Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review

Battery


A 6000 mAh battery is nothing to write home about on a 10-incher, but we guess that's what managed to fit in the extremely thin chassis of the Z2 Tablet. Still, Sony claims the typical for an Android tablet up to 10 hours of video playback on a charge, and 100 hours of listening to music. We will update this section after we run our battery routine on the slate, and test if Sony's claims hold water. The Xperia Z2 Tablet also takes advantage of the Quick Charge 2.0 technology, that comes with Qualcomm's chipset, offering up to 75% percent faster charging.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
6h 54 min (Average)
Apple iPad Air
8h 38 min (Good)

Conclusion


Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet is a great improvement over its record-setting predecessor. It is even thinner, with a much faster chipset, a better display, and excellent sound output. The slimmest, lightest 10-inch tablet on the planet makes a striking first impression to anyone who grabs it, and can even be held with one hand without wrecking your wrist. The lack of premium materials for the chassis is more than offset, too, by the tablet's waterproof certification, which makes it stand out in the Android crowd.

There are only a few issues with the Z2 Tablet, chief among which is the high screen reflectivity, which makes it a nuisance to use outdoors. The pixel density also leaves something to be desired, compared to other high-end devices in its category.

Sony priced the tablet at about 500 USD or EUR for the basic 16 GB Wi-Fi model. That's the same pricing scheme as its main Android and iOS competitors – Samsung's Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 and the iPad Air. The Tab PRO has a higher-resolution 1600p display, and a new Magazine UX tablet interface with an excellent split-screen multitasking mode. It is less compact than the Z2 Tablet, however, and isn't waterproof. Apple's iPad Air is also very thin and light, with a high-res display and a premium aluminum design, plus half a million tablet-tailored apps to choose from. It's not waterproof, too, and doesn't have an IR blaster or memory card slot.

In the end, unless you are aiming for a tad higher pixel density, the Z2 Tablet comes out as the best 10” Android slate you can buy at the moment. Even if you are firmly invested in the iOS tablet vortex, Sony's slate might wow you with the extra features it offers before the iPad Air, too.

Software version: 17.1.A.2.36


Pros

  • Slimmest, lightest 10” tablet on the market
  • Waterproof chassis
  • Bright, vibrant display
  • Quad-speaker setup with great sound output
  • Good camera quality for pictures and video
  • IR blaster to manage home electronics

Cons

  • High screen reflectance makes outdoor visibility difficult
  • The side bezels are on the thick side
  • Wobbly power/lock key, and thin, shallow volume rocker
  • The back smudges very easily

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

10.0
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54 Comments

1. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

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

13. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 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: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

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

36. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 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 unregistered

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: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 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: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 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: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lee480 is a Apple fanboy! We all know that.

32. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

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

34. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Android has gesture too, d8mb @55. The fact is iOS has crashes more often than android. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-4.x-is-more-than-twice-as-stable-as-iOS-7.1_id54459 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: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 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: 431; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

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

11. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

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

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 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

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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

14. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Comment #13 for u

4. Amir1 unregistered

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

9. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

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

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.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Disagree. Note Pro series dominates this.

27. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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: Jan 28, 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.
Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Display 10.1" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6000 mAh

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