Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet Review

Sony says it's in many ways the best tablet on the market. The lightest, weighs only 270 grams. The lightest with water protection, yes, the device is protected according to the IP68 standard, you can safely lie in the bath, chat with someone or watch movies. The lightest with water protection, and even able to work like a regular smartphone - yes, you can take a call and talk without a headset. It looks strange, but it's a good way to take one device with you on vacation and leave your smartphone at home. I like that the tablet turned out thin. There are very thin bezels around the display, unlike the ten-inch version, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet does not look like a photo frame at all, the gadget is elegant, the matte plastic on the back does not get dirty, except for the black one, there is also a white version.

Among the accessories are a stand for a magnetic connector, a Bluetooth keyboard, a cover with a stand, if desired, you can deploy a mobile office right in the cafe. At the ends there are metal inserts, at the corners there are the same polymer inserts as in the Z3. Neat stubs, nanoSIM card is used, if desired, you can increase the memory using a microSD card /a> up to 128 GB. On the back is an 8 MP camera lens, an NFC area. Below is a plug for the microUSB port, I’m still waiting for Sony to completely abandon the plugs, now before immersing in water, you must definitely check if everything is closed. If plugs bother you, I recommend buying a cradle for a magnetic connector.

It is gratifying that the design of the device has continuity with other Xperia gadgets: a strict appearance without any crazy patterns and plastic skin, a neat power button on the right, a minimalistic appearance. But the 3.5 mm jack should have been moved to the upper end, the headphone cable protruding from the side - this is not very good.

Indicator light - above the display, glows orange while charging. The speakers of the device are loud.

A huge plus of the tablet is that it fits into a very small bag, outerwear pocket, inside jacket pocket. Considering the weight, you can even forget that you have something lying there. Ideal for reading on public transport. Reading books at home is also very good, the hand does not get tired of holding it.

Here is a video about the device, made in September and shot not so long ago about a commercial sample.

The body of the tablet is protected according to the IP65 / 68 standard, which means that it is quite possible to swim in the bath or take the tablet into the sea - just close the plugs. Dimensions are 213.3x6.4x123.6 mm, weight - 270 grams for all modifications.

Display

The diagonal of the IPS display is 8 inches, the resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, the screen is quite bright, I had no questions about the display. Good viewing angles, calm colors, it is possible to bring the device out of standby mode with two taps. The auto-brightness works well, and another interesting option is to automatically turn off the backlight when you stop looking at the tablet. In the settings, you can select the "Gloves" mode, which is important in cold weather, when even in the subway many people wear gloves. It is possible to adjust the white balance.

It seems to me that the screen is still covered by a film, if I'm wrong, colleagues from Sony will correct me. The icons are large, if this confuses you, I recommend installing another shell. Although I think they are quite comparable to the iPad mini icons.

Performance

Using Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 2.5 GHz, Adreno 330 video adapter, 3 GB of RAM installed, Android 4.4 operating system. There will probably be an update to the next version of Android soon. 16/32 GB of memory is installed, you can use microSD, cards up to 128 GB are supported. Branded wallpapers are used, icons are redesigned, the clock widget has undergone changes, the clock numbers have become thicker - or rather, the font has become thicker, the minutes have remained unchanged.

Wireless interfaces are typical, they are Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), NFC. A five-pin connector is used, as on the Z2 and Sony Xperia Z3, all new accessories that require power from the gadget are supported - this is a microphone, a noise-canceling headset. There will likely be other things as well, such as headphones with Hi-Res sound support. The magnetic stand on the end allows you to charge the Z3 without using the microUSB connector, if you get tired of the plug, we recommend buying a docking station. By the way, the headset will be removed from the delivery set of all Z3, you have to buy it separately. A lot of additional software is installed, they say, if you remove some programs, you can increase not only memory, but also indicators in AnTuTu. The indicators are not outstanding, you can look at the screenshot, but I didn’t notice that the tablet was dumb - it works pretty quickly, programs run without brakes, there’s nothing to complain about.

So, continuing about the software. There is a Deezer client, a music service, a pre-installed program for PlayStation users, radio, Evernote, Garmin navigation, Dropbox, a video editing utility, some kind of antivirus, Xperia Lounge. I advise all owners to use the latest program, there are many smart suggestions for Xperia users. For example, if you install the Amediateka client, you can get a month of viewing as a gift. Or 100 books in LitRes, or a 25% discount on Sony audio accessories, or 50 GB of space in the cloud - in general, take a look, do not be lazy. It uses nanoSIM, keep that in mind when you buy a tablet.

Camera

The front camera is 2.2 MP, the main one is 8 MP, I can’t say that the quality impressed me - it’s rather an ordinary average camera, with a strong desire and good lighting, you can shoot something more or less sensible. Sony proprietary effects are supported.

Opening hours

The tablet uses a 4500 mAh battery, they promise about 13 hours of video playback time, which is not bad - even during a long flight you can watch movies. STAMINA mode is supported, if the screen is turned off, all contacts of programs with the outside world stop, this allows you to save battery power. Charging time with a complete power supply is about five hours, yes, yes, it takes a very long time to charge.

