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Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Slick, sleek and super-slim, this is the catwalk model among 10-inch tablets. The design is Sony at its best: chic and unafraid of making a statement. The thin profile does mean it flexes slightly in the hand if you’re not gentle enough, but this is a small price to pay for a gadget that’s so light and comfy to hold.
Though it’s out-pixelled by the iPad and Google Nexus 10, the display here is bright, sharp and realistically colourful and the Full HD resolution is all you need to play back HD video faithfully. Sound isn’t as strong as on some rivals, not least because this is a waterproof device. This means there are slightly irritating flaps on the headphone, microSD card and micro USB sockets, but they work well and being waterproof is a neat extra that means you can rest assured that the tablet will survive if you drop it in the bath or splash it in the kitchen.
Could this be the best Android tablet in the world right now? And can it take on the iPad Air for the title of overall tablet champion? That's up to you to decide....
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Don't agree. I have an iPad and am pretty disappointed with it. It's a very expensive web browser and media player. Nothing more. iTunes is annoying and slow. I'm also sick of browsing the web with "is this site going to work on safari?" constantly in the back of my mind. On each browsing session I'll hit at least 1 website that doesn't work on safari. It integrates poorly with my business applications. If you just want a media play then go with the Kindle HD or Surface RT I reckon. The iPad is just a media player and costs loads more... all the apps are just a consumer quagmire of distraction since barely any of them offer any real life changing convenience. They're just another way for you to buy crap you don't need and pass your money onto corporate giants. Until they start to offer some real improvements on productivity of daily tasks then it's simply an expensive distraction. Why get an expensive one when you can get a much cheaper one that does the same thing?
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