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82
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

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.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Infrared blaster and remote apps easy to set up
  • Water-resistant, stylish design
Cons
  • Weedy charger, temperamental micro-USB port
  • Frustrating waterproof covers
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Scores

Engadget

82
 

User Reviews

90
DerekNobuyuki Wallace
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
Akira Yonehara
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
80
Narain Jashanmal
I picked up the Sony Xperia Z tablet in black with 16GB storage during a recent...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score

Features

73
 

Display

78
 

Storage capacity

80
 

Durability

90
 

Ease of use

80
 

Portability (size / weight)

92
 

Battery life

71
 

Design and form factor

83
 
Product Review
PC World Australia
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.
Product Review
SlashGear
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.
Product Review
T3
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.
Product Review
TrustedReviews
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 S.
Product Review
TechRadar
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.
 
100
Expert Reviews
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.
 
90
Pocket-Lint
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.
 
80
Engadget
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.
 
80
Android Police
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.
 
70
The Inquirer
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.