Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet vs Apple iPad Air 2

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet vs iPad Air 2: intro


Xperia Z4 Tablet
Right now the iPad Air 2 is top of the tablet heap. It's number one on our best tablets list and with good reason, as it's slim, stylish, powerful and feature-packed.
But Sony has a history of delivering impressive slates too and its latest, the Xperia Z4 Tablet, could certainly give the iPad Air 2 a run for its money. Both of these tablets are premium devices, but they're also very different beasts.
With one running Android and the other running iOS this town should be big enough for the both of them, but if you just want to know exactly how they compare, well, we've got you covered.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet vs iPad Air 2: Design

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet vs iPad Air 2
Unlike Sony's flagship phones the Xperia Z4 Tablet isn't clad in metal and glass, instead it has a plastic back and sides, but Sony's iconic metal power button is present and correct.
It's also sumptuously slim and light at just 6.1mm thick and 396g. Plus it's dust and water resistant, so you needn't fear getting it wet.
The Apple iPad Air 2 isn't water or dust resistant and it's heavier at 437g, but it's every bit as slim, matching the Xperia Z4 Tablet's 6.1mm thick build. It also has an all-round more premium design, because where the Xperia Z4 Tablet has a plastic case the iPad Air 2 is clad in aluminium.

ony Xperia Z4 Tablet vs iPad Air 2: Display

iPad Air 2 screen
Sony has given the Xperia Z4 Tablet a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 screen, for big, sharp images.
The iPad Air 2 has a pretty tasty screen as well, with a 9.7-inch 1536 x 2048 display, for a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch and both slates sport vibrant colours. The iPad Air 2's screen is a little smaller, but not enough that you'll really notice.
A bigger difference is the aspect ratio, as the Xperia Z4 Tablet is a movie friendly 16:9, while the iPad Air 2 is a squarer 4:3, which perhaps isn't as good for films, but it's a more versatile shape for other tablet tasks like browsing the internet.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet vs iPad Air 2: Power

iPad Air 2 back
With a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at up to 2GHz humming away under its slender shell the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet should be a real beast, especially given that it's backed up by a generous 3GB of RAM.
On paper the Apple iPad Air 2 should be substantially worse off, but what does paper know? Its 1.5GHz triple-core A8X processor and 2GB of RAM deliver superbly slick performance, with rarely a moment of slowdown in sight, thanks in part to the unity between hardware and software that's just not possible on Android.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet vs iPad Air 2: Camera

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet vs iPad Air 2
We struggle to get excited about cameras on tablets, but if you have a thing for making photography as impractical as possible you'll be pleased to know that the Xperia Z4 Tablet should be up to the job, with an 8MP snapper on the back and a 5MP one on the front.
The iPad Air 2 matches the Xperia Z4 Tablet with an 8MP rear sensor of its own, along with the ability to shoot 1080p video at 30fps and even slow motion video.
Where it loses out is on the front-facing camera, which is only 1.2MP. It'll get the job done, but it's not terribly impressive.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet vs iPad Air 2: Battery

iPad Air 2 side
Sony claims that the Xperia Z4 Tablet has industry-leading battery performance with the ability to keep on going for up to 17 hours of video, which is a bold claim, but with the efficient Snapdragon 810 under the hood it's just about believable.
The Apple iPad Air 2 is no slouch in that department either though, with a battery which can last for a full 10 hours of web browsing or video.
That's somewhat worse, but still pretty great in itself and either of these slates should easily see you through the longest of long haul flights.

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