Sony Xperia Tablet S  vs Apple iPad Air 

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 November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
8.4 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)

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Sony Xperia Tablet S

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Much better overall performance 1,080 vs 261 Around 4.2x better geekbench score
Much 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
Significantly 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
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution
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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 11.8 mm More than 25% thinner
Better performance per dollar 1.92 pt/$ vs 0.6 pt/$ Around 3.2x better performance per dollar
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Sep, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Smaller 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm vs 239.8 x 174.4 x 11.8 mm More than 20% smaller

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Tablet S  vs iPad Air 

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

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

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

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


7.8 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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


Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes


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 11.8 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 11.8 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour


Xperia Tablet S  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
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


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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