Sony Xperia Tablet S  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released September, 2011

Sony Xperia Tablet S

  • 9.4"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Sony Xperia Tablet S
7.3 Out of 10
Things like the microSD card slot are really winning as well, and we love the way that Sony has made everything so easy to find on the tablet (after getting acclimatised to the way the user interface works).
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
7.9 Out of 10
In fact, its pixel density count of 264 ppi is a pretty fine figure – enabling it to produce plenty of details.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of S vs Air


Processing power and speed



3D and 2D graphics

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Battery Life

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Apple iPad Air 

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Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Sony Xperia Tablet S 

TabletRocket recommends the Sony Xperia Tablet S  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Tablet S vs iPad Air

passmark Processor performance including multiple cores

Apple seemingly turned the wick up a bit here, with Geekbench indicating a processor speed of 1.39GHz, versus the 1.29GHz on the iPhone 5S.
iPad Air | by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia Tablet S

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Supported card formats SDHC, SDSC vs None Supports supported card formats
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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More processing power 2,185 vs 1,457 Around 50% better passmark score
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 8 hour 25% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Marginally newer Nov, 2013 vs Sep, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1280 x 800 More than 3x higher resolution
Lighter 478 g vs 598 g More than 20% lighter
Significantly sharper screen 263 ppi vs 160 ppi Around 65% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 40% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Better performance per dollar 3.3 pt/$ vs 1.85 pt/$ Around 80% better performance per dollar
Higher resolution front camera 1.2 MP vs 0.3 MP 4x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Tablet S  vs iPad Air 

As for its front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera, it’s ideal enough for our FaceTime sessions, but when it comes to still image quality, we wouldn’t necessarily say we’d rely on it much.
iPad Air

That period was punctuated by two updates, bringing faster chips and a better display, but it’s a full refresh we’ve all been waiting for, something to make the good ol' iPad look and feel truly new.
iPad Air


7.8 Out of 10
9.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia Tablet S  vs
iPad Air 
Size 9.4" 9.7"
Technology TN LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 2048 x 1536
PPI 160 ppi 263 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.4 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


Xperia Tablet S  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 32 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 0.3 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP


USB support 1 USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 598 g 478 g
Size 241.3 x 172.7 x 7.6 mm 169.5 x 240 x 7.5 mm
Thickness 7.6 mm 7.5 mm
Battery life 8 hour 10 hour
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