Review by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday September 24, 2013.
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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a smartphone. When said smartphone has a 6.44-inch display, one could easily argue that it's also a tablet, especially when the best-selling Android tablet has only a 7-inch screen. Knowing that the Xperia Z Ultra is a respectable tablet, one can't help but wonder how it compares to the leader of the Android tablet world.
I reviewed the Google Nexus 7 last month and walked away with one overall impression: it's an obvious purchase. The Nexus 7 has a beautiful HD display, a responsive quad-core processor, the lightest and most current Android software, and a comfortable body that makes it highly desirable. The low starting price made the device an even more sensible purchase.
Then came the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Robert reviewed the phone with the massive screen size and was about as excited about its capabilities. The quality build materials coupled with the always-churning Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and GPU impressed as both a phone and a tablet. The Ultra has many of the same attributes as the Nexus 7 on a hardware level, but there are some obvious differences that are just as much cons as they are pros. The Xperia Z Ultra has a smaller screen, but that obviously means it's more portable and easier to hold in one hand. There's also that whole thing about being able to easily make phone calls.
Google and Sony both made commendable products. It's likely that someone may desire to own a Nexus 7 to use in conjunction with a smartphone; it's equally as likely that someone may desire to consolidate and just own one device. The better course of action is debatable, but here's a Google Nexus 7 vs. Sony Xperia Z Ultra comparison to help arrive at the right decision.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.