Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi Review and Gaming Performance

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi Review and Gaming PerformanceHi guys, welcome back to this site!

Yesterday, i’ve already had 2 Sony’s tablets reviewed on this website.

They were Sony Tablet S and Sony Xperia Tablet Z LTE, the predecessor and sequel respectively.

Not to mention, i’ve also showed one other Sony tablet under the different category, called Sony Tablet P, which falls in handheld gaming category, alongside Nintendo DS, given their similarity in design concept.

From what i’ve seen on these 3 tablets, i think it’s really obvious that these 3 Sony’s tablets are released by this company as 3 high-end models in its tablet portfolio, without any mid-end models.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi benchmarks and gaming performance

And this contradicts with Sony’s usual strategy that usually always releases many smartphones, ranging from high-end to low-end in order to gain more presence, and of course, sales in mobile phone market.

But that strategy seemed to stop when Sony decided to end the partnership with Ericsson by buying all the shares from its "BFF" (best friend forever, by the way :D).

And since then, Sony stopped supplying smartphones in the segment of low-end market, and was focused to bring all of its efforts to mid and high-end markets, mostly high-end market.

This is actually the exact strategy that Sony has been doing in tablet market.

I mean, all of Sony homemade tablets are all high-end devices with high-end price tags, from Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P and last but not least, Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

Okay, i think i’ve gone too far with the topic.

Anyway - talking about Sony Xperia Tablet Z, this model actually consists in 2 different versions, the LTE model and the WiFi-only model, with no SIM card slot whatsoever.

Theses 2 Xperia Z tablets actually don’t have any significant difference one to another, only their cellular supports that make them different, unlike Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition) that comes in 2 versions, LTE and 3G-only models that each is packing different processor, with the 3G model getting the Samsung Exynos 5 octa-core, while the LTE version receiving the “real beast”, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and Adreno 330 GPU.

However, despite using the same exact internals, i’m still interested to bring up this model to this website, maybe because, i love talking about Sony’s tablets.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this device, then here you go, my personal review of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi.

Introduction

Around the tablet market, Sony Mobile may not have some jaw-dropping sales record on its tablets, especially compared to big names like iPad and Samsung GALAXY tablets, which both always manage to ship million units every quarter of the year.

However, that doesn’t mean that Sony Xperia tablets are inferior compared to its big rivals.

In fact, i personally think that, besides iPad, Sony Xperia tablets are the other ones that deserve to get the title of high-end premium devices around the Android tablet market, even more premium than those Samsung’s plastic GALAXY flagships.

And this actually has been the main strategy of Sony Mobile ever since it jumped to this tablet market. All of Sony’s homemade tablets are premium and high-end, all of them, with no exception.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi Review and Gaming PerformanceIf you look at their creations, from the first-ever, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P and the last-gen Sony Xperia Tablet Z, then it’s easy to take conclusion that Sony has always been aiming high on this market, despite not gaining the biggest sales and market share in this business.

But i think, that doesn’t really bother this company at all given that Sony has been one of the biggest electronic manufacturers on this planet.

So it’s always good to see how this tech giant still keeps its idealism so strongly, amid the fierce competition from rivals.

Anyway, the last-gen tablet from Sony is Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

And this model is divided in 2 different versions, the WiFi-only and LTE models.

However, as mentioned above, unlike Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE and 3G models that both have different processors inside, the WiFi and LTE of Sony Xperia Tablet Z surprisingly are packing the same exact monster beast Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, which is one of the most powerful mobile processors around the market to date, alongside Tegra 4, Snapdragon 800 and Apple’s 64-bit A7 chipset.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi Review and Gaming Performance

But the question is, does Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi stack up against other rivals like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Note 10 (2014 edition) and Asus Transformer Pad TF701T?

Well, we’re about to find out about that in this review.

Design

The design of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is actually quite similar with the predecessor, Sony Tablet S, with that fully dark body that blends perfectly with the screen, those sharp looking corners, thick bezels and premium finish all over it.

However, the great thing this tablet, compared to predecessor, is that, Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi now feels much lighter and thinner than the previous model.

This is actually quite impressive given that many 10-inch tablets are mostly heavy in weight, which is gonna ruin the experience of holding them.

So i think Sony with its brilliant engineers have done a marvelous job in cramming many powerful internals into this beautifully-designed device.

