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Topic # 114644 26-Feb-2013 13:56
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http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/02/25/sony-xperia-z-tablet-launching-in-q2-for-499

I saw this announced  other than the screen resolution, it's what I would consider the best tablet around right now. I want it so much. If it had 2560x1440 resolution it would be perfect. 

Having owned other things Z by Sony I have to say, I am expecting a fair bit, they are generally excellent and ground breaking devices (My latest Sony Z Notebook has a 13" Screen @ 1900x1200, 4 x SSD in a Raid 0 and weighs 1.7KG). 


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  Reply # 822762 21-May-2013 08:30
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Sony Mobile's Xperia Tablet Z Now Available Worldwide

Sony Mobile today announced that Xperia Tablet Z - the world's slimmest, lightest premium Android tablet - is now available to buy across the globe through Sony's retail and operator partners as well as online channels. The multi-award winning product - which recently picked up a Red Dot Design Award 2013 - has received the largest number of pre-orders of any Sony tablet to date.

Xperia Tablet Z captures the very best of Sony's technology, design, connectivity and entertainment in a premium high-performance water-resistant tablet. It's incredibly slim and lightweight and includes Sony's stunning and now familiar OmniBalance design that perfectly complements its smartphone sibling - the smash hit Xperia Z. Xperia Tablet Z is available in black or white finishes and in 4G or WiFi versions.

"Xperia Tablet Z has received an incredibly positive response since it was announced and this is demonstrated by the strong pre-orders the product has received," said Tomokazu Tajima, Senior Vice President, Head of UX Creative Design and Planning, at Sony Mobile Communications. "We believe we have created the ultimate tablet experience and one that is uniquely Sony. Who else would design a tablet that can be used as a media center, a TV remote control - as well as sync seamlessly with Xperia Z and be submerged for 30 minutes underwater!?"

Xperia Tablet Z is also the best connected tablet available and continues Sony's unique one-touch function story using NFC. No other company is making it easier to enjoy content between multiple products such as TVs, speakers and smartphones than Sony.

A number of companion accessories are also available from Sony Stores and registered retailers including a charging cradle, an LCD Screen Protector and stylish leather Carrying Cover that comes in black, white or red.




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  Reply # 822856 21-May-2013 10:56
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A New Zealand update... The Sony Xperia Tablet Z will be available in local stores from 6th June in 16GB and 32GB versions, with the 32GB available exclusively at Sony Stores.

Prices will be:

16GB WiFi - NZ$729
32GB WiFi - NS$849









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  Reply # 822858 21-May-2013 11:00
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Hmm compelling. Still too heavy. I'd like a 10" at <400 grams with a 1900x1200 screen Then I'd be happy.

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  Reply # 823130 21-May-2013 19:37
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Damn, some other territories are getting LTE versions and we're plumped with Wifi only options again.

What a shame, it sounds like a great tablet otherwise. 

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  Reply # 823139 21-May-2013 19:59
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GV27: Damn, some other territories are getting LTE versions and we're plumped with Wifi only options again.

What a shame, it sounds like a great tablet otherwise. 


Is that such a big deal? Most smartphones can serve as a wireless hotspot these days, meaning only one data plan required.

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  Reply # 823160 21-May-2013 20:42
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Ham:
GV27: Damn, some other territories are getting LTE versions and we're plumped with Wifi only options again.

What a shame, it sounds like a great tablet otherwise. 


Is that such a big deal? Most smartphones can serve as a wireless hotspot these days, meaning only one data plan required.


Kills your battery though

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  Reply # 823309 22-May-2013 05:20
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Ham:
GV27: Damn, some other territories are getting LTE versions and we're plumped with Wifi only options again.

What a shame, it sounds like a great tablet otherwise. 


Is that such a big deal? Most smartphones can serve as a wireless hotspot these days, meaning only one data plan required.


It also means you have to shell out for data and sms/minutes on the same plan, which limits your options in terms of what you can get for the same amount of money, instead of buying each one from where ever is cheaper. 

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  Reply # 823312 22-May-2013 05:38
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im buying! cant wait

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  Reply # 823639 22-May-2013 16:39
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Buy the 16GB, spend $120 on a 64GB micro SD and you have 80GB tablet for the same price as the 32GB model. No brainer really.

I love the form factor of the Samsung Note 8 tablet, but the resolution is rubbish. So think I will pick up the Sony in a couple of weeks. Now, if Sony did a Xperia 8 Tab, now that would hit the sweet spot in every regard!!!!!!!!!!

