Sleek and sexy – it’s a tablet that can swim and it is slimmer than anything else in the market. The Sony Xperia Z is a stunner in the looks department is well designed too however does it have enough juice to match up to contenders well seeded in the tablet market?
The Sony Xperia Z smartphones did make a huge splash, quite literally, when they were launched a few months back. Being the first of its kind – waterproof and dustproof smart phones, it was only natural that the phones would get a standing ovation. Now Sony brings the same concept to the tablet market hoping to capture a little of this foreign platform.
The screen is a large 10.1 inch TFT with a native 1920 by 1200 pixel resolution and 225 PPI density, which may not match with what the Nexus 10 and iPad have to offer on paper but in reality, it delivers crisp and beautiful color and contrast. Images and text appear to be sharp as ever and we believe this is thanks to the Sony BRAVIA Engine 2 technology.
Don’t expect a lot of advancements in the user interface though as it operates off 4.1.2 Jelly Bean using Sony’s proprietary screen. The lock screen is reminiscent of its Z smartphones with unlocking gestures and shortcuts to directly gain access to the camera, walkman app. The Tablet’s UI comes with capacitative buttons for Task switcher, home and back button placed conveniently to the bottom left corner like in older tablets. Likewise, this Z tablet uses the older version of displaying onscreen controls and all status indicators to the left bottom half of the screen along with the notification panel and quick access options.
The Walkman feature is definitely an unique selling point of this tablet along with the built-in photo editor and Album app that connects directly to services such as Facebook Picasa and others. As for Web browsing the tablet uses Chrome browser with some extra apps packed into the app menu.
Coming to the camera, there is plenty here with a 8 megapixel back camera and a decent front camera. All the features that make Sony cams so great are present here and it does take astonishingly great day shots. Plus, you get HDR video recording too. The only area where the camera starts to falter a bit is in indoor shots where pics can turn a bit grainy. Focusing does tend to take a while longer than usual and if you capture videos at 1080p then the max frame rate available is 30fps.
Battery Life And Performance
Powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GGz Quad core S4 Pro processor with 2GB RAM and a cool Adreno 320 GPU, 16GB internal space expandable with a microSD card up to 32GB, there is definitely a lot available to consumers compared to other tablets. Add to this the fact that it works perfectly well under water and doesn’t attract dust, and you get a versatile long lasting tablet for all weather use. The battery is a decent 6000mAh ample for 5 hours of HD playback or thrice more on Walkman mode.
Retailing close to a $1000, this tablet is definitely geared towards the premium category of consumers but it doesn’t offer a lot to impress this segment. iPad lovers will not want the Android OS and with Sony’s proprietary interface, expect a few lags and hanged apps. However, active outgoing folks will definitely have a blast with this tablet, the king of rainy seasons. At least, there isn’t another tablet on the market that can survive for a second under water.