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
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
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)

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
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1280 x 800 More than 3x higher resolution
Much thinner 7.5 mm vs 11.9 mm More than 35% thinner
Lighter 478 g vs 585 g Around 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 v3.0) 8x faster Bluetooth
Marginally newer Nov, 2013 vs Sep, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Better performance per dollar 3.17 pt/$ vs 0.98 pt/$ Around 3.2x better performance per dollar
Smaller 169.5 x 240 x 7.5 mm vs 239.8 x 174.4 x 11.9 mm Around 40% smaller

Features Key features of the Xperia Tablet S  vs iPad Air 

screen resolution

Xperia Tablet S
1280 x 800
iPad Air
2048 x 1536
Honestly, we can’t complain about the experience, since it’s rich with so many lovable qualities that makes the tablet great for the occasion – like its speedy page loads, super smooth navigational controls, instant page rendering, and lots of crisp details thanks to its high resolution screen.
iPad Air | by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

memory

camera resolution

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 | by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

CPU Cores

Xperia Tablet S
Quad core
iPad Air
Dual core
Processor and Memory Although the iPad Air shares the same 64-bit based dual-core Apple A7 chip that’s also used by the iPhone 5s, its clock speed is higher at 1.4GHz – whereas it’s 1.3GHz with the iPhone 5s.
iPad Air | by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

CPU Frequency

Xperia Tablet S
1.4 GHz
iPad Air
1.4 GHz
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)

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Tablet S  vs iPad Air 

8.2
9.2
Armed with the same 5-megapixel rear auto-focus camera, which features a backside illuminated sensor and an f2.4 aperture lens, it’s able to snap up pleasant looking photos that have an effective amount of likeable qualities to accept – especially for a tablet!
iPad Air

7.7
9.0
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

Overall

7.8 Out of 10
9.1 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 2048 x 1536
PPI 160 ppi 263 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 1.4 GHz

form factor

Weight 585 g 478 g
Size 239.8 x 174.4 x 11.9 mm 169.5 x 240 x 7.5 mm
Thickness 11.9 mm 7.5 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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