At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Sony announced its latest Xperia Z4 Tablet. Sony also claims that this is the world’s slimmest and lightest 10-inch tablet. The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet has a 10.1-inch display that offers a resolution of 2560 x 1600, while the Apple iPad Air 2 offers a 9.7-inch display with a 2048 x 1536 resolution.
Sony Xperia Z4 has a little slighter big is size 254 x 167 x 6.1mm vs Apple iPad Air 2 which is 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm in diameter. But compare according to weight Sony Xperia Z4 has less heavier than iPad Air 2. The Xperia Z4 Tablet hits the scales at 389g for the Wi-Fi only model and 393g for the Wi-Fi and LTE option, both of which are lighter than the iPad Air 2’s 437g and 444g respective weights.
The Xperia Z4 Tablet and the iPad Air 2 both feature beautiful designs and they both opt for lovely rounded edges. An aluminium frame is present on both, but the iPad Air 2 brings the aluminium finish all the way around the rear, while Sony opts for a tactile matte finish on the back. The iPad Air 2 also has Touch ID so you get fingerprint scanning on Apple’s model while Sony doesn’t have any kind of features like that.
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet has a larger and sharper display:
In theory, this means the Xperia Z4 Tablet has a sharper and crisper display than the iPad Air 2 and Sony also claims it is the brightest 2K display of its competition. We thought the iPad Air 2 had a great display when we reviewed it, and the anti-glare coating helps limits reflections, but we were also impressed with the Xperia Z4 Tablet during our time with it at MWC 2015.
The Sony Xperia Z4 pulls it out of the bag when it comes to the cameras, offering an 8.1-megapixel rear camera and a 5.1-megapixel front camera, compared to the Apple iPad Air 2’s 8-megapixel rear snapper and 1.2-megapixel front shooter. Both the iPad Air 2 and the Xperia Z4 Tablet support 1080p HD video recording and both companies offer their own software features, but Sony delivers a few more in this area compared to Apple.
Both the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and the Apple iPad Air 2 come with 64-bit processors under their hoods. The Xperia Z4 Tablet has a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and Adreno 430 graphics, while Apple’s iPad Air 2 has the company’s latest A8X chip, and both will be speedy devices.
In terms of storage, the Xperia Z4 Tablet only has 32GB of internal memory in comparison to the iPad Air 2’s 16GB, 64GB and 128GB options. The storage on the Sony is expandable via microSD up to 128GB however, while the iPad Air 2 isn’t, but microSD will only help when it comes to videos and photos for example, rather than apps.
In terms of battery, the Xperia Z4 Tablet has a 6000mAh capacity, compared to the iPad Air 2’s 27.3 watt-hour capacity. Sony promises up to 17 hours of video playback, while Apple offers up to just 10 hours so you can watch a couple more films on the Xperia Z4 Tablet.
The software is where Sony and Apple head in very different directions. The iPad Air 2 runs on iOS 8, while the Xperia Z4 Tablet has Android 5.0 Lollipop on board. Ultimately, it depends on which interface you’re either used to or which you prefer. If you have an iPhone, you’ll probably opt for the iPad Air 2 because not only is it familiar, but everything will sync seamlessly across your devices. The same goes if you have an Android phone – the Xperia Z4 Tablet is likely to be the better option.
Both come with their own strengths but the Xperia Z4 Tablet users will automatically become Xperia Lounge Gold members, which offers you exclusive content and the Z4 Tablet also comes with the company’s Remote Play function, which allows you to play your PlayStation 4 remotely. The iPad Air 2 has Siri as well as things like AirDrop and AirPlay, which are both handy if you have other Apple products, and there are more iPad specific apps than Android tablet apps.