Maybe Apple iPad Air with its aluminum case looks cool, but if you dunk it in the bathroom, it will become a piece of useless metal.
With Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, things are different. This ten-inch tablet that replaces the Xperia Tablet Z is not only waterproof, but it can also give the iPad a bashing in terms of performance.
This review will help you find out what is so good Sony has inserted into its new Z2.
Design and build quality
The first thing you will notice when you take the Z2 (henceforth and hereinafter referred only to the tablet) in your hands, is its incredible subtlety. Since the time of its already thin predecessor, the new model has lost 0.6 mm and now has a thickness of 6.4 mm, and with its weight of 426 grams, the tablet feels like a thin reference book.
However, this extreme subtlety was given by Sony for a reason. While the iPad carries a very hard metal case, the Z2 feels more plastic and plays a little in your hands (I don’t know what this means, guys). The tablet can be bent quite easily, but this should not be a special problem, because breaking it into two halves is far from easy.
From a design point of view, almost nothing has changed since the last model. A solid piece of glass and not a single button looks at you from the front. The back panel is entirely made of pieces of black and white plastic, and in the center has a small Sony logo.
The tablet has an aspect ratio of 16: 9, which is an undoubted advantage for watching movies, but still does not mean the device is very comfortable to stretch (in horizontal mode, holding this tablet with one hand is uncomfortable).
The situation is exacerbated by the thick bezel of the screen (22mm on each side). This wasted place produces the effect of cheapness, because cheap tablets often carry a huge cut, so that when the backlight is off, the screen appears larger than it is. However, due to the subtlety of the device, it immediately becomes clear why this frame exists at all, and I do not blame Sony for it.
6.4 millimeters of grace
Like the previous model, the Z2 series tablet is waterproof and can withstand not only a cocktail accidentally spilled on it, but also keep company in the bathroom.
Personally, I like to watch various shows when I cook, and I really like the fact that Z2 can not be afraid to get dirty, because even I spill sauce on it, everything will be washed off under running water. The main thing is not to confuse the tablet and the cutting board.
Water is held from ports by means of rubber inserts. But the headphone port is sealed by itself, so you don’t have to worry about it when you listen to music in the rain.
There is also an infrared port on top so you can use your tablet as a remote control from the TV (if the remote control from the TV didn’t please you for some reason).
The 10.1 inch Full HD screen has a resolution of 1,920x1,200 pixels (224ppi), and the picture on it is clear and bright. And although the Z2 does not reach the resolution of the iPad (2.048x1.536 pixels, 264ppi), when comparing side by side, you are unlikely to see too much difference.
As I said earlier, the display is very bright and clear. There are sharp borders around letters and icons, and HD photos look just awesome.
This panel has very wide viewing angles, and the Triluminous technology allows you to transmit truly natural colors. And when I say that the colors are natural, they really look natural. Shades are very saturated and bright, but at the same time they do not look artificial.
And if you don’t like something, then Sony allows adjusting the white balance in the settings, which, although I didn’t need it, is a nice plus.
Software and processor
Sony did its homework, and the Z2 immediately comes with the new version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat . This is good news, because I heard about how Sony has been updating its devices for a long time (Z1 has not yet received its portion of KitKat), so I'm glad that Android 4.4.2 is available for this tablet right from the first seconds of turning it on.
In terms of software, Sony has done the same as with its other mobile devices. Namely, it filled them with countless unnecessary programs of its production.
Five home screens are crowded with services for streaming music, movies and photo and video galleries. But it should be noted that the interface in some appas is pretty good, and you can use them (if you're a fan) without threatening the psyche.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with a clock frequency of 2.3GHz is built into a thin chassis, and it is supported by three gigabytes of RAM. At the Geekbench 2 benchmark tester, the Z2 achieved an impressive 3,787 points, thus catching up with such a heavyweight as the Xperia Z1 (phone). Navigation has always been smooth, I have never noticed lags or slowdowns.
Thank God Sony did not take a break with the Z2 update.
As it turned out, the new Z2 also launches applications and games without hesitation. Moreover, "without hesitation" - it is poorly said. Riptide GP 2 was incredibly smooth, just like Dead Trigger 2. And while testing the graphics on Ice Storm Unlimited 3D Mark, the tablet showed an amazing 18.971 points that crushed iPad Air from its 14.605.
After a week of testing, I still did not find any weaknesses in terms of performance. What would you like to do on your new tablet: play the most modern games or just watch Netflix, sometimes interrupting sessions by checking mail. Z2 works flawlessly, and Sony gets a solid five for performance.
On the one hand, in the test for playing endless video at 50% brightness, the Z2 lasted 13 hours and 20 minutes - the same time as the iPad Air.
However, not everything is as rosy as it seems, because when you load the processor with difficult tasks, it starts to work in some kind of forced mode, which very quickly sucks all the juices out of the battery.
In addition, the tablet charges longer than usual, and both of these factors mean that if you want to use the Z2 power to the maximum, it is not recommended that you go far from the outlet.
I was also alerted that the tablet does not save a charge well in standby mode.
Once, after four hours with the screen turned off, I discovered that the Z2 had lost as much as 10 percent of its charge.
A video test showed that the tablet can use its battery power wisely, so maybe this is a software problem. For example, applications running in the background update their status too often. If so, I hope Sony will rectify the situation soon.
With itself, the Z2 has a rear 8 megapixel camera, which is somewhat out of place on such a large device. It is unlikely that it would occur to you to shoot all day on your tablet when, most likely, a more convenient smartphone is in your pocket. But despite this, the tablet makes good pictures that look quite natural and sharp.
Sample image from Z2
In the dark areas of the picture there is some noise, but I did not notice anything criminal.
- Powerful processor
- Great screen
- Waterproof and very thin body
- Slurred battery
- Huge screen bezels
Sony Xperia Z2 is not a rethinking of its predecessor, it does not need to be one.
The design itself is pleasing, and the waterproof case and quad-core processor allow you to surpass your competitors.
But still, the battery upset me a little. Although the tablet is capable of long hours of operation, with a heavy processor load, this time is noticeably reduced, which is annoying.
But if you are not afraid to be tied to a power outlet and want a tablet that is strong in all respects, an Android tablet, the Sony Xperia Z2, at a price of $ 499, should suit you like no other.
ATTENTION! This is a translation of a CNET review.