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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review
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
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 417
Apple iPad Air 426
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 410
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posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:12 13

1. datphoneguy (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)

Wow, a 9? Pretty cool. Seems like a nice tablet for sure.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:02 1

13. iushnt (Posts: 2272; 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.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 07:06

50. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

Try MS Surface Pro 2, then you'll know what is a tablet and what is enlarged penus.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 23:39 5

36. pyradark (Posts: 884; 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

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:15 2

2. lee480 (Posts: 197; 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.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:30 7

5. Xenaz (Posts: 144; 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.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:42 7

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; 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...

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:33 4

15. Xenaz (Posts: 144; 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

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:51 3

17. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; 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

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:17

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...

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:43 2

29. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; 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.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 08:38

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,,,,,

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 17:19 4

30. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; 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.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 08:40

40. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

Lee480 is a Apple fanboy! We all know that.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 17:48 1

32. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

Well, you clearly have no idea about Android and its capabilities.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 21:18

34. fireblade (Posts: 717; 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.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 20:27

53. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

Not with those thick side bezels. At least not for me.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:26

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.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:43 1

8. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

Im really confused by you, especially by what your name says.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:45 5

11. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)

Ignore him. He posts same sh#t on every android article.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:57 9

12. sgodsell (Posts: 4897; 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.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:20 4

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

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:03

14. iushnt (Posts: 2272; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

Comment #13 for u

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:27 15

4. Amir1 (unregistered)

Z2 tablet is THE tablet to own. Z2 is THE smartphone to own. i want these two devices NOW.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:44 12

9. SonyPS4 (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Dont forget Z1 Compact. Most powerful mini version of flagship model.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 13:47 2

22. Amir1 (unregistered)

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.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:22 2

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Disagree. Note Pro series dominates this.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:24 7

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

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 17:23 2

31. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; 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.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 17:51

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.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

OS: Android 6.0 5.1 5.0 4.4.4 4.4
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Display10.1 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels (224 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8.1 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400 processor
Size10.47 x 6.77 x 0.25 inches
(266 x 172 x 6.4 mm)
15.49 oz  (439 g)

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