Posts tagged with: Xperia Tablet Z
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    For those of you that still sport a Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR or Tablet Z, we're sure you've been quite pleased with your ability to update these legacy devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. Sony has done a great job in keeping its phones up-to-date lately, though not everything has been fun and games. Users have flooded Sony Support forums claiming that there are serious battery draining issues, and apparently there is a fix coming. Sony has confirmed that it has detected the battery drain issues of the mentioned devices, and this problem has to do with Google Play Services. The ...

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    Sony may not be doing the best job in getting the US market full of Xperia smartphones, but they are definitely doing a great job in giving Xperia customers a taste of the latest and greatest of Android. It used to be that Sony was the worse company in updating its smartphones to newer versions of Android, but ever since the launch of the Xperia Z early last year, this has been a different story, and it continues today. The company has just announced Android 4.4 KitKat to devices like the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z. The update details include: Google’s ...

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    I've had some wonderful experiences with Android tablets. Loading CyanogenMod on the HP TouchPad, an activity I documented in my first-ever video for Pocketnow, filled in some crucial capability gaps left open by the TouchPad's native OS. Carrying a first-gen Nexus 7 for a week in 2012 taught me just how compelling Jelly Bean in the 7-inch form factor could be. And spending some time last year with the Sony Xperia Tablet Z convinced me that "elegance" and "Android tablet" were no longer mutually-exclusive terms. We've come a long way from the days of Honeycomb and the XYBOARD. But five ...

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    While Pocketnow's North American roots come in handy quite often, the arrangement isn't without its snags. We do miss out on the occasional smartphone release by virtue of our location, and the brand most often affected by this is the somewhat Euro-centric Sony. As listeners of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast are aware, this causes us some heartburn; it's frustrating to miss the chance to go hands-on with the latest and greatest. But we almost always manage to snag Sony demo units somehow. Over the past few years, the fine people at Clove Technology and Negri Electronics have loaned us ...

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    Confession time: I've destroyed a review unit or two in my day. I lost a brand-new LG flagship in the back of a cab once. During a durability test late last year, I did enough damage to an LG G Flex that we ended up having to buy the thing from Negri Electronics. And just a couple weeks back, you all saw me accidentally drown an Xperia Z1S at the tail end of a feature video. But while most of the incidents above were excusable (the Z1S wasn't my fault, and we were expecting to eat the cost of the G Flex anyway), my time spent with Samsung's Galaxy S 4 Active was a different story. Because ...

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    If you have a Sony Xperia Z you should receive a notification for an update being available for your phone. According to official wording from Sony, it should bring you improvements to the phone's Bluetooth connectivity and battery. Alongside other fixes, bits should also refer to a new YouTube app, and some other behind the scenes improvements. The same goodies should also be available for the Xperia ZL and ZR phones, so make sure to check that update notification. If you have an Xperia Tablet Z, the refresh will start rolling out sometime this week (or the next, if your week starts with ...

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    If you are an owner of the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and/or Xperia Tablet Z, you should check for an update notification to hit your device. Sony is letting everyone know that the Sony Xperia Z Android 4.3 update is being rolled out, and the same platform version is hitting the rest of the aforementioned devices too. Though "timing and availability may vary by market and carrier", you should all receive your treat of "performance tweaks here & there". In addition to the OS, the Sony Xperia software also brings you smoother graphic experience, Sony Smart Social camera from ...

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    Android 4.4: either you've got it, or you want it (or you're on iOS or WP8, in which case, why are you reading this?). The majority of Android users find themselves in the latter situation for the moment, but even then Google's been releasing app updates to bring portions of the KitKat experience your way. Still, nothing substitutes for the real thing, so most of you out there are probably hoping to learn the details on upgrade plans from your handset's manufacturer. If that means turning to Sony for news about your Xperia, we've got some info to share with you, as the company reveals its ...

