When comparing Nexus Player vs Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, the Slant community recommends Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact for most people. In the question“What are the best Android gaming devices that have proprietary game controllers?” Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is ranked 3rd while Nexus Player is ranked 6th.
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Pro Straightforward UI
The UI is similar to the of XBox and Fire TV. The homescreen consists of four rows - things you've watched, apps you've installed, games you've installed and settings.
Pro Built-in voice search
You can use the remote to search for movies based on a range of criteria such as release date, actors, genre, etc.
Pro 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor
Pro Micro SD slot
There is a built in micro SD slot that is expandable up to 128GB.
Pro 4,500mAh battery
For being so thin it is remarkable that a 4,500mAh battery is being used.
Pro 3GB RAM
The device has built in 3GB of RAM.
Pro Native PS3 controller support
The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact offers native PS3 Dual Shock controller support.
Pro PS4 remote play
As of November 2014 the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact offers remote play with the Sony PS4.
At 6.4mm this device is extremely thin.
The Zperia Z3 is completely waterproof
Con No ethernet port
The Nexus player is WiFi only, making for an odd choice for a streaming box as much content could use the extra bandwidth an Ethernet port would offer in order to buffer faster when playing videos..
Con Voice search looks only through google's services
Voice search won't look through, for example, Hulu or Netflix.
At $499.99 the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is overpriced when compared to tablets with similar specs. The term "Sony Tax" comes to mind.
Con No camera flash
There is no flash for the rear camera which will make low light photos difficult to take.
Con Only 1200p
For the premium price Sony is charging for this tablet to see that the screen is only 1200p when cheaper competing devices offer higher resolutions is a bit disappointing.