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  Reply # 831987 7-Jun-2013 09:06
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It's early days with my new Xperia tablet, I've only had a couple of hours with it so far, but early on I am very impressed. I love the design, it is so thin and lightweight. We compared it side by side yesterday with the latest ipad and the weight and thickness difference was quite stark.

A couple of nice early discoveries:

The Sony music app is able to connect wirelessly to my Sonos speakers to stream music from the tablet without having to use the Sonos application

The Sony movie app is able to wirelessly connect to my WDTV live media player to stream hidef movies directly from the tablet to my 65" Panasonic plasma

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  Reply # 832013 7-Jun-2013 09:19
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I got my tablet yesterday. On first use I was actually really disappointed because the touch screen was so sensitive. If I was scrolling down a page rather than it moving properly the screen would zoom in or a link would open.

So checked on xda if there were other people who had this issue, luckily there was, there was an update that fixed this issue. So connected to the Sony PC companion and now with the latest firmware,its fixed.

As for the tablet itself,its gorgeous, the screen is beautiful. The battery takes a while too charge though. Apparently with the optional dock it charges a lot quicker.

I have ordered a USB otg cable so that I can connect my ps3 controller to this tablet.


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  Reply # 834098 11-Jun-2013 12:25
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Update. Battery life is average - early days to totally tell as haven't really used a lot. Charge time, however, is abysmal. Discharged battery this morning and plugged in empty at 9am. It's now 12.20pm and battery indicator shows just under half charge! Am using a blackberry phone charger, but I am picking there would be no difference between this and the Sony supplier charger.

Battery aside, I love everything else about the tablet.

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  Reply # 834100 11-Jun-2013 12:28
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dafman: Update. Battery life is average - early days to totally tell as haven't really used a lot. Charge time, however, is abysmal. Discharged battery this morning and plugged in empty at 9am. It's now 12.20pm and battery indicator shows just under half charge! Am using a blackberry phone charger, but I am picking there would be no difference between this and the Sony supplier charger.

Battery aside, I love everything else about the tablet.


There actually is quite a bit of difference between the new tablet chargers and the phone chargers.

The phone chargers usually supply charge at 1Amp (or some at 500mA). Your blackberry charger might be at 500mA.

The tablet chargers are all at 2Amps or 2.1Amps. Basically twice as fast. More current means power comes quicker.

This issue is the one that was with the iPad 3s and the iphone chargers. It was well publicised that people should use the ipad charger for the ipad and not the phone charger.

So you should always use a tablet charger to charge the tablet and not a phone charger. just because of this difference in current.

However, i wouldnt recommend using the tablet charger for the phone - since the phone may not be electrically able to handle the extra 1A of current and could fry the wiring inside - not saying it will, but i wouldnt recommend it. But theoretically, your phone would charger faster with a tablet charger.

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  Reply # 834101 11-Jun-2013 12:29
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dafman: Update. Battery life is average - early days to totally tell as haven't really used a lot. Charge time, however, is abysmal. Discharged battery this morning and plugged in empty at 9am. It's now 12.20pm and battery indicator shows just under half charge! Am using a blackberry phone charger, but I am picking there would be no difference between this and the Sony supplier charger.

Battery aside, I love everything else about the tablet.


i was reading on xda about the charging time, because i agree its terrible how long it takes to charge, its apparently an issue with the usb not supplying enough power. 

the upcoming dock will make the charging alot faster, because i also have the xperia z, and it charges WAY quicker with the dock than with usb

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  Reply # 834103 11-Jun-2013 12:31
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Krishant007:
dafman: Update. Battery life is average - early days to totally tell as haven't really used a lot. Charge time, however, is abysmal. Discharged battery this morning and plugged in empty at 9am. It's now 12.20pm and battery indicator shows just under half charge! Am using a blackberry phone charger, but I am picking there would be no difference between this and the Sony supplier charger.

Battery aside, I love everything else about the tablet.


There actually is quite a bit of difference between the new tablet chargers and the phone chargers.

The phone chargers usually supply charge at 1Amp (or some at 500mA). Your blackberry charger might be at 500mA.

The tablet chargers are all at 2Amps or 2.1Amps. Basically twice as fast. More current means power comes quicker.

This issue is the one that was with the iPad 3s and the iphone chargers. It was well publicised that people should use the ipad charger for the ipad and not the phone charger.

So you should always use a tablet charger to charge the tablet and not a phone charger. just because of this difference in current.

However, i wouldnt recommend using the tablet charger for the phone - since the phone may not be electrically able to handle the extra 1A of current and could fry the wiring inside - not saying it will, but i wouldnt recommend it. But theoretically, your phone would charger faster with a tablet charger.


i have an xperia z and a xperia z tablet, both come with the same charger and the same ouput

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