Sony has had two attempts at making a high-end Android tablet. The previous Xperia tablets weren’t overly impressive and very much became one of the crowd. The firm aims to correct all this with the Xperia Tablet Z.
Priced at £399 the Sony Xperia Tablet Z goes directly up against the iPad 4 and high-end Android tablets such as the Nexus 10. It’s a tough battle so let’s find out whether the Xperia Tablet Z can deliver a knock-out blow. See also: What’s the best tablet PC?
SONY XPERIA TABLET Z: DESIGN AND BUILD
As the name suggests, the Xperia Tablet Z shares its design and style with the Xperia Z, a smartphone we’re very fond of which is still top of our chart. Sony has binned the wedged shape used for previous models.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z feels extremely good in your hands; it’s astonishingly thin and light at just 7mm and 495g. It’s a product that screams ‘Sony’ in terms of its design and build quality – that’s no bad thing.
Although it shares its design with the Xperia Z phone, the Tablet Z doesn’t have a glass rear cover. Intstead it’s a smooth, slightly rubbery feeling plastic. Nevertheless, it’s one of the best looking Android tablet on the market.
A feature which the Tablet Z shares with its smartphone counterpart is that it has a dust- and waterproof design. So now you can watch BBC iPlayer and check Facebook in the bath on a large screen, for example. As far as we know, no other tablet offers this feature.