Competitors

Naturally, the main competitor for the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is the third-generation iPad mini, the model with Wi-Fi + LTE and 16 GB of memory will cost 30,490 rubles, the second-generation tablet costs 27,990 rubles. You need to understand that Sony is not increasing prices yet and you can buy a tablet for very good money - for sure the situation will change next year and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will cost several thousand more.

What to choose? Difficult question. I love iOS, but when using the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, I didn’t wince - a completely normal working machine, a kind of laptop in my pocket. A good screen, all the familiar functions and programs, in general, what's the difference what to use? You can even make calls from a Sony tablet, although I'm not very interested in this. After all, the iPad mini can also receive calls from the iPhone, although this is far from the same. In short, if the goal was to save almost ten thousand, I would buy a Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. But if you're looking for a large tablet, then I suggest you go with the first or second generation iPad Air. And if you can't live without iOS, then don't try to replace it with Android, it won't work.

PS4 Remote Play

This is not the most requested feature for devices of the Sony Xperia Z3 family - it is practically useless on smartphones, since it is somehow silly to play modern beautiful games on a small display. Anyway, I bought a PS4 to use with a TV, and this strange scenario does not suit me at all. Like, if your girlfriend wants to watch TV, and you want to play, take a tablet and go to another room. I don't want to go anywhere if I want to play. I'd rather send the girl or someone else to another room - hey Sony, you know that TVs are cheap these days, don't you? Should have known.

How is the connection implemented? Very simple. You need to install the Remote Play program on a tablet or smartphone, enable the remote playback option in the settings of the set-top box, then the connection is made, that's it, you can play. Just don't forget to connect the joystick via Bluetooth.

And ideally, you can also buy a Sony GCM10 accessory, it will allow you to install a smartphone or tablet on a joystick.

Then I started playing. First in BF4, then in CoD: Advanced Warfare. Let me remind you, the connection between devices via Wi-Fi, I have an AirPort Extreme access point. There are delays that terribly interfere with the game, it's better to forget about multiplayer right away. And the screen is small, it’s hard to adapt, you really need a TV here. And if you use a mount, tablet or smartphone, it's easy to shoot somewhere when the game gets nervous - and if you are an emotional player, then it will always be like that.

In general, the result is this. You can use Remote Play with a tablet or Sony Xperia Z3. With the Xperia Z3 Compact it will be really bad, the screen is very small.

You can play not in multiplayer, but in some kind of races, rpg-shooters, in general, where speed and delays are not particularly important. Why do it? Do not know. Sony sometimes comes up with seemingly brilliant things, but it’s just completely incomprehensible why they are needed. I’m kind of a representative of the target audience, I have all the necessary components, desire, but only after the first test the second will not follow - if my girlfriend says she wants to watch TV, it’s easier to stop playing and not wander around. Well, or leave with a prefix to another TV.

Modifications

As I wrote above, the tablet is available in black and white cases, I would choose black for myself, it is more practical, although white prints are also invisible, the back is matte. There are versions with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + LTE, in my opinion, it is worth buying the latter. With a SIM card, you can make calls, send messages, and you can hold the tablet like a smartphone - it's funny, but many people do just that. We no longer laugh when we see a person taking a picture with a tablet. I personally no longer smile when I see someone talking on a tablet. Of course, it’s more convenient to do this with a headset, but many simply don’t want to carry some kind of headphones – why, if it’s easier to dial and talk like this?

Accordingly, the version without Wi-Fi will instantly turn into a pumpkin as soon as you leave the area of ​​​​the hotspot. The model with LTE in this sense is much more interesting, in Moscow the speed is very good, it is quite possible to surf or even play WoT without Wi-Fi.

There are versions with 16 and 32 GB of memory, however, only for versions with Wi-Fi. With LTE, there is one version, 16 GB (about 10 GB is available to the user). Its cost in the official Sony store is 24,990 rubles, versions with Wi-Fi cost 21,990 and 22,990 rubles (16 and 32 GB). Given that there is a slot for microSD memory cards, you don’t have to worry about the memory - however, I would still prefer the version with 64 GB of memory, so it’s calmer. In general, it is a pity that there is no model with higher capacity LTE. Memory cards up to 128 GB are supported.

Conclusions

The sound quality is not bad, I tried listening with noise-canceling headphones - however, I personally do not have enough volume, I instinctively press on the rocker, but that's it, already the ceiling. The speaker is quite loud, but the iPad mini is louder.

Slim and light body (and fits in your pocket), water resistant, LTE, good display and performance (although it's hard for me to compare). Enrage stubs - buy a magnetic docking station. Upgrading to the fifth version will be soon, and it's very good. The main question is, did Sony finish their tablet to the ideal? I don't think so yet. It is necessary to put the camera, as in Z3, and not think about marketing. Here, too, you need a case covered with glass on both sides (or better, let it be metal). High-quality audio filling - it is also not enough. Version with 64 GB, I don’t dream about 128 GB.

