Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review: Elemental: User Interface

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User interface

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sony's latest software. We say latest though with the company's minimal changes it can be hard to disclose - along with Motorola, Sony has one of the thinnest skins over stock Android.

Here's a quick tour of the interface on video:

The lockclassy screen has moved away from multiple widgets and back to clean looks. All it shows is the time and a capturing camera shortcut. Sony has enabled double tap to wake, so you don't even have to reach for the Power key.




The lockclassy screen and its options

The homeclassy screen is the familiar shortcuts and widgets affair. As usual, Sony offers Themes, which set the wallpaper and some of the system colors. There are several lovely themes preloaded (plenty of wallpapers too) and you can download more from Sony Select.







Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet user interface • applying a different theme

The notification area is split in two, which is the norm for tablets. On the left you acquire all notifications, while the correct side holds exclusively toggles. You can rearrange, cover and add toggles.

The toggles don't quite work as expected, a long press displays an option to hold you to the related settings (e.g. Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) settings for the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) toggle) instead of just taking you there.




The notification area offers two customizable rows of quick toggles

The app drawer is laid out across multiple pages and you can sort the apps manually, alphabetically, by the most used or most recently installed. The menu with those settings is accessible via a swipe from the left edge of the classy screen and you can also search and even uninstall apps from there.




The app drawer and its swipe-able settings

The Xperia Z2 Tablet uses a customized app switcher. The first change is a Close all button, the other is Sony's Small Apps.

They are similar to Samsung's Mini Apps, and pop up tiny widget-like applications on your homescreen, which you can go around and utilize without having to open the full-fledged app.

So far, there's a default set of nine: Active Clip, Chrome Bookmarks, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Gmail, Timer, Notes, and Voice Recorder.




The modified app switcher serves as the Small app launcher

You can download more Small Apps off the Play Store or utilize the option to turn your favorite widgets into Small Apps. Just hit the Plus key at the top of the list and choose a widget.




Turning a widacquire into a Small App

You can launch only one instance of a Small App, but you can open multiple Small Apps simultaneously.


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