Google Nexus 10 vs Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Gaming Performance, Benchmarks and Battery Life

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Google Nexus 10 vs Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Gaming Performance, Benchmarks and Battery LifeFrom all 10-inch tablets out there on the market, I think there is a few tablets that manage to make me really impressed. Google Nexus 10 is definitely one of them.

And this really contradicts with another tablet that will be pitted side-by-side with this Google’s tablet in this comparison review, Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

I mean, compared to Google Nexus 10 that literally has everything that people want (like a gorgeous display, a fast performance, ergonomic design, great cameras, long lasting battery life and powerful gaming performance), Sony Xperia Tablet Z is still plagued with many problems that totally holds it back from being an amazing tablet like Google Nexus 10.

And that’s a shame because Sony Xperia Tablet Z was launched around 6 months after Google Nexus 10 got debuted by Google in its own HQ in Mountain View.

So this Sony’s tablet was supposedly better in many aspects given that this Sony's device was a newer-gen tablet than Google Nexus 10.

Google Nexus 10 vs Sony Xperia Tablet Z benchmarks and gaming performance

That’s the real reason why today I’m really excited to put these 2 tablets in the same ring and see how they fare against each other especially in terms of gaming performance.

Well, I know that Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z are flagship quality tablets from both manufacturers and they are clearly great performers especially for gaming, but I also want to compare every aspect of both devices to show which one is the best in this review.

Well, if you’re also interested to learn more about my comparison between these 2 devices, as well as my take on their gaming performances, then here check this one out, my comparison review between Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

Enjoy!

Introduction

From all the Nexus tablets released by Google (of course!), in my opinion, I think Google Nexus 10 has still been my favorite tablet in the Nexus family.

I don’t know, there’s something about this device that makes it so timeless that it can still compete against other flagship tablets on the market even in the next few years to come.

I mean, if we look at the spec sheet of this tablet, I think Google Nexus 10 never gets old with its hardware and in fact, it's still on par with some of the current flagship tablets around today’s tablet market.

For example is its display.

As you know already, Google Nexus 10 is packing a 10-inch screen sporting the super-sharp 2560x1600 pixels resolution, or known as 2.5K display.

And I think that is already impressive especially when knowing that this device was released in 2013, the year where most of 10-inch tablets back then were still struggling to adopt 1080p screens (1920x1200 pixels).

So not only did this screen make Google Nexus 10 the world’s first tablet shipping with 2.5K display in 2013, but it also put it on the same level even with newer-gen flagship tablets like iPad Air 2, Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 or its own sibling, Google Nexus 9.

It also happens on many sectors of this Google Nexus 10, like its gaming performance, battery life, cameras and even design, that are still considered as top notch even in today's tablet market.

Unfortunately, Sony Xperia Tablet Z is on the other side of the road.

Unlike Google Nexus 10 that is so impressive on many sectors, Sony Xperia Tablet Z surprisingly brings a lot of disappointments especially for many of its users.

I’m not saying that this Sony’s tablet is horrible at best.

But according to many reviews I’ve seen on YouTube, Sony Xperia Tablet Z is plagued with many problems and issues, mostly on its display.

The good thing though, there’s still one thing that makes Sony Xperia Tablet Z special even compared to Google Nexus 10.

And that is its capability of swimming inside the water for 30 minutes thanks to its IP57 dust and water resistant certification.

But there are still some questions floating in the air.

With all of the great stuff found on both tablets: Which one between Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z that has what it takes to be the best gaming tablet in this review?

Which one is the better tablet in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to grab any of these tablets, especially for gaming?

Well, we’re about to find out the answers of these questions right at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around!

Design

Just like Apple with its iPad, I think Sony with its Xperia tablets never made significant changes to the designs of its tablets. Sony Xperia Tablet Z is no exception.

This tablet still has that boxy and sharp looking design all over the side, layered in dark-themed concept.

There’s nothing wrong with this design. In fact, I always like the designs of Sony Xperia tablets.