But finished or not, Sony turned out to be a good gadget for the people. And the price is not at all biting yet.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet Review

Sony says it's in many ways the best tablet on the market. The lightest, weighs only 270 grams. The lightest with water protection, yes, the device is protected according to the IP68 standard, you can safely lie in the bath, chat with someone or watch movies. The lightest with water protection, and even able to work like a regular smartphone - yes, you can take a call and talk without a headset. It looks strange, but it's a good way to take one device with you on vacation and leave your smartphone at home. I like that the tablet turned out thin. There are very thin bezels around the display, unlike the ten-inch version, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet does not look like a photo frame at all, the gadget is elegant, the matte plastic on the back does not get dirty, except for the black one, there is also a white version.

Among the accessories are a stand for a magnetic connector, a Bluetooth keyboard, a cover with a stand, if desired, you can deploy a mobile office right in the cafe. At the ends there are metal inserts, at the corners there are the same polymer inserts as in the Z3. Neat stubs, nanoSIM card is used, if desired, you can increase the memory using a microSD card /a> up to 128 GB. On the back there is an 8 MP camera lens, an NFC area. Below is a plug for the microUSB port, I’m still waiting for Sony to completely abandon the plugs, now before immersing in water, you must definitely check if everything is closed. If plugs bother you, I recommend buying a cradle for a magnetic connector.

It is gratifying that the design of the device has continuity with other Xperia gadgets: a strict appearance without any crazy patterns and plastic skin, a neat power button on the right, a minimalistic appearance. But the 3.5 mm jack should have been moved to the upper end, the headphone cable protruding from the side - this is not very good.

Indicator light - above the display, glows orange while charging. The speakers of the device are loud.

A huge plus of the tablet is that it fits into a very small bag, outerwear pocket, inside jacket pocket. Considering the weight, you can even forget that you have something lying there. Ideal for reading on public transport. Reading books at home is also very good, the hand does not get tired of holding it.

Here is a video about the device, made in September and shot not so long ago about a commercial sample.

The body of the tablet is protected according to the IP65 / 68 standard, which means that it is quite possible to swim in the bath or take the tablet into the sea - just close the plugs. Dimensions are 213.3x6.4x123.6 mm, weight - 270 grams for all modifications.

Display

The diagonal of the IPS display is 8 inches, the resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, the screen is quite bright, I had no questions about the display. Good viewing angles, calm colors, it is possible to bring the device out of standby mode with two taps. The auto-brightness works well, and another interesting option is to automatically turn off the backlight when you stop looking at the tablet. In the settings, you can select the "Gloves" mode, which is important in cold weather, when even in the subway many people wear gloves. It is possible to adjust the white balance.

It seems to me that the screen is still covered by a film, if I'm wrong, colleagues from Sony will correct me. The icons are large, if this confuses you, I recommend installing another shell. Although I think they are quite comparable to the iPad mini icons.

Performance

Using Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 2.5 GHz, Adreno 330 video adapter, 3 GB of RAM installed, Android 4.4 operating system. There will probably be an update to the next version of Android soon. 16/32 GB of memory is installed, you can use microSD, cards up to 128 GB are supported. Branded wallpapers are used, icons are redesigned, the clock widget has undergone changes, the clock numbers have become thicker - or rather, the font has become thicker, the minutes have remained unchanged.

Wireless interfaces are typical, they are Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), NFC. A five-pin connector is used, as on the Z2 and Sony Xperia Z3, all new accessories that require power from the gadget are supported - this is a microphone, a noise-canceling headset. There will likely be other things as well, such as headphones with Hi-Res sound support. The magnetic stand on the end allows you to charge the Z3 without using the microUSB connector, if you get tired of the plug, we recommend buying a docking station. By the way, the headset will be removed from the delivery set of all Z3, you have to buy it separately. A lot of additional software is installed, they say, if you remove some programs, you can increase not only memory, but also indicators in AnTuTu. The indicators are not outstanding, you can look at the screenshot, but I didn’t notice that the tablet was dumb - it works pretty quickly, programs run without brakes, there’s nothing to complain about.

So, continuing about the software. There is a Deezer client, a music service, a pre-installed program for PlayStation users, radio, Evernote, Garmin navigation, Dropbox, a video editing utility, some kind of antivirus, Xperia Lounge. I advise all owners to use the latest program, there are many smart suggestions for Xperia users. For example, if you install the Amediateka client, you can get a month of viewing as a gift. Or 100 books in LitRes, or a 25% discount on Sony audio accessories, or 50 GB of space in the cloud - in general, take a look, do not be lazy. It uses nanoSIM, keep that in mind when you buy a tablet.

Camera

The front camera is 2.2 MP, the main one is 8 MP, I can’t say that the quality impressed me - it’s rather an ordinary average camera, with a strong desire and good lighting, you can shoot something more or less sensible. Sony proprietary effects are supported.

