Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review: Elemental: Unboxing, Design And Build Quality, Display

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Unboxing the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

There's not much to the retail box of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - the device itself, plus a compact charger and a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 cable to go with it. The charger output is 1.5A, which is smartphone territory. Not that the Xperia Z2 Tablet has a huge battery, but still. As usual though box contents are market-dependent so you might acquire a different charger in your area.




Retail box • charger and microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable

Design and build quality

Sony uses the same design for its flagship phones and the Xperia Z2 Tablet - an aluminum skeleton that runs the perimeter of the device with a hollow center. This brings the benefits of a sturdy aluminum frame and enough room for internal hardware as the frame stays out of the way of components. Undoubtedly it has helped Sony to hit the stunning 6.4mm of thickness.





The latest iteration of the OmniBalance design

While the inside is technically impressive, the outside is visually impressive. It follows the OmniBalance design language with a small change - the back is matte, soft touch plastic instead of the usual glass. As we already mentioned, this change reduces weight and handles scratches better. The plastic can be rather tricky to clean when it gets smudgy, though.

The feel in hand is a memorable experience - the Z2 tablet feels stunningly light for its size. It's impressively slim too - most devices utilize visual tricks to cover some of their depth (like sloped sides), but the Xperia Z2 Tablet has nothing to hide.



Holding the Xperia Z2 Tablet in the hand is a unique experience

The unusually lightweight and thin body gives the Z2 Tablet a premium feel that most Android tablets lack, even the people's favorite iPad Air is outdone here.

The plastic on the back handles knocks and scratches better than glass, while the tempered, scratch-resistant glass on the front should hold some beating too. With the IP58 water resistance rating, you may as well defy the instinct to handle the tablet with a light touch.

The front of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is dominated by the screen, but a couple of other components are there too. They bldiscontinue in almost seamlessly into the design, but if you see closer you'll spot two vertical notches on either side of the display - the stereo speakers.

They are powered by Sony's S-Force surround sound tech and are positioned almost at the bottom of the front side. That's so you don't cover them with your palms when you hrecent the tablet.




Frontal view of the tablet • one of the stereo speakers

Speaking of which, the bezels are perhaps our biggest complaint about the Xperia Z2 Tablet. We like bezels on tablets since they allow a fine thumb purchase to comfortably hrecent that weight.

However, the side bezels in particular are unnecessarily big, especially considering how light the device is. The bezels also affect the device visually, making the 10.1" display see smaller than normal.






Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

Above the display are the 2.2MP front-facing camera, an ambient light sensor and a status LED. It's in the correct corner of the tablet and is so tiny we almost missed it at first. It's just a white LED, so it can't show color-coded notifications.



Front-facing capturing camera and sensors

The top side of the tablet features the IR blaster and a noise cancellation mic, plus two protective flaps. One covers the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port, the other the card slots. One is a microSD card slot to build on the base 16GB of storage, while the other slot is reserved for the microSIM card. If you have the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) only version, that slot will be sealed off with a plug.





Top side of the tablet • two flaps • IR blaster and mic

The flaps are part of the water-proofing measures for the tablet and must be closed if the Xperia Z2 Tablet is to come into contact with water. The UI will prompt you to close any opened flaps.

You can charge the tablet without plugging in a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable. You'll need a Sony charging dock that connects to the exposed pogo pins at the bottom of the tablet. If you have a high-discontinue Xperia phone, it and the tablet can hold turns on the dock.




The pogo pins at the bottom of the Xperia Z2 Tablet

Also at the bottom of the tablet is the 3.5mm audio jack, though if you find that uncomfortable there's nothing stopping you from using the Xperia Z2 Tablet upside down (barring video calls).

The left side of the tablet features the tradeimprint aluminum Power key and the volume rocker.





The round Power key is made of aluminum

The back of the tablet is almost uninhabited save for the 8MP capturing camera and NFC logo in the top correct corner. The capturing camera has no flash (not that we consider this an issue for tablets), while the NFC logo gives you something to aim for when pairing with other devices.




The matte back of the Xperia Z2 Tablet • the NFC antenna is under the 8MP camera

Underneath is a 6,000mAh battery, the same power as the previous model. It's fine that Sony managed to haged the capacity, while bringing the thickness down, but it's a bit small for a 10" tablet - similarly sized competitors have over 30% more juice in their batteries.


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