Re­view: Sony Xpe­ria Z2 Tablet

Where will it sit in the An­droid slate stack?

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS - from $599 (4g ver­sion from $749), so love Slim, wa­ter­proof build with newly rounded edges. Fan­tas­tic screen. Great bat­tery life, ex­tended by Stamina Mode hate Lots of bloat­ware. Size­able bezel around screen T3 says In the cat­e­gory of best ten-in

The tablet twin of the Z2 phone, re­viewed on p65, is thin­ner, lighter and more pow­er­ful than any pre­vi­ous slate. It’s lost the sharp edges but still looks cut­ting edge.

In fact, the Xpe­ria Z2’s 1200x1920 touch­screen is about the only el­e­ment of Sony’s tablet that hasn’t been up­dated. That’s no prob­lem, as packed with Triluminos, X-Re­al­ity and Live Colour HD tech from Sony’s telly di­vi­sion, it is one of the best look­ing tablet screens around. Just like the Z2 phone, Sony’s own user in­ter­face sits on top of An­droid’s KitKat op­er­at­ing sys­tem. While we’re not big fans of this UI on its lit­tle brother – we find it in­tru­sive, tak­ing up too much screen space – spread across the tablet’s 10.1-inch dis­play it’s far more palat­able, al­low­ing you to set your own themes. Nav­i­ga­tion is slick, too, pow­ered by a 2.3GHz quad­core chip.

Other fea­tures in­clude an IR blaster, which en­ables it to be used as a telly re­mote, and Stamina Mode, which switches off all non-es­sen­tial ap­pli­ca­tions and stretches the bat­tery life to two full days of use. The Z2 smart­phone might have slipped be­hind Sam­sung’s Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8, but Sony’s man­aged to make the best 10.1-inch An­droid tablet on the mar­ket, which is a fair feat.

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