Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

8.4/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
10.1"

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet's screen is 10.1 inches with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
6000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6000 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 51.7 days standby time.



The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is a stylish and powerful Android tablet, but aside from its razor thin profile, there's little to distinguish it from its peers.

- Eugene Kim , PC Magazine 

The Sony Xperia Z2 isn't just a great Android tablet — it's a great life partner.

- Pete Pachal , Mashable 

Reviews summary

8.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 28 reviews

What's good

  • Vivid display
  • Excellent design
  • Fast performance
  • IP55/IP58 ratings

What's bad

  • Screen resolution
  • Reflective screen
  • Price
  • Battery life

The original Xperia Z Tablet proved Sony had the chops to compete in the tablet market. Time has passed and competitors are lining up. While the changes to the tablet are largely tweaks to the standard Sony formula, it offers a compelling package. Does it all add up to a great experience? Let’s check out the reviews.

The tablet’s star is a 10.1-inch display that TechRadar calls ““the best-looking Android tablet on the market” thanks to its Live Color LED technology. All reviews remarked on the lifelike color and excellent contrast. Unfortunately, reviews were split on the resolution of the screen. At just 1920-by-1200 pixels, the Z2 Tablet falls behind many of its competitors. TechRadar says, “boot up a web page, book or app with small text and you'll notice the difference in sharpness” while PC Pro UK was more lenient, stating “pixel density of 224ppi isn’t an issue.”

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Another area in which most reviews agreed was the design and build of the tablet. With Sony’s Omnibalance design, the squared, thin design has many fans. Engadget applauded the tablet, stating, ““you'd be hard-pressed to pick one up and not be struck by its svelte shape (6.35mm) and light weight.” With a waterproof headphone jack and covered MicroSD and SIM slots, it achieves IP55 and IP58 waterproof and dustproof ratings as well.

Behind the pretty design is equally powerful hardware. Thanks to the lower resolution display, the Snapdragon 801 at 2.3GHz and 3GB of RAM offer plenty of power to keep the experience silky smooth. Reviews noted zero hesitation, great multitasking performance and great gameplay. TechRadar dubbed the Z2 Tablet “a blazingly fast piece of kit.”

Unfortunately, there were a few weak links pointed out. With a 6,000mAh battery, the battery life falls far behind the competition. PC Magazine’s benchmarks yielded only 5 hours of battery life. While other reviews managed to squeak out a day’s use, all noted needing to find a charger by the end of the night.

While a 10-inch tablet isn’t exactly ideal for photography, it does feature an 8MP rear-facing camera with no flash and a 2MP front facing camera for selfies and video chat. None of the reviews found the camera unusable, but Engadget summed up opinions well, stating, “neither camera is anything to write home about.”

Overall, the Z2 Tablet is largely an overhaul of the previous Xperia Z Tablet. Better specs and a few refinements, but in the end, standard Sony design and feel. Reviews agree that it is a quality piece of equipment, but many wonder if it will stand up to the competitive market. PC Magazine perhaps summarizes thoughts on the Xperia Z2 best, saying that it “might win folks over with its design, but it fails to distinguish itself in any other meaningful way.”


Reviews (8.4/10 Avg. rating)


iTechTriad

Thin beyond belief and more

from iTechTriad

Overall I think the Xperia Z2 Tablet is easily one of the best tablets currently on the market. There’s only two things I don’t like about it. First, I’m not the biggest fan of that display. I think this tablet would be so much more amazing with a Quad-HD resolution. Second, the price tag. At $499 this tablet is about the right price for what you get, but still more than I'd want to pay for the display. Competing tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 cost only $499 and the Nexus 10, in it’s time, was only $399. Both of those come with higher resolution 2560x1440 displays which provide much better viewing experiences. I think a slightly lower price tag would make this slate an even more compelling package.

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Overall I think the Xperia Z2 Tablet is easily one of the best tablets currently on the market. There’s only two things I don’t like about it. First, I’m not the biggest fan of that display. I think this tablet would be so much more amazing with a Quad-HD resolution. Second, the price tag. At $499 this tablet is about the right price for what you get, but still more than I'd want to pay for the display. Competing tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 cost only $499 and the Nexus 10, in it’s time, was only $399. Both of those come with higher resolution 2560x1440 displays which provide much better viewing experiences. I think a slightly lower price tag would make this slate an even more compelling package.

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What Hi-Fi

Another solid tablet from Sony, but it just doesn’t do quite enough against the mighty iPad

from What Hi-Fi

Overall, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 is an impressive piece of kit – with its superb screen and sound, battery capacity and user-friendly interface, it ticks all the right boxes to deserve a place on your shortlist.

