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Sony Xperia Tablet Z Review
17 April 2014
Summary: The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is not your average Android tablet. It's something special. Something different. Not only is it an absolute delight to hold and interact with its looks are absolutely stunning. And let's not forget, this sexy tablet can withstand a dunk in the bathtub! As we said earlier, the Android tablet market has been flooded with cookie cutter devices coming in all shapes and sizes. The Xperia Tablet Z easily stands out from the crowd.
Pros: Thinnest and Lightest Tablet Around:, Fast:, Water Resistant:, Display:, Great Battery Life:
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 top-quality tablet at price that's reasonable, if not exactly a bargain. It's extremely thin and lightweight and has one of the best screens around, not to mention probably the best camera available on a tablet, even if it's not quite a match for the best of the handset snapper brigade.
Pros: Fast processor, excellent screen, very slim and light, water and dust resistant, quality cameras
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.
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a great Android tablet. The design and specification is impressive, offering a thin and light tablet that's a pleasure to hold, with the reassurance of protection from water for those inevitable accidents. Some might take issue with the need to open flaps, although with the right accessories you'll be able to bypass that minor irritation. READ: Sony Xperia Tablet Z vs Nexus 10: Which tablet is best for you?
Pros: Weight, design, water resistance
Cons: The display is a little warm, older version of Android
Excerpt: Sony's tablet designs have always bordered on the unusual side - the wedge-shaped Tablet S was meant to evoke a folded magazine, while the clamshell Tablet P was apparently ideal for slipping into a purse or handbag. By contrast, the Tablet Z looks almost pedestrian - but at the same time is easily Sony's best android device to date. Rather than experiment with shape, Sony has opted for a standard slate with slightly rounded corners.
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?