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Best Tablet 2014, but for reasons not in the main headlines.
, 18 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Sony Xperia Z2 10.1 inch Tablet (Black) - (Qualcomm 2.3GHz, 3GB RAM, 16GB Memory, Google Android 4.4) (Personal Computers)
I have read most of the reviews for tablets either on ebay/amazon or magazines, but they all review the same key items to compare it with the iPad Air. I hope those reading my review will realise that I am highlighting other areas that maybe are not in the spotlight as much, but are worth noting for people undecided...
And by the way a love Apple product but it was the right decision to make the switch now, this tablet is a definite alternative for Apple lovers.
Now people who say that 16Gb is enough for all iPads or the Google Nexus range are very much mistaken. And no amount of "it has cloud storage" will change that. Using Sky Go or the new BBC iPlayer/ITV player for on the go viewing will not handle 16Gb. Invariably you will sometimes use the download feature so you can watch the program without Internet connection. You need the SD card slot to expand the memory to an extra 64Gb for a reasonable price, something I can't say for the iPad Airs 64Gb or 128Gb tablet asking prices! Trust me, an SD card slot is simply a must.
Connectivity and Media Serving.
Now this could be showing why I think Android format is becoming much more superior to iOS, however although this area is a very Android item I think Sony products now definitely execute this much better than all other Android providers even Samsung . Now yes with Apple you can send pictures, movies or music from your tablet or phone to your TV screen of wifi stereo, however like all Apple products this comes at significant costs (Airport Express + Apple TV + iMac PC). With this tablet it is simply free, I can view all media from my PC hardrive from my tablet using a simply media server software on my PC, and I can also "throw" any media on my tablet to any smart TV screen or wifi speaker/stereo equipment and it doesn't matter who it's made by. I can "screen mirror" to which means when finding a good imdb or YouTube trailer I can watch also on the TV. Also the wireless printing is much better than airprint as instead of requiring an airprint enabled printer, you either cloud print or download wireless tablet printer plugin software for the particular printer you have. And if you are a iTunes must person, like I still am, you can use other 3rd party apps for iTunes remote or sync. Retune is a good remote for example. DLNA simply works and is free cause guess what, all electronic providers use it barring... Apple.
In short you don't need an Apple like "ecosystem" for this tablet to work, it will interconnect with any smart device or media server setup old fashioned PC. And will work between Android, Linux and Windows operations systems also.
App Store vs Play Store.
I've read so many articles saying you can't get apps on Android but I'm really starting to doubt if these people have ever used Android products or are just on the Apple wagon. Android store is virtually the same now, I am really struggling to find anything I was missing from Apple, and even if there is not the exact app, the alternatives are just as good. Let's say this simply, Android owns 80% of the smartphone market now and is rapidly selling more tablets than the Apple or Windows systems combined... Apps are easily more available now, it's a none argument.
This is like a PS4 in a tablet... And you can use your PS3 controllers with it. That's just cool period. Free downloaded game of FIFA14 anyone?
Yes this is the ultimate remote control. I can control my TV, marantz amplifier and CD from the 90s, and PS3 with this thing!
It's more than Waterproof.
This is not like another Sony product or even the new Samsung S5. It has a higher waterproofing factor, and also and more significantly, it means you can use the screen underwater. This is something that previous generation devices couldn't do. So Internet surfing in the shower is a possibility.
The Frame Bezels.
I keep hearing the frame is too fat compared with the new iPad Air. Yes it is bigger but look at the context of that argument. It is only on the eye/feel around 1cm on each side a wider bezel... The top and bottom is the same width. It really isn't that much! It's not a show stopper. And if that is so significant, then I would argue it is equally significant that the iPad Air has a smaller display at 9.7" not this Xperia Z2 10.1".
This makes the iPad Air feel heavy. It's stupid light... in a good way.
Android feels much more new and fluid to use nowadays. The Apple format of all apps on the desktop, to me, does feel alittle old fashioned now. Plus with screen switching, small apps and widgets make multitasking is so much easier on Android than Apple.
NFC and Wireless Connection.
This is hard to explain. But look it up... Smart tags are really useful additions, plus Xperia Link for quick tethering to a mobile phone and not just for the Internet, the tablet can send and receive messages. It becomes a smartphone extension, a very nice addition.
For the 2 reviews struggling with screen responses, you have a manufacturing fault so why didn't you get a replacement first before saying it was rubbish. I've had Apple and all sorts of products that have failed on arrival, but have never said it's rubbish and wanted a refund. Get a working one before you judge it. There will always be Quality Defects cause they are made by humans...
Overall I think this is a wonderful table and I'm very happy with my purchase over an iPad Air.
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