I mean, they all look premium and they also have their own characteristics that make them totally stand out compared to other 10-inch tablets out there - which is a good thing.

The same story actually also happens to Google Nexus 10.

It looks really unique compared to other tablets on the market and its matte finish also feels really comfortable to hold in the hands, as told by some tech reviewers on YouTube (MKBHD).

I also kind of like the rounded rectangular design all around the side of this device.

It looks nothing like other 10-inch tablets out there that mostly are really flat and generic just like the other regular Android counterparts on tablet market.

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Google Nexus 10Sony Xperia Tablet Z
October 2012
10.1 inch Super PLS TFT 2560 x 1600 pixels (~299 ppi pixel density) 16M colors
Android OS v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat) and Lollipop
Dual-core Exynos 5250 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15
2 GB RAM
Mali-T604 GPU
5 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash
1.9 MP front-facing camera
No MicroSD card slot
16/32 GB Internal storage
No Radio
GPS
No Java
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
NFC
USB
Bluetooth
Infrared Yes
Non-removable Li-Po 9000 mAh battery
Micro-SIM
Released May 2013
IP57 certified - dust proof and water resistant
10.1 inch LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen 1200 x 1920 pixels (~224 ppi pixel density) 16M colors
Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
16 GB Internal storage
2 GB RAM
Wi-Fi 802.11
Bluetooth v4.0
NFC
Infrared
microUSB v2.0
8.1 MP rear-facing camera
2.2 MP front-facing camera (1080p@30fps video recording)
Android OS planned upgrade to KitKat
Quad-core 1.5 GHz KraitQualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 Chipset
Adreno 320 GPU
Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
HTML5 Browser
Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS
Java MIDP emulator
Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery
Battery life for Up to 1270 hours (3G) Stand-by
Battery life for Up to 10 hours (multimedia) Talk time
Battery life for Up to 110 hours Music play

As 2 flagship tablets from both companies, of course Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z are perfectly prepared when it comes to hardware specs.

And it’s shown perfectly right from their displays, processors, GPUs, size of RAM and some other more.

Under the hood, Google Nexus 10 features an Exynos 5250 dual-core processor, coupled with Mali T604 GPU. Not to mention, a huge 2GB of RAM is armed on this device to ensure its smooth performance especially in multitasking.

On paper, the processor inside Google Nexus 10, which only has 2 cores, probably looks less superior than Sony Xperia Tablet Z with its quad-core processor.

However, in the real world performance, it’s actually Google’s tablet that has the edge here than Sony’s slate, especially for gaming.

But overall, both tablets are equally great for gaming. And that’s for sure.

Besides the performance, Google Nexus 10 is also on the slightly higher level than Sony Xperia Tablet Z in the display department.

And that can be seen from its 10.1-inch display which is sporting way higher-resolution screen (2560x1600 pixels) than the one found on Sony Xperia Tablet Z (1920x1200 pixels).

And as you know, higher resolution displays usually require really powerful performance to execute all those crazy pixels with no lag, which is why I think Google Nexus 10 has more superior CPU and GPU than Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

Anyway, the rest of the spec sheet of Google Nexus 10 also looks really promising.

It has 2GB of RAM, 5MP camera on the back with LED flash, plus the other 1.9MP shooter on the front, NFC (for doing mobile payments), promised software updates to Lollipop and a huge 9000mAh battery inside.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z also looks great in terms of specs. In fact, there are some sectors on this Sony's device that are better than the ones found on Google Nexus 10.

It features 2GB of RAM, 8.1MP rear facing camera, 2.2MP front-facing camera, 6000mAh battery, expandable storage via microSD card slot for up to 64GB, cellular connectivity through micro SIM slot, NFC and of course, the IP57 certification for dust and water resistant capability.

Screen

The screens of both tablets are actually the one that I’m really interested to talk about here in this comparison review.

