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The company's best Android tablet yet

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The Xperia Tablet Z serves as an excellent second screen. Remote functionality is easy to set up, while the display is one of the best we've seen from Sony's Xperia range, if not the market in total.

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8.2
24 reviews
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    7.3
  • Display
    7.8
  • Battery life
    7.4
  • Ease of use
    8.0
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    8.0
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    8.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    9.2
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9.1
12 reviews
8.0
Engadget May 30, 2013

Sony's made its best tablet yet. It's a stylish relaunch of the company's Android tablet series, but we can't shake the feeling that the Xperia Tablet Z's benefits are harder to sell than, say, the crisp display resolution of the Nexus 10 or the app strength of the iPad.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine May 31, 2013

The Xperia Tablet Z packs a ton of features and excellent battery life into an impossibly thin and light design, making it one of the most compelling Android tablets yet.

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8.0
CNET Jun 3, 2013

Though awash in features, the Xperia Tablet Z's $500 price is a decidedly rough pill when a better, cheaper alternative exists for $100 less.

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8.0
PC Mag Jun 5, 2013

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is among the finest Android tablets available, combining an incredibly thin and light design with top-notch performance.

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8.0
AllThingsD Jun 4, 2013

If you’re an Android fan and you’ve been waiting for a tablet with a great design, Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z fits the bill. Just don’t expect its battery to last as long as the iPad’s.

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8.0
Gizmodo Jun 7, 2013

We wish the guts and the software were a little more current, but for the majority of consumers, this is an excellent tablet, and if you've got 500 bucks to spend, there are certainly worse ways to spend it.

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8.0
Ars Technica Jun 25, 2013

The Xperia Tablet Z is nice—really, really nice—to hold and use for extended periods of time. If anything, it's an indication that Sony has indeed got its groove back. We're just hoping that it means there are greater things to come.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint May 29, 2013

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a great Android tablet. The design and specification is impressive, offering a thin and light tablet that's a pleasure to hold, with the reassurance of protection from water for those inevitable accidents ... Overall the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a great choice.

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9.0
Wired UK May 31, 2013

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a top-quality tablet at price that's reasonable, if not exactly a bargain. It's extremely thin and lightweight and has one of the best screens around, not to mention probably the best camera available on a tablet.

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8.0
TechHive Jun 17, 2013

Is the Sony Xperia Tablet Z the best 10-inch tablet on the market today? Not with the Nexus 10 and the iPad 4 roaming the land. But in the sea, Xperia Tablet Z reigns supreme.

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9.0
TechRadar May 31, 2013

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a triumph, a tablet that genuinely deserves consideration when you're in the market for a new top-end gadget.

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9.0
IGN Jul 5, 2013

...if you're in the market for a full-sized Android tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z is a no-brainer. With its quality, lightweight design and useful software features, Sony has succesfully built an Android tablet that has the chops to even make some iPad owners envious.

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8.0
T3 May 17, 2013

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a decent return for a company that's struggled with mobile over the last few years. It's certainly the best Sony tablet ever made, and the insanely thin lines and lightweight build will appeal to Android-hunters looking for a device that turns heads.

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8.0
GSM Arena May 29, 2013

You won't find a tablet quite as thin and light and, however subjective that is, as good-looking as the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. The specs are great too, our only real complaint is that the battery capacity is on the low side.

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8.0
What Hi-Fi May 31, 2013

We like the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. It does a lot of things right and only very few things terribly wrong, and is easily Sony’s best tablet to date. The design is a little Marmite, but its slim and light frame makes it the perfect travelling companion.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Jun 11, 2013

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a very good tablet - there's no doubting that. It's fast, has a good screen and is very thin and light. But it does no single thing appreciably better than its immediate rivals, and its unique features fall a little flat.

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8.0
Digital Versus Jul 27, 2013

The Xperia Tablet Z is a beautifully designed tablet that may not break any records in terms of performance, but it can handle any task correctly.

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10
Expert Reviews May 24, 2013

The thinner, lighter, waterproof chassis, built-in IR blaster, expandable storage and Sony-specific tweaks, like the ability to pair a PS3 DualShock controller for gaming, all give it a real edge.

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8.0
Android Police May 31, 2013

It's a good device, but you have to really focus on build quality to justify the extra cash. For some people, that alone is enough reason to spend a little extra.