It doesn’t merit the full five stars, however, for a number of important reasons – that reflective front and flexing chassis; lacking some detail and when it comes to Android, if compared to other tabs. But the major reason is this… the iPad is still out there, and nothing yet has knocked it off its perch. 

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Overall, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 is an impressive piece of kit – with its superb screen and sound, battery capacity and user-friendly interface, it ticks all the right boxes to deserve a place on your shortlist.

It doesn’t merit the full five stars, however, for a number of important reasons – that reflective front and flexing chassis; lacking some detail and when it comes to Android, if compared to other tabs. But the major reason is this… the iPad is still out there, and nothing yet has knocked it off its perch. 

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TechSpot

Hard to recommend the over the fantastic and well-rounded iPad Air

from TechSpot

There are many things that Sony has done right with the Xperia Z2 Tablet. For one, the design is absolutely incredible: a slim and light body is complemented by great materials, IP58 water resistance, and a solid construction, making the tablet look and feel futuristic. The bezels are a little too large, but after a week of using the device it’s easy to look past this flaw....

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There are many things that Sony has done right with the Xperia Z2 Tablet. For one, the design is absolutely incredible: a slim and light body is complemented by great materials, IP58 water resistance, and a solid construction, making the tablet look and feel futuristic. The bezels are a little too large, but after a week of using the device it’s easy to look past this flaw.

Internally, the Snapdragon 801 SoC is extremely powerful, making the Xperia Z2 Tablet one of the fastest ARM-based tablets available. The display used is also fantastic, fixing the issues of Sony’s past panels while producing vivid colors and great clarity thanks to its WUXGA resolution. Battery life isn’t as good as it could be, but at the same time it’s not overly terrible.

But the good hardware of the Xperia Z2 Tablet is let down by poor software. Android on a 10-inch tablet just isn’t all that special, lacking when it comes to both applications and features, where iOS and Windows 8.1 succeed respectively. There’s nothing that’s especially terrible about tablet Android, but it’s still behind its competitors and there has been little improvement.

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TechnoBuffalo

A masterclass of engineering, it almost doesn't seem real

from TechnoBuffalo

There hasn’t been a ton of Android tablets this year outside of the Samsung camp, so this is definitely a nice breath of fresh air. The hardware alone is worthy of your attention, though the software, while functional enough and pretty decent on the eyes, can be sluggish and frustrating. Is it better than, say, Apple’s iPad? No, definitely not....

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There hasn’t been a ton of Android tablets this year outside of the Samsung camp, so this is definitely a nice breath of fresh air. The hardware alone is worthy of your attention, though the software, while functional enough and pretty decent on the eyes, can be sluggish and frustrating. Is it better than, say, Apple’s iPad? No, definitely not.

But among similar tablets on the Android side, the Z2 Tablet certainly stands out. It can’t be overstated how lovely the hardware is; that breathless feeling after picking it up is uncommon, highlighting how special this is.

You could argue the bezel could be smaller, but that’s about the only knock on hardware. Despite being extremely thin, light and waterproof, it gets days and days of battery, and that back soft touch cover feels just right. You can also comfortably hold the device one-handed without getting fatigued, which is a miracle for a tablet of this size.

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Techland

A great Android tablet, but still no iPad

from Techland

The newest Sony tablet is the Xperia Z2–not to be confused with the phone of the same name. As the name indicates, this is an evolutionary advance on the Xperia Z, rather than a radical rethinking of what a tablet should be.

There’s a lot that’s very nice about this tablet: It’s both Sony’s best tablet to date and one of the best Android models, period. But as with other Android tablets, trumping the iPad Air in certain respects doesn’t mean you’re in the same Zip Code when it comes to overall experience....

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The newest Sony tablet is the Xperia Z2–not to be confused with the phone of the same name. As the name indicates, this is an evolutionary advance on the Xperia Z, rather than a radical rethinking of what a tablet should be.

There’s a lot that’s very nice about this tablet: It’s both Sony’s best tablet to date and one of the best Android models, period. But as with other Android tablets, trumping the iPad Air in certain respects doesn’t mean you’re in the same Zip Code when it comes to overall experience.

If you’re going to buy an Android tablet, the Xperia Z2 merits your attention. It’s a solid piece of hardware with style to spare, and a worthy alternative to anything available from Samsung. The Z2, pleasing though it is some respects, is yet another Android model which doesn’t perform that rare feat of mathematical magic.

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Notebookcheck

One of the best Android tablets

from Notebookcheck

Sony makes a lot of things right and equips the tablet with a fast and modern SoC and a great display. We also like the current Google Android 4.4 KitKat.

The tablet has excellent multimedia features, but the sound is not really convincing. We would have expected better speakers.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is surprisingly light and very thin. You will be surprised when you hold it for the first time.

