GOOD TABLET, SMALL PACKAGE
SONY XPERIA Z3 TABLET COMPACT
While certain electronics giants were manufacturing more tablets of varying size for the last few years, Sony had refrained from jumping the gun and getting sucked into that race. The Japanese giant played it safe instead, focusing on making sure that the Xperia Z series devices are always top notch. Last year became a milestone for them, when they introduced the new small form factor tablet, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
First spotted during the IFA 2014 in Berlin, we couldn't wait to get our hands on the Z3 Tablet Compact, and with several good reasons. First, contrary to popular belief, the Z3 Tablet Compact isn't the first time that Sony has forayed with a compact tablet. That title actually belongs to the Xperia Tablet P, a foldable tablet that never quite caught on with the public.
The second reason lies in the way that the Z3 Tablet Compact has been built. From start to finish, the tablet feels solid, yet it still maintains its sensible design elegance. Sony has, in a way, been smart with the tablet, giving its back a rugged matte surface, rather than the plastic design and feel that other companies have adopted into their own tablets.
The screen on the Z3 Tablet Compact is something of a missed opportunity, in our eyes. While other tablet manufacturers like Apple and Samsung have already began implementing displays with resolution beyond Full HD into their own tablets, Sony had instead decided that a Full HD display was more than sufficient. It's by no means a bad thing, as images, videos and text look sharp, crisp and beautiful. But we can't help but imagine how much better it would be if Sony had actually used a Quad HD display on the tablet.
Like its smartphone brethren, the Z3 Tablet Compact also prides itself with another two features: long battery life and the PS4 Remote Play function. On a full charge and with Sony's STAMINA mode on, and our everyday usage, we only had to recharge the tablet after four days.
In terms of performance, the Z3 Tablet Compact scored 17,768 on 3DMark's Ice Storm Unlimited, 42,095 on AnTuTu, 19,621 on Quadrant, and 3,767 for PCMark. In terms of realworld handling, we ran Epic Citadel on the device, of which it gave us an average frame rate of 53FPS on Ultra High Quality mode.
While we talked about it in our review for the Xperia Z3, utilizing the PS4 Remote Play function on the Z3 Tablet Compact actually enhanced the experience by leaps and bounds, thanks in no small part to the bigger screen and better audio.