With luxurious design, long battery life and dust / water resistance, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is truly one of the most desirable Android tablet models today.
Combined in a slim body with a powerful Snapdragon 801 processor, high quality Full HD screen and “battery life”, Xperia Tablet Z has received many compliments from the tech world. But does all of these strengths help the Xperia Z2 Tablet against tough competitors like the iPad Air and Galaxy Note 10.1? Please come with the review of LaptopMag to get the most appropriate answer.
Regardless of whether you are familiar with the Tablet Z generation, the design of the Xperia Z2 Tablet will still surprise you. While the older generation has a slim and light body, this year’s Z2 Tablet can do even more: Xperia Z2 Tablet is only 6.4 mm thick and weighs only 439 grams (Tablet Z is thick. 6.9 mm and weighs 495 grams).
With a 9.7-inch screen, iPad Air is 7.5 mm thick and weighs 478 grams. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 is the thickest and heaviest of the top three 10-inch tablet models: 7.9 mm thick and weighs 547 grams. Surely, you will recognize the difference very clearly between the Z2 Tablet and Galaxy Note 10.1.
Apart from the change in weight and thickness, the design of the Z2 Tablet is not much changed compared to the tablet launched last year. The body is generally quite square, but the corners and edges have been rounded more, allowing users to hold with one hand more comfortable.
And just like Tablet Z, the back of the device has a soft texture that feels quite comfortable to hold, but very easy to stick to fingerprints and other stains. The design language of the Xperia Z2 Tablet has generally gone in the minimalist direction: the only two striking details on the body are the power button and the volume rocker on the left side of the body.
The edge of the Xperia Z2 Tablet has a microUSB port and a microSD port that allows expansion up to 128GB of memory. Both ports are located behind a protective cover. This is a necessary element to help protect against dust and water, but these covers can be uncomfortable during use.
Xperia Z2 Tablet continues to be equipped with IP58 water resistance. This waterproof tablet can withstand 30 minutes of “diving” at a depth of 1 meter. In actual testing, LaptopMag Soaked Xperia Z2 Tablet in a tray filled with water for many minutes. As expected, this tablet is completely unharmed.
However, when immersed in water, the screen of the Xperia Z2 Tablet will not accept touch gestures and will likely become a “freeze” screen. You can’t use the Z2 Tablet to take photos while underwater, like the Xperia Z2 (which has a physical button to take photos while underwater).
Sony is famous for its high-quality displays, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet is no exception. Triluminous 10-inch screen incorporates Sony’s X-reality imaging technology, which helps the Xperia Z2 Tablet display fresh colors without being over-saturated.
According to Sony’s announcement, Xperia Z2 Tablet can display 130% of the sRGB standard color range. Figure due LaptopMag Actual tests yielded similar results: 124.7%. The Xperia Z2 Tablet’s visibility exceeds that of the Note 10.1 (93%), iPad Air (99%) and the average 84% of tablet models available on the market.
In the Delta E test, which measures color accuracy (the lower the better, with a score of 0 being the best possible score), the Z2 scored an impressive score of 2.6. Sony’s flagship tablet is only inferior to the iPad Air (1.4) and surpasses the Note 10.1 (4 points) and the average of 5 points.
When watching trailers of the Bears and X-Men: Days Of Future Past movies, the vivid colors and sharp details on the Xperia Z2 Tablet’s display will surprise you. The editor LaptopMag confirms that both the blue in Beast’s fur and the red in Mystique’s hair are extremely impressive.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet’s Full HD 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution no longer keeps pace with competing products. The iPad Air is equipped with a Retina 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, while the Note 10.1 has a resolution of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels. However, it should be noted that except for high-resolution photos, there are currently very few applications that can take advantage of 2K resolution on Android.
With an average brightness of 344 nit, the Xperia Z2 Tablet surpasses both the Galaxy Note 10.1 (318 nit) and the 334 nit average, but cannot beat the iPad Air (352 nit).
