Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Sony Xperia tablet Z
A waterproof tablet for the modern gadget enthusiast.
Riding on the coattails of Sony’s somewhat unexpected smartphone resurgence this year, first with the Xperia Z smartphone, and more recently with the Xperia Z Ultra phablet, Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z boasts many of the same qualities, including a thin, minimalist design, Full HD display and IP57-certified dustresistant and waterproof build.
Essentially just a larger version of the Xperia Z smartphone, the minimalist rectangular design actually works even better in tablet form thanks to the Tablet Z’s insanely thin 6.9mm edge (thinner than the Xperia Z smartphone, Motorola RAZR, iPad Mini, and pretty much everything else out there), which makes it almost feel like you’re holding just a screen in your hands. It’s light too, at just 495g.
One minor concern with the Tablet Z’s ultra thin form factor is that it has a fair bit of flex, which can be somewhat unnerving. However, it does have the same glass fiber polyamide ‘OmniBalance’ design that runs around the edge of the Xperia Z smartphone, so it should be able to survive a couple knocks and drops.
The Tablet Z sports a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution TFT HD LCD display with a pixel density of 224 ppi, which is pretty good, and on par with that of the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700, but falls short of the displays found on the Samsung Google Nexus 10 (2560 x 1600), and Apple iPad (4th Gen) (2048 x 1536). Nevertheless, sharpness is more than sufficient and it’s only when scrutinized that you may notice the Tablet Z to be slightly inferior.
The display itself is bright with excellent contrast and deep blacks. Colors are vivid too, if a bit on the warm side - it’s not too apparent on its own, but when comparing white websites side by side with an Apple iPad (4th Gen), the Tablet Z comes off looking a little yellowish in. Viewing angles aren’t fantastic, but are much better than those displayed on the Xperia Z smartphone.
Audio on the Tablet Z is average at best. While it has two speakers located at the lower corners of the tablet, they’re a bit soft and also lacking in bass.
The Tablet Z runs a close to default version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, with just a few of Sony’s own tweaks. As with the Xperia Z smartphone, the Tablet Z can also link with various Sony products with relative ease. For example, its NFC connection can be used to link to an Xperia Z smartphone to share a data connection, or to an NFC enabled speaker to play a song. You can also throw content to your Sony Bravia TV or wirelessly connect your Playstation 3 Dualshock 3 controller.
The Tablet Z is armed with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quadcore 1.5GHz processor, but unfortunately it didn’t really live up to expectations in our performance tests, scoring at or slightly below average in most of our benchmarks. Battery performance was especially bad, with the Tablet Z lasting just over four hours.
Despite its lackluster performance, the Tablet Z is easily Sony’s best tablet to date, and arguably in the running for best Android tablet yet. While battery performance could be better, it should still be sufficient for the average daily commute, and is more than made up for by the Tablet Z’s slimness.
speciFicatiOns Display 10.1-inch TFT HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 / 1920 x 1200 // prOcOessOr Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 quad-core 1.5GHz processor // memOry 2GB RAM // stOrage 16/32GB with MicroSD support up to 64GB // Os Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
cOnnectiVity 4G LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS // camera 8.1-megapixel rear autofocus camera with Sony Exmor RS + 2.2-megapixel front camera //
Battery 6000mAh, 3.7V // DimensiOns 266 x 172 x 6.9mm // Weight 495g //
cOlOrs Black and White // price 16GB WiFi ($688), 32GB Wi-Fi ($788), 16GB 4G LTE ($988)
The Tablet Z is fully waterproof, meaning it’s the only tablet you can take into the shower!