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Sony Xperia Z SGP311U1/B 10.1-Inch 16GB Tablet (2013 Model)
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 10.1 inches Display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz
- 16 GB Flash Memory, 2 GB RAM Memory
- 9-hour battery life, 2.21 pounds
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It's sharper. Faster. More vivid. It's also the world's thinnest 10.1” tablet, with a dust- and water-resistant design that lets you enjoy it practically anywhere. For razor-sharp video and bright, lifelike photos, the Xperia Tablet Z's screen takes advantage of Sony's world-renowned display technology. And it's just as impressive on the inside, with a quad-core processor for blistering speed and jaw-dropping graphics. There's even an NFC One-Touch feature that lets you wirelessly transfer
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I know it's been said in many reviews, but seriously, this thing is amazingly light and well balanced. At roughly the equivalent in weight to an iPad Mini, it's a remarkable feat of engineering. Yet it's also quite solid and exceptionally well made. There is no tablet lighter and thinner than the Z...period.
Powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor, the Z scores a remarkable Antutu benchmark of 20,000+ straight out of the box, readily defeating the Nexus 10. That's some serious power, and it shows in smooth and responsive controls, whether surfing the web, running apps, or playing graphic-intensive games. The GPS locked onto 15 satellites INDOORS within seconds using GPS Test. WIFI is rock solid and supports dual-channel wireless speeds of 300 mbs. It links up with a PS3 Dual Shock controller through a USB host adapter at first, then wirelessly after being paired with the tablet. It has a Micro SD card slot for memory expansion up to 64 GB. It even has a built in FM radio for heaven's sake. The IR remote control works very, very well, and the channel guide with show descriptions and pictures is a great added feature. And the ability to "throw" the channel to your TV with a simple swipe is pretty cool. And although Sony claims that the WIFI mirroring of your tablet screen is a feature for Sony smart HDTVs, it worked perfectly with my LG TV, much to my surprise. I really haven't had the ability to test out the NFC capability, but I suspect I will eventually as the standard is more widely adopted.
Hands down, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z has the most vivid screen of any tablet I've seen, including the Transformer Prime, Nexus 10, and Apple iPad 4, thanks to the Bravia 2 engine, the same used in Sony's HDTVs. It's simply stunning. While not as high of a resolution as the Nexus 10 or iPad 4, I personally think the difference is hardly noticeable in side-by-side comparisons. A Matte finish would have been great as the screen is glossy, but no more so than the other tablets out there.
Sony touts the sound as a primary feature of the tablet, and for the most part, it lives up to the hype. The 3D surround is decent, although I have to say the Galaxy Note 10.1 still has the best overall stereo and 3D sound with its forward facing bezel-lined speakers. Still, the Sony sound is plenty loud, and full of nice enhancements and equalizers for fine tuning. I have to be honest and say that I was slightly disappointed in this regard, as the overall sound feels hollow, no matter how you adjust it. Not nearly as rich as the Kindle Fire HD's powerful speakers. But still, it's a tablet after all, and headphones are the way to go, with full surround sound support that's REALLY nice in every respect... something I don't think any other tablet features.
Sony made a lot out of the use of its EXMOR low light sensors used in the front 2 MP and rear 8 MP cameras, but at this point, despite it's plethora of features and adjustments, I find the results to be disappointing when used indoors...where you'd think the sensors are best suited. The result is noticeable graininess, even in fairly well lit indoor areas. Outdoors? No problem. Nice, crisp, well saturated photos and video that are as good as you'll get on any tablet. But why manufacturers can't use the same cameras as their smartphones is beyond me. Anyway, I have to say that Burst Mode is really cool. I got some awesome hummingbird photos while sitting on the back porch. I'm hoping Sony can wring out better results with firmware updates down the road.
A lot has been said about the fact that it's running an earlier, skinned build of the Android OS: 4.1.2 as opposed to 4.2.2 on the Nexus 10. But honestly, the added Sony specific features are largely well implemented while keeping the experience true to the standard Android OS. Sony also stated that they'll have a 4.2 update "soon", but we'll have to see how that pans out.
HEY! IT'S WATERPROOF!
Although this may not be a selling point for many, it does open up some places for use that no other tablet offers, at least without some trepidation, like at the pool, spa, bathtub, or in the rain. Pretty cool I think, and yes, it really does work as advertised. You can't help but feel strange submerging it in a sink full of water for a couple of minutes (up to 30 by Sony's standards), but afterwards, you'll know for sure that you don't have to worry about liquids damaging your investment.
Even though it's substantially smaller than the majority of tablet batteries, the Z DOES last as long as Sony claims, and even exceeds my expectations. So far, I've gotten 8 hours of constant use, from surfing to video playback to playing graphic intensive games, and it's down to about 15% remaining. Need I say more?
Bottom line? Sony delivered in a big way, and it appears that they've learned from their mistakes in previous, rather anemic tablet offerings. The combination of a great hi rez screen, decent sound, expandable storage, ease of extended use, battery life, raw horsepower... plus features like universal remote control and waterproof... really do make the sum of the whole the best there is, in my opinion.
Well done Sony, well done!
I won't bore you with all the specs...if you are shopping for a tablet and are considering this one, you already know them.
The "waterproof" tag catches your eye, but the feel of this pad is what will REALLY grab you. Super thin, great styling, well placed speakers. Without a case, this pad weighs similar to a pad of paper. No fatigue or "thumb" strain! The screen is very bright with great resolution. Colors are vivid.
Pop in a 64G micro SD card and you have over 75G of usable space!
I keep "stamina" mode active. This shuts down all un-needed operations and connections while the screen is turned off. Tap it back on and everything picks up right were you were...fantastic. I find that I get around 8 hours streaming video or and surfing. I've rarely depleted more than 70% of the battery in one day.
The "waterproof" function is interesting, though I haven't used it. Sony covers all the ports with attached, removable plastic covers. They seem to work fine. Keeps the dust and dirt out of your USB port.
Sony includes an "IR" blaster that works well to control most devices.
When traveling, I now pack this pad, my Bluetooth keyboard and mouse instead of lugging my laptop, charger and all the accoutrements!
The only negative that I have regarding this pad is a currently unaddressed software issue. While using the pad in landscape mode, the keyboard flickers. I have found the flicker with all installed keyboards. The work around is to disable HW overlays under developer options.That takes care of the issue. There have been a few software updates, but this issue has not been resolved. I don't know if all the 311's have this issue, but I believe they do. Both the units that I've tested have the issue. Current Android version is 4.3, with 4.4 Kit Kat coming any day to US versions. According to users in other countries, the updated OS still does not address the issue.
I really like this tablet. If the flicker gets resolved in the future, it would be a five-star review. Get your hands on the competitors. If you aren't an Apple fanboy, this pad will be at or near the top of the list!
The display on this tablet is breathtaking...seriously! And holding it is nothing short of pleasurable. So light and thin you hardly know it's there.
Set up was a breeze. Have not had one hiccup with my Wi Fi connection, or any of the keyboard glitches that others have complained about. And I use this tablet every day and basically do everything on it while outside of work. My only complaint is the same complaint I have with all of these electronics that ship with so much junk already installed. I have not uninstalled anything for fear of removing something important but that is my next project!
I have had some disappointing experiences with Sony products in the past so I was a little hesitant with this purchase. I purchased a Sony digital frame about 6 months ago that has an amazing display so that really was the catalyst in getting me to give Sony a chance with this tablet. So far worth every penny. If you have had a bad experience with other tablets that cost the same or more as this one you will understand!