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    Samsung is the undisputed Android king. Its Galaxy branded smartphones and tablets have almost entirely saturated the market, and rightly so. It provides quality and value proposition few others seem to have the capacity to replicate. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is the latest addition to the lineup, and it's unquestionably one of the best tablets around. The question is: can Sony's much-praised, water resistant tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z, compare with Samsung's latest and greatest? We put the both under the proverbial microscope in a head to head battle. Watch the 2014 Galaxy Note ...

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    Smartphones and tablets are some of the most useful gadgets you can have in the kitchen. Sure, they won't brown dough to crispy perfection or de-vein your shrimp (and unless you have some serious faith in Gorilla Glass, we wouldn't recommend using one as a cutting board, either), but recipes can be a whole lot easier to follow when you've got the entirety of the internet to refer to for your questions, and voice assistants like Google Now do a bang-up job of helping you convert ounces to tablespoons while keeping your hands mostly free. Back at IFA, we took the time to check out a special ...

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    The Xperia Tablet Z, when we reviewed it, was one of the best Android tablets to have ever entered our labs. And that certainly hasn't changed in the last month and a half. It's the full package – great specifications, a fairly impressive display, dust proof, water resistant, and, well … gorgeous. That said, Samsung has been around the block. And it's Galaxy tablets easily outperform every other Android tablet brand without breaking a sweat – on retail shelves, that is. The latest slab to leave Samsung's doors is the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, and it has a trick or two up its sleeve. For ...

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    We recently had the opportunity to review the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, an experience we enjoyed primarily because of the device's innovative hardware: a 6.9mm-thick, 495g chassis that manages to squeeze water- and dust-resistance onto its list of features. Pocketnow is currently in the midst of reviewing the BlackBerry Q10, a peculiar blend of yesterday's design cues with a modern OS - and we're enjoying the feeling of real physical keys under our thumbs again. The third-generation Apple iPad and Microsoft's Surface RT also share space in our office, and we love the sturdy (if heavy) hardware ...

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    There's more to a smartphone or tablet than a specs list and its construction quality. Sometimes we get lost in how fast a device is, how much RAM it's got tucked under the hood, and how sharp its screen may be. Something equally as important as all that is timing -- and Sony can't seem to get it right. Before we get into Sony's problems with its release scheduling let's look at its other product offerings. Sony has its hand in almost every pot. Sony makes music players, gaming systems, televisions, home audio, video games, cameras, smartphones, tablets, and it even makes movies and ...

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    Before we begin, we'd just like to say something to everyone who's going to call us out for click-baiting with that "Galaxy S 5" title: your allegations are completely founded and true. But look here: even though Galaxy S 5 rumors are (to say the least) premature and indicative of a serious problem with our nasty-fast industry -an issue we discuss on the air- they're also important. That's because, as unreliable and, frankly, stupid as they are, they also give us an opportunity to discuss the future of Samsung industrial design. And any opportunity we get to talk about the Galaxy family in ...

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    One is a water- and dust-resistant, wafer-thin slate of a device running a skinned build of Google's Android at the troublesome 10.1" screen size. The other is a magnesium-coated transformer with a folding keyboard and an OS that's taken its share of heat too: Microsoft's Windows RT. These tablets don't have much in common, but they do share space on the retail shelves of the world as the high-end representatives of their respective tablet ecosystems. So it's time to put Sony up against Microsoft; it's time for the Xperia Tablet Z vs Surface RT video comparison. Tune in as we take you on a ...

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    In the past six months, I've handled some of the world's most advanced mobile technology, including BlackBerry's new Z10 flagship, Nokia's one-of-a-kind N9 smartphone, and Sony's super-portable Xperia Tablet Z. And the thing I value most from these experiences isn't the Z10's unified messaging hub, or the N9's one-of-a-kind interface, or even the Tablet Z's water-resistant nature. Rather, the aspect I love most about these three products is that they all offer a variation on a buttonless unlock. This revelation might force you to question my priorities, and I acknowledge that idolizing ...

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    For a while now, the mobile-tech review landscape has looked much the same. Reviewers like us craft lengthy written pieces packed with charts, photos, and videos, and readers like you ... read them. Sure, you have the opportunity to respond in the comments, and most good editors will answer questions there, but there's precious little real-time interaction between reader and reviewer. There's not much chance to ask questions, seek clarifications, or take a quick look at that one little detail. For a while, we've been trying to break down the wall between reviewer and reader - to allow you ...

