8.4/10
Informr score
The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 28 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Vivid display
  • Excellent design
  • Fast performance
  • IP55/IP58 ratings

What's bad

  • Screen resolution
  • Reflective screen
  • Price
  • Battery life

The original Xperia Z Tablet proved Sony had the chops to compete in the tablet market. Time has passed and competitors are lining up. While the changes to the tablet are largely tweaks to the standard Sony formula, it offers a compelling package. Does it all add up to a great experience? Let’s check out the reviews.

The tablet’s star is a 10.1-inch display that TechRadar calls ““the best-looking Android tablet on the market” thanks to its Live Color LED technology. All reviews remarked on the lifelike color and excellent contrast. Unfortunately, reviews were split on the resolution of the screen. At just 1920-by-1200 pixels, the Z2 Tablet falls behind many of its competitors. TechRadar says, “boot up a web page, book or app with small text and you'll notice the difference in sharpness” while PC Pro UK was more lenient, stating “pixel density of 224ppi isn’t an issue.”

Another area in which most reviews agreed was the design and build of the tablet. With Sony’s Omnibalance design, the squared, thin design has many fans. Engadget applauded the tablet, stating, ““you'd be hard-pressed to pick one up and not be struck by its svelte shape (6.35mm) and light weight.” With a waterproof headphone jack and covered MicroSD and SIM slots, it achieves IP55 and IP58 waterproof and dustproof ratings as well.

Behind the pretty design is equally powerful hardware. Thanks to the lower resolution display, the Snapdragon 801 at 2.3GHz and 3GB of RAM offer plenty of power to keep the experience silky smooth. Reviews noted zero hesitation, great multitasking performance and great gameplay. TechRadar dubbed the Z2 Tablet “a blazingly fast piece of kit.”

Unfortunately, there were a few weak links pointed out. With a 6,000mAh battery, the battery life falls far behind the competition. PC Magazine’s benchmarks yielded only 5 hours of battery life. While other reviews managed to squeak out a day’s use, all noted needing to find a charger by the end of the night.

While a 10-inch tablet isn’t exactly ideal for photography, it does feature an 8MP rear-facing camera with no flash and a 2MP front facing camera for selfies and video chat. None of the reviews found the camera unusable, but Engadget summed up opinions well, stating, “neither camera is anything to write home about.”

Overall, the Z2 Tablet is largely an overhaul of the previous Xperia Z Tablet. Better specs and a few refinements, but in the end, standard Sony design and feel. Reviews agree that it is a quality piece of equipment, but many wonder if it will stand up to the competitive market. PC Magazine perhaps summarizes thoughts on the Xperia Z2 best, saying that it “might win folks over with its design, but it fails to distinguish itself in any other meaningful way.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.3 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


iTechTriad

Overall I think the Xperia Z2 Tablet is easily one of the best tablets currently on the market. There’s only two things I don’t like about it. First, I’m not the biggest fan of that display. I think this tablet would be so much more amazing with a Quad-HD resolution. Second, the pr...

- iTechTriad team, iTechTriad
What Hi-Fi

Overall, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 is an impressive piece of kit – with its superb screen and sound, battery capacity and user-friendly interface, it ticks all the right boxes to deserve a place on your shortlist.It doesn’t merit the full five stars, however, for a number of important re...

- Kob Monney, What Hi-Fi
TechSpot

If you’re not keen on iOS and specifically after a high-end Android option, what Sony has produced may be the best choice for you.

- Tim Schiesser, TechSpot
TechnoBuffalo

From a hardware perspective, this is absolutely one of the better devices you’re liable to find. But then you start digging through the software, and in one fell swoop it all comes unraveled.

- Brandon Russell, TechnoBuffalo
Techland

This stylish, waterproof featherweight is hobbled by some traditional Android disadvantages.

- Harry McCracken, Techland


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
6000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6000 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 13 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Specs

Overview
Release date March 22, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
variations
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM card size
Micro-SIM
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8974AB Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.26 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 13 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 13 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 51.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.2 x 26.6 x 0.6 cm (6.8 x 10.5 x 0.2 in)
Weight 439 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Pixel density 224 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA, SyncML
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Scene recognition
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, ASF, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony SGP521, SGP541, SGP551

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