Thursday, April 16, 2015

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESS OF SONY XPERIA Z3 TABLET COMPACT



      


     Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is the fourth generation of the Sony Xperia Tablet, besides Xperia Tablet S, Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia Tablet Z2. Sony have been introducing other tablet PC that is the Sony Tablet S and Tablet P. The Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet, Sony wanted to show something different than the tablet PC that had previously been released.
Armed with a more compact design and remain waterproof, more powerful processors, high-speed 4G LTE Cat.4 data technology support and phone functions it carries, the tablet is going to be the toughest rival to the iPad Mini, as well as the latest Galaxy tablet.

DESIGN
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has similar characteristics to the Xperia Z2 Tablet, they have equally super thin body. With a thickness of only about 6.4mm, Z3 Tablet Compact even beat the thinness of the Samsung Galaxy S 8.4 which has a thickness of 6.6mm, and iPad Mini that has a thickness of 7.2mm. However, when compared with the iPad Air 2 which has a thickness of 6.1mm, the Xperia
Z3 Tablet Compact certainly will lose competitiveness.
In addition to thin,This tablet also carries a very compact design structure. Because of the size of the screen has a fitting comparison with the dimensions of the body. In fact, the size of the bezel also quite thin. The tablet also has a solid framework and certainly very convenient to use.
Unlike most tablet PCs on the market, Z3 Tablet Compact design with premium and elegant appear because this tablet applying OmniBalance design concepts that are widely applied by the lineup of high-end Xperia smartphones. For those already familiar with the products of Sony Xperia premium hand set, including its Xperia tablet, in Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact also has IP68 certified which means that this tablet have a waterproof ability to a depth of 1 meters for 30 minutes and dustproof.
If in Xperia Z2 Tablet uses a micro-SIM, in Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact using a type of nano-SIM. Position adjacent to the microSD card slot and a reset button (off). To protect it from intruding water, its cover slot coated with rubber material. Similarly, for a micro USB port.

DISPLAY
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact brings 8-inch screen, with resolution at 1200 x 1920 pixels (~283 ppi pixel density) and a Triluminos display made by Sony which combined with X-Reality Engine to produce the clarity and sharpness of images and colors. The combination of these technologies are also able to increase the brightness, contrast and can reduce noise. This tablet is protected with shatter proof glass and oleophobic coating.
Unfortunately, this tablet is still using TFT (Thin Film Transistor) instead of IPS (In-Plane Switching) or Super AMOLED as used on the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab  generation. Even so, a sensation when using this Tablet Compact with fingers still feels comfortable. Disadvantages TFT screen of this tablet is its interface is less obvious when this tablet used under the sun.
Z3 Tablet Compact screen is also equipped with special sensors that can still be used even if you are wearing gloves. Just enable the "Glove Mode" to use this tablet while wearing gloves. You can also turn on the tablet screen by tapping the screen, the same technology as in LG G2 / G3 called
KnockCode.

OS & UI
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact brings Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and most likely will soon receive an update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Of course menu interface and menu structure that carried by this tablet is not much different from the middle and upper class of Xperia smartphones including Xperia tablet before.
The front page of this tablet interface presents a standard lockscreen mode by sliding the screen up or down, and also supports the quick launch camera. You can also set it’s lockscreen to Pattern, PIN, password, Bluetooth unlock or Face unlock. Here, Sony has not been able to match the Samsung Galaxy S which has been using Fingerprint sensors.
The combination of Sony's interface with Android KitKat produce distinctive look of Sony Xperia flagship devices. By default, you will get widget "What's New" which displays interesting information about the content available on Xperia smartphones. In addition, there are still 5 more homescreen panels can be customized as desired.
Overall, the look of Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is exactly the same as the Xperia Z3 smartphone and Xperia Z3 Compact. Including the option "Simple Home" which set the homescreen and the menus in large icons and easily accessible.

HARDWARE
On the hardware side, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AB 801 Chipset, Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage and microSD card support up to 128GB. Despite having the type of chipset and processor similar to the Xperia Z2 Tablet, but  the clockspeed processor used by Xperia Z3
Tablet Compact  is slightly higher at 2.5GHz compared with the Xperia Z2 Tablet that has 2.3GHz only. As a result, the overall performance becomes a little tougher than the Xperia Z2 Tablet.
With Li-Ion 4500 mAh battery, this tablet seems to not be doubted. Moreover, Sony has invested a power management system that is tough enough which called "Stamina Mode".

