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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

A high performance Android tablet that is thinner and lighter than the iPad Air
Fri May 02 2014, 13:41

Product Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Website Sony Mobile
Specifications 10.1in 1200x1920 resolution TFT capacitive touchscreen with 224ppi pixel density, quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage, stereo speakers, 3.5mm jack, microSD with support up to 64GB, microSIM supporting up to 4G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 8.1MP rear-facing camera, 2.2 MP front-facing camera, non-removable Li-Po 6000mAh battery, Android 4.4.2 Kitkat mobile operating system, 266x172x6.4mm, 439g
From £399


THE SONY XPERIA Z2 claims to be the "world's smallest and lightest" waterproof tablet and is just 6.4mm thick, more than a millimetre thinner than the Apple iPad Air.

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February, the Android 4.4 Kitkat powered tablet also weighs 42g less than the iPad Air at just 426g, while boasting a slightly larger 10.1in display.

With a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is quite the powerhouse on paper. We have put the tablet through several tests to see if these specifications housed inside such a slim design translate to real-world performance.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - apps menu

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. We also saw this look in the Z2 Tablet's predecessor the Xperia Tablet Z, 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.

As far as we could tell, this seems true in the Xperia Z2 Tablet and we're fans of the boxy look because it gives it a sleek edge. With this release, Sony has rounded the edges more than on its predecessor, making it easier to hold than the older model, although it is still not as attractive as the iPad Air, which looks more premium due to its aluminium back.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - thickness

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

Weighing just 426g, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet also weighs less than the 469g iPad Air, and it really notices, as you can easily hold the Z2 in one hand without any strain. The tablet fits nicely into a bag or satchel, too, and doesn't make much difference to the overall weight, making it great for travel.

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 as opposed to clear plastic that looks like glass. This does make it easier to grip, though.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - back

The power button is on the left side of the handset, and Sony has made it a little more flush to the Xperia Z2 Tablet's casing than it was on the Xperia Tablet Z so that it doesn't protrude, which makes it less noticeable when using the tablet. This was an annoyance when using the Xperia Tablet Z because we found that it would get pressed when the tablet was in a bag or we were using the camera, for example, so we were pleased to see that Sony made this design change.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - buttons

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