Sony’s new flagship tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z is now out in the market. It is the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet right now.
The question now is: Will this tablet be able to compete with the current cream of the crop tablets in the market? Here are the pros and cons of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z.
As said above, this is the thinnest and lightest 10-incher in the market right now. Although many would have preferred a metallic body instead of the plastic back, you cannot deny that the Xperia Tablet Z looks like a premium tablet. For those who are worried about its durability, let us remember that it is part of the Xperia series, which is known for rugged devices.
Dust and water proof
Like the other Xperia devices before it, including the current Sony Xperia Z smartphone, the Xperia Tablet Z is also dust and water proof. The tablet has 3 ports: headphone, MHL, and MicroSD, all of which can be covered with flaps. So how waterproof is this device? You can submerge the Xperia Tablet Z to up to 3 feet of water.
Exmor R Tech
This is a revolutionary innovation by Sony. By placing the lens wiring at the rear, it does not hamper the scope of the camera lens, allowing it to take in more light and more information. This makes it easier to take pictures even in low-light environments.
Processor and GPU
Playing 3D games with this baby is no problem, thanks to its quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and Adreno 320 GPU. It also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, and it has a gyroscope and an accelerometer. Plus, it is running Jellybean 4.1 for that smooth user experience.
For all the powerful hardware this device has, it is such a pity that it has poor Wi-Fi capabilities. Streaming and VoIP calls can be frustrating as a lot of buffering and lags can be experienced; connecting the tablet to the TV through DLNA results in a lot of buffering as well. You might as well go for a wired MHL connection instead, but it kind of defeats the purpose of having a portable tablet.
Sony could have not included NFC in the tablet but they did. Only, you’ll kind of wish they did not. Like its Wi-Fi connection, file transfers through NFC can be a lot of hassle. Located at the NFC logo at the back, the feature does work but not immediately. You would have to keep the two tablets touching together for a while before a successful transfer. Oddly, when done in reverse, it worked faster. Try transferring files from a Nexus 10 tablet and it will only need one bump.
If not for the Xmor R Tech, the camera would have been taking bad pictures. But with the new lens wiring tech, you get good images from the Xperia Tablet Z. But that is just it; pictures are good but not great. Quality is not at par with what you can expect from an 8MP shooter. In their next tablet, maybe Sony can include flash and a better image processing software.
For all of its limitations, Sony still expects consumers to drop $499 for this tablet. The problem with that is that there are smaller and more affordable tablets that perform better than the Xperia Tablet Z. It is just difficult to justify the premium price especially with all the concerns associated with the tablet.