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MWC: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on review

We have a play with what Sony says is the world's thinnest and lightest tablet
Thu Feb 27 2014, 17:18

BARCELONA: THE SONY XPERIA Z2 TABLET was unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Monday, claiming to be the "world's smallest and lightest" waterproof tablet, measuring just 6.4mm thick, more than a millimetre thinner than the Apple iPad Air.

Sony launches the Xperia Z2 Tablet at MWC

We couldn't wait to get our hands on Sony's latest flagship tablet to find out if its claims are true. Here are our thoughts from the show floor.

Design
Visually the Xperia Z2 Tablet looks like a larger version of the Xperia Z2 smartphone, featuring a similar boxy design based on Sony Omnibalance, which apparently refers to a design philosophy that aims to ensure that the tablet has a consistent appearance at whatever angle it's viewed from.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Android tablet hands-on - display

As far as we could tell, that seemed to be true. And as with the Xperia Z2, we're fans of the boxy look. Even better, with this release Sony has rounded the edges more than on its predecessor, the Xperia Tablet Z, making it easier to hold than older model, but still not as nice as the iPad Air.

Slimmer still at 6.4mm thick compared to its 6.9mm older brother, the Xperia Z2 Tablet feels just as thin as it sounds and we enjoyed using and holding a tablet with such a brilliant screen in such a slim form.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on MWC - thickness

Weighing just 426g, the Android 4.4 Kitkat powered Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet also weighs less than the 469g iPad Air and it really shows, as you can easily hold it in one hand without any strain. We can imagine that the tablet will drop nicely into a bag or satchel, too, and not make much difference to the overall weight, making it great for travelling.

One thing worth noting, however is that the 10.1in tablet doesn't look as high-end as its predecessor, probably due to the soft touch back. This does make it easier to grip, though.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on MWC

Perhaps the Xperia Z2 Tablet's best feature is its tough build quality. For starters, it is IP55 and IP58 certified, meaning it is dust and even water resistant. While we haven't had a chance to test just how robust it really is, if Sony's tablet is as tough as its counterparts, it could be an ideal choice for users looking for a tablet that they can use on the go without too much fear of damage.

Display
As with Sony's other recent flagship devices, the Xperia Z2 Tablet's 10.1in display features Sony's full HD Triluminos screen technology along with the firm's new "Live Colour LED" technology, which it claims makes colours appear more rich and natural.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on MWC - screen

During our hands-on we found the tablet's display was superb when viewed directly, with the LED technology making a noticeable difference over its predecessor. However, as with the Xperia tablet Z, the Xperia Z2 Tablet did appear to have some glare issues. Using the Tablet Z2 in the brightly lit Sony showroom we found that it was slightly prone to catching glare from bright lights.

 

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