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The best tablet of 2014: Apple vs Sony vs Samsung

Tony Ibrahim | May 26, 2014
Savage competition has seen the gap separating Apple's iPad from a slew of Android tablets close. Ambassadors of Android, particularly Samsung and Sony, have learnt how to couple the refined OS with capable hardware. The result: better products for less. This comparison takes the two most competitive tablets, Samsung's Galaxy NotePro 12.2 and Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet, and measures how they stand next to Apple's iPad Air.

Samsung's Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is a fantastic tablet, but its 12.2-inch size and its exorbitant price tag precludes it from being the tablet of choice for the masses. This is a niche product that wouldn't bode well with most people.

Sony and Apple's slates will be the tablets most people gravitate towards. Just a year ago this would've been a no brainer; Apple's iPad would've won hands down. The fact Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet can go punch-for-punch with the mighty Apple is a testament to Sony's rapid rate of innovation. The Z2 Tablet is thinner, lighter and more durable, but picking between these two tablets isn't a binary choice.

Each of these tablets are as good as each other: if you're a fan of Apple's ecosystem, buy the iPad Air -- you'll love it. If you're a fan of open-source anything, buy the Xperia Z2 Tablet -- you'll love it just as much.

 

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