The first generation of Tablet Z placed speakers on either side of the body and thus could be accidentally covered by the user’s hands. On the Xperia Z2 Tablet, Sony has overcome this weakness by bringing the speaker to the front. While the volume of the speakers on the Z2 Tablet reaches 82 db, which is well above the 67 db of iPad Air and 78 db of the Galaxy Note 10.1, the sound quality of the Xperia Z2 Tablet will not satisfy some users.
When watching videos or listening to music, high sounds (like a movie explosion or guitar sound in Bruce Springteen’s Glory Days) are prone to glare, especially at high volume. The bass is also too thin, making the Z2 Tablet sound like you’re listening to music from a radio in the next room.
Sony says the Z2 Tablet is capable of eliminating environmental noise when making voice or video calls, but this feature is only available on the MDR-NC31EM headset sold separately for more than 1 million.
Xperia Z2 Tablet has Android 4.4.2 installed with a fairly little interface customized by Sony. You can press and hold your hand on the Home screen, a menu will appear on the right that allows you to add applications, widgets or change the wallpaper, including many interesting animations.
Wi-Fi connection icons, battery and clock percentages are displayed in the upper right corner. When sliding from this corner, you can access the full menu to customize the connection, routing services and screen brightness. You can also customize this menu for quick access to Airplane Mode, NFC and sound.
Swipe left to right on the application screen will open a sub menu that allows you to search for applications, delete or reorder applications according to the criteria: name (alphabetical order), most used or newly installed put. Below the screen are links to the Play Store and Sony Select.
The bottom edge of the screen contains icons for the Back, Home, and Recent Apps buttons (recent apps). Clicking the Recent Apps button will not only show running apps, but also turn on a small gray bar at the bottom including Sony’s Small Apps.
The Small Apps toolbar is directly above the navigation bar
Small Apps is Sony’s answer to Samsung’s multitasking feature. Small Apps will “float” to the top of the screen, giving extra functionality to the Z2 Tablet when you use other applications. You can resize and move Small Apps windows. If you drag them to the bottom, these windows will shrink back to the black tab bar at the bottom of the screen.
Some of the default Small Apps include remote control, web browser, time clock, calculator, etc. Currently, the number of Small Apps on the Google Play Store is 87. You can access this list directly through a link on the Small Apps screen. You can also turn widgets like Gmail, Facebook Status into Small Apps.
Small Apps are quite useful, but they still aren’t as good as Samsung’s Multi Window (multi-window) feature. For example, while you can open 2 browser windows at the same time on the Z2 Tablet (one main browser window and one Small Apps window, you cannot arrange these two windows on either side of the screen.) It is also not possible to open 2 Small Apps windows at the same time on the screen.In return, you can copy the text from the Small Apps browser window and paste it into other applications like Gmail or Facebook.
With Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB RAM, Xperia Z2 Tablet has enough power to play top games and run camera applications or watch HD movies smoothly. However, the Z2 benchmark test did not produce very stable results.
On Geekbench 3, the Z2 Tablet scored a score of 2,685, nearly equal to the iPad Air (2,694) and not much higher than the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2,516). All three tablet models are easily outperforming the market average of 2,074.
In the Ice Storm Unlimited test, the Z2 Tablet scored a score of 18,935, more than 2 times higher than the average of 8,846 and easily surpassed both the iPad Air (14,850) and Galaxy Note 10.1 (13,539). Sony’s 10-inch tablet took just 18 seconds to load N.O.V.A 3, which is 1 second slower than the average and on par with the Note 10.1. iPad Air takes only 6 seconds to launch this game.
LaptopMag has conducted video editing with Vidtrim on Z2. Sony’s ultra-thin tablet takes 5 minutes 49 seconds to convert a 203MB 1080p video to 480p resolution. The Galaxy Note 10.1 took only 4 minutes and 11 seconds to complete the test, while the market average was 11 minutes and 59 seconds.
Like other Android products, Sony has equipped the Xperia Z2 Tablet with a number of self-developed applications. The SocialLife application aggregates news like Flipboard from news sites and from some social networking sources, such as Facebook.
