Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review
After releasing the thinnest, lightest 10" slate last year with the Tablet Z, now Sony unleashes on the unsuspecting masses another svelte boomerang with the Xperia Z2 Tablet, that takes those same superlatives away from its predecessor. It also adds a much more powerful processor, and an improved display. Moreover, Sony again managed to keep the tablet waterproof, and with IP58 certification at that, so let's dive five feet deep into Sony's newest Android KitKat slate.
In the box
- Wall charger
- MicroUSB cable
- Warranty and information leaflets
The thinnest, lightest 10” tablet is an engineering marvel with pretty looks and waterproof design
Clocking in at the breathtaking 0.25" (6.4mm) girth, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is the slimmest tablet out there, almost as thick as its microUSB port. It is also the lightest of them 10" slates, weighing only 15 ounces (426g) for the Wi-Fi model, and 15.5 ounces (439g) for LTE/3G model. For comparison, the Tablet Z predecessor is 6.9mm thin, and weighs 17.46 oz (495 g), while the venerable iPad Air is 7.5 mm, and with 16.86 oz (478 g) of weight, respectively. Couple the compact and feathery chassis with the IP58 certification, and the Z2 Tablet becomes one of the most well-engineered mobile devices out there. You can dunk it in up to 5 feet (1.5m) of water for more than an hour, and it won't skip a beat. Just make sure the protective port flaps are firmly closed when you lie in the bathtub, binge-watching Game of Thrones, or indulging in some other geeky pleasure.
Sony's slate, however, is much wider than its main competitors – the iPad Air, and the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. It immediately becomes clear why the Z2 Tablet is 10.47” (266mm) wide, and Samsung's tablet, which has a screen of the same size, is 9.57” (243mm), while the iPad Air is 9.45” (240mm) wide. It all went in the unwieldy side bezel, which is so large that makes the 10” display look smaller than it is, much like a picture frame. On the positive side, as it makes the tablet very comfortable to hold, with plenty of space to rest your thumbs on without touching the display. Also, since the tablet is so thin and light, you can easily just hold it with one hand, as there's this wide area for the opposing thumb to grip the slate firmly into place. Thus, the thick side bezel is not aesthetically pleasing, but since it brings added comfort when working with the Z2 Tablet, we are willing to let it slide. The firm grip is also aided by the soft-touch plastic material that Sony used for the back. The rear, however, smudges very easily if your fingers are even a bit oily, wet or sweaty, so you won't look as cool in Starbucks, as when you are holding an aluminum iPad Air, for instance, but you are not that shallow, right? Right?
Sony used its OmniBalance design language, with the signature circular power key, creating a well-crafted slate with soft edges. That same key is one of the remarks we have about the side buttons, as it feels rather wobbly under your finger. It is positioned very well when you hold the tablet in portrait mode, though. The key goes under the first phalanx of your thumb, so it's within an easy reach, yet it's not right under your thumb tip, so you can't press it accidentally. The metallic volume rocker underneath it feels sturdier, but is too thin, and harder to find and press without looking, plus the tactile feedback is rather shallow. At the top left side of the frame you can find the microUSB port, and the memory card slot, which are covered with protective flaps. Those flaps fit very tightly, and are so flush with the side that if they weren't marked, you might be looking around for them for quite some time. The tablet will keep reminding you to close them if they are left open, or else all waterproof bets are off. Sony's tablet flaunts four stereo speakers on the sides (in two by two format), which are situated in a way that prevents you from covering them with your palm when you hold the tablet in landscape mode.
With a new Color LED technology the 1080p display looks bright and vivid, though its pixel density and reflectance leave something to be desired
Sony is using a new LED display technology for the 10.1” 1920x1200 pixels IPS screen on the Xperia Z2 Tablet. Called Live Color LED, it uses red and green phosphor with blue LEDs, and has tailored color filters on top, that are said to produce brighter and more evenly-spread lighting. The end result should be more vibrant colors on the display, yet without the accompanying oversaturation of OLED screens, for instance. That is indeed the case with the Z2 Tablet, as its Triluminos panel shows vivid, somewhat unrealistic colors, which still aren't gaudy to look at. The 6664 Kelvins temperature is very close to the reference point (6500K), so white is spot on.