Opening hours

The tablet uses a 4500 mAh battery, they promise about 13 hours of video playback time, which is not bad - even during a long flight you can watch movies. STAMINA mode is supported, if the screen is turned off, all contacts of programs with the outside world stop, this allows you to save battery power. Charging time with a complete power supply is about five hours, yes, yes, it takes a very long time to charge.

Competitors

Naturally, the main competitor for the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is the third-generation iPad mini, the model with Wi-Fi + LTE and 16 GB of memory will cost 30,490 rubles, the second-generation tablet costs 27,990 rubles. You need to understand that Sony is not increasing prices yet and you can buy a tablet for very good money - for sure the situation will change next year and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will cost several thousand more.

What to choose? Difficult question. I love iOS, but when using the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, I didn’t wince - a completely normal working machine, a kind of laptop in my pocket. A good screen, all the familiar functions and programs, in general, what's the difference what to use? You can even make calls from a Sony tablet, although I'm not very interested in this. After all, the iPad mini can also receive calls from the iPhone, although this is far from the same. In short, if the goal was to save almost ten thousand, I would buy a Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. But if you're looking for a large tablet, then I suggest you go with the first or second generation iPad Air. And if you can't live without iOS, then don't try to replace it with Android, it won't work.

PS4 Remote Play

This is not the most requested feature for devices of the Sony Xperia Z3 family - it is practically useless on smartphones, since it is somehow silly to play modern beautiful games on a small display. Anyway, I bought a PS4 to use with a TV, and this strange scenario does not suit me at all. Like, if your girlfriend wants to watch TV, and you want to play, take a tablet and go to another room. I don't want to go anywhere if I want to play. I'd rather send the girl or someone else to another room - hey Sony, you know that TVs are cheap these days, don't you? Should have known.

How is the connection implemented? Very simple. You need to install the Remote Play program on a tablet or smartphone, enable the remote playback option in the settings of the set-top box, then the connection is made, that's it, you can play. Just don't forget to connect the joystick via Bluetooth.

And ideally, you can also buy a Sony GCM10 accessory, it will allow you to install a smartphone or tablet on a joystick.

Then I started playing. First in BF4, then in CoD: Advanced Warfare. Let me remind you, the connection between devices via Wi-Fi, I have an AirPort Extreme access point. There are delays that terribly interfere with the game, it's better to forget about multiplayer right away. And the screen is small, it’s hard to adapt, you really need a TV here. And if you use a mount, tablet or smartphone, it's easy to shoot somewhere when the game gets nervous - and if you are an emotional player, then it will always be like that.

In general, the result is this. You can use Remote Play with a tablet or Sony Xperia Z3. With the Xperia Z3 Compact it will be really bad, the screen is very small.

You can play not in multiplayer, but in some kind of races, rpg-shooters, in general, where speed and delays are not particularly important. Why do it? Do not know. Sony sometimes comes up with seemingly brilliant things, but it’s just completely incomprehensible why they are needed. I’m kind of a representative of the target audience, I have all the necessary components, desire, but only after the first test the second will not follow - if my girlfriend says she wants to watch TV, it’s easier to stop playing and not wander around. Well, or leave with a prefix to another TV.

Modifications

As I wrote above, the tablet is available in black and white cases, I would choose black for myself, it is more practical, although white prints are also invisible, the back is matte. There are versions with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + LTE, in my opinion, it is worth buying the latter. With a SIM card, you can make calls, send messages, and you can hold the tablet like a smartphone - it's funny, but many people do just that. We no longer laugh when we see a person taking a picture with a tablet. I personally no longer smile when I see someone talking on a tablet. Of course, it’s more convenient to do this with a headset, but many simply don’t want to carry some kind of headphones – why, if it’s easier to dial and talk like this?

Accordingly, the version without Wi-Fi will instantly turn into a pumpkin as soon as you leave the area of ​​​​the hotspot. The model with LTE in this sense is much more interesting, in Moscow the speed is very good, it is quite possible to surf or even play WoT without Wi-Fi.

There are versions with 16 and 32 GB of memory, however, only for versions with Wi-Fi. With LTE, there is one version, 16 GB (about 10 GB is available to the user). Its cost in the official Sony store is 24,990 rubles, versions with Wi-Fi cost 21,990 and 22,990 rubles (16 and 32 GB). Given that there is a slot for microSD memory cards, you don’t have to worry about the memory - however, I would still prefer the version with 64 GB of memory, so it’s calmer. In general, it is a pity that there is no model with higher capacity LTE. Memory cards up to 128 GB are supported.

Conclusions

The sound quality is not bad, I tried listening with noise-canceling headphones - however, I personally do not have enough volume, I instinctively press on the rocker, but that's it, already the ceiling. The speaker is quite loud, but the iPad mini is louder.

