Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia Tablet Z (SGP311 / SGP312 / SGP321)
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Sony Xperia Tablet Z
30 May 2013
Excerpt: Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a 10.1-inch Android tablet with 1920x1200 pixels resolution and Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. In addition, it comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and optional 3G/4G connectivity, as well as 16, 32 or 64 GB of built-in storage.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is va va voom . It looks stunning, sits in the hand like no other and most importantly, does the job. At £399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, it may cost the same as an iPad, but its expandability, lightness and water resistance give it an edge. While the UI doesn’t pack the polish of Apple’s offering and Android and iOS still aren’t on an even keel in terms of app support, the gap is closing and the Xperia Tablet Z is testament to that fact.
Pros: Thin, light and elegant design, Sharp screen, Water resistance is novel & useful
Cons: UI stutters with Sony widgets, Mediocre battery life, Ports under flaps can get irksome
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a near-perfect blend of power, HD beauty and fun features, packed into a slimline and highly desirable body. You’ll pay top dollar for it though, and the battery life isn’t great.
Pros: Impressively slim and light; Gorgeous screen; Quad core power; Superior tablet camera
Conclusion: In terms of its physical design, the Xperia Tablet Z is the best and most practical Android tablet I’ve ever looked at. It’s light enough to take anywhere, and powerful enough to cope with almost anything you might throw at it. The screen, while not a winner in the resolution stakes, is excellent, and the battery life is very good.
Pros: Brilliant slim and light design, Excellent display, Powerful processor, Solid build, dust and water resistant
Excerpt: There has always been something of an awkwardness around Android tablets, a bitter taste left by earlier dalliances with an interface that didn't really work, and a huge gulf between the premium and the low-quality devices.
Pros: Weight, design, water resistance
Cons: The display is a little warm, older version of Android
Excerpt: As the flagship of the Xperia series, this phone is packed with features and hardware and marks a shift in focus for Sony to premium smartphone provider. Mat Smith of Engadget says “Once you get to look at the phone in person, all Xperias that came before it pale in comparison. The phone feels solid and you'd be hard-pressed to describe any part of it as plasticky.” From the high-gloss glass weave case design of the phone to the Bravia Engine 2 and a five-inch 1080p...
Excerpt: If the smartphone world is bored of HTC, or tiring of Samsung, then Sony Mobile might have found form at the best possible time in the Sony Xperia Z. Everything seems to pull together in the Xperia Z in a way it hasn’t before.
Pros: Display, design, power control options, Sony's UI isn't offensive, waterproof
Cons: Camera performance is average, might be too big for some
Summary: A refined design, 5in 1080p screen and a shiny CES Hot Stuff Award can’t hurt any smartphone’s chances. But with the Galaxy S3 settling in at the top of our Top Ten Smartphones , the Nexus 4 flying off Google’s virtual shelves and BlackBerry making a real comeback with the Z10 , is the Xperia Z enough to put Sony back on top? And how does it cope with a dunk in the bath?