Some may scoff at the 223ppi pixel density, given that we have high-end Samsung slates with 1600p screens. Still, the Z2 Tablet's 1200p is more than enough for most purposes. The issue with the display is not the pixel density, but rather its high light reflectance ratio – the mirror-like effect is constant, and especially annoying if you use the tablet outdoors, despite the decent 414 nits peak brightness. The IPS panel's viewing angles are very good, and overall the screen of the Z2 Tablet is an improvement over its predecessor, if not in resolution, then in image quality.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPad Air||426
|Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet||417
|Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4||410
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4||78%
|Apple iPad Air||80%
|Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet||81.1%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)
Wow, a 9? Pretty cool. Seems like a nice tablet for sure.
13. iushnt (Posts: 655; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
Do yourself a favor and try note 12.2 once. Then you will know what is a tablet and what is enmlarged iPod touch.
50. fireblade (Posts: 700; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
Try MS Surface Pro 2, then you'll know what is a tablet and what is enlarged penus.
36. pyradark (Posts: 772; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
Ill go for vaio tap if i want a tablet!! Note 12.2 is also an enlarged ipod touch with plastic pencil support and some business features that some can used and a lot dont care
2. lee480 (Posts: 176; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
Sorry. iOS tablets > Android. iPad is simply natural to use (gesture etc).
But of course if you insist on Android, the Z2 tab is the way to go.
5. Xenaz (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
Lol, I guess you didn't touching much on an android tablet before or even didn't use any of them before. iPad is simply just a enlarged iPod touch, not much different between them, while Android is simply far better than IOS in term of productivity, though IOS is still better than Android in term of smoothness.
7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2781; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I don't find iPad Air that smooth. We use them at school and there's consistently some little lag and the screen is slow which makes it look even less smooth. I was so surprised to see how laggy it actually was even though everyone praises it's smoothness...
15. Xenaz (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
Not sure about iPad Air, but few of my friends and relatives are using iPad 3/4 and a Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 from my friend, and I used them for a while few times before, I own an Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 in Android as well, it really smoother in IOS compare to Android overall, by a small margin only though. Maybe the IOS 7 is the culprit of the "lag" in iPad Air as my sis complaining her iPhone 4S is lagging after updated to IOS 7
17. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2781; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Yeah iOS 7 is horrible in terms of performance. But anyway I don't understand the meaning of tablets. Just over sized phones (without phone capabilities). Laptops ftw
24. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
even the A7 CPU is finding it hard to push these extra feautres that was added on ios7, what would happen if all of androids feautres were added, laggest phone ever. though the cpu is clocked at 1.3, and was raised to 1.7 there wouldnt be no lag...
29. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2781; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I think that the problem is mostly in iOS 7. Though the iPhone 5S doesn't seem to lag. Of course it's running just about 22 percent of the pixels the iPad Air is running so smoothness is expected.
39. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
No it's not smoother than KK or Jellybean,,, the both platform runs on 60FPS! And both are smooth just like WP8,,,,,
30. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2991; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
LMAO! My god, your comment lee480 cracked me up. You think the iPad is a superior tablet? I'm sure other's have already said this but the truth you must face is the iPad is just a supersized ipod touch, nothing more.
You really should go to a Bestbuy store and check out the Samsung Note Pro 12.2. That is the closest thing to a true tablet as it gets.
40. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Lee480 is a Apple fanboy! We all know that.
32. livyatan (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
Well, you clearly have no idea about Android and its capabilities.
34. fireblade (Posts: 700; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
Android has gesture too, d8mb @55. The fact is iOS has crashes more often than android.
And I still wait for widget & theme customization in iOS. Do you know what is iPad? It's just iPod in large screen.
53. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
Not with those thick side bezels. At least not for me.
3. androidTaker (unregistered)
In a world of tablets, A real tablet is an undoubtedly an iPad. Period. Android is a fake version of mimicking apple ios.
8. alaw.14 (Posts: 134; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
Im really confused by you, especially by what your name says.
11. Miracles (Posts: 499; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Ignore him. He posts same sh#t on every android article.
12. sgodsell (Posts: 1245; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Android can have multi-window support with real multitasking. Something that no iPad can enjoy. Also with Android you can completely change the user interface. So if you don't like as you say mimicking apple iOS, then change it. But I guess you didn't know that Android gives you that capability. Not to mention Android allows more customization and options then any iPad.
25. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
they and him dont care about all that, as long there is a apple logo stampet on they will buy anything subap and below subpar products. as long as it looks cool and trendy and wana show off, thats what counts
ios is feautresless platform, an app launcher which swipes just left to right
4. Amir1 (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
Z2 tablet is THE tablet to own. Z2 is THE smartphone to own. i want these two devices NOW.
