Sony Xperia Tablet S  vs Apple iPad 1 

Released September, 2012

Sony Xperia Tablet S

  • 9.4"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.0
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8.6 Out of 10
There are familiar specifications such as the dual core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, micro USB and choice of WiFi/WiFi 3G and 16GB/32GB sizes, but everything else raises an eyebrow.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
Released May, 2010

Apple iPad 1

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 4
Front view of Apple iPad 1
8.6 Out of 10
In terms of basic hardware, the iPad isn't overly impressive, although the 1,024 x 768, 9.7-inch diagonal screen is absolutely gorgeous.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

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More cores Quad core vs Single core 3 more cores; run more applications at once
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Has a webcam 1 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a rear camera 8 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Supported card formats SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Supports supported card formats
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS 4) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS 4) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Lighter 585 g vs 730 g Around 20% lighter
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS 4) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
Newer Sep, 2012 vs May, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 40% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.25 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Thinner 11.8 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 10% thinner
Sharper screen 160 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Smaller 239.8 x 174.4 x 11.8 mm vs 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm More than 20% smaller
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution
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Slightly bigger screen 9.7" vs 9.4" Around 5% bigger screen

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Xperia Tablet S  vs iPad 1 

The iPad's Bluetooth capabilities also allow peer-to-peer networking for gaming and wireless keyboard support for compatible writing applications.
iPad 1

For camera enthusiasts Sony has called on its camera prowess too and the 5MP shooter on the Tablet S is the best we've experience on a tablet to date.
Xperia Tablet S

Simple games like Angry Birds HD (£2.99) and Plants vs Zombies HD (£5.99) can prove better though, but Apple is truly becoming a serious player in terms of gaming.
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Xperia Tablet S  vs
iPad 1 
Size 9.4" 9.7"
Technology TFT LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
PPI 160 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Quad core Single core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 585 g 730 g
Size 239.8 x 174.4 x 11.8 mm 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 11.8 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 10 hour 9.5 hour


Xperia Tablet S  vs
iPad 1 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.25 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1 MP None
Rear camera 8 MP None


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes No
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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