The build quality could be better, and it is still far away from the stability and perfection of the iPad. The display frame in particular is susceptible to pressure. The position of the speakers could be better as well. It will not be a problem when you watch a movie or listen to music while the tablet is in the docking station, but the speakers are quickly covered when you hold the device with your hands. The sound quality also leaves room for improvement.

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Sony makes a lot of things right and equips the tablet with a fast and modern SoC and a great display. We also like the current Google Android 4.4 KitKat.

The tablet has excellent multimedia features, but the sound is not really convincing. We would have expected better speakers.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is surprisingly light and very thin. You will be surprised when you hold it for the first time.

The build quality could be better, and it is still far away from the stability and perfection of the iPad. The display frame in particular is susceptible to pressure. The position of the speakers could be better as well. It will not be a problem when you watch a movie or listen to music while the tablet is in the docking station, but the speakers are quickly covered when you hold the device with your hands. The sound quality also leaves room for improvement.

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What Mobile

For travel, you won’t find a better tablet

from What Mobile

An innovative design and water and dust resistance make the Xperia Z2 Tablet worthy of your attention. While the display is impressive, the screen’s resolution is beaten by the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. Its powerful processor is slightly faster than Amazon’s rival tablet and boosts performance when gaming, using apps and web browsing....

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An innovative design and water and dust resistance make the Xperia Z2 Tablet worthy of your attention. While the display is impressive, the screen’s resolution is beaten by the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. Its powerful processor is slightly faster than Amazon’s rival tablet and boosts performance when gaming, using apps and web browsing.

Other functions including the standard camera and video playback are pleasant additions, but they offer little new. It’s a solid all-round tablet and while the same price could buy you a better display, its sleek design is a market leader.

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Android Authority

Feels like a small Sony TV in your hand with all the power of the Xperia Z2 smartphone

from Android Authority

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is certainly a premium device, and luckily, that is as true as much in the experience as it is with the price. While its main competitor, the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, does include Samsung’s flavour of Android, and course, there is also the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014, that has the S-Pen functionality to boast, all on a screen with an even higher resolution, ultimately you’re looking at whether or not Sony’s style and thinner, nimbler tablet is more suited to your needs. In a lot of ways, the Sony style is hard to deny, and the Xperia Z2 tablet does feel premium enough in a number of respects to justify its higher cost.

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The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is certainly a premium device, and luckily, that is as true as much in the experience as it is with the price. While its main competitor, the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, does include Samsung’s flavour of Android, and course, there is also the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014, that has the S-Pen functionality to boast, all on a screen with an even higher resolution, ultimately you’re looking at whether or not Sony’s style and thinner, nimbler tablet is more suited to your needs. In a lot of ways, the Sony style is hard to deny, and the Xperia Z2 tablet does feel premium enough in a number of respects to justify its higher cost.

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AndroidSPIN

Sleeker and faster than the competition

from AndroidSPIN

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.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of our favourite Android tablets at the moment. It's lightweight, elegant looking and offers great performance. And if that wasn't enough, it's waterproof, meaning you can read an ebook in the bath and not greatly fear the inevitable contact with bath water....

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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.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of our favourite Android tablets at the moment. It's lightweight, elegant looking and offers great performance. And if that wasn't enough, it's waterproof, meaning you can read an ebook in the bath and not greatly fear the inevitable contact with bath water.

If you're looking for the best Android tablet that you can get right now, then the Sony Z2 Tablet might be the one for you.

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Know Your Mobile

The slate experience, refined

from Know Your Mobile

The design of the Xperia Z2 Tablet is much of the same. But if you’ve had any experience with the previous tablet you’ll be taken aback with how much thinner and lighter the slate is – and that's the real story here. The design was always great, we just wanted it to be a little lighter, so in this regard we're very impressed....

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The design of the Xperia Z2 Tablet is much of the same. But if you’ve had any experience with the previous tablet you’ll be taken aback with how much thinner and lighter the slate is – and that's the real story here. The design was always great, we just wanted it to be a little lighter, so in this regard we're very impressed.

The display is also stunning and we love having a water and dust resistant tablet – no wonder everybody is now taking Sony's lead. The only real downside is the flimsy nature of that port cover. Beyond this the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is a fine slate that is easily comparable to the best Android has to offer. It looks great, has plenty of power and comes jam-packed with a ton of useful features.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date March 22, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Secondary OS No
Processor Qualcomm MSM8974AB Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.26 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time 13 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 13 hours
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time 51.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.2 x 26.6 x 0.6 cm (6.8 x 10.5 x 0.2 in)
Weight 439 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Pixel density 224 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA, SyncML
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Scene recognition
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony SGP521, SGP541, SGP551

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