9. SonyPS4 (Posts: 252; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Dont forget Z1 Compact. Most powerful mini version of flagship model.
22. Amir1 (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
Yeah, that cute flagship! lol. i don't forget, it sure deserves to be mentioned! though, as 6"4' with huge hands Z2 dimensions is entry size for me haha. Z2 Ultra would be natural fit. :-D i really curious to know where sony is going with the Ultra but there are some months coming until then.
19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Disagree. Note Pro series dominates this.
27. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
surely it does and owning one is a great experience, but efin cheap junk plastic is big turn off.....
a metal or a stainless steel option shoudve been viable for us a deluxe version, with a extra 100 EUROS
31. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2991; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
you want a metal 12 inch tablet? You might as well find a boulder, draw a screen on it and draw some apps on it and then carry it around with you.
Even though the Note Pro 12.2 is made of "cheap" plastic(even though it feels great in the hand and doesn't feel cheap at all) it is still a pretty heavy device.
33. Hmong_Xiong (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
Idk how long the Z2's body will hold but when I had the Asus TF700T Infinity, the aluminum body was scratched easily and the bottom charging port was bent.
51. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
Well, the Note Pro's not designed to survive heavy rain. Besides, I'd put them in different classes of tablets altogether.
26. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
me 2, but i would prefer the
if that was available, specs to die for
49. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The Snapdragon 801 is much faster than Tegra 4.
6. SonyPS4 (Posts: 252; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Clearly states Tablet Z2 use 3GB RAM not 2GB RAM. Correct it
10. Feanor (Posts: 304; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
I think the unique selling point of this tablet are the stereo speakers. On a smartphone which one would use more with earphones, the noise cancellation feauture is more important, but for a tablet the stereo speakers are very important. And even more impressively, the best speakers on a tablet come on a watwerproof tablet, which normally would influence sound quality adversely.
I wished for a higher resolution but I made up my mind. I'll buy this over the iPad.
52. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
It's not the only tablet with stereo speakers, I feel I must point out. But certainly, stereo is a key point for a tablet in my opinion. It was one of my key factors in a (first-gen) Tablet Z.
16. Haridenberg (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Indulging in some other geeky pleasure, yeah, that's what I'm gonna do in the bathtub with a water-proof 10" FullHD tablet. :D
18. Abinav (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Jun 2013)
Display is great with stunning contrast for a tablet........and closer to accurate colour temperature.
20. redmd (Posts: 893; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
They could have trimmed down the bezels. Great design but I'm gonna get the note 201l4 LTE.
21. romeo1 (Posts: 234; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
i really want to buy this but sony also has the vaio tab. both of them are gorgeous imo.
this has the water resistant feature but the tab could also replace my laptop for work.
does anybody knows if there is a real microsoft office for android tablets?
23. Amir1 (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
sony made a special physical keyboard that works with xperia devices including Z2 Tablet. this will give you more computer feel. not sure about Microsoft office.
45. romeo1 (Posts: 234; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
Thnx that is really helpful for me I'll look it up
43. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
If you buy Office 365 you can use Office program on android albeit through onedrive and the web browser for your documents
35. anleoflippy (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
Well, time to sell of my Tablet Z and acquire this.
37. Odiin (Posts: 244; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)
What a beautiful tablet is this without any major shortcomings. Beauty with brain i would say. Kudos to Sony!
38. najib1312 (Posts: 100; Member since: 08 May 2013)
I wish Sony makes a Win-8 powered Tablet Z2. That wthing will sweep the tablet floors.
41. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 202; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
How about an 8 inch version? I'd be completely down for a waterproof 8 incher. I think if Sony broaden their tablet scope; they'd have some success.
42. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
Can happy say im reading this review on an Xperia Z2 Tablet and having owned it roughly a week now ive been extremely impressed - sold my ipad air in order to pay for it and the speed and lightness of the Z2 company favourably - actually prefer reading books on the z2! Must admit im not a fan of the fingers oil marketing always getting on the back of it though! Overall I can say I dont miss the Ipad Air at all! :) will post a user review soon!
44. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)
9? Pretty generous for a tablet that it's only advantage is for watching a movie in a bathtub. Don't get me wrong, I love Z2, the phone that is. I just don't like the tablet, nothing practically new, and not good for productive works.
47. RuiBacelar (Posts: 136; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
It will be my fist tablet.
Only concern is battery life...
48. MelvinPainter (Posts: 52; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
$850 for a 10 inch tablet??? Imagine what kind of laptop you can get for that money.