Sony’s newest 8 ″ tablet has a long name and is equipped with a high price tag and high-end specifications. I used it for a few weeks, you can read my findings here.
Sony has been present on the smartphone market for years, with the Z3 as the last flagship. Also in the field of tablets, the Japanese manufacturer is not unknown, it launched the 10.1 ″ Z2 Tablet a few months ago. However, the company did not yet have a tablet with an 8 scherm screen in its portfolio until it presented the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact in September. Equipped with good specifications, a striking design and a price tag that starts at 399 euro
The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a bit different in design than most – 8 tablets – tablets. The rectangular and sleek design clearly shows that we are dealing with a Sony product. When you have the tablet in your hands, you will immediately notice how thin and light it is. He can rightly bear the name “Tablet Compact”, he is only 213.3 by 123.6 by 6.4 millimeters thick. The thickness is particularly striking, in a positive sense. With 270 grams we also have to deal with a very light tablet, a big plus in my opinion. It doesn’t stand out in your bag, and holding the tablet with one hand for a long time is no problem. Despite the small dimensions, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact feels solid, even with normal use. When you put strength on the back you can hear some creaking, but not at an alarming level. I think a bending test is nonsense, with enough violence you can destroy every tablet. The only downside I have been able to discover is the scratch-sensitive back. It is of a different material than the recent Xperia smartphones, which feels great. However, it is fairly scratch sensitive, which detracts from its beautiful appearance. Maybe use a cover?
In addition, the tablet is provided with an IP65 / IP68 certification, which means that it can survive for 1.5 hours at a depth of 1.5 meters in fresh water and is also dust-resistant. Provided the covers are closed of course, otherwise the end is exercise. Over the years, Sony has focused on the water and dust tightness of its (more expensive) products, which is a good USP (Unique Selling Point). However, the competition has not stood still, for example, HTC recently launched the Desire Eye, which is water and dust proof without the presence of covers. It would be great if Sony knew how to do this in the (near) future.
Just a little bit about the buttons and connections; at the bottom you will find – hidden under a cover – the Micro-USB port. On the right-hand side are the distinctive silver round on and off button, with the volume buttons below. I have nothing to complain about the buttons themselves, but I don’t like the position. On a tablet of 8 er there is enough space to place it, but Sony has chosen to turn it practically against the on and off button. This causes more than once that I accidentally screw up the volume while I wanted to turn on the tablet. Well, at the top right corner is the 3.5 mm input, which does not need a valve to guarantee water and dust proof. The top has nothing to offer and on the left side we find a connection to charge the tablet using a magnetic cable, with a flap below which a Micro-SD slot and optional SIM card slot are located.
Sony is known for its excellent cameras, both in its real cameras and in more expensive smartphones such as the Z3. This tablet is also equipped with a good pair of cameras on paper, but these are disappointing in practice. The webcam has 2.2 megapixels and takes selfies of an acceptable level in sufficient daylight. The camera is also sufficient for video calls, but it does stop there. Photos generally look grainy and the auto focus does not work optimally. Certainly in situations with less light, the results are poor. The possibilities offered by the camera software are interesting, although not all of them come into their own. The cameras on a tablet will not be a decisive point for many people when purchasing, but with a tablet with a price tag from 400 euros I would have expected more