And that’s because I’ve seen a lot the video reviews on YouTube concerning the displays of both Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

But let me start first with Google’s tablet.

Okay, if we talk about screen sharpness, of course Google Nexus 10 is the one that comes out as the winner here against Sony Xperia Tablet Z in this review.

It has a much higher-resolution screen and it’s also amazing in both sharpness plus overall quality like color saturation, viewing angle, etc.

As the name of this tablet suggests, Google Nexus 10 comes with a 10.1-inch display. But its resolution is actually the one that steals the thunder here in this review.

So the 10.1-inch screen of this tablet is sporting the 2560x1600 pixels resolution, which is insanely sharp and it’s way higher than the 1080p display on Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

But it’s not just on paper. It’s also in overall quality.

So according to what I’ve seen on YouTube (Chris Nacca/Oode), the display of Google Nexus 10 looks really gorgeous.

Its viewing angle is great, the sharpness is exquisite and the saturation of the colors is just amazing.

It’s basically similar just like the Super AMOLED displays that Samsung usually uses on many of its flagship devices, although Google Nexus 10 doesn’t use Super AMOLED screen.

So this really makes watching movies, checking out photos, browsing the web or even playing games more pleasing to do on Google Nexus 10 because everything that you throw on the screen, especially that has plenty of colors in it, looks really gorgeous and vivid.

Unfortunately, the same story doesn’t happen to Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

So according to some reviews on YouTube, the screen of Sony Xperia Tablet Z is not as nice looking as other flagship tablets on the market like iPad Air and of course, Google Nexus 10, especially in terms of color saturation and viewing angle.

This actually is pretty similar with what happens on the smartphone model of this tablet, Sony Xperia Z smartphone, released before the tablet version came out.

So according to some reviews on the net and YouTube, the screen of this smartphone looks kind of washed out, its viewing angle is not that good (especially for a flagship smartphone) and it also doesn’t have great color saturation, although it’s still got the sharpness there.

I’m not saying that the display of Sony Xperia Tablet Z is really horrible, but it’s just not up to par with other flagship tablets on the market, especially when we knew that Sony Xperia Tablet Z was one expensive tablet when it first came out in 2013 (around $600 if I'm not mistaken).

So this is why, if you’re looking for a tablet with a great display, I recommend you to pick up Google Nexus 10.

But if you still want to stick with Sony Xperia Tablet Z, I strongly recommend you to get the second-gen model - Sony Xperia Tablet Z2, as this version brings some major improvements mostly on the screen.

User Interface

On software side, these 2 tablets fall in two entirely different categories here.

So Google Nexus 10 still keeps the tradition going with the pure stock Android UI without any customizations at all from the manufacturer, or in this case, Samsung.

It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but it's upgradable to Lollipop.

So basically, you will get all the features and visual interface that are already in the standard version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, like Google Now, Project Butter, Google Voice Command, etc.

And given that Google Nexus 10 is upgradeable to Android 5.1 Lollipop, then you can expect this tablet to have almost all the features and visual interface of the latest Lollipop update.

And much even better, this Lollipop OS also brings a lot of improvements in battery life, so I believe it’s gonna make this tablet last much even longer with its huge 9000mAh battery.

Meanwhile, Sony Xperia Tablet Z is definitely the opposite with Google’s tablet. It comes pre-installed with heavily-customized UI from Sony.

So not only does it have more attractive visual interface than the stock Android UI on Google Nexus 10, but it also brings a lot of new features and apps that surely improve the experience of using this tablet.

The good thing is, Sony Xperia Tablet Z is powered by an adequate processor to run on this heavily-customized UI.

So you can still enjoy all of the sophisticated looks found on its UI in smooth and lag-free performance, even when opening many apps at once, thanks to its 2GB of RAM.

Not to mention, Sony Xperia Tablet Z is also upgradeable to the latest and greatest Android 5.1 Lollipop just like Google Nexus 10.

