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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

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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.


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
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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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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display10.1 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels (224 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8.1 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400 processor
3 GB RAM
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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