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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

 Review: February 2014  
 

Last updated June 2014

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: Sony's new Xperia Z2 tablet is the slimmest, lightest 10 inch tab, and it's waterproof too! Faster than before, with more memory, it also features superb sound, camera, battery life and connectivity. Yum!



 

Design & looks

Sony's slogan for the Z2 tablet is "the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet." It's half a millimetre slimmer than the Xperia Tablet Z, which was itself mind-blowingly slim. And it's lighter too. And waterproof. So, in summary, Sony has taken the slimmest and lightest 10 inch tablet and made it slimmer and lighter. And it's waterproof too! Is it more waterproof than before? No, but who cares because who ever went swimming with a tablet anyway? It's IP55 and IP58 rated, which means you can use it submerged up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes. But why? "Because I can" is not a good enough reason.

The tablet has a "full size" 10.1 inch screen that goes beyond Full HD with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution - the same as the Tablet Z, for pin-sharp viewing. It's an IPS screen, which gives nice, wide viewing angles, and it includes Sony's Live Colour LED, a brand new technology that's designed to increase colour depth and gradation. It's not quite up to the sharpness of the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, but there's not much difference.

Uprated specs

As well as becoming slimmer and lighter, the hardware inside has become more powerful. The processor has been upgraded to a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm quad-core monster with an uprated Adreno 330 graphics processor. That makes it ideal for games, especially since it's PlayStation certified.

The RAM has been increased from 2GB to 3GB. The built-in memory is only 16GB, but you can add a microSD card to give an additional 64GB of storage.

The camera doesn't appear to have been upgraded however. It's an 8.1 megapixel camera with autofocus and HDR mode using Sony's superb Exmor RS sensor from image capture. It can also shoot video in 1080p Full HD format with HDR. In default mode, the camera turns HDR on or off depending on the scene, for best results whatever the lighting.

The device includes digital noise cancelling with the supplied headphones, as well as full 3D surround sound from 4 speakers.

The battery is the same as before - a powerful 6000mAh - and Sony's Stamina Mode helps make this last longer than you'd expect. It won't quite manage 10 hours of continous use, however.

Connectivity

The tablet is built to connect, with 4G and Wi-Fi for fast data access. A Wi-Fi-only version is also available, at a considerable cost saving.

Bluetooth 4.0 and USB connections are also available, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. NFC lets you share photos, music and other data with an NFC-enabled phone or other device, just by touching them together. With a compatible TV you can wirelessly display content on the big screen using Wi-Fi, DLNA or MHL.

The tablet has both GPS and GLONASS location sensors with Google Maps for Mobile pre-installed, and including Street view and Latitude.

Conclusion

For everyday use, this is possibly the nicest Android tablet ever made. Its lightweight, almost paper-thin construction and ultra-fast speed make it a delight to use. We'd enjoy a little more battery power and possibly some more memory, but other than that it's perfect! The high price is the only reason to choose something else.


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Reviewed by Humayon Saeed from United Kingdom on 11th Jun 2014
Having been an Apple user for over 6 years I was getting a bit bored with Apple's rigid approach, the fun element was fading away, I needed something which would customise my device with ease rather than just not customise. The question then was which Android as there are plenty. I wanted an android with no gimmicks but pure android - I have had the Sony Z2 tablet for a little over a week now and I can safely say that it has been the most satisfactory purchase I have made in my gadget collection. It has a class to the build which reminds me that it's a sony product - the processor is smooth - the one negative I found was that it's so light that I feared slight pressure would break it - but that fear was removed once I purchased a case (adds a bit of weight but still is lighter than my ipad - it feels that this is a faultless product and is making the decision of my next phone (Z2) a very easy one !! You will not be disappointed I can say that with ease !! Will update my review in the next month with further details ;-)
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