Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review
However, while its overall performance was a clear step up from its stablemate, it found itself unable to match the performance of the market leaders. It struggled to top the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition’s SunSpider score of 612ms or the iPad Air’s fantastic 391ms.
The Z2 is able to compete with its rivals both graphically and in terms of battery life, however. In the onscreen GFXBench T-Rex HD test, the Z2 achieved a frame rate of 28fps, beating the Note 10.1’s 14fps and even the iPad Air’s score of 21fps. In our video-based battery test, with the screen set to a brightness of 120cd/m², the Z2 kept going for 14hrs 38mins, 1hr 43mins longer than the iPad Air, and more than three hours longer than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. The Z2’s battery evidently has more than enough juice to keep it going all day.
The Z2’s 8-megapixel rear camera is less impressive. It produces superficially sharp snaps, but closer scrutiny reveals that photographs are quite noisy and grainy. The 2-megapixel front camera produces similarly grainy images, but with poor white balance as well.
Connectivity options are generous, though, with dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4 onboard; an infrared transmitter remains as well, allowing the Z2 to be used as an oversized universal remote control. The ability to throw video or music to DLNA-compatible devices also returns. Elsewhere, you get a microSDXC slot for storage expansion, an MHL-enabled micro-USB socket so you can plug it into your TV’s HDMI input, and a 3.5mm headset jack. There’s also a 4G version of the Z2 that costs £500.
Like the first Tablet Z, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is a tremendously attractive and thoughtfully designed tablet, but this time battery life and the screen are much better. It can’t match the iPad Air for all-round performance and its superior selection of apps, but its lower price helps it nudge ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition in the battle for best full-sized Android tablet.
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|Dimensions||267 x 5.5 x 172mm (WDH)|
|Resolution screen horizontal||1,920|
|Resolution screen vertical||1,200|
|CPU frequency, MHz||2.3GHz|
|Camera megapixel rating||8.0mp|
|Mobile operating system||Android 4.4|