Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: Large Android tablets get their cool back

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Credit: Michael Homnick
At a Glance
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

    PCWorld Rating

    The Xperia Z2 Tablet is water-resistant, thin, and, easy to use on a commute. But it also carries a fairly steep price tag.

Sony isn’t exactly topping the charts for selling the most Android devices. But maybe it can reverse its fortunes with its Xperia Z2 Tablet. The device offers beauty and brains, and you can dunk it in the pool if you felt like it. Despite some relatively minor setbacks, it’s the best 10-inch Android tablet we’ve seen this year.

For more details, read the full review of Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet on Greenbot.com

Almost indistinguishable from its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is many things that rival 10-inch Android tablets are not—light, thin, and premium-looking. It’s more comfortable to hold than a fourth-generation iPad and, despite its size, it won’t weigh down your bag. And it’s still waterproof: You can take the Xperia Z2 to a pool to watch a movie without fearing water damage.

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The Xperia Z2 Tablet is waterproof like its predecessor (though those water droplets would make it hard to operate the device’s touchscreen).

Sony’s much ballyhooed X-Reality image-processing seems to be more than just a clever marketing ploy. Once you flip the switch from within the settings panel, the Z2’s 10.1-inch, 1080p IPS LCD displays sharper visuals, as well as more contrasted and saturated colors akin to Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays. It’s great when you’re watching a particularly dark Netflix flick or a poorly encoded video you loaded on yourself, but I didn’t find it useful beyond those particular instances. Otherwise, the Z2’s display is naturally bright and vivid, and its viewing angles make it easy to share the tablet with a friend.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is the latest device we’ve reviewed that sports a quad-core, 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and Adreno 330 GPU. Multitasking was just as smooth as the two flagship handsets that preceded it, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), and its high performance innards will ensure that the tablet is somewhat future proof—at least alongside this recent wave of device launches. 

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The rear-facing camera on the Xperia Z2 didn’t really blow us away.

On the camera front, it’s disappointing that Sony didn’t equip the Z2 Tablet’s 8 megapixel camera with capabilities similar to that of the Xperia Z1S. Like the Xperia Z1S, the camera software features an auto mode that adjusts the camera settings based on the photo situation at hand. Regardless, the Xperia Z2 Tablet still produced photos with faded colors, whether they were taken indoors or out. 

The Xperia Z2 Tablet’s 6000mAh battery pack lasted about 8 hours and 40 minutes during our video playback test. The device is not an energy hog by any means, although other tablets out there, like the 7-inch, second-generation Nexus 7 with a 3,950mAh battery pack lasted about as long through the same video playback test. 

The bottom line

I haven’t been this impressed with a 10-inch Android tablet since the Samsung-manufactured Nexus 10. If I were considering a larger-sized tablet, I’d look Sony’s way. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is water-resistant, thin, and, because of its light build, easy to utilize on the train ride to work to get some work done. Its only major setback is that it starts at $500, so you’ll really have to consider if what it offers is worth the cash you’d have to fork over.

This story, "Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: Large Android tablets get their cool back " was originally published by Greenbot.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    The Xperia Z2 Tablet is water-resistant, thin, and, easy to use on a commute. But it also carries a fairly steep price tag.

    Pros

    • 1080p display is crisp, clear, and great for watching video
    • Thin, light, and easy to cart around

    Cons

    • Rear-facing camera is subpar
    • Speakers easily covered up because of their poor placement
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