Sony Xperia Tablet Z  vs Apple iPad 2 

Released June, 2015

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.1
Front view of Sony Xperia Tablet Z
8.3 Out of 10
We've seen the quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU clocked at 1.5GHz in several high end smartphones since the fall of 2012, and this is the first time it's made its way into a tablet.
by MobileTechReview (Jun, 2013)
Released March, 2011

Apple iPad 2

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad 2
7.8 Out of 10
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Tablet Z vs 2


Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


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Sony Xperia Tablet Z 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Tablet Z vs iPad 2

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 2

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia Tablet Z
1,887.5 ms
iPad 2
1,808 ms

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad 2
14.8 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia Tablet Z

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Much better overall performance 2,065 vs 261 Around 8x better geekbench score
Significantly faster graphics 26 fps vs 14.8 fps More than 75% better GLBenchmark 2.5 score
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
Much higher resolution rear camera 8.1 MP vs 0.92 MP More than 8.8x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
More RAM 2 GB vs 0.5 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Newer Jun, 2015 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over 4 years later
Significantly sharper screen 224 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 70% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1200 vs 1024 x 768 Around 3x higher resolution
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.1) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1 GHz 50% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Lighter 495 g vs 589 g More than 15% lighter
Thinner 6.9 mm vs 8.6 mm More than 20% thinner
Higher resolution front camera 2.2 MP vs 0.3 MP More than 7.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Slightly smaller 167 x 254 x 6.9 mm vs 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm Around 25% smaller
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Slightly faster javascript execution 1,808 ms vs 1,887.5 ms Around 5% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Slightly better performance per dollar 1 pt/$ vs 0.86 pt/$ More than 15% better performance per dollar

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Tablet Z  vs iPad 2 

The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.
iPad 2

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia Tablet Z  vs
iPad 2 
Size 10.1" 9.7"
Technology TFT LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1200 1024 x 768
PPI 224 ppi 131 ppi


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


Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 495 g 589 g
Size 167 x 254 x 6.9 mm 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 6.9 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 9.83 hour 10 hour


Xperia Tablet Z  vs
iPad 2 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 2.2 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 8.1 MP 0.92 MP


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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