does it stack up in other ways? Let's take a look.

Display

The Sony Xperia Z Tablet features a 1920 x 1200p, 10.1" display. That's not quite up to par with the iPad's 2048-by-1536p display, although the iPad's is slightly smaller at 9.7". Winner: The iPad

Camera

The Sony Xperia Z Tablet features an 8MP rear shooter and a 2MP up front. The iPad has a 5MP rear shooter and 1.3MP camera up front. The winner: Sony Xperia Z Tablet

Design

The Sony Xperia Z Tablet weighs a mere 1.04 pounds and is just .27 inches thick. Sony has also designed the tablet to be water-resistant in up to three feet for thirty minutes. The iPad, in contrast, weighs 1.44 pounds, is .37 inches thick and cannot even be splashed. Winner: Sony Xperia Z Tablet

Processor

This one is tricky to compare. The newest iPad feature a dual-core an A6X chip. The Xperia Z Tablet features a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. While it sounds faster on paper, we really have no way of knowing just yet. We'll have to wait and see. Winner: N/A

Memory

The Xperia Z Tablet features both 16GB and 32GB models, but also has memory expandable up to 64GB. Apple's iPad has no expandable memory slot. Winner: Xperia Z Tablet

Price

Both the Xperia Z Tablet and the iPad start at $499 for a 16GB version and both jump $100 when you double the memory. This is a very competitive price for such an outstanding Android tablet, but it's in-line with Apple's best-seller. Winner: Tie

Summary

Yes, we're comparing Apples and oranges. The iPad and the Sony Xperia Z tablet offer different operating systems, app ecosystems, the list goes on. But they're both competing in the premium tablet category for a similar type of consumer. In this case, it seems as if the Xperia Z Tablet offers quite the fight against Apple's iPad. It's ultra thin, ultra light, made of quality materials and features a better camera, expandable memory and a potentially faster processor. The iPad's pixel count may beat it by a hair, but it wins or ties in every other race. Winner: Xperia Z Tablet

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  • Rutger Feb 25, 2013 Link

    I have no doubt that the iPad have a great screen, but even though the iPad have a higher resolution on the screen, it doesn't say that it is better by default. We have seen it in digital cameras, a 5Mpix can be better than a 8Mpix becuase of many things.

    The only thing Android (and Tablet Z) needs right now is more apps made specially for tablets. They say that App Store have about 200k apps for iPad, how about Android? How many apps are specially made for tablets? How do I find them? Are those the same apps as for the phone but with an HD update?

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