While Android smartphones are coming out of the woodworks this year, we haven’t seen many Android tablets this year. Everyone seems to be focusing on smaller, 7-inch form factor tablets and seem to have abandoned the 10-inch space. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is the only new 10.1-inch Android tablet to launch this year. And with no one to contend against, it is commanding a substantial premium in the market. This is not any run-of-the-mill tablet, though. The care and polish delivered by Sony is simply brilliant as we’ll see in a bit.
Design and build
The Xperia Tablet Z creates a new mould for what large-screen tablets should be like. It’s thinner than its pocketable cousin, the Xperia Z, at just 6.9 mm. The Z is also super light at just 496 g, which makes single-handed use a breeze. There’s sufficient amount of bezel on either side of the screen, so you can use it in any orientation comfortably.