Sony Xperia Tablet Z  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released June, 2015

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.1
Front view of Sony Xperia Tablet Z
8.2 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
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 Air


Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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No winner declared

Too close to call


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 Z vs iPad Air

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

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

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
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
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
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 higher resolution rear camera 8.1 MP vs 5 MP More than 60% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Lighter 495 g vs 610 g Around 20% lighter
Newer Jun, 2015 vs Nov, 2013 Release date over 1 years later
Thinner 6.9 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 20% thinner
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Higher resolution front camera 2.2 MP vs 1.2 MP Around 85% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Slightly smaller 167 x 254 x 6.9 mm vs 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm Around 25% smaller
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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Better performance per dollar 1.91 pt/$ vs 0.86 pt/$ Around 2.2x better performance per dollar

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Tablet Z  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

On the tablet, it's an LED-backlit LCD panel, while the Xperia Z phone ships with a TFT display.
Xperia Tablet Z


8.2 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia Tablet Z  vs
iPad Air 
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 v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.3 GHz

form factor

Weight 495 g 610 g
Size 167 x 254 x 6.9 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 6.9 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 9.83 hour 10 hour


Xperia Tablet Z  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 2.2 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 8.1 MP 5 MP


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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