Posts tagged with: Xperia Tablet Z
  • by | March 10, 2014 4:04 PM

    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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  • by | February 19, 2014 6:53 PM

    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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  • by | February 19, 2014 4:09 PM

    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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  • by | February 9, 2014 1:26 AM

    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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  • by | December 24, 2013 3:46 AM

    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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  • by | November 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    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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  • by | October 28, 2013 7:01 AM

    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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  • by | September 12, 2013 5:34 PM

    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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  • by | July 22, 2013 8:40 AM

    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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  • by | June 14, 2013 1:41 PM

    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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  • by | June 14, 2013 7:30 AM

    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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  • by | June 13, 2013 2:43 PM

    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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  • by | June 13, 2013 6:01 AM

    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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  • by | June 11, 2013 1:56 PM

    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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  • by | June 6, 2013 3:50 PM

    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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