A head to head shootout: Apple iPad Air Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Vs Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Apple, and Samsung are the brand names that come across to our mind when we initially think about tablet world. Well, the Japanese mobile phone maker, Sony, is no further backward. They are also bringing out new-new tablets periodically. Here we have to check out 3 world class tabs from each brand and to verdict which is the best of the best tablets out in the world. The tablets are Apple iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and Sony Xperia Tablet Z.
Looks and Design
The iPad Air comes with a dimension of 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm and weighs 469 grams. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has 243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9 mm dimension and weighs 540 grams, whereas the Xperia Tablet Z is built in 266 x 172 x 6.9 mm dimension and masses 495 grams.
The iPad Air (5th Generation) is thinner and lighter than ever. It features the same aluminium body for an enhanced premium look and reliability. The faux-leather back panel of the Galaxy Note 10.1 must be mentioned since it has richness in appearance. Meanwhile, the Xperia Tablet Z is sleeker than the iPad Air. Still, it weighs more than the Air, where Samsung's device weighs the most.
Of course, the iPad Air is the winner.
The iPad Air is equipped with a smaller 9.7-inch touchscreen. But its Retina, LED-backlit Multi-Touch displaywith IPS technology and 264 ppi pixel density make things richer. The Galaxy Note 10.1 has a slight edge over its rivals since it offers a bigger 10.1 inch, Super clear LCD capacitive touchscreen with 2560 x 1600 pixels of resolution and 299 ppi. At the same time, the Tablet Z with its poor resolution and pixel density fails to impress comparatively, though it features the same bigger sized 10.1 inch display as that of the Note 10.1.
Comparing all together, the Note 10.1 offers more vibrant colours along with bigger 10.1 inch screen, three display modes and better sunlight visibility. So, it's the winner.
Processor and Performance
You just can't beat the iPad Air with any other processor. Powered by A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor, the 5th generation iPad gives you the best in class performance and takes the rivals miles behind. It is faster and very accurate. You feel no lag. It's smooth and even smoother. This is why Apple asks you to pay more over its rivals.
On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 10.1 stands second powered by a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor, and Xperia machine got pulled to last with a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait chip.
The iPad Air runs on the latest iOS 7 version, which has gone under for many changes compared with iOS 6 to make things very friendly and easier for the users. Along with it, Apple offers tons of apps which are specially developed for Tablets.
Meanwhile, the Note 10.1 runs on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean OS, and the Xperia Z Tablet moves with the outdated Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. Both these gadgets have tons of free Android apps. But they are not specially generated for tablets. So, when you play games on such bigger screens, you feel like playing on a stretched out screen. There is lag and all. Here you love to choose the only iPad Air.
If you are a buddy who wants a lot to store in your device, the iPad Air may disappoint you. There you have the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Xperia Tablet Z as your besties. Both provides expandable memory up to 64 GB via microSD card over 16/32/64 GB internal for the Note 10.1 and 16 GB internal storage for the Xperia Tablet Z.
Usually we don't use tablets for photography. It's for name sake or to make video chats. That's it. Still, under an emergency situation or if we want to snap some decent pics, there you definitely want a powerful camera featured tab.
The iPad Air sports only a 5 MP primary camera without flash and a 1.2 MP front camera for video calls, where you get a stunning 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2 MP front camera in the Galaxy Note 10.1. At the same time, the Xperia Tablet Z sports an 8.1 MP camera with flash at the rear and a 2.2 MP camera in the front. Though the iPad Air gets you the most natural looking snaps, the pics are behind that of the snaps taken in Note 10.1's. Because, the Galaxy Note 10.1 features variety of default options, and modes, which makes photography to the next level even with a tab. But, Sony's Tablet Z is a disappointment.
Once again the iPad Air becomes the winner. With the Air, you can enjoy web browsing, videos and gaming to more extended time. The list is followed by the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Xperia Tablet Z which all offer 2 day battery backup with a moderate usage along with the iPad Air.
The iPad Air has the cheapest tag. It starts at Rs. 35,000 for its 16 GB Wi-Fi only variant, whereas you have the Galaxy Note 10.1 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular at Rs. 38,000 and the Xperia Tablet Z 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular at Rs. 41,000. And to get a 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular variant of the iPad Air, you have to spend Rs. 44,000, which is costlier than the rest.
If you are OK with a Wi-Fi only product, the iPad Air is the best choice. Well, if want a quality stuff, what's wrong in spending more to buy a 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular variant of the iPad Air?
Yep! The winner is none other than the iPad Air. It conquers the rivals and keep them all miles behind. If you don't have to spend that much, I would like to recommend you to choose the iPad 4 over the Galaxy Note 10.1, and the Xperia Tablet Z. The iPads are meant for long runs as well. The iPad 2 with the latest iOS is still in the market even when the 5th generation iPad is ruling. Apple ensures updates for its gadgets at least for 3 generations, whereas you will be stuck with your Android devices with the outdated OS.