In fact, from all Android tablets out there, i personally think that Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is the only one that can come close to the quality of iPad Air’s design and its build quality.

And that’s an impressive achievement for Sony given that its tablet has never been as popular as its Android counterpart, Samsung with its best-selling GALAXY tablets.

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  • No SIM
  • Released 2013, May
  • IP57 certified - dust proof and water resistant
  • 10.1 inch LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1200 x 1920 pixels, (~224 ppi pixel density)
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 Chipset
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Android OS 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • 3D surround sound enhancement
  • 8.1 MP rear-facing camera, capable to take 1080p@30fps videos, HDR
  • 2.2 MP front-facing camera, capable to take 1080p@30fps videos
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 64 GB
  • 16/32 GB Internal storage
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Stereo FM radio
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n,
  • Infrared port
  • USB
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • SNS integration
  • Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery
In terms of hardware specs, this Sony’s tablet is definitely considered as a high-end tablet. No argue to that.

However, compared to its toughest rivals around the market, like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T or Google Nexus 10 made by Samsung, then there are some sectors on Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi that make this tablet look like a mid-end tablet, which is not true because Sony itself only has one model in its tablet portfolio last year, similar like Apple that only launches 1 model of flagship iPhone or iPad every year, of course with the exception of iPhone 5C.

But aside from that, Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi definitely still deserves to be positioned alongside other high-end tablets around the market, despite having some slightly lower-quality specs.

Anyway, Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi comes with the same exact specs just like the LTE model of this series.

So there will be a 10.1-inch display sporting the resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 320 GPU, 8.1 rear-facing camera, 2.2MP camera on the front, 6000mAh power battery, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, microSD card slot for up to 64GB and many more.

Not to mention, similar like its smartphone model, this tablet also comes with IP57 certification, which makes it a dust proof and water resistant tablet.

Screen

Compared to other high-end rivals across the market, then the display of this Sony’s flagship tablet definitely doesn’t stand a chance to compete.

And that’s because its full HD 1920x1200 pixel display is not high enough to compete against rivals that mostly already adopt 2.5K display (2560x1600 pixels) like Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, Google Nexus 10, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T or iPad Air with its 1536x2048 pixel Retina Display.

But the good news is, having a full HD resolution display on a 10.1-inch screen is actually already great enough for this tablet.

In fact, with this display, everything that you throw on the screen, either its movie, book, magazine, web page or game, all will still look insanely sharp and crisp on this tablet.

And its huge 10.1-inch screen size makes the experience of using this tablet a much more enjoyable given its huge screen real estate, decreasing the needs to do pinch-to-zoom gestures when your eyes can’t read the text or see the images.

However, given that this tablet comes with IP57 certification, then its display might not deliver the best looking screen around the market.

In fact, according to many reviewers, the display of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is not really great, it looks washed out and has a bad viewing angle, compared to the other tablets with full HD 1920x1200 pixel display.

Many believe that its IP57 certification is the one to blame because it makes this tablet need more protection on its display, especially from the water.

But overall, the display of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is still great for today’s standards, if not the best.

User Interface and Features

The UI of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is pretty similar with the smartphone version of this tablet, Sony Xperia Z, given that both devices are tailored together by Sony in purpose.

So most of the features on the smartphone model can also be found on this tablet, although not all of them, especially the ones that have something to do with the phone functionality.

Overall, the UI of this tablet is still using the standard Android main homescreen, where you can put your widgets, apps and favorite shortcuts all over it, plus the standard notification window, app drawer, setting window and the multi-window mode, which allows you to float multiple app windows on the screen at the same time.

Performance

The performance of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is exactly the same with the LTE model of this series, given that they both share the same exact internals inside, and only cellular connectivity support that separates them.

So in the real world performance, this tablet is definitely blazing fast, thanks to its 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU. With this type of specs, any tablet can deliver a really really fast and smooth performance, without any lag whatsoever.

So if you’re currently looking for a really great media-consumption tablet, even for gaming, then you’ll make no mistake when getting this Sony’s tablet.

It’s great for watching movies, listening to music, browsing the web, reading books or magazines, checking emails or even playing games (which i’m about to explain in a minute).

I’m glad this tablet is packing Qualcomm’s beast processor, Snapdragon 600 in it, making this tablet run much faster and smoother even in full HD display.

