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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | Tablets in Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 2:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Sony

Performance

 

Performance is something that Sony has always done well, with the Xperia Z2 Tablet never slowing down, ever. I have used it for quite a while now, on numerous overseas trips, in hotel rooms, and everywhere in between. No amount of use has slowed it down.

 

Although, performance isn't everything - as the best specifications don't always mean that you're going to get a great performing device. Sony's software is something that lends a very big hand to this as it isn't very intrusive. It doesn't suck up precious resources, either.

 

Playing back 1080p content on the Xperia Z2 Tablet was great, which is what I used it for mostly. 1080p movies and 720p TV episodes, where I had plenty of battery life which we'll get to in just a minute.

 

 

Does Anyone Use the Camera on a Tablet?

 

Most people don't, but we still snapped some photos on our Xperia Z2 Tablet to give you an idea of what to expect from the rear-facing camera is on Sony's slate. Here they are, uncompressed.

 

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Battery Life

 

I flew from Australia to the United States three times with the Xperia Z2 Tablet, and each time it was my most-used companion. My smartphone is useless as the plane is in the air, but my tablet is my BFF as soon as the plane takes off.

 

Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet was giving me around 10-12 hours of battery life on maximum brightness, so I tested it on my trip from Adelaide to Auckland, and then Auckland to San Francisco. There's around 18-20 hours of total flight time for these two connecting flights, so I used the Xperia Z2 Tablet at maximum brightness for most of the trip, and knocked it down to 60% for the remaining time.

 

I was able to get most of the way to the US on the single charge, only needing to top it up to get another 2-3 hours out of it. Total, I was surprised to get 12 hours out of it, and I could've squeezed more if I used Sony's built-in power saving technology. Screen brightness is the big killer here, so you could always tweak it to 50-60% and have an entire day out of it if you sparred it enough.

 

 

Benchmarks

 

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Sony's slate swings pretty damn high in Basemark X, barely losing out to the Z2 smartphone and Galaxy S5 from Samsung.

 

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3DMark performance is about what I expected, sitting up with the best in the industry.

 

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Apple really dominates GFXBench 3.0, but the Tablet Z2 sits close to the Z2 smartphone and Galaxy S5 from Samsung.

 

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Once again, we have the Xperia Z2 Tablet keeping up with the best, only losing out to the Galaxy S5 by 20 points, and the Z2 smartphone by 70.

 

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In our last test, the Xperia Z2 Tablet manages to keep up with all of our flagship devices.

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