Sony Xperia Tablet Z vs Nexus 10

Vs Paul Briden 13:36, 23 Jan 2013

We compare Sony's Xperia Tablet Z to Google's Nexus 10, made by Samsung

We throw Sony's Xperia Tablet Z,into the Android fighting pit with the reigning champion: Google's Nexus 10.

Form

Nexus 10 - 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm, 603g

Sony Xperia Tablet Z - 266x172x6.9mm, 495g

The Nexus 10 is made by Samsung and has a reasonably high-standard of build quality. The unibody is made from a soft-touch plastic which feels premium and there's little in the way of flexing or give.

Much of the design is minimalist and there's no texture to the back panel. The shape is a little dull though, in our view, being extremely soft and rounded for such a large tablet, while the bezel is quite substantial, giving in something of a toy-like appearance.

Sony's Xperia Tablet Z is, at least, aesthetically-speaking, the polar opposite of the Nexus 10, with its highly angular corners, ultra-thin profile and a bezel, which is narrow enough to look slick but wide enough that your hold of the slate isn't compromised.

Add to this IP57 dust and water proofing certification and the lightest and thinnest 10-inch tablet bodyshell on the market and you've got a pretty neat setup.

We think Sony has done a brilliant job all round here.

Winner - Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Display

Sony's display quality is usually pretty high and the Xperia Tablet Z doesn't fail to deliver.

It has a 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen with a 1920x1200 pixel resolution resulting in a pixel density of 224 pixels-per- inch (ppi).

While that might not be the sharpest display on the market it's certainly up there as one of the better ones in terms of clarity. In other areas it does very well too thanks to the new Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology, which ensures brightness, contrast and colours are all excellent. This does come at the cost of decent viewing angles, however.

Samsung goes further here though, much further. The Nexus 10's display is the same size but uses Super PLS LCD technology and a 2560x1600 pixel resolution at 300ppi.

The clarity, colour and brightess of this screen is simply staggering, particularly on such a large scale. Put curtly: it cannot be beaten.

Winner - Nexus 10

Storage

Sony offers only one option for the Xperia Tablet Z which has 32GB internal storage and microSD support for cards up to 32GB and high-capacity up to 64GB.

The Nexus 10 has 16GB or 32GB models but neither has microSD capability.

Sony's Xperia Tablet Z has the edge when it comes to storage.

Winner - Sony Xperia Tablet Z

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