Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

74
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74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review: light in the hand, heavy on the wallet

Summary

Sony's Z3 Tablet Compact is a well-made, thin and light device with a stunning display, brisk performance and robust battery life. Still, it's difficult to recommend at this price ($445 and up) when there are other thin and light flagship tablets that cost less, many of which offer higher-resolution screens and more capable cameras.

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Pros
  • Thin and light design
  • Stunning display
  • Fast performance
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Expensive compared to similarly sized flagship tablets
  • Sony's Android skin feels dated
  • Poor camera
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review: light in the hand, heavy on the wallet

Sony's consumer electronics division is in an ongoing state of flux. Having already given up on PCs and e-readers, the company recently pledged to make fewer TVs and smartphones in a bid to get its books back in the black. How Sony's strategizing will affect its output of tablets remains unclear, but no doubt a keen eye is being kept on the reception of its latest slate, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (don't let that mouthful of a moniker fool you -- Sony only classes the 8-inch tablet as "compact" to differentiate it from its two previous 10.1-inch devices). The company is renowned for the quality of its premium products, and like the two smartphones that make up the rest of the Z3 family, its newest tablet is a testament to that legacy. Cutting to the chase, it's an elegant and powerful device, but with prices starting at $445/£300, those credentials might not be enough to make you choose Sony over the competition.

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Specs

Xperia

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
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Xperia

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
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