The MWC 2014 was chosen by the great Asian manufacturer Sony to announce to the world its new flagship and although making less noise, its new top-of-the-range tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z2, was also presented. The Sony Xperia Z2 has already passed through our hands and now it is the turn of its 10-inch version.
Sony is famous for launching high-quality terminals and betting on the latest innovations, both software and hardware. We can see this clearly in the Xperia Tablet Z2 since it has incredible benefits and also, a well optimized software although with its small failures. And of course, it boasts one of the biggest attractions, the waterproof and with the possibility of being able to submerge. An all-terrain tablet.
There is no doubt that the Xperia Tablet Z2 is willing to compete directly with other manufacturers with top-of-the-range tablets, with the Nexus range offering more power and, above all, with the iPad.
Components and technical specifications
If Sony is characterized by something about the software on its devices, it is the personalization layer that incorporates each of its devices that goes on sale. An application layer that does not distance much from Android Stock but does incorporate a lot bloatware in my opinion So much so, that it contains almost an application developed by Sony for most of the Android system applications by default. It even incorporates a substitution to Google Now, that seems to me already exaggerated.
I think that the installation of so much software by default makes the experience of use a priori not the best, at least when I first used it, I was eliminating things that I would never use.
Even so, it must be admitted that the operation of the customization layer that has this Xperia Tablet Z2 installed is good and gives fluency when using it. Quick responses and fluidity is what I least expected from a layer of customization as heavy as Sony's.
Clarify that the customization layer is on top of what until a few days ago was the most updated version of Android, KitKat 4.4.2. Hopefully they worry more about the updates at Sony.
Within the software we find several things that in my opinion should be by default in pure Android. First, we can configure the quick access panel and choose the settings we want.
In addition, something that seems basic to me and that even Android does not have by default is to allow more organization in the application drawer. Just by swiping to the right inside this menu, we will access the settings that it offers us. Despite not being able to create folders within this application menu, you can order to our liking, in alphabetical order, by most used and by most recent installation date. Finally from here, we can also uninstall applications faster than from the applications section within the settings.
It is time for this tablet that boasts such good performance to go through the hard tests of Antutu and see what he is capable of. Will it meet expectations or not?
Once the Antutu test has been carried out, it turns out that 33,360 points. This score places the Xperia Tablet Z2 above the LG G2 and below the Xiaomi Mi3. A really good result if we consider that it is a tablet. Sony has done well but to have practically the same components as a Z2, why is it in that position and not a few higher?
After all, this tablet has shown what is worth in my day to day using it as in Antutu throwing a good score. To tell the truth, I am not a person who uses the tablet excessively but I do when I use it, I use it for real and I do not want to fail or hang applications. And after using it for a while I have realized that it fulfills what I want, although sometimes I have suffered the odd closing of Chrome when opening too many tabs.
In short, if you want a tablet that replaces your laptop, it works fast and is fluid. This tablet is a very good option within the top-of-the-range catalog of Android, being able to deal with even an iPad Air.
One of the key points arrives on a tablet and on any device in general, its battery. As we said before it has a battery of 6,000 mAh, something normal in a tablet since it is what we usually find. But if it is what they all normally carry, is this different from the rest? The answer is yes.
Thank you to your power saving modes, we can get a few more hours of operation. We have two modes, one called STAMINA which activates Sony's energy-saving functions and a slightly more abrupt one called low battery mode. In this mode it deactivates many of the functions of the device such as WiFi, automatic synchronization and others so that we can extend the battery life a little longer. I love that manufacturers worry about this, what good is more capacity if consumption is exorbitant?
After my experience of use I can say that the autonomy of this tablet has surprised me. I said before that I am not using it much throughout the day so it has almost lasted me 3 days without turning it off or battery savings and with several hours of active screen (about 8 hours in particular). I was surprised by the fact that it has to power a 10.1-inch Full HD screen and a powerful processor, however, the autonomy is really good.
Comparing this Xperia Tablet Z2 with another cheaper model that I have at home I have realized that there is quite a difference in autonomy, being able to hold the Sony device for another day compared to the other Android tablet I have.
Here the Xperia Tablet Z2 pulls chest and demonstrates that it is capable of operating powerful hardware, heavy software and also offer good autonomy. My ten to Sony for the good work he did here.