Slim and light body (and fits in your pocket), water resistant, LTE, good display and performance (although it's hard for me to compare). Enrage stubs - buy a magnetic docking station. Upgrading to the fifth version will be soon, and it's very good. The main question is, did Sony finish their tablet to the ideal? I don't think so yet. It is necessary to put the camera, as in Z3, and not think about marketing. Here, too, you need a case covered with glass on both sides (or better, let it be metal). High-quality audio filling - it is also not enough. Version with 64 GB, I don’t dream about 128 GB.

But finished or not, Sony turned out to be a good gadget for the people. And the price is not at all biting yet.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet Review

Sony says it's in many ways the best tablet on the market. The lightest, weighs only 270 grams. The lightest with water protection, yes, the device is protected according to the IP68 standard, you can safely lie in the bath, chat with someone or watch movies. The lightest with water protection, and even able to work like a regular smartphone - yes, you can take a call and talk without a headset. It looks strange, but it's a good way to take one device with you on vacation and leave your smartphone at home. I like that the tablet turned out thin. There are very thin bezels around the display, unlike the ten-inch version, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet does not look like a photo frame at all, the gadget is elegant, the matte plastic on the back does not get dirty, except for the black one, there is also a white version.

Among the accessories are a stand for a magnetic connector, a Bluetooth keyboard, a cover with a stand, if desired, you can deploy a mobile office right in the cafe. At the ends there are metal inserts, at the corners there are the same polymer inserts as in the Z3. Neat stubs, nanoSIM card is used, if desired, you can increase the memory using a microSD card /a> up to 128 GB. On the back is an 8 MP camera lens, an NFC area. Below is a plug for the microUSB port, I’m still waiting for Sony to completely abandon the plugs, now before immersing in water, you must definitely check if everything is closed. If plugs bother you, I recommend buying a cradle for a magnetic connector.

It is gratifying that the design of the device has continuity with other Xperia gadgets: a strict appearance without any crazy patterns and plastic skin, a neat power button on the right, a minimalistic appearance. But the 3.5 mm jack should have been moved to the upper end, the headphone cable protruding from the side - this is not very good.

Indicator light - above the display, glows orange while charging. The speakers of the device are loud.

A huge plus of the tablet is that it fits into a very small bag, outerwear pocket, inside jacket pocket. Considering the weight, you can even forget that you have something lying there. Ideal for reading on public transport. Reading books at home is also very good, the hand does not get tired of holding it.

Here is a video about the device, made in September and shot not so long ago about a commercial sample.

The body of the tablet is protected according to the IP65 / 68 standard, which means that it is quite possible to swim in the bath or take the tablet into the sea - just close the plugs. Dimensions are 213.3x6.4x123.6 mm, weight - 270 grams for all modifications.

Display

The diagonal of the IPS display is 8 inches, the resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, the screen is quite bright, I had no questions about the display. Good viewing angles, calm colors, it is possible to bring the device out of standby mode with two taps. The auto-brightness works well, and another interesting option is to automatically turn off the backlight when you stop looking at the tablet. In the settings, you can select the "Gloves" mode, which is important in cold weather, when even in the subway many people wear gloves. It is possible to adjust the white balance.

It seems to me that the screen is still covered by a film, if I'm wrong, colleagues from Sony will correct me. The icons are large, if this confuses you, I recommend installing another shell. Although I think they are quite comparable to the iPad mini icons.

Performance

Using Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 2.5 GHz, Adreno 330 video adapter, 3 GB of RAM installed, Android 4.4 operating system. There will probably be an update to the next version of Android soon. 16/32 GB of memory is installed, you can use microSD, cards up to 128 GB are supported. Branded wallpapers are used, icons are redesigned, the clock widget has undergone changes, the clock numbers have become thicker - or rather, the font has become thicker, the minutes have remained unchanged.

Wireless interfaces are typical, they are Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), NFC. A five-pin connector is used, as on the Z2 and Sony Xperia Z3, all new accessories that require power from the gadget are supported - this is a microphone, a noise-canceling headset. There will likely be other things as well, such as headphones with Hi-Res sound support. The magnetic stand on the end allows you to charge the Z3 without using the microUSB connector, if you get tired of the plug, we recommend buying a docking station. By the way, the headset will be removed from the delivery set of all Z3, you have to buy it separately. A lot of additional software is installed, they say, if you remove some programs, you can increase not only memory, but also indicators in AnTuTu. The indicators are not outstanding, you can look at the screenshot, but I didn’t notice that the tablet was dumb - it works pretty quickly, programs run without brakes, there’s nothing to complain about.

So, continuing about the software. There is a Deezer client, a music service, a pre-installed program for PlayStation users, radio, Evernote, Garmin navigation, Dropbox, a video editing utility, some kind of antivirus, Xperia Lounge. I advise all owners to use the latest program, there are many smart suggestions for Xperia users. For example, if you install the Amediateka client, you can get a month of viewing as a gift. Or 100 books in LitRes, or a 25% discount on Sony audio accessories, or 50 GB of space in the cloud - in general, take a look, do not be lazy. It uses nanoSIM, keep that in mind when you buy a tablet.

