Sony Xperia Tablet S  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released September, 2012

Sony Xperia Tablet S

  • 9.4"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Sony Xperia Tablet S
7.2 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)
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Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
7.4 Out of 10
Somehow, they've been able to shave another 0.07-inches from its profile, bringing it to a razor thin 0.3.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Tablet S vs Air

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com, trustedreviews.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Apple iPad Air 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad Air  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Tablet S vs iPad Air

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia Tablet S iPad Air @ browser.primatelabs.com

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia Tablet S

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia Tablet S

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Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supported card formats SD, SDHC, SDXC 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
Higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
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
Sharper screen 160 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Slightly faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 10% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Back view of Apple iPad Air

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Air

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Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0) 8x faster Bluetooth
Significantly thinner 8.6 mm vs 11.9 mm More than 25% thinner
Marginally newer Nov, 2013 vs Sep, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Better performance per dollar 2.33 pt/$ vs 0.33 pt/$ More than 7x better performance per dollar
Smaller 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm vs 239.8 x 174.4 x 11.9 mm More than 20% smaller

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Tablet S  vs iPad Air 

8.0
8.0
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

8.5
9.1
In all fairness, it’s really tough to gauge, but the end result is the same with this Retina Display – it’s crisp, bright, and quite accurate with its color reproduction.
iPad Air

7.7
8.3
The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.
iPad Air

7.6
8.5
It's also good for gaming - you can play turn-based games like office favourite Strategery with ease, since they don't require a particularly quick Internet connection.
iPad Air

Overall

7.8 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Xperia Tablet S  vs
iPad Air 
Size 9.4" 9.7"
Technology TFT LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
PPI 160 ppi 131 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes

processor

Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz 1.3 GHz

form factor

Weight 585 g 610 g
Size 239.8 x 174.4 x 11.9 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 11.9 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour

storage

Xperia Tablet S  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 8 MP 5 MP

sensors

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