Product Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Specifications 10.1in 1920x1200 224ppi touchscreen, quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Krait Snapdragon APQ8064 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD card, HSDPA connectivity, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 8.1MP 3264x2448 rear camera and 2.2MP front camera, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, 266x172x6.9mm, 495g
Price From £399
FORMER TECHNOLOGY HEAVYWEIGHT Sony has had a run of bad fortune recently, with sales of its smartphones and tablets floundering. This is mainly due to the dominance of Samsung and Apple, which are universally acknowledged as having tight control of the smartphone and tablet markets.
However, unwilling to throw in the towel, the firm has come out swinging in 2013, unveiling its Sony Xperia Z smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show and Xperia Tablet Z mere months later at Mobile World Congress. Sony has boldly claimed that the devices are the best it's ever made, featuring a host of custom technologies, leading many to question whether its Tablet Z can live up to the hype.
Design and build
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z features the same Omnibalance design as its smaller sibling, the Xperia Z. This means that the Tablet Z looks like a blown-up version of the Xperia Z smartphone and features the same hard-edged rectangular design. The back of the tablet is made of polycarbonate, while the screen is covered in Gorilla Glass. The use of polycarbonate is deceiving as it hides the Tablet Z's most interesting design feature, its IP57 certification. The IP57 certification means that, despite being built from polycarbonate, the Tablet Z is a very rugged device that's scratch, dust and water resistant.
We put the tablet through some brutal ordeals, shoving it in a sandbox at our local park, runnning it under a cold tap and then using it underwater and accidentally leaving it in the care of a neighbour's dog. To our amazement, the tablet remained unscathed. For business users who travel regularly or work in industries that require them to be outdoors, the Tablet Z's IP57 certification is a definite boon. The Tablet Z's travel-friendly, portable nature is aided by its lightweight and ultra-slim dimensions; it's the thinnest tablet presently available, measuring 266x172x6.9mm and weighing just 495g.
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