Samsung's latest and greatest tablet is the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 but how does it fare against the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet?

If you're looking for a premium 10in tablet, these are two of the best around. Read on to find out which is the best tablet for you.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Price and UK availability

Matching the iPad Air, the Xperia Z2 Tablet starts at £399. That's will get you a 16GB Wi-Fi only model but you can upgrade to a 4G LTE model for an extra £100. Doubling storage on the Wi-Fi only model to 32GB costs £50. 

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 starts at £449, which is for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version, so you're going to have to pay £50 more than the Sony. Samsung has told us that adding 4G LTE support will add £100 to the price so there's no difference there.

You can buy the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet now but the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will go on sale in the UK on 4 July.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review thin

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Design and build

Both manufacturers focus on how thin and light their tablets are and before we even look at the specs, they are two of the most svelt models on the market.

Samsung has done a great job and managed to make the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 just 6.6 mm thick but hasn't out done the Xperia Z2 Tablet's 6.4 mm. Unless you want bragging rights, this is really no different.

On the weighing scales, the Xperia wins again at 439 g; the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is a little heavier at 465 g. This is a bigger difference than the thickness but still pretty minimal.

You get a choice of 'Dazzling White' or 'Titanium Bronze' with Samsung, and the Sony comes in simple black or white.

A key element in the design stakes is that the Xperia Z2 Tablet is dust- and waterproof (to a rating of IP55 and IP58 respectively). Although Samsung has managed similar on the Galaxy S5 smartphone, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 doesn't have this feature.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Screen

Samsung's tablet may not be dunkable in water but it impresses when it comes to display technology. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has, as you can imagine, has a 10.5in screen size while the Xperia Z2 Tablet uses the more traditional 10.1in. This is a small difference compared to the other elements.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review screen

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (WQVGA), creating a pixel density of 287ppi means that everything looks nice and crisp. Samsung's SuperAMOLED technology ensures punchy and bright colours, too, although things can get a little over the top at times. It also has an adaptive display mode which aims to adjust the display's gamma, saturation and sharpness depending on the content you're viewing.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet has a lower but still decent resolution of 1920 x 1200 resulting in a pixel density of 224ppi. Rivalling Samsung's AMOLED tech is Sony's own Triluminos and Live Colour LED. The latter is new and does a great job of increasing colour depth and gradation.

Both tablets offer excellent boldness and richness in colour and image quality but Samsung wins here with that extra resolution. That doesn't mean the viewing experience on the Sony tablet is bad, though and you won't be disappointed if you go there.

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