The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact was unveiled in 2014, at the IFA press conference, held in Berlin, while the second generation Nexus 7 came in 2013, being produced by Asus in collaboration with Google. Below, we’ll make a comparison between their specs, and if their specs will draw your attention, then head to Amazon and purchase one of them.
The Nexus 7 has a rubberized back which is less prone to fingerprints and has curved edges and a plastic frame which gets easily damaged. On the front side, the bezels are very thick and the three capacitive buttons are placed below the screen. You won’t be able to squeeze the tablet into your pocket because it’s pretty large, measuring 200x114x 8.7mm, and it’s available in a WiFi variant that weights 290 grams, while the LTE variant is 9grams heavier.
The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact looks like a larger Xperia flagship, but it’s extremely thin at 6.4mm, and weights only 270 grams, even if it’s much larger than the Nexus 7 tablet. The device is dust tight and water resistant, surviving 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter under water. The nylon corners will protect the tablet against accidental drops.
The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is fitted with an 8inches TFT LCD screen that supports 1200 x 1920 pixels at 283ppi, it uses X-Reality Engine technology and the display is triluminos. You will like watching videos on it, because it has a 16:9 aspect ratio. On top of it was placed layer of shatter proof glass for protection against fine scratches.
The Nexus 7 has the same screen size as its predecessor, and the technology is LED-backlit IPS LCD, which supports also 1200 x 1920 pixels, but the pixel density is higher at 323ppi.
The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has a fast processor from Qualcomm, which is a Snapdragon 801 with four cores clocked at 2.5GHz that couples with Adreno 330 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The Nexus 7 2013, on the other hand, ditched the Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset and used a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro with a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor backed by Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM.
Regarding the internal storage, the Sony tablet offers a capacity of 16GB, with the possibility to expand it up to 128GB. The Nexus 7 tablet has variants of 16GB and 32GB, but they’re fixed.
The main camera from the Sony tablet is 8.1MP and has only autofocus, HDR and video capture at 1080p@30fps. The Nexus 7 has the same video recording capabilities with its 5MP back camera, which also lacks LED flash. The front camera on the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is 2.2MP, while the Nexus 7 is fitted with a 1.2MP snapper for video calls.
The Xperia Z3 is available on Amazon at a price of $427, while the Nexus 7 16GB costs $149 and the 32GB variant is priced at $265.