So I believe it will have way better looking UI and more efficient battery life when it's got the Lollipop update in the future.

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Gaming has been one of the most favorite things to do on most of tablets, even until today.

And that’s clearly because tablets, even the basic 7-inch tablets, provide users with a much bigger screen real estate to play their favorite games more comfortably.

This surely improves the experience of playing gaming itself, more than playing games on the smartphones (although smartphones with 5-inch display are still pretty ideal for playing games).

So pressing the on-screen virtual buttons is much easier and everything in the game looks bigger and clearer to see than on the ‘tiny’ smartphones.

And that’s exactly what you’re gonna get if you buy either Google Nexus 10 or Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

However, if we go much deeper into their gaming performances, then we can clearly see the huge differences between these 2 devices.

So Google Nexus 10 is powered by a dual-core Exynos 5250 processor based on ARM Cortex-A15 with the clock speed of 1.7GHz per core.

Meanwhile, Sony Xperia Tablet Z comes with more cores on its quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, which looks more superior on paper.

However, in the real world performance, they both actually are on the same page when used as a gaming device.

So basically, some graphics-intense games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8: Airborne, NOVA 3, GTA Vice City or Dead Trigger will run perfectly and smoothly even in highest graphics setting, as seen on YouTube.

According to some benchmark tests held by some various tech sites on the web, I found that Sony Xperia Tablet Z is more superior than Google Nexus 10 specifically in Antutu v.3 benchmark test, scoring over 20.197 points, which is significantly higher than the 13.563 points reached by Google Nexus 10.

But Sony Xperia Tablet Z’s achievement in this test is still blown out of the water by Google Nexus 9 with insanely high 56836 points, thanks to Nvidia Tegra K1 processor.

Surprisingly, in Geekbench 2 32-bit benchmark test, Google Nexus 10 managed to kick Sony Xperia Tablet Z in the butt with 2591 point, as opposed to the 2065 points reached by Sony’s tablet.

And this benchmark test showed how powerful Google Nexus 10 compared to Sony Xperia Tablet Z in performance.

But of course, we cannot judge their performances straightly from these benchmark tests because there are many other variables like UI, screen resolution or amount of bloatwares in the system that must also be taken into account to see exactly how they go in performance against each other.

I mean, Google Nexus 10 comes with pure stock Android UI, which obviously doesn’t use a lot of stuff in its system, as opposed to Sony Xperia Tablet Z that has a lot going on in its system like heavily-customized visual interface, added features and many more.

And not to mention, the way their memory managements work is definitely different here between these 2 devices.

I mean, Google Nexus 10 with its simple stock Android UI is definitely more efficient with the use of RAM than Sony Xperia Tablet Z, especially when opening and closing apps or tasks.

However, despite using the ‘light-weight’ UI, Google Nexus 10 is actually tasked with a much heavier burden than Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

And that’s because this Google’s tablet is sporting a much higher resolution display (2560x1600 pixels) than the one found on Sony Xperia Tablet Z (1920x1200 pixels).

And this has significant impact either to the performance or battery life simply because the display of Google Nexus 10 has a lot more pixels to execute than the screen of Sony Xperia Tablet Z, which is gonna drain a lot of power from its battery.

But the good thing is, Google Nexus 10 is using a simple stock Android UI and it’s also powered by a huge battery capacity (9000mAh).

And these 2 things really help a lot to keep this tablet last very long in battery life, even in heavy use.

Anyway, back to gaming performance.

So both Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z are great and powerful gaming tablets.

However, between these 2 devices, I’ve gotta say that Google Nexus 10 is the one that will come out as the winner here because this tablet, in my opinion, has more horsepower than Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

But even so, there’s still one thing that, in my opinion, really holds back Google Nexus 10 from being a great gaming tablet.

And that is the absence of microSD card slot, which is nowhere to be found on this Google’s tablet.

Meanwhile, Sony Xperia Tablet Z is of course, equipped with microSD card slot for up to 64GB to accompany its internal storage.

