It's been a busy week for technology news, specifically the mobile variety. IFA 2014 has already given us big announcements from the likes of Samsung, Sony, ASUS and smaller announcements from the likes of Acer and Alcatel. As well, Motorola dropped a metric ton of new devices, accessories and the expansion of Moto Maker to the UK. While the focus has pretty much been on the wearable technology that's hit the scene over the past few days, I've been more interested in a new tablet from Sony. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact might have one of the most ridiculous names in tablet history, but it specced out really nicely, it looks good and like most Sony products it's also waterproof, too.
Alex has been lucky enough to spend lots of time with all of Motorola's new products, but Justin and I have been more impressed with what Sony have announced this past week. Sure, the Xperia Z3 itself wasn't that big of an upgrade over the original Z2, but their new, smaller 8-inch tablet looks like my next tablet. When it comes to smartphones, we're often looking for the absolute best and why not? If we're going to be locked into a contract for two years, it had better be good. However, when it comes to tablets, these are things we're more than happy to sacrifice something if they're just great to live with. Living with a device and having the best out there are two very different things. I currently have a G Pad 8.3 and while it's sometimes a little sluggish and the display is a Full HD panel rather than a 2K display, it's great to live with, and that's important.
I want a tablet that's great to browse the web, portable enough to throw in a bag quickly, thin and light enough to use for reading and well, I want a fast tablet. The Z3 Tablet Compact has a Snapdragon 801 and 3GB of RAM under the hood, so I won't be short on performance and the 8-inch display is a Full HD panel, which is ample for a tablet of this size. It's also waterproof, so I won't have to worry about spilling coffee or juice on it, which is another important point with a tablet, I want to have a tablet that I can read the news in the morning over breakfast without worrying about getting it wet or crumbs clogging up some port. All-in-all, the Z3 Tablet Compact is a tablet that will be really quick and won't let you down in either the looks or durability department.
Why is this their best tablet yet? Well, it's pretty simple. It's the first tablet from Sony that anyone could pick up and live with. The Z2 Tablet is great, but it's a little on the large side, especially when taking into account that Full HD display and those bezels. Here though, this has everything that makes a Sony device great in a neat little package you can easily take wherever you want and you don't need to worry about spilling anything on it. Now, if only Sony would price it reasonably...