Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact – I’m Selling My iPad

I’ve had 4 generations of iPads including the original full sized iPad, 2nd Gen iPad then iPad Mini and then iPad Mini Retina. The reason I downsized to an iPad Mini was because of the sheer weight and size of the iPad. But even with the iPad Mini, I found that after 20 minutes of use, I just wanted to put it down.

So over the years I found myself using the iPad less and less, to a point where I actually only had to charge it once every 3 weeks.

Along came the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and everything changed. I picked it up and my immediate thought was, ‘this feels light’. The next thing I did was pick up my iPad Mini to compare the weight…’ok, the Z3 is very light’. The Sony Z3 Tablet Compact is 6.4mm thick and only weighs in at 270 grams. It has a beautiful glass front featuring an 8 inch 1920×1200 display and a soft matte plastic back which surprisingly doesn’t make it feel cheap like other plastic constructed tablets.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Along the sides of the tablet there’s a USB charging slot, SD card slot, Sim card slot and magnetic connector for peripherals like the desk stand and keyboard. The tablet is built to withstand dust and water, in fact it’s operable submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water, for 30 minutes (but not salt water). I haven’t tried this but I did take a shower with it to test water resistance (I was watching music videos, obviously).

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

I’ve always had an iPad so I was skeptical about using an Android device. However one thing I’ve learnt is that the Android experience varies a lot depending on what flavour of Android you’re using and in my opinion, Sony definitely got it right here compared to some of its competitors in this department.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Some of my favourite features are; The Double tap to wake option, the facial recognition security feature, the widgets available for my frequently used apps and I found an augmented reality feature on the camera that kept me busy for hours. The default on screen Sony keyboard is pretty good, however, I did swap it out with Swiftkey Keyboard which is an excellent extension that syncs across all of my devices, both iOS and Android.

Games run very smoothly on the tablet and if you have a PS4, you can use the remote play feature which allows you to pair the tablet with a Dual Shock 4 and stream PS4 games to the tablet. I don’t have a PS4 but I’ve seen it in reality and it’s mad.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

The battery life is not bad, I got a good 2-3 days of heavy usage out of it.

3 Great things about the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

  • Superior performance in a super lightweight and compact device
  • The construction of the tablet feels hi-end despite the plastic back
  • Comes with a beautiful version of Android by Sony

3 Things that I would like to see improved

  • I’m always hitting the on/off button by accident as it’s in a strange position
  • Whenever I try to take a photo, my fingers cover up the rear camera. I’ve not had this issue with my iPad… but then again it’s not a huge issue for me because I don’t use tablets to take photos. It comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2.2 megapixel front facing camera.
  • The volume up / down button is a seesaw button, I don’t like seesaw buttons and being positioned in the middle always confuses me as to which one is up vs down.

I really struggled to find any great faults with this lightweight, beautiful 8.1″ tablet. I carry it around with me everywhere, especially to cafes and for meetings – something I had stopped doing with my iPads. Highly recommended, the 16Gb Wifi version RRP’s for $499 from the Sony store.

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