Camera

The front camera is 2.2 MP, the main one is 8 MP, I can’t say that the quality impressed me - it’s rather an ordinary average camera, with a strong desire and good lighting, you can shoot something more or less sensible. Sony proprietary effects are supported.

Opening hours

The tablet uses a 4500 mAh battery, they promise about 13 hours of video playback time, which is not bad - even during a long flight you can watch movies. STAMINA mode is supported, if the screen is turned off, all contacts of programs with the outside world stop, this allows you to save battery power. Charging time with a complete power supply is about five hours, yes, yes, it takes a very long time to charge.

Competitors

Naturally, the main competitor for the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is the third-generation iPad mini, the model with Wi-Fi + LTE and 16 GB of memory will cost 30,490 rubles, the second-generation tablet costs 27,990 rubles. You need to understand that Sony is not increasing prices yet and you can buy a tablet for very good money - for sure the situation will change next year and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will cost several thousand more.

What to choose? Difficult question. I love iOS, but when using the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, I didn’t wince - a completely normal working machine, a sort of laptop in my pocket. A good screen, all the familiar functions and programs, in general, what's the difference what to use? You can even make calls from a Sony tablet, although I'm not very interested in this. After all, the iPad mini can also receive calls from the iPhone, although this is far from the same. In short, if the goal was to save almost ten thousand, I would buy a Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. But if you're looking for a large tablet, then I suggest you go with the first or second generation iPad Air. And if you can't live without iOS, then don't try to replace it with Android, it won't work.

PS4 Remote Play

This is not the most requested feature for devices of the Sony Xperia Z3 family - it is practically useless on smartphones, since it is somehow silly to play modern beautiful games on a small display. Anyway, I bought a PS4 to use with a TV, and this strange scenario does not suit me at all. Like, if your girlfriend wants to watch TV, and you want to play, take a tablet and go to another room. I don't want to go anywhere if I want to play. I'd rather send the girl or someone else to another room - hey Sony, you know that TVs are cheap these days, don't you? Should have known.

How is the connection implemented? Very simple. You need to install the Remote Play program on a tablet or smartphone, enable the remote playback option in the settings of the set-top box, then the connection is made, that's it, you can play. Just don't forget to connect the joystick via Bluetooth.

And ideally, you can also buy a Sony GCM10 accessory, it will allow you to install a smartphone or tablet on a joystick.

Then I started playing. First in BF4, then in CoD: Advanced Warfare. Let me remind you, the connection between devices via Wi-Fi, I have an AirPort Extreme access point. There are delays that terribly interfere with the game, it's better to forget about multiplayer right away. And the screen is small, it’s hard to adapt, you really need a TV here. And if you use a mount, tablet or smartphone, it's easy to shoot somewhere when the game gets nervous - and if you are an emotional player, then it will always be like that.

In general, the result is this. You can use Remote Play with a tablet or Sony Xperia Z3. With the Xperia Z3 Compact it will be really bad, the screen is very small.

You can play not in multiplayer, but in some kind of races, rpg-shooters, in general, where speed and delays are not particularly important. Why do it? Do not know. Sony sometimes comes up with seemingly brilliant things, but it’s just completely incomprehensible why they are needed. I’m kind of a representative of the target audience, I have all the necessary components, desire, but only after the first test the second will not follow - if my girlfriend says she wants to watch TV, it’s easier to stop playing and not wander around. Well, or leave with a prefix to another TV.

Modifications

As I wrote above, the tablet is available in black and white cases, I would choose black for myself, it is more practical, although white prints are also invisible, the back is matte. There are versions with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + LTE, in my opinion, it is worth buying the latter. With a SIM card, you can make calls, send messages, and you can hold the tablet like a smartphone - it's funny, but many people do just that. We no longer laugh when we see a person taking a picture with a tablet. I personally no longer smile when I see someone talking on a tablet. Of course, it’s more convenient to do this with a headset, but many simply don’t want to carry some kind of headphones – why, if it’s easier to dial and talk like this?

Accordingly, the version without Wi-Fi will instantly turn into a pumpkin as soon as you leave the area of ​​​​the hotspot. The model with LTE in this sense is much more interesting, in Moscow the speed is very good, it is quite possible to surf or even play WoT without Wi-Fi.

There are versions with 16 and 32 GB of memory, however, only for versions with Wi-Fi. With LTE, there is one version, 16 GB (about 10 GB is available to the user). Its cost in the official Sony store is 24,990 rubles, versions with Wi-Fi cost 21,990 and 22,990 rubles (16 and 32 GB). Given that there is a slot for microSD memory cards, you don’t have to worry about the memory - however, I would still prefer the version with 64 GB of memory, so it’s calmer. In general, it is a pity that there is no model with higher capacity LTE. Memory cards up to 128 GB are supported.

Conclusions

The sound quality is not bad, I tried listening with noise-canceling headphones - however, I personally do not have enough volume, I instinctively press on the rocker, but that's it, already the ceiling. The speaker is quite loud, but the iPad mini is louder.

