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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Review: The best premium tablets to buy for early 2015


With festivities like Christmas,New Year & holiday season round the corner, RT presents you a complete review of the premium tablets to watch out for and the one which is best for you. We shall be discussing about Apple’s iPad Air 2, Google’s Nexus 9 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet in this post.

The premium Tablet at glance

iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9 vs Xperia Z3 Tablet Overview

Lets get into some basics of each of the tablet mentioned above.

End to End Cheat-Sheet on 3 Premium Tablet Brands

iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9 vs Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: Design

Three veteran tablets sports their own unique design. The Nexus 9 bears a more subtle and fine finish, and comes with a silver trim, the iPad Air 2 on other hand comes with a metallic gloss that looks really premium. Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, comes with a Sony’s circular power button and straight build.
The high end performances at large

For compactness lovers, your can rely on the Sony Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact. It’s the neatest tab that sports an 8-inch screen, which is a lot smaller than the 8.9-inch Nexus 9 & iPad 2 Air. It also super lightweight i.e. 270g (compared with around 430g for the other two tablets), hence you can hold it for a long time in single hand and can conveniently travel holding in public transport like buses, trains, metro or tubes. To add cherry on pie – Z3 is water resistant which makes it unique in this class.

iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9 vs Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: Entertainment 

All three tablets bears colorful, crisp & sharp screens, hence apt for watching a HD movie or just browsing your photo gallery. While the Nexus 9 and iPad Air 2 comes with a ‘ near-square’ 4:3 aspect ratio, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a widescreen, thanks to its size which makes it best again for watching movies, as you get minimal letterboxing effect. On other hand iPad Air 2 and Nexus 9 are apps and web browsing friendly.

Read more: Nexus 9 review

Xperia Z3 Tablet also comes with Sony’s X-Reality tech, that sharpens any image and boosts the colors and hence any HD movie is fun watching on this Tab. In case you widely use Tab in noisy environment, we recommend you to use Sony’s compatible headset that successfully cancels out irritating traffic noise and screaming kids etc or your noisy wife – ahh just kidding.
One unique quality of Z3 is that it is the only tablet which has expandability feature. The microSD memory card slot allows you to increase your storage upto 128GB extra.


iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9 vs Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: The OS

The Nexus 9 is your device if you have multiple users of it at your home or work as this is first tablet in the world to be powered by Google Android Lollipop which allows you to set up multiple users. It also allows you to become and act like system admin by setting selected apps each user has access to and password protect each account, to keep your data, emails and photos safe.

The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will also be getting an upgrade to Lollipop soon, so if you have patience, you may wait for some time.

iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9 vs Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: Gaming Experience

Gaming enthusiasts will love the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact & iPad Air 2 over Nexus 9. Apple’s App Store is mecca for brilliant games, some of them are missing from Google Play store as well. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has Remote Play, which still allows you to stream games from your PS4 console, using your Dual Shock controller via Bluetooth. That’s a cool thing to have.
One other hand though the Nexus 9 sports a powerful the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor which is awesome to have but most of the apps/games are still not supported by it. We believe Google shall be working hard to resolve this issue as this is a premium tablet from them and would not want to draw negative attention.

iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9 vs Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: Battery performance

iPad Air 2 is going to be a safe bet if you are largely a mobile person travelling from one location to another or frequent traveler. It gives an impressive ten hours of movie streaming on a single charge, compared with the six hours by Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Nexus 9. All three tablets sports 4G LTE, so you can use it without a need of a WiFi if you have a Sim with data plan.

Nexus 9 vs iPad Air 2 vs Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: Camera Quality

No body clicks pictures with 8 inch big device but we see lot of us still do. Without saying iPad Air 2 features the best camera amongst three of them.
All three tablets have comes with fairly good front-facing cameras to cater your selfie & video-chat needs.

iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9 vs Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: General observation & Verdict

For app-lovers & frequent travelers (long travel) – the iPad Air 2 is perfect fit. If you’re looking for portability/ movie/ PS4 gamer-  Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet is your safe bet. If you are #Android Junkie you will consider the Nexus 9.

To buy the following - click on the pictures
Nexus 9
iPad Air 2

Sony Z3 Compact

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