Whenever a new tablet or smartphone emerges on the scene, tech lovers and experts always compare the features and specifications of the new gadgets with currently-reigning electronic gadgets. Sony’s water and dust-resistant Xperia Z smartphone and tablet look to be two of the hottest devices on the tech market this year, as the Japanese company aims to revive its ’90s renown in the face of twenty-first century competition such as Samsung, Apple, and Google. Its latest products aim to place Sony at the top of the Android manufacturer chain. Will Sony rise to the top again? I have said in a former article that Sony’s waterproof phone and tablet will lead a technological revolution, and I still stand by this statement. Of all the smartphones and tablets I want this year, Sony’s products are at the top of the list.
Many have compared the specs of both the Xperia Z and Google’s Nexus 10 side by side and claim that Sony’s Xperia Z tablet, although impressive, does not compare to the Nexus 10 in terms of its screen resolution (1920 x 1200 vs. 2560 x 1600, respectively). The Xperia Z tablet also fails when compared to that of Google’s Nexus 10’s battery life (6000mAh versus 9000mAh, respectively). These comparisons are true and noteworthy, and some consumers may turn down or refrain from purchasing the Xperia Z tablet because it does not match up in every respect to the specs and features of the Nexus 10. However, I think that there are good reasons to purchase Sony’s latest tablet, and you should consider these reasons before you decide not to buy it.
First, let’s consider that the Xperia Z tablet has both water and dust resistance. Your tablet can get dropped in approximately 3 feet of water for 30 minutes (or 6.6 feet, as I’ve read in other sources) and survive. CNET already demonstrated at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) that Google’s Nexus 10 cannot survive under water for hardly twenty seconds (and in a shallow fish tank, for that matter). If you want a tablet that can sustain life in a water environment (say, you drop the tablet into water by accident), the last thing you want to do is pay for a device with a nice screen resolution and better battery that dies in a water drop accident.
Another reason as to why the Xperia Z tablet will be a better sell than the Nexus 10 pertains to Sony’s PlayStation game system. Google is known for producing the software for Android OS, but Android gaming (in my highest opinion) does not compare to Sony’s PlayStation or Microsoft’s Xbox. I love Android smartphones, but the Android gaming experience could use some work. If you disagree with me and love the gaming experience, then fine. For me at least, Xbox and PlayStation are far more favored as gaming systems than that of Android. In fact, the famous Android site known as “Android Authority” chose Apple’s iPad as a better tablet than Android tablets — which is a bad sign when an Android site favors the iOS tablet over the Android tablets.
Screen resolution and battery life are significant, battery life more so than screen resolution when you travel and may not have immediate access to a battery recharge supply. At the same time, having a tablet that survives the elements of dirt, dust, and rain is just as important as a tablet with long battery life. No tablet or smartphone is perfect, but it is always best to prefer durability over screen resolution and battery as a first priority.