Sony (SNE) isn’t one of those names that immediately comes to mind when you think of tablets. Most of the big names are primarily on the Android side, and the Apple (AAPL) iPad, of course. The Nexus and Kindle Fire, with Samsung (SSNLF) and its dozens of Galaxy Tabs and Galaxy Notes gobbling up the majority of sales. What about the Sony Xperia tablet?
Sony very nearly missed out on the tablet rush, but once on target, it opted to follow the Apple model instead of repeating the mistake it made in the TV business — trying to churn out cheap products to compete with low-end competitors in a price race to the bottom. It refused to enter a price war against Amazon (AMZN).
Last year’s Xperia Tablet Z was a premium model that emphasized Sony’s design chops and display expertise while adding bragging rights for being the world’s first waterproof tablet. The company recognizes tablets are a key to its survival, so it pulled out all the stops on this year’s version, the Xperia Z2.
Our Xperia Z2 tablet review explores what Sony got right (and wrong) in the quest to beat the iPad Air in engineering while convincing Android buyers to spend an extra hundred bucks over competitors like the Google (GOOG) Nexus 10.