Sony Xperia Tablet Z review

What is the Sony Xperia Tablet Z?
This is Sony's entrant into the 10-inch tablet arena, pitting itself against the likes of the Google Nexus 10 and iPad 4. Its 1,920 x 1,200 resolution screen falls a little short of both, but its trump card is that, just like Sony Xperia Z phone, it's water resistant up to one metre for 30 minutes, and dust resistant. Is it enough to turn the tide in its favour?

Sony Xperia Tablet Z - Design
Vitally, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z's water resistance doesn't come at the expense of style or portability. Quite the opposite, in fact. At 495g, it's 108g lighter than a Nexus 10 and 167g lighter than an iPad 4. It's a big difference, one that makes the Sony Xperia Tablet Z comfortable to hold in one hand for prolonged periods.

It's also impressively slim - just 7.2mm all round - while the jet black design gives the Sony Xperia Tablet Z a sleek, imposing appearance that's all its own. Its size and 16:10 screen ratio is a little awkward for reading books (albeit better than 16:9 tablets), but it's perfect for games, video and web browsing.

Sony Xperia Table Z - Screen & Sound Quality
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z's screen, however, is more than ordinary. Colours are rich, vivid and eye-popping at times. Sony has clearly tuned the screen to favour strong colours rather than genuine accuracy, but it's not a cause for genuine complaint. Videos and photos look fantastic, not least thanks to the deep, clean blacks.

The only cause for pause is that the resolution, 1,920 x 1,200, while admirably sharp, falls a little short of the 'retina' sharpness of the iPad 4's 2,048 x 1,536 or the Nexus 10's stupendously sharp 2,560 x 1,600 screen. In more easily comparable numbers, the Nexus 10 tops the list with 300 pixels per inch (ppi), followed by the 264 ppi iPad 4 and the 224 ppi of the Sony. It's not a problem to lose sleep over, but the fact the Nexus 10 is £80 cheaper into the bargain might be.

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