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In terms of gaming performance, no doubt that Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi really screams. And very loud (:D).

Thanks to its quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.5GHz per core, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU, you are able to play any kind of games across the Google Play Store in buttery smooth performance and full graphics.

From simple games like Angry Birds, Flappy Bird (if you can find it around the net), Minion Rush or Temple Run 2, to even graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, GT Racing 2 or Dead Trigger 2, all of these games can run perfectly well on this device, plus in full graphics.

So if the latest games like the ones aforementioned above can all run perfectly and in full graphics on this tablet, then it’s no brainer that all older games released in 2013 or before it, can also be played nicely on this tablet, without any hiccups, stutters or lags whatsoever.

I think it’s just extremely easy for me to recommend you this tablet given that Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is currently one of the best Android tablets around, alongside iPad Air, LG G Pad 8.3, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition), Asus Transformer Pad TF701T and other high-end devices.

This tablet may not have the highest resolution screen just like other high-end tablets above, but when it comes to gaming performance, this thing is still on par with those competing rivals.

It’s more than capable to play almost all Android games perfectly in smooth performance, and the most importantly, in full graphics.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

When it comes to tablet photography, then the tablets that are superior in this expertise are around iPad, Samsung’s flagship tablets or this Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi.

This Sony’s tablet is packing a staggering 8.1MP camera, which is probably the highest camera on the tablet market to date.

However, in terms of quality, the camera on this tablet may not be on par with the rivals like iPad Air or Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, which have been well-known to have great cameras around the tablet market.

But still, having an impressive 8.1MP on this tablet is still something, right?

In fact, even though its quality is not the best around, not only does it get the job done, but also can take some great shots that are worth collecting to your digital photo album.

Too bad this tablet doesn’t come with LED flash, which is really useful to take shots at night especially in low-light situation.

But the good thing is, its camera is still able to take 1080p videos at 30fps, even with HDR equipped.

Battery Life

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is packing a huge 6000mAh power battery inside.

For today’s standards, this battery is definitely huge, although not the biggest around the market because there are many other 10-inch tablets that have way bigger battery capacity than the one inside this Sony’s tablet.

Even so, the 6000mAh power battery in this tablet is still more than capable to keep the tablet running all day long without recharging.

But this will also depend on which type of users are you.

If you’re type of moderate users that will only use this tablet in your spare time, then you can expect this tablet to last in a solid day, of course in one full charge.

However, if you’re type of power users and gonna use it to do some heavy intense usage without resting the screen, like for watching HD movies/tv series in marathon or playing games in the row, then its battery life could probably last around 6 to 8 hours, which is still considered as great for a media-consumption tablet.

And given that this tablet is only supported with WiFi, without LTE, then there is probably some extra juice of battery life, especially if you turn off the WiFi and remove all the unnecessary tasks in the background.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, as i already mentioned above, i think it’s really easy for me to recommend you this tablet. Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is definitely one of the best Android tablets out there. Period.
  • I really like its premium design,
  • i like its processor,
  • its gaming performance,
  • its full HD display,
  • its UI,
  • its software and features,
  • its battery life,
  • its camera,
  • and pretty much everything on this tablet is just awesome!
Probably one of the great things to have on this tablet, that can’t be found on other tablets, is definitely its IP57 certification, which allows you to dip this tablet in a water for 30 minutes.

This is probably gonna be useful if you use this tablet in your bathroom and you accidentally drop this device in the bathtub.

Not to mention, if you’re into tablet photography in the sea, then the camera of this tablet, which is 8.1MP and great, can be really useful for you to capture many living things inside the deep blue sea and then show them off to your friends, although using the Sony Xperia Z smartphone is more recommended.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is also extremely great for gaming. No argue with that.

Thanks to its monster processor Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU, all games on Google Play Store can be played perfectly on this tablet, plus in full high graphics.

So if you’re also into tablet gaming, and you always want to play the very latest Android games, then you can do it on this tablet.

Even the next-gen Android games that are gonna launch in 2014 (like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 9, N.O.V.A 4, etc) will mostly run perfectly on this tablet, and of course in full graphics.

So if you’re currently looking for a great media-consumption tablet, especially for gaming, no doubt, Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is a great choice for you.

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