Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review: Design Misses Include Bezels and Battery Life
Apple and Samsung have both pushed the envelope when it comes to reducing the size of the bezels that frame their tablets. These days, a tablet with big bezels tends to look as though someone in the design department couldn’t figure out how to pack everything in, and the tablets end up looking chunky.
Despite being thinner and lighter than an iPad Air, the Xperia Z2 suffers from thick side bezels –nearly an inch wide– that make it look heftier. And that thinness has also resulted in a tablet that has a little more flex than owners might be comfortable with.
The other major shortcoming is battery life. The iPad Air regularly clocks well more than 10 hours of typical use; even the giant Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (reviewed here) can hit 9-10 hours, despite having to power a 12-inch display with more than 4 million pixels.
The Sony tablet is lucky to hit just 8 hours. In its Xperia tablet Z2 review, Engadget managed an average of 7:57 before the Xperia tablet’s battery quit.