There are more tablets on the market than anyone can keep track of, so needless to say, it takes a lot to stand out. Yet Sony has managed to do just that with their new Xperia Tablet Z. This 10.1″ tablet is super svelte and skinny, yet it packs in a large display. And despite its generous display real estate, it’s still very lightweight and easy to travel with. It’s also great for reading and holding for long periods of time.
Plus, it’s quite apparent that Sony has listened to the feedback from their customers. To that effect Sony has included an improved 1920×1200 reality display that is powered by the Bravia Engine. This display is much brighter, sharper and colorful than the display on their previous generation of tablets. That said, the display isn’t one of the best on the market, but it’s still an excellent display.
When it comes to Android, Sony has made some great tweaks and additions to the Android 4.1 user interface, all without bogging it down. Sony’s overlay is clean, and we love its inclusion of small apps which work as pop-up windows for true multitasking. Furthermore, Sony has bundled the tablet with plenty of useful apps, and not just bloatware the way so many other companies do.
It’s both water and dust resistant. Which means you can take it with you to the beach, or even use it in the kitchen without worrying.
Sony comes bundled with lots of great apps, including a slick app for monitoring your social feeds on multiple social networks.
Sony’s Small apps lets you use apps like web browser, calculator, notes, and remote in a popup window. That means you can really multitask, just like you would on a computer.
The Tablet Z isn’t designed to operate under water, but it is is waterproof. To that effect, it can stay in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes at a time. So you could take a shower with it…
or wash it under the sink.
The Tablet Z also works as a universal remote. That means you can use it to control multiple devices in your home entertainment center – like your DVR, Cable Box, TV, and more.
Connect a pair of headphones to the tablet and it will even work as an FM radio!
Unlike with the previous generation of Sony tablets, Sony has made the charging port non proprietary this time around. Instead, you can charge the tablet with its standard, and much more convenient, micro USB port. Oh, and it has a MicroSD card slot too.
Despite packing in a generous 10.1″ display, the Xperia tablet Z measures just .27″ thin, and weighs just 1.09 lbs. That makes it both lighter and thinner than the iPad which actually sports a smaller display.
Most tablets lack in the camera department, but the Tablet Z actually packs in a great front-facing camera with an 8.1MP Exmor R sensor.
Unlike so many neglected Android tablets out there, Sony is offering lots of neat accessories for the Tablet Z. That includes the charging cradle seen in this picture above, and an assortment of sleek leather covers.
Overall, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a very media centric tablet, but thanks to its petite form factor, it can still handle the riggers of traveling too. And this is one tablet that not only sets itself out from the pack, but it feels just at home in the kitchen, as it does in your living room, or in your suitcase.