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Monday, 1 July 2013

Sony Xperia Tablet Z review

Can a tablet ever be too thin? Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z is the companion device to its (xcellent) Xperia Z mobile phone, and both use a slimline design that is stylish, angular, waterproof and dustproof. The Tablet Z is a lightweight 495g and just 6.9mm thick, yet it gave me a great battery life of more than seven hours. It feels more futuristic even than the iPad simply because it is so implausibly thin and lasts so long.
And while I must confess I had no need or urge to test out its waterproof features, that addition is a useful thing to have too. It’s the tablet you could take into the bath if you really can’t put down that book or magazine.
Unfortunately, however, the Tablet Z doesn’t quite live up to its lovely styling and clever gimmicks – in part that’s because its corners make it slightly uncomfortable to hold for long periods, and also because its screen lacks the sharpness and brightness of its main Android rival, the Samsung-build Nexus 10. The 10” display boasts 224ppi, but with a resolution of 1920x1200 it doesn’t offer the quality of the iPad (admittedly 150g heavier) or the Nexus 10.

Water Proof

Dimensions 266 x 172 x 6.9 mm (10.47 x 6.77 x 0.27 in)
Weight 495 g (1.09 lb)
Display 1200 x 1920 pixels, 10.1 inches (~224 ppi pixel density)
Memory: Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB; internal 16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
Camera Primary 8.1 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, HDR
OS Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
Colors Black, White
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 890 h
Talk time Up to 10 h (multimedia)
Music play Up to 110 h
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