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8.0
V3 May 21, 2013

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a noble attempt by the Japanese firm to draw attention away from the more fashionable Samsung and Apple competition. The tablet's IP57 certification, lightweight and ultra-slim design--- make it a compelling choice for any business user.

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8.0
Digital Trends Jun 6, 2013

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is the most impressive Android tablet we’ve ever held and a strong competitor to the Nexus 10, Surface RT, and iPad 4. It’s as light and thin as we’ve hoped tablets could be, but doesn’t sacrifice battery life or power.

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7.0
The Inquirer May 31, 2013

The tablet's IP57 certification, light weight and ultra-slim design, coupled with its entertainment and productivity services make it a compelling choice for a business user who is regularly required to travel for work.

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8.0
PocketNow Jun 3, 2013

While we wish its stock software were a bit more responsive, its battery a bit bigger, and its price a bit more competitive, this is still one of the most beautiful tablets we’ve ever handled, and one of the only Android tablets we’d consider buying at the 10-inch form factor.

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8.0
USA Today Jun 4, 2013

Sony's look-how-I-can-swim hardware isn't cheap, but there are a lot of things to like: thin attractive design, TV remote capabilities, water resistance. The big question Sony faces is how big a splash that all adds up to.

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First Looks

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PC World Australia Jan 22, 2013

Although Sony has been light on specific details so far, the company has confirmed the Xperia Tablet Z is water and dust resistant. This means it is likely to have plastic flaps covering all ports. It weighs just 495g, which makes it the lightest 10.1in tablet on the market.

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SlashGear Feb 25, 2013

Performance from the quadcore processor is tricky to judge amid the limits of the MWC show floor, but we’ve seen good things from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro before, and we couldn’t get the slate to bog down during our playtime.

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T3 Feb 26, 2013

Up until now there haven't been many options aside from Samsung for Apple refuseniks who want to get in on the tablet action. We reckon Sony's new lightweight, waterproof tab could be the one to change that.

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TrustedReviews Feb 26, 2013

The harsh lighting conditions of Sony’s booth at MWC 2013 made for just about the worst conditions to assess a screen, but it appeared sound with good contrast, faithful colours and no visible pixellation. Viewing angles are solid too. This screen is much better than that of the Sony Xperia Tablet...

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TechRadar Feb 25, 2013

However, if you're someone that doesn't want to own a top end smartphone but loves the idea of having a family device that can be shared among kids and adults alike (don't forget, different accounts are available on today's newer Android tablets) then this is definitely one to check out.

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8.0
njashanmal njashanmal

I picked up the Sony Xperia Z tablet in black with 16GB storage during a recent business trip. I haven't been using a tablet regularly in the past 6 months, but when I last did it was the iPad 3. I've also used the Microsoft Surface RT (http://goo.gl/J4SBr) and several Android tablets namely the...

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9.0
dereknobuyuki dereknobuyuki

Xperia Tablet Z LTE and Wifi Reviews and Long Term Use Follow-Up Review! XPERIA TABLET Z LTE for the Japanese Market on NTT Docomo ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- First of all, for my basis of comparison, I have a Galaxy 10.1 and Nexus 7 for...

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10
theuer theuer

I purchased my Xperia Tablet-Z in September as an update to my 2011 Sony Tablet-S1. While the old tablet was comfortable to hold and use, there is a tremendous improvement in performance and construction of the new Tablet-Z. I really like the new thin form factor and the sharp display. The...

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10
idtyu idtyu

Love it , stunning design and screen , with all the great features , and can be easily cleaned with water ...

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3.0
nycundrgrnd nycundrgrnd

I had my first one replaced after 9 days of ownership. New unit shipped. IT APPEARS THERE IS A MANUFACTURING DEFECT IN THIS TABLET. The location where the black nav bar is...if holding tablet in standard position (Sony logo in top left side) screen and all elements look fine. However, if you...

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9.0
Anttipoika Anttipoika

Surprisingly good Android tablet. I wasn't very convinced of Android tablets before this one and Sony didn't sound good about one year ago (now they have been changing their image quite a lot) But this is a very good tablet. Very thin, very light and very stylish. This is iPad air for android and...

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