Slim and light body (and fits in your pocket), water resistant, LTE, good display and performance (although it's hard for me to compare). Enrage stubs - buy a magnetic docking station. Upgrading to the fifth version will be soon, and it's very good. The main question is, did Sony finish their tablet to the ideal? I don't think so yet. It is necessary to put the camera, as in Z3, and not think about marketing. Here, too, you need a case covered with glass on both sides (or better, let it be metal). High-quality audio filling - it is also not enough. Version with 64 GB, I don’t dream about 128 GB.

But finished or not, Sony turned out to be a good gadget for the people. And the price is not at all biting yet.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet Review

Sony says it's in many ways the best tablet on the market. The lightest, weighs only 270 grams. The lightest with water protection, yes, the device is protected according to the IP68 standard, you can safely lie in the bath, chat with someone or watch movies. The lightest with water protection, and even able to work like a regular smartphone - yes, you can take a call and talk without a headset. It looks strange, but it's a good way to take one device with you on vacation and leave your smartphone at home. I like that the tablet turned out thin. There are very thin bezels around the display, unlike the ten-inch version, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet does not look like a photo frame at all, the gadget is elegant, the matte plastic on the back does not get dirty, except for the black one, there is also a white version.

Among the accessories are a stand for a magnetic connector, a Bluetooth keyboard, a cover with a stand, if desired, you can deploy a mobile office right in the cafe. At the ends there are metal inserts, at the corners there are the same polymer inserts as in the Z3. Neat plugs, a nanoSIM card is used, if desired, you can increase the memory using a microSD card https://cars45.com/listing/zx_auto/grand_tiger up to 128 GB. On the back there is an 8 MP camera lens, an NFC area. Below is a plug for the microUSB port, I’m still waiting for Sony to completely abandon the plugs, now before immersing in water, you must definitely check if everything is closed. If plugs bother you, I recommend buying a cradle for a magnetic connector.

Among the accessories are a stand for a magnetic connector, a Bluetooth keyboard, a cover with a stand, if you wish, you can deploy a mobile office right in the cafe. At the ends there are metal inserts, at the corners there are the same polymer inserts as in the Z3. Neat stubs, uses a nanoSIM card, if desired, you can increase the memory using a microSD card https://cars45.com/listing/zx_auto/grand_tiger https://cars45.com/listing/zx_auto/grand_tiger up to 128 GB. On the back is an 8 MP camera lens, an NFC area. Below is a plug for the microUSB port, I’m still waiting for Sony to completely abandon the plugs, now before immersing in water, you must definitely check if everything is closed. If plugs bother you, I recommend buying a cradle for a magnetic connector.

It is gratifying that the design of the device has continuity with other Xperia gadgets: a strict appearance without any crazy patterns and plastic skin, a neat power button on the right, a minimalistic appearance. But the 3.5 mm jack should have been moved to the upper end, the headphone cable protruding from the side - this is not very good.

Indicator light - above the display, glows orange while charging. The speakers of the device are loud.

A huge plus of the tablet is that it fits in a very small bag, outerwear pocket, in the inside pocket of a jacket. Considering the weight, you can even forget that you have something lying there. Ideal for reading on public transport. Reading books at home is also very good, the hand does not get tired of holding it.

Here is a video about the device, made in September and shot recently about a commercial sample.

The body of the tablet is protected according to the IP65 / 68 standard, which means that it is quite possible to swim in the bath or take the tablet into the sea - just close the plugs. Dimensions are 213.3x6.4x123.6 mm, weight - 270 grams for all modifications.

Display

The diagonal of the IPS display is 8 inches, the resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, the screen is quite bright, I had no questions about the display. Good viewing angles, calm colors, it is possible to bring the device out of standby mode with two taps. The auto-brightness works well, and another interesting option is to automatically turn off the backlight when you stop looking at the tablet. In the settings, you can select the "Gloves" mode, which is important in cold weather, when even in the subway many people wear gloves. It is possible to adjust the white balance.

It seems to me that the screen is still covered by a film, if I'm wrong, colleagues from Sony will correct me. The icons are large, if this confuses you, I recommend installing another shell. Although I think they are quite comparable to the iPad mini icons.

Performance

Using Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 2.5 GHz, Adreno 330 video adapter, 3 GB of RAM installed, Android 4.4 operating system. There will probably be an update to the next version of Android soon. 16/32 GB of memory is installed, you can use microSD, cards up to 128 GB are supported. Branded wallpapers are used, icons are redesigned, the clock widget has undergone changes, the clock numbers have become thicker - or rather, the font has become thicker, the minutes have remained unchanged.

Wireless interfaces are typical, they are Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), NFC. A five-pin connector is used, as on the Z2 and Sony Xperia Z3, all new accessories that require power from the gadget are supported - this is a microphone, a noise-canceling headset. There will likely be other things as well, such as headphones with Hi-Res sound support. The magnetic stand on the end allows you to charge the Z3 without using the microUSB connector, if you get tired of the plug, we recommend buying a docking station. By the way, the headset will be removed from the delivery set of all Z3, you have to buy it separately. A lot of additional software is installed, they say, if you remove some programs, you can increase not only memory, but also indicators in AnTuTu. The indicators are not outstanding, you can look at the screenshot, but I didn’t notice that the tablet was dumb - it works pretty quickly, programs run without brakes, there’s nothing to complain about.

