The first two Android tablets launched by Sony have not enjoyed much acclaim, but the company started in a new direction with the Xperia Tablet S and managed to impress us with the stylish Xperia Tablet Z model last year. Announced after just one year, Xperia Tablet Z2 do not depart too much from the previous model, but has become stronger, thinner and lighter.
Construction, design, ergonomics
At first glance, the new tablet Xperia Tablet Z2 seems a carbon copy of last year's model. Housing is already known OmniBalance design that started with the Xperia Z, and provides a profile based almost exclusively on straight lines and perfectly flat surfaces and rounded corners.
The front has dimensions of 266 x 172 mm, Xperia Tablet Z2 are identical in this regard to the model launched last year. The new tablet Sony lost but 0.5 mm in thickness and 69 grams in weight.
Although the design is strikingly similar, there is some small differences we say that someone has worked on this update. The case is now built up of only two pieces, to the three used in the previous generation, the rear and the side frame is made from a single block of plastic material with fine grain slip. This plastic is ubiquitous, the only exception being items and buttons inlays lateral edges, which are made of aluminum.
The arrangement of buttons and connection systems was also slightly altered. Buttons Power/Lock and Volume are located on the left side, audio jack and dock connector are located on the bottom and Micro USB connector and MicroSD slots along with MicroSIM are hidden after two sealed flap on the top.
Because it is thin and has a broad surface, Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 seems extremely fragile. The tablet is very well built and reinforced, but it seems so fragile that sometimes you think it will break. The list of real negative aspects of the quantity of impressive prints that can retain housing or plastic screen does not offer any protection or efficient from this point of view.
Screen, hardware specifications, autonomy
Although QHD screens have already been implemented in several tablets in the upper range for more than a year, Sony has preferred to stick to traditional WUXGA resolution. Density of 224 ppi is not bad for a screen with a diagonal of 10.1", which is great and is kept away from the eye more than the screen of a mobile phone, but I still would have preferred to see an update worthy of a top tablet in 2014.
If the resolution is not impressive, IPS panel used by Sony is of good trade. Using technology and benefiting from the advantages of processing Triluminous Live Colour. Maximum brightness is not as impressive, becoming just high enough somewhere around 66 percent, but Sony screen quality remains very good anyway.
Xperia Tablet S and Xperia Tablet Z seemed slightly lagging behind in their time because they used an outdated generation of hardware solutions, but Sony has not made this mistake and implemented best currently available Qualcomm: Snapdragon 801. Xperia Tablet Z2 offers impressive performance, this is one of the fastest tablets we've seen so far. RAM performance is aided by a generous capacity of 3 GB internal memory fast enough: 79MB/s read and 36MB/s write.
- Display: 10.1" IPS 1920 x 1200 pixels, LED
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB (MSM8974AB for LTE version)
- CPU: Krait 400, 2.3 GHz, quad-core
- RAM: 3 GB
- GPU: Adreno 330
- Internal memory: 16/32 GB (5 GB occupied)
- OS: 4.4.2 Android
- Card: MicroSDXC
- Camera: 8.1 MP
- Front camera: 2.2 MP
- Battery: 6000 mAh
Like its predecessor a year ago, Xperia Tablet Z2 uses a battery with a capacity of 6000 mAh. Xperia Tablet Z impressed us in terms of autonomy.
Software, audio and video playback, remote
Sony always chose very discreet customize on the software on its tablets and Xperia Tablet Z2 is no exception. Based on version 4.4.2 of the Android platform, the interface is even simpler than the previous model seen as micro-applications. This is gratifying because, beyond a few customizations and published in Notification Center Settings, Sony did not affect too much the original Android experience.
The video player has been significantly updated, it now offers a dynamic interface similar to those observed in HTPC applications. Besides audio processing application available in the Walkman, Movies also offers Bravia image processing, Pan and Scan, Gracenote integration for downloading information about movies and TV serials automatic recognition. Support for codecs include H.264, DivX and XviD.
Movies have been updated with support for subtitles, this module options is allowing you to choose different parameters for font, color or background.
Xperia Tablet Z2 includes an infrared sensor which allows the tablet as a remote control for media equipment. Good news is that, unlike rigid solutions from Samsung and LG, the Xperia Tablet Z2 remote can be programmed by the user and is not limited to models of TVs and Blu-ray.
Camera and GPS
Tablets that offer good quality cameras are a rarity, and Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 fails to get past the crowd of mediocre camera performance products. Main camera uses a sensor ExmorRS 8MP f/2.4 aperture lens and a trivial combination that provides a service to match.
Captured images generally have good contrast and exposure. Performance is modest in artificial light, the camera quickly came to ISO 400 and with a noise level too high.
If you plan to use the tablet for navigation, Xperia Tablet Z2 offers a GPS module with a good speed acquisition, a strong signal and good accuracy.
Thin, light, elegant and resistant to dust and water, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 tablet is characterized by original design recognizable by very good ergonomics. Sony has managed to improve from the previous model by using a faster processor with superior energy efficiency, which helped to eliminate the autonomy problem rather small and also benefit from a visible increase in power. Disappointing aspects are the speakers and camera, which gives a mediocre performance and a bit outdated screen resolution.