The Walkman application will play music available on your Z2 Tablet, from the Music Unlimited service and even from devices stored on the same computer network. When connecting a storage device to the Wi-Fi network you are using, this application will automatically recognize your music files. The Movies for video application has the same features as the Walkman application. The Album application allows you to view image files stored in memory, both on Picasa, Facebook and other networked storage devices.
The PlayStation app on the Xperia Z2 Tablet allows you to connect to PS4 and PlayStation Network. Through this application, you can check in with friends on PS Network and even buy and download games to your PS4.
While the Xperia Z2 Tablet still has Google’s Play Store installed, Sony has also installed Sony Select’s Sony Market and the PlayNow digital content market (ringtones, wallpapers) for the Z2 Tablet.
The Xperia Link app allows you to turn your tablet into a Wi-Fi hotspot, but unfortunately it only supports Xperia smartphone products. MobilSystems OfficeSuite7Pro and a number of other applications such as Sony Reader, SmartConnect, Sketch, etc. are also pre-installed on Xperia Z2 Tablet.
In general, Sony installs for Xperia Z2 Tablet a lot of applications. Unfortunately, the selection of apps on the Z2 is not as useful as the working applications that Samsung provides for Note 10.1. Certainly, the Note 10.1’s optimal stylus applications will help users work on Samsung tablets better.
Like the first-generation Tablet Z and the competing Galaxy Note 10.1 product, the Xperia Z2 Tablet has an infrared port that you can use to control your home entertainment system. With the remote control app, you can control Samsung and Sony TV models and also create complex macro commands to turn off all your devices at once. However, the device is still optimized as much as other remote control applications: you cannot assign different buttons to standalone devices, such as assigning volume control buttons to speakers and assigning buttons. Switch channels to TV.
In addition, you can also download the SideView application to view TV channels and control on GraceNote’s unique reading interface.
Xperia Z2 Tablet uses the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The tablet also supports common Bluetooth and NFC connections. With NFC, you can share files and data with other devices, and also stream digital music directly from the Z2 Tablet to NFC-enabled speakers.
Close-up photos a little pale
The camera specifications of the Xperia Z2 Tablet remain the same from the previous generation: the rear camera (Exmor RS sensor) has an 8MP resolution while the front camera (Exmor R sensor) has a 2MP resolution.
Photos taken with the back camera have good image quality, but not great. The photos in general have a slightly faded color phenomenon. HDR mode does not help improve color quality in these cases, even images with blurry and lose more details.
Dark-toned photos are even less attractive
Video quality recorded with the back camera is also not as good as expected: images encountered a bit of noise and poorly vivid colors.
Xperia Z2 Tablet’s front-facing camera gives quite accurate colors. Though a bit noisy, the Z2’s front-facing camera is more than enough for your video calls.
Sony has 7 camera apps pre-installed on the Xperia Z2 Tablet, and you can also download more apps like Vine or Evernote.
Xperia Z2 Tablet has an impressive battery life. In the battery life test of LaptopMag (Wi-Fi web surfing at screen brightness at 150 nits), the Xperia Z2 Tablet reaches 9:30, which is almost 2 hours higher than the 7 hour and 40 minute average.
In addition, Sony also equips Xperia Z2 Tablet with Stamina mode to increase battery life by activating some battery-saving features.
– Slim, lightweight design.
– The screen has good brightness, vibrant colors.
– Dust and water resistant.
– Battery life up to nearly 10 hours.
– Port flaps are annoying.
– The speaker quality is not high.
Products competing with Xperia Z2 Tablet have their own strengths that Sony products do not. The Galaxy Note 10.1 supports the stylus and many unique applications and the ability to run multitasking, which is great for users to work with, while the iPad Air has a huge iOS app store, including many applications that support degrees. High resolution Retina.
However, if you need to choose a beautiful and durable Android tablet, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is the best choice for you. The thin and light body helps create a great handheld feel, the bright and brilliant screen of the Z2 Tablet is among the “top” on the tablet market today, the Z2’s water resistance will also help you comfortably enjoy it. digital content even when you’re taking a shower. With some insignificant weaknesses in speaker and camera quality, the Z2 Tablet deserves to be the No. 1 tablet choice for Sony fans at this time.
According to Laptopmag