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Sony Xperia Z4

Sony Xperia Z4


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Nvidia Shield Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 inch(2014)
Sony Xperia Z4
Google Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet (32GB, LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9" (2014)
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Release Date
May 2015
Nov 2014
Sep 2014
Aug 2014
Oct 2014
Operating System
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat - customized)
Digital Camera
8.1 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
5 MP,2592 x 1944 pixels,autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Display
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size
2560 x 1600, 2560 x 1600
1536 x 2048
1920 x 1200
1600 x 2560
2560 x 1600
Screen Size(Diagonal)
10.1 inch
8.9 inch
8.0 inch
8.4 inch
8.9 inch
Weight
0.86 lb.
0.93 lb.
0.85 lb.
0.64 lb.
0.82 lb.
Front Webcam Resolution
5.1 MP
1.6 MP
5.0 MP
2.1 MP

  • - The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet has all the style, power and stunning screen quality necessary to make it a true iPad Air 2 rival.
    - Battery drain is particularly bad when using the camera.
    - The trackpad is tiny, too, and therefore unpleasant to use.
    - All in all, it’s an outstanding display that’s ideal for watching high-quality movies and playing complex games.


  • Sony's Xperia Z4 Tablet is a fantastic Android device lumbered with a pointless keyboard dock. If you can pick one up alone, it might be the perfect tablet for you, but it's too expensive to recommend with the dock included.


  • The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is a seriously impressive device and easily one of the best tablets we've ever tested. The design is astonishingly thin and light and the waterproofing with only the need for one cover is a bonus. This topped with excellent hardware, performance and software means we can barely fault it. However, the fact Sony bundles it with the Bluetooth keyboard with no option to buy it alone means that it's more expensive than rivals. We feel it's a 9/10 products but we've no choice but to mark the value score lower.


  • The Nexus 9 is a well-built Android tablet with a powerful processor, and it'll always be the first to get the latest Google OS updates.


  • The Nexus 9 is a powerful, handy tablet that’s fun to use, but it feels a little more like a suggested starting point for other manufacturers than a device that’ll stick on our most wanted list for 18 months.


  • Google Nexus 9 is an 8.9-inch upgrade to last year's Nexus 7 and a great introduction to Android Lollipop. It just doesn't measure up to the iPad Air 2 in more ways than one.


  • If you need a tablet with always-on connectivity, the Nvidia Shield Tablet should be at the top of your list whether you use it for gaming or not.


  • At first I was pretty skeptical of the Shield Tablet's appeal. I knew Nvidia could make a powerful slate, but could it truly satisfy its niche? Based on my testing, the company has found a way to harness the Tegra K1's muscle to take mobile gaming to the next level. The PC streaming capabilities are especially satisfying, although it works only within the home (for now) and only if your PC meets Nvidia's standards.


  • A brilliant gaming tablet that offers features no rival can touch. If you love gaming this is the tablet for you.


  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 tablet has supremely elegant hardware, a beautiful display, and fast Android performance.


  • The fingerprint reader is naff and some of Samsung’s software features miss the mark, but the screen is great it’s the perfect size for toting around with you everywhere.


  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is one of the best Android tablets we've ever reviewed. In terms of hardware it's the best you can buy right now and has a superbly thin and light design. There's very little to dislike here aside from some elements of the TouchWiz software and the higher price compared to Android rivals (the iPad mini 2 is the obvious alternative if you're not set on Android).


  • The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" is the simplest-to-use high-quality, large-screen tablet, with built-in, on-demand tech support. And it's the best choice for handling your Amazon content.


  • Impressive battery life and comprehensive parental controls are just a couple of great reasons to buy the $379 Fire HDX 8.9. The high-resolution display is stunning, and you get fast performance and a suite of exclusive features for getting the most out of Amazon's vast library of content. On the other hand, you won't get the full Google Play app store and the base model of 16GB doesn't offer enough onboard storage.


  • The new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 sticks with much of the same great hardware but with a few improvements that make it a fantastic tablet for video and reading. Its only downfall is an operating system that still needs some fine-tuning.
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