Generally, the choice when it comes to tablet market is limited between Samsung and Apple. Other companies have made bold strides to join the competition but none has come near when it comes to Samsung and Apple. It is not saying that Samsung and Apple tablets are much better than the rest but only that the two are more popular to the public. Others still continue to take giant strides just to be at least competitive against the two tablet giants.
With the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, the question now looms whether or not the tablet has what it takes to compete with the Samsung and Apple tablets. Needless to say, each brand of tablet has specifications that are unique for them although generally, all may have similar features and the differences only lie on the modifications or variations given by the tablet companies.
The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet has features that make it promising but does it have what it takes to overthrow iPad Air which is the latest tablet from Apple? A comparison between the two would help in deciding whether the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is near or even capable of toppling iPad Air from the top of the tablet market.
When it comes to hardware, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is packed with the quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU as well as a RAM having a 3 GB memory. When it comes to storage, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet only provides a maximum of 32 GB on-board memory but this has been offset by a microSD card slot that can read SD cards with memory of up to 64 GB. The iPad Air on the other hand uses a processor with 640bit architecture. Its ARM c8-based Cyclone A7 SoC has a couple of cores that are clocked at 1.3GHz and further accompanied by the PowerVR G6430 graphics chip and M7 motion co-processor. Its RAM has a capacity of 1GB with additional storage of up to 128 GB.
For most buyers, the quality of the images in the screen is one of the decisive factors considered when making a choice as to what tablet to acquire. This is one of the primary reasons why Apple has been the tablet of choice . Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet’s Live Color LED on the other hand is expected to boost the quality of images by making colors look more vibrant. But still this is not at par with the high quality resolution and pixel density that the iPad Air offers. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet has a lower pixel density primarily because it did not bother to upgrade the resolution provided by the previous model.
In terms of camera capability, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet uses an 8 megapixel primary camera and complemented by a 2.2 megapixel secondary camera. Here, we can say that Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is better than the iPad Air since the latter only features a 5 megapixel main camera. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet also has a stronger camera setup than the Apple tablet not only because of the resolution its camera can produce but also because of the Superior Auto Mode and Exmor RS sensor that gives the tablet better pictures particularly when taking pictures during dim light conditions.
Moreover, when it comes to sharing and mirroring capabilities, Sony makes it easier for the user because by using the NFC, users can easily connect the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet with any compatible TV or device by a simple touch of the slate with the compatible device. On the other hand, Apple does not make use this NFC feature because it has its own AirPlay.
Finally, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet looks physically appalling and this is made possible because of its Omnibalance design language. In terms of size and weight, it beats the iPad Air since it only weighs 439 grams and measures 6.4mm thick as compared with the iPad which weighs 469 grams and thickness pf 7.5 mm. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is also waterproof while the iPad Air is not but the latter makes up for it by choosing only the best materials thus giving it an excellent appearance.
In summary, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet has features that can be appealing to the user but in the end it still lags behind the iPad Air. It takes more than a Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet to put down iPad Air from the top of the tablet ladder board. However, considering that Apple has created a very positive impression and image to the public in general, other tablets must present more innovative features to surpass or even match the power of the iPad Air.