INTERNET & CONNECTIVITY
Compared to Xperia Z2 Tablet, Z3 Tablet Compact slightly increased the data access. The tablet is already using the 4G LTE Cat.4 network who have data access speeds up to 50 Mbps (upload) and 150 Mbps (download). While the Xperia Z2 Tablet still use  the 4G LTE Cat.3.
In addition to the data, cellular network on this tablet also supports phone call and SMS. Other connections are also owned by Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact including HSPA + and  USB On The GO (OTG) function.
Like the other Xperia generation, either smartphone or tablet, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact also support DualShock connection features to connect to the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 Controller, there is also the Screen mirroring as well as the ability to be connected to digital printers such as HP Print and Canon Print Services.
The tablet also has the same ability to Xperia Z3 / Z3 Compact smartphones  which can be connected to a Windows 8.1 device to access and utilize data from these device with ease thanks to the windows tethering feature. Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is not supported with InfraRed connection like the Xperia Z2 Tablet.

CAMERA
As a new product, this tablet has no significant improvement in the camera. The Resolution of the main camera and front camera exactly the same as Xperia Z2 Tablet and Xperia Tablet Z. as well as additional features to improve the camera, fairly identical. Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact came with a resolution of 8.1MP rear camera and 2.2MP front camera.
With the similar interfaces and specifications, the photos or videos taken with this tablet should be comparable with the previous tablet, but with 8MP resolution, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact camera somewhat less. Light absorption, as well as objects that caught with the lens looks a bit blurry. In addition, this tablet is not supported with LED flash for taking pictures on low light conditions. For video, reaches a maximum resolution of 1080p @ 30fps with results that were also unsatisfactory. The plus points is, while recording a video, you still can take a pictures.

MULTIMEDIA
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has a standard facilities and typical of Sony Xperia. Starting from the special music player, Walkman Player that has an attractive interface and it’s integrated with a variety of online services. Video player that supports a variety of standard formats, up to FM radio that supports RDS but not equipped with FM recording capabilities. You can also get a variety of important information about the song being played in your favorite stations via TrackID.
Terms of audio quality, the tablet is not in doubt. Various best audio technology from this Japanese vendors also pinned to this tablet.
Such as Clear Audio Technology which includes Clear Bass, and additional equalizer settings can also be customized according to your own taste. Not only to enjoy multimedia, audio technology owned by this tablet is very helpful when communicating. For example, active noise-canceling that can reduce noise while communicating up to 98%, thanks to ClearAudio+ features that combined with a variety of typical Sony audio technologies.

OTHER FEATURES
By default, the additional features which brought by Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact was not much different with the other Sony Xperia flagship devices . Such as My Xperia which can help you to locate your lost tablet, including an alarm, even delete important data on the tablet remotely. It's just that the ability of this feature depends on the network connection data you're using.
Other facilities that are not less interesting is the widget "What's New" which can help you to find a movie, music, games, and applications are recommended according to your smartphone with more easily.
Lifelog feature, this feature can be used to monitor the condition of the body and health as well as a variety of other activities. This feature is integrated with additional gadgets from Sony called SmartBand.

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
 
STRENGTHS
Compact design, super slim, Waterproof and dust, Support 4G LTE Cat.4, Good performance in its class, Supports calls and text messages function
 
WEAKNESS
The prices is relatively high for a mid range tablet, TFT screen, without Corning Gorilla Glass, standard camera quality, easy to heat when running multiple features at once

CONCLUSION
For a mid range tablet, the price is a bit overpriced. Even so, the label "Compact" that brought by this device is able to bring the special sensation for the user. Moreover, this tablet has a dimension which is super thin and has the ability of waterproof and dust just like other Sony  flagship. This factor that appears to be a Sony’s weapon to compete with their rival like the iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy S 8.4.

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS OF SONY XPERIA Z3 TABLET COMPACT

  • Network Technology : GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • Body Dimensions : 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4 mm (8.40 x 4.87 x 0.25 in) 270 g (9.52 oz)
  • SIM : Nano-SIM
  • Display Type : TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 8.0 inches (~70.4% screen-to-body ratio), 1200 x 1920 pixels (~283 ppi pixel density), Multitouch up to 10 fingers, Triluminos display, X-Reality Engine
  • Protection : Shatter proof glass, oleophobic coating
  • Operating System : Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
  • Processor : Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801, Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400, Adreno 330 GPU
  • Storage : 16 GB, 3 GB RAM, microSD, up to 128 GB
  • Camera  : Primary     8.1 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, 1080p@30fps (video), Secondary 2.2 MP, 1080p@30fps (video)
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth  v4.0, A2DP, LE, apt-X, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3 TV-out), USB Host
  • Radio : FM radio with RDS
  • Sensors : Accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer
  • Battery : Non-removable Li-Ion 4500 mAh battery

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