So you can literally install as many games as you want on this device without worrying about running out of storage space.

On the other hand, Google Nexus 10 which is available in 2 storage options, 16GB and 32GB, is probably not huge enough to keep many of your favorite 3D games because today’s Android games, especially the heavy ones, usually consume a lot of space around 1GB to even 3GB.

So if you decide to pick the basic 16GB model, which only provides around 11GB of free storage, you must be willing to always delete the existing games in order to install the new ones.

Even so, in my opinion, I think Google Nexus 10 is still more superior than Sony Xperia Tablet Z as far as gaming performance is concerned.

It may not have the microSD card slot, but with its powerful hardware and super-sharp 2.5k display, not to mention, huge capacity of battery, I believe Google Nexus 10 has all what it takes to be a great gaming tablet.

It handles almost all graphics-intense games in buttery smooth performance and of course, if full highest graphics.

And it’s also very good with its battery life, which enables you to play games even in long hours.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about their gaming performances, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Cameras

On the sector of photography, both Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z are so well equipped with their cameras.

So if you love taking photos or recording high-quality videos, then you’re on the right track here if you choose any of these devices.

Google Nexus 10 features a 5MP rear-facing camera as well as a 1.9MP camera on the front to do selfies or video calls.

The good thing is, LED flash is there to be found on the rear-camera of Google Nexus 10.

So whenever you want to take photos/videos at night where the lighting conditions are not ideal, you can still count on this LED flash to help you improve the quality of the photos or videos.

Meanwhile, Sony Xperia Tablet Z looks shinier than Google’s tablet with more megapixel count on its 8.1MP rear camera and 2.2MP front-camera.

I know that megapixel count doesn’t have anything to do with the quality of the photos.

However, given Sony’s years of experience in camera department of its devices and digital cameras, not to mention Sony’s role as the supplier of camera sensors for many manufacturers including Apple and Samsung, then it’s safe to say that the cameras of Sony Xperia Tablet Z are gonna be good in quality and sharpness.

Unfortunately, according to some reviews on YouTube, the camera quality of this tablet is pretty similar with its sibling, Sony Xperia Z smartphone, which is not that good especially compared to many flagship devices on the market like iPad or Samsung high-end tablets.

Not to mention, as I’ve mentioned above already, just like the smartphone model, the display of Sony Xperia Tablet Z looks really washed out and its viewing angle is also disappointing.

So checking out photos or videos directly on its screen is definitely not a pleasing experience to users.

On the other hand, the cameras of Google Nexus 10, especially the rear one, as I’ve seen on YouTube, are no doubt really good, either in sharpness or overall quality, especially when taking micro shots.

The photos look crisp, the colors look popping out and the sharpness of every object is exquisite.

And thank to its gorgeous and super-sharp 2.5k display, the experience of checking out photos or videos on this tablet is surely more enjoyable and satisfying than on Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

And Google Nexus 10 also has an LED flash, which is nowhere to be found on Sony Xperia Tablet Z. So if you love taking shots at night with minimum amount of lighting, then you can totally count on its camera.

But it’s worth noting that Sony Xperia Tablet Z got that IP57 certification that allows this tablet to swim inside the water in the depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes.

So you can literally take photos or record videos inside the water with this Sony's device, which is something that you cannot do with Google Nexus 10.

Battery Life

You probably remember one famous quote from the Spiderman movie (the one with Tobey McGuire in it), when Uncle Ben said: “With great power, comes great responsibility,” to Peter Parker.

Well, I think this is what exactly happens here to Google Nexus 10.

So Google Nexus 10, as mentioned above many times, comes with a 10.1-inch display sporting an insanely sharp 2560x1600 pixels resolution (known as 2.5K resolution), which crams a lot of pixels on its screen.

And the kind of resolution that this tablet adopts is definitely gonna squeeze a lot of juice from its battery given a huge amount of pixels on its screen that must be executed by its processor.

