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Comparing Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet to iPad Air as Apple reports iPad sales decline

Sony recently introduced the Xperia Z2 tablet, a great looking Android device that arrived as Apple reported a decline in iPad sales for the most recent quarter. Reacting to Apple's earnings release that showed the iPad sales decline, a CBSNews.com article dated July 28 asked whether Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent statement that he does 80% of his work on his iPad is a method of working that will carry over to other office workers in the foreseeable future. Clearly most office workers were not buying new iPads last quarter when sales declined. CBS concludes that most people aren't buying iPads for use at work because they still need Microsoft Office and they need real keyboards. Huffingtonpost.com offers another explanation: people are buying Android tablets because they cost half as much as iPads.

Sony introduced the Xperia smartphone in January, 2014, at Computer Electronics Show in San Diego. The Xperia tablet appeared alongside.
Sony introduced the Xperia smartphone in January, 2014, at Computer Electronics Show in San Diego. The Xperia tablet appeared alongside.
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Sony Xperia Z2 tablet above iPad Air: Photo shows the difference in screen sizes.The Xperia is a standard Android 10.1 inch size while the iPad Air is Apple's standard 9.7 inch screen.
Sony Xperia Z2 tablet above iPad Air: Photo shows the difference in screen sizes.The Xperia is a standard Android 10.1 inch size while the iPad Air is Apple's standard 9.7 inch screen.
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Sony's new Xperia Z2 tablet is a great Android tablet though it costs as much as an iPad and still doesn't have a real keyboard or come with price breaks for Microsoft Office. The Xperia Z2 performed well in this writer's recent hands-on review and it is likely its price will decrease faster than iPad prices do. Here are a few points of interest comparing the newly released Sony Xperia R2 tablet to the latest iPad, the iPad Air, introduced in October, 2013.

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 uses a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. It has 3 gigabytes of memory, along with a graphics processor, the Graphics Adreno 330 GPU. Sony Xperia Z2 comes with either 16 or 32 gigabytes of storage and that storage can grow later if needed: Xperia Z2 allows the buyer to add memory cards with up to 64 gigabytes more storage. For comparison, the Apple iPad Air uses an ARM v8-based Cyclone A7 processor. The iPad Air comes in four storage capacity options, 16, 32, 64 or 128 gigabytes. The price increases $100 with each increase in storage size, and iPads are not designed for the buyer to upgrade storage later.

Sony Xperia Z2 uses a typical Android-sized 10.1 inch screen. The display has 1920 by 1080 pixels which is 224 pixels per inch. That's less pixels per inch than the iPad Air, which provides 2048×1536 pixels, or 264 pixels per inch. The iPad has a 9.7 inch screen that's squarer than the Android screen; check the photo attached to this article for a view of the two screens.

Xperia features an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2.2 megapixel front camera. The iPad offers less camera power than Xperia: iPad has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.2 MP front facing camera.

Sony Xperia Z2 weighs 439 grams and it's 6.4 mm thick. The iPad Air is 7.5 mm thick and weighs 469 grams. So the Xperia is thinner and lighter but the difference not really noticeable.

The Sony Xperia Z2 tablet costs: $499.99 with 2-year Verizon commitment, or $599.99 without a commitment, or $29.99 per month for 20 months on a Verizon zero down plan. The iPad Air prices are very similar for a device with Verizon service; the list price is higher, but Verizon can usually come up with a tablet deal for anyone signing up for a new Verizon service plan. Now that iPad Air is nine months old, there should be deals out there for them; still, iPad Air price reductions are few and far between. For more on the specs check Streetwisetech's article comparing the Sony Xperia Z2 to the iPad Air.

If you're really making a decision between these the Xperia and iPad Air, you will probably decide based on the operating system. While both systems accomplish the same work, Android's look and feel is very different from Apple's iOS. Most people will choose the operating system they have used most in the past. Still, the advantages of Sony's Xperia Z2 tablet are that it has a newer processor, it allows upgrade via an inexpensive memory card, it has better cameras and it's a little thinner and lighter than iPad Air. Advantages of iPad Air are that it has more pixels in its display and a higher-powered battery. Check the video attached to this article for a view of the Xperia Z2.