4-10 April 2014 #701

Slim and svelte


Electronics giant Sony, with its Xperia range of smart phones, has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the smartphone market. However, when it comes to tabs, Xperia’s popularity still lags behind Apples and Kindles of the tech world. This may soon change with the release of Sony’s newest the Xperia Z2 tablet.

An improved version of the existing Tablet Z (launched last year), the Z2 packs in a new processor, adds the latest Android KitKat software, and further slims the design down. Yantrick has to give it up for the designers who not just managed to make the tab lighter (Tablet Z was already the thinnest, lightest tablet around the time of its release) but also more powerful.

Measuring at a mere 6.4mm thick, and weighing in at just 426g, the Z2 tablet is portability defined. Design-wise, the Z2 tablet has followed in the footsteps of its Xperia smart phone cousins; an all-glass front design, while the back panel is a smooth expanse of matte white or black plastic, and tucked into the top-right corner sits an 8-megapixel camera. Also like the Xperia phones, it is completely waterproof. An infrared blaster also sits atop the Z2 tablet, allowing you to use it as a remote control for your TV.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet’s 10.1-inch screen boasts full HD resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels), giving it a pixel density of 224 ppi, making it well equipped to tackle high-definition videos, games and web pages.

The display is extremely crisp, which is helped by the high brightness of the screen and the Z2 Tablet’s excellent handling of colour.

The Z2 Tablet is powered by Android’s mobile OS, and ships in the latest version of Android (4.4.2), tweaked to Sony’s Xperia feel. New users might quickly get hooked just by navigating its simple interface. Stuffed into that innocuously sleek Z2 tablet frame is a hefty quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (clocked at 2.3GHz), 3GB of RAM, and on-board storage of 16GB (additional storage of up to128 GB is available via a microSD card)- an impressive lineup of specs that allow for a smooth gaming, web browsing and HD movie viewing experience. Capably backing up the specs is the Z2 tablet’s battery, which manages to last despite a full working day of fairly intense use.

Yantrick’s Verdict: Solid specs, extremely light, thin frame, and a beautiful screen, along with its dust and water-proof features make the Z2 a suitable choice for those on the lookout for a top-end tablet.