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    Sometimes you get listener mail that asks how the band got together in the first place. Sometimes that happens the day after you drop some nostalgic sentimentalism all over the internet. Sometimes, simultaneously, there are some sweet, juicy rumors and leaks about a top-of-the-line camera phone with what looks like a moon crater on it. Sometimes you gotta put all that into a podcast with the original cadre of Pocketnow 'casters, and see what comes out. All that, plus the longest outtake reel in the history of Pocketnow, more Nokia EOS rumors than you can shake a stick at, the first-ever ...

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    The Xperia Tablet Z is the thinnest, lightest, most beautiful 10-inch Android tablet we've ever come across - but it's still a 10-inch Android tablet, and thus still at a disadvantage in terms of a tablet app ecosystem. That said, we've given Sony's latest slate the full review treatment and found it to be pretty impressive. Between its portability, vibrant display, and water resistance, "the Z" brings plenty to the table in the fight against other, more popular tablet computers. Ultimately, though, in a punch-for-punch contest, how does Sony's super-slim beauty stack up against Apple's ...

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    For years, it's been tough to recommend a 10-inch Android tablet to almost any buyer out there. Google's platform is fantastic on smartphones and mid-sized tablets, and even finds reasonable utility on some cameras, but it's always struggled with the leap to the large-acreage screen sizes of full-scale tablets. Most of that scaling problem is due to Android's lackluster tablet app selection, a handicap severe enough to severely degrade even outstanding devices with beautiful displays like the Nexus 10 or interesting form factors like the ASUS Transformer series. Given that bleak history, ...

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    There's a big gulf between an unboxing and a full review, and we're always looking for ways to fill it. Our friendly neighborhood FedEx man dropped the Sony Xperia Tablet Z on our porch this morning, whereupon we promptly tore, cut, and otherwise fought our way into its packaging - all to give our fellow geeky voyeurs a rough idea of what the first few moments of Tablet Z ownership are like. (We'd like to thank Negri Electronics, by the way, for the quick shipping that made this end-of-week video possible.) It only took a few minutes to log in to our various accounts and start ...

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    When we first laid hands on Sony's Xperia Tablet Z back at MWC in Barcelona, only our stalwart professional detachment kept us from falling in love at first sight. The tablet, impossibly thin at 6.9mm and with a just-right weight of 495g, felt incredible in our hands - a feeling that only intensified upon learning the tablet was rated for water resistance to IP55 and IP57 standards. Given our love of durable devices, that was music to our ears. Now, thanks to some quick shipping by our friends at Negri Electronics, we've got an Xperia Tablet Z of our very own here in Pocketnow's ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's launch of the Xperia Tablet Z, price points and the reason why it's worth your money. We then move into Apple territory as reports call the next-generation iPad ready for trial production. Later it's HTC in the news as we talk about a Google HTC One in the works and when we assume it might be launched. Then we talk about Nokia and their LiveSight technology reaching their Here Maps application for almost every other device that supports it. We end today's show talking about Samsung's possible project to bring Galaxy fingerprint scanning ...

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    Sony revealed details about its Xperia Tablet Z back in February, just in time for an MWC appearance -- where we got up close and personal with the slate. After information about some slight delays the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is now available according to official wording. You cab get yours "across the globe through Sony's retail and operator partners as well as online channels". As a reminder, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is 6.9-millimeter-thick and features a 10.1-inch screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution, quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, 2GB of RAM, 6,000mAh battery and Android ...

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    Fans of stock Android have been enjoying a fair amount of good news lately. We just learned of that special Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 the other day, and today we get to see Sony continue with its own support for Android development, releasing an AOSP project for its Xperia Tablet Z. You might remember that Sony did the same thing last month for the Xperia Z, following in the footsteps of last year's AOSP experiment with the Xperia S. Today the Xperia Tablet Z joins those two, and Sony claims that it intends to follow these all up with the Xperia ZL in the near future. As ...

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