But luckily, Samsung, the one that manufactures this Google’s tablet, is well prepared about that issue.

So besides having powerful processor and adequate GPU to handle its super-sharp display, Google Nexus 10 is also equipped with a really huge 9000mAh battery, which is one of the biggest battery capacities found on tablet market, even until today.

And by using this huge battery, of course Google Nexus 10 can last all day long without needing to recharge during the day, even with its insanely sharp display.

And this is why the battery benchmark test showed that this device could last in 8 hours and 49 minutes in moderate use, which is really impressive for a huge 10.1-inch tablet with insanely high resolution screen.

Meanwhile, Sony Xperia Tablet Z is powered by a 6000mAh battery inside, which is way smaller than the one found inside Google Nexus 10.

So it’s not surprising if this tablet is only able to survive around 6 hours for browsing the net with WiFi in minimum brightness.

However, this is actually as expected because Sony Xperia Tablet Z, first of all, comes pre-installed with heavy-customized UI along with all of the new pre-loaded apps and features.

And all of this drains a lot of power from its battery.

Okay, it may only come with full HD 1080p display, which is lower than the one found on Google’s tablet, but with smaller battery and heavy UI, this really contributes to its shorter battery life, especially compared to Google Nexus 10.

But even so, according to GSMarena, Sony Xperia Tablet Z still has some impressive battery life: 10 hours for enjoying multimedia contents or talk time, 110 hours for music play and a significantly higher 1270 hours for 3G stand by.

And this shows that Sony Xperia Tablet Z can be a really great device for enjoying media contents like movies, books, music or games.

My Personal Opinions

Bottom line, between Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z, I’ve gotta say that both tablets really impress me a lot. I mean, each of these tablets has their own strengths as well as weaknesses.

Google Nexus 10 has its 2.5K display, while Sony Xperia Tablet Z has the IP57 certification for dust-and water resistance, which has become popular to use on today’s flagship devices.

And they both are also really great for enjoying media contents like movies, music, books, games and browsing the web.

They have high-grade hardware specs, they have great designs and pretty much everything about these 2 tablets is amazing.

However, there is something that holds back both devices from being perfect all-around tablets.

First, let me start with Google Nexus 10.

Okay, this Google’s tablet looks really awesome both in design and spec sheet.

This tablet is really comfortable to hold with soft-touch matte finish and it’s also got almost everything that you demand from a great powerful flagship tablet: a super-sharp display, great cameras, long-lasting battery life and powerful gaming performance.

Yes, you got all of that on Google Nexus 10.

However, there is still something that keeps bugging me about this tablet. And that is the absence of microSD card slot.

So similar just like the rest of Google Nexus devices, Google Nexus 10 is no exception, not equipped with expandable storage.

And you only have 2 choices of models when buying this tablet: either the 16GB or the 32GB variant.

Of course, if you pick up the biggest 32GB model, there’s no need for you to worry about running out of storage space.

However, if you get the basic 16GB model, which only provides you free available storage around 12/11GB (while the other 5GB is for the system), then you have a very limited storage to keep all of your favorite movies, music and especially games on this device.

And that is not gonna happen if you buy Sony Xperia Tablet Z as this tablet supports the expandable storage via microSD card for up to 64GB.

But then again, Sony Xperia Tablet Z is still plagued with some issues like its mediocre quality display, which has bad viewing angle and looks washed out.

Not to mention, this Sony’s tablet is only packing a lower-resolution 1080p display, as opposed to the 10.1-inch screen of Google Nexus 10 that is sporting way higher 2560x1600 pixels resolution.

So everything on the screen of Google Nexus 10 undoubtedly looks much even sharper and more crisp with well-saturated colors.

And don’t you forget about the huge 9000mAh battery found inside Google Nexus 10 that will surely deliver much longer battery life to this tablet, even in heavy use.

