Sony has now branded itself in producing anti-dust and water resistant products and this Xperia Tablet Z marks on the the milestone on making under water tablets possible. We at myphonedaily has just got out unit and we are now doing a brief review on this hot item which is sold in quite an expensive price. First, we really need to know how many people are bringing their tablets to swim or play underwater? The answer is funny, most of our respondents think that the tablets are not made for underwater activities but Sony still insisted on doing something different from others. At the same time of launch, Samsung has unveiled their Galaxy Note 8.0 which is a big improvement of their Note 10.1 and this is destined to be the Note series flagship in early 2013. The Xperia Tablet Z is packed with the latest
technology known to us. A 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor, Full HD 1080P display by their homemade Bravia Engine, IP57 water resistant design, 8.1 mega pixel rear camera, Andreno Graphic processing unit. So in this way you get the latest specification above all the market-available tablets. If you pursue high-end specification, the Tablet Z will be one of the nice choices.
The Xperia Tablet Z has a Full HD 1080P 10.1 inch display and it is only 495 gram in weight. A thing worth mentioning about the display is it has 1920 x 1200 pixel. It is by specification brighter and better than the Retina Display. The tablet is only 6.9mm thick and it should be one of the thinnest tablet yet in the world. The Camera has 16x Digital Zoom and the front camera is a 2.2 Mega Pixel camrea which supports up to 1080p photo shoot. The 2.2 megan pixel front facing camera is ideal for Skype and any other video calls.
The casing of the Tablet is made out of metallic ingredients and you can immediately feel it when you hold it in your hands. The texture feels comfortable at hand and it produce a quite elegant
The Bravia Engine 2 viewing experience is extraordinary but when you look closer to the screen you will find that it the colours are a bit biased and it clings to be a bit yellow. Most of the current popular applications such as YouTube, WhatsApp, Candy Crush do work on the new 1080P display so don’t worry about its compatibility.
The colours presented in the 1080P display is very rich but it seems a bit too cool. Video playbacks are very smooth without delays on the screens and we expect the graphic powered by the Andreno GPU should deal very nice image output. However, we think there are still some room for improvement for its audio output because we feel like the audio is not very concentrated. Maybe that is caused by the stress on water-proof design.
The Xperia Tablet Z works with 4G LTE networks in Hong Kong and you can see from the above image the speed of it was decent. It gave us around 6-7 MB per second download speed in a crowded underground restaurant area. Well, it happens to us that there a quite some number of apps such as this network bench mark don’t support the bigger screen an result in a quite weird user interface. But the number of these out-dated applications are not that considerable so no worries.
It is not as thin as the iPad mini but it is surely very thin for a water-proof product as of now. However I think the tablet itself is a bit too slippery and it easily goes off my hand if I don’t grip it with some force. In that case, I think buying a leather case can give you some protection. However, the shape of the tablet as a whole is too flat so it’s not quite user friendly. I couldn’t hold the tablet tight in hand and need to put it on the table instead.
You will need to flip open the port covers to access the power port and ear phone jack. That is something I dislike! Samsung’s latest Galaxy S IV Active has already featured water-proof ear phone jacks that doesn’t require covers so why can’t Sony develop something tantamount to that? It will cause some problem with the port covers including inconvenience and dust accumulation if you don’t clean it often.
The typing experience on the Tablet Z is satisfactory. You can easily type with two hands like on a keyboard. However, we think the keyboard by Sony is not as smooth as that of iPad and any other Apple products. But, the homemade keyboard by Sony is at least better than that of Samsung because Samsung’s word suggestion and auto-correction is kind of backward.
Yeah… the screen is quite yellow… This is quite common among the Sony products including the Xperia Z samrtphone which was the flagship 5 inch phone released this year.
Overall speaking, the Tablet Z is very satisfactory. But if you compare the specification against its price, the Tablet Z is not as economic as the iPads. Given the water-proof feature deserves some more money, Sony increase its tablet price drastically. However, not many of the customers buy the idea of a water-proof tablet simply because we don’t take tablets to bath or swim. It might be impracticable to take your tablet around. The Xperia Z smartphone is no dubt a success for Sony’s return, but the Tablet is not as useful as other tablets produced by other makers such as Samsung. If you find yourself really into underwater activity (not more than 1M), you might consider this. And we should remind you, if you take tablets to swim, you don’t actually need a water resistant tablet but a water-proof bag like the over-board iPad mini bag will do the trick. There are more upcoming reviews on the Xperia Tablet Z’s accessories so stay up to date with us!
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