Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs. Apple iPad Air 2 – Specifications and Pricing Comparison
Sony’s new offering in the tablet segment takes a lot of cues from its highly successful Xperia Z2 smartphone.
It promises to be a great rival for the recently launched iPad Air 2. The second generation of the iPad Air is more revolutionary rather than being revolutionary like in the first generation. This is true in the case of its features and design. This aspect allows a huge amount of space for the Xperia Z2 Tablet to poke its nose in.
The iPad Air 2 continues to remain as one of best designed tablets around, but it is starting to show its age since Apple has not made any substantial changes since the first generation. The thickness has been reduced a lot compared to the original iPad, but it does little to improve the aesthetic performance. This is an area where the Xperia Z2 Tablet shines and it is because it adopts the family design language from the Xperia smartphones. This shift also brings the added availability of water resistant features, which is something that makes the Sony device a highly valuable product.
There are very few tablets that provide water resistant features, despite this feature starting to become prevalent in smartphones. As with the Xperia Z2 smartphone, the tablet can withstand water and dust to certain extent. Yet, this is a useful feature to have, especially for those loving the outdoors.
After lagging behind the iPad on several fronts, one can finally say that an Android tablet is capable of going head-to-head in the performance and stability aspects. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is helped by the fact that it has a very powerful quad core 2.3 GHz processor – as the same one found in the smartphone – to run the Android 4.4 OS. Sony has confirmed that the device will receive the update to the 5.0 version, which is even better. Compared to the incremental updates that have been made to Android in order to improve its performance, the iOS has been going around with tweaks and the addition of features.
The iPad Air 2 comes with a triple core processor that is of the finest order. It is not capable of matching the speeds of the processors found in the Sony tablet, but it is more than sufficient to run the iOS 8.
This has always been a favorite playing ground of the iPad and this tradition continues in the iPad Air 2, which supports a maximum of 128 GB. This is a huge amount of memory compared to the Xperia Z2 Tablet, which has just 16 GB of internal storage. Only 64 GB can be added through memory cards on the Sony device whereas the iPad Air 2 continues to do away with the microSD card support.
Prices of the highly popular Xperia Z2 Tablet are around $450 for the 16 GB variant and this price is almost similar to the 16 GB versions of the iPad Air 2.