- Eugene Kim , PC Magazine
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.
- Pete Pachal , Mashable
The Sony Xperia Z2 isn't just a great Android tablet — it's a great life partner.
- Vivid display
- Excellent design
- Fast performance
- IP55/IP58 ratings
- Screen resolution
- Reflective screen
- 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.”
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)
Thin beyond belief and more
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... Full review
Another solid tablet from Sony, but it just doesn’t do quite enough against the mighty iPad
Hard to recommend the over the fantastic and well-rounded iPad Air
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 pa... Full review
A masterclass of engineering, it almost doesn't seem real
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.... Full review
A great Android tablet, but still no iPad
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... Full review
One of the best Android tablets
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... Full review
For travel, you won’t find a better tablet
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 displa... Full review
Feels like a small Sony TV in your hand with all the power of the Xperia Z2 smartphone
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 table... Full review
Sleeker and faster than the competition
The slate experience, refined
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... Full review
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