To be honest, if I have to choose, I will definitely go with the Google Nexus 10 as this tablet has everything that I want from a great media-consumptive tablet.

But at the end of the day, the decision of you to buy any of these tablets will come down to your personal preference and needs.

I mean, if you want to get a great media-consumption tablet to watch movies, listen to music, play games and browse the web, then Sony Xperia Tablet Z is still a great buy for you.

And it also got that water-and-dust resistant capability, which is kind of nice.

However, if you’re looking for a powerful gaming tablet that is also great to watch movies, browse the web, listen to music and take photos/videos, then Google Nexus 10 is without a doubt, the one for you.

But it’s worth mentioning that Google Nexus 10 has NO microSD card slot, while Sony Xperia Tablet Z has it for up to 64GB.

So if you intend to use your tablet mostly for watching movies and gaming, then you should either pick up the 32GB model of Google Nexus 10. Or otherwise, buy the Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

Anyway, we’re finally here at the end of this comparison review. So I think it is the best time to answer some of the questions I’ve previously asked above.

With all of the great stuff found on both tablets: Which one between Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z that has what it takes to be the best gaming tablet in this review?

Between these 2 tablets, I think both devices are equally great for playing games.

Google Nexus 10 has a powerful Mali T604 GPU, while Sony Xperia Tablet Z also looks powerful with its Adreno 320.

However, if I have to choose, I think I will go with Google Nexus 10 as the best gaming tablet in this review.

The reasons are: Google Nexus 10 has a much sharper and more gorgeous looking display than Sony Xperia Tablet Z. So playing games is definitely more awesome on this Google’s tablet than on Sony’s device.

And also, Google Nexus 10 has a better longer battery life, thanks to the use of stock Android UI and its huge 9000mAh battery.

Not to mention, this Google’s tablet is also more superior in gaming performance than Sony Xperia Tablet Z. So you can make no mistake if you buy this tablet for playing games.

Which one is the better tablet in the whole aspect?

I think Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z both deserve to take the crown here as the best tablets in the whole aspect in this review.

And it’s clearly because both of these devices are really impressive when it comes to spec sheet.

However, there are 3 things that make Sony Xperia Tablet Z better than Google Nexus 10: microSD card slot for up to 64GB, 4G LTE connectivity and IP57 certification that allows this tablet to swim inside the water for 30 minutes.

And you cannot find any of these features on Google Nexus 10.

But overall, both Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z are equally great tablets to enjoy media entertainment contents and even play games.

Is it worth it to grab any of these tablets, especially for gaming?

Yes, totally. Google Nexus 10 with its Mediatek MTK8125 processor and Mali T604 GPU is really powerful to handle some of the latest and most graphically demanding games on the market right now.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z is also really great in gaming performance, all thanks to its Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and Adreno 320 found embedded inside this device.

And these 2 tablets are also impressive in battery life. So you can totally count on any of these devices to accommodate your hobby of playing games in long hours.

But if you want a more powerful gaming device, you can also switch to other options like Google Nexus 9, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9, Nvidia Shield Tablet or Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 (2014).

Pros and Cons

Google Nexus 10

Pros:
  • Unique and ergonomic design, comfortable to use in the hands
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Released in 2012, but still upgradeable to Lollipop
  • Insanely sharp and gorgeous display
  • Huge battery resulting great longevity of its battery life
  • Good quality cameras
  • Stock Android UI makes this tablet fast in performance and smooth in experience
Cons:
  • NO microSD card slot
  • There’s no upgrade/sequel for this tablet
  • NO cellular connectivity besides WiFi

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Pros:
  • It supports microSD card slot for up to 64GB
  • Elegant design and great build quality
  • UI is so attractive
  • Totally great for enjoying entertainment contents
  • Solid battery life
  • Huge RAM
  • Good cameras
Cons:
  • Under-powered performance as a flagship tablet, especially for gaming
  • Display is disappointing, with washed out colors and bad viewing angle
  • Expensive when it first launched

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