So, continuing about the software. There is a Deezer client, a music service, a pre-installed program for PlayStation users, radio, Evernote, Garmin navigation, Dropbox, a video editing utility, some kind of antivirus, Xperia Lounge. I advise all owners to use the latest program, there are many smart suggestions for Xperia users. For example, if you install the Amediateka client, you can get a month of viewing as a gift. Or 100 books in LitRes, or a 25% discount on Sony audio accessories, or 50 GB of space in the cloud - in general, take a look, do not be lazy. It uses nanoSIM, keep that in mind when you buy a tablet.

Camera

The front camera is 2.2 MP, the main one is 8 MP, I can’t say that the quality impressed me - it’s rather an ordinary average camera, with a strong desire and good lighting, you can shoot something more or less sensible. Sony proprietary effects are supported.

Opening hours

The tablet uses a 4500 mAh battery, they promise about 13 hours of video playback time, which is not bad - even during a long flight you can watch movies. STAMINA mode is supported, if the screen is turned off, all contacts of programs with the outside world stop, this allows you to save battery power. Charging time with a complete power supply is about five hours, yes, yes, it takes a very long time to charge.

Competitors

Naturally, the main competitor for the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is the third-generation iPad mini, the model with Wi-Fi + LTE and 16 GB of memory will cost 30,490 rubles, the second-generation tablet costs 27,990 rubles. You need to understand that Sony is not increasing prices yet and you can buy a tablet for very good money - for sure the situation will change next year and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will cost several thousand more.

What to choose? Difficult question. I love iOS, but when using the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, I didn’t wince - a completely normal working machine, a sort of laptop in my pocket. A good screen, all the familiar functions and programs, in general, what's the difference what to use? You can even make calls from a Sony tablet, although I'm not very interested in this. After all, the iPad mini can also receive calls from the iPhone, although this is far from the same. In short, if the goal was to save almost ten thousand, I would buy a Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. But if you're looking for a large tablet, then I suggest you go with the first or second generation iPad Air. And if you can't live without iOS, then don't try to replace it with Android, it won't work.

PS4 Remote Play

This is not the most requested feature for devices of the Sony Xperia Z3 family - it is practically useless on smartphones, since it is somehow silly to play modern beautiful games on a small display. Anyway, I bought a PS4 to use with a TV, and this strange scenario does not suit me at all. Like, if your girlfriend wants to watch TV, and you want to play, take a tablet and go to another room. I don't want to go anywhere if I want to play. I'd rather send the girl or someone else to another room - hey Sony, you know that TVs are cheap these days, don't you? Should have known.

How is the connection implemented? Very simple. You need to install the Remote Play program on a tablet or smartphone, enable the remote playback option in the settings of the set-top box, then the connection is made, that's it, you can play. Just don't forget to connect the joystick via Bluetooth.

And ideally, you can also buy a Sony GCM10 accessory, it will allow you to install a smartphone or tablet on a joystick.

Then I started playing. First in BF4, then in CoD: Advanced Warfare. Let me remind you, the connection between devices via Wi-Fi, I have an AirPort Extreme access point. There are delays that terribly interfere with the game, it's better to forget about multiplayer right away. And the screen is small, it’s hard to adapt, you really need a TV here. And if you use a mount, tablet or smartphone, it's easy to shoot somewhere when the game gets nervous - and if you are an emotional player, then it will always be like that.

In general, the result is this. You can use Remote Play with a tablet or Sony Xperia Z3. With the Xperia Z3 Compact it will be really bad, the screen is very small.

You can play not in multiplayer, but in some kind of races, rpg-shooters, in general, where speed and delays are not particularly important. Why do it? Do not know. Sony sometimes comes up with seemingly brilliant things, but it’s just completely incomprehensible why they are needed. I’m kind of a representative of the target audience, I have all the necessary components, desire, but only after the first test the second will not follow - if my girlfriend says she wants to watch TV, it’s easier to stop playing and not wander around. Well, or leave with a prefix to another TV.

Modifications

As I wrote above, the tablet is available in black and white cases, I would choose black for myself, it is more practical, although white prints are also invisible, the back is matte. There are versions with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + LTE, in my opinion, it is worth buying the latter. With a SIM card, you can make calls, send messages, and you can hold the tablet like a smartphone - it's funny, but many people do just that. We no longer laugh when we see a person taking a picture with a tablet. I personally no longer smile when I see someone talking on a tablet. Of course, it’s more convenient to do this with a headset, but many simply don’t want to carry some kind of headphones – why, if it’s easier to dial and talk like this?

Accordingly, the version without Wi-Fi will instantly turn into a pumpkin as soon as you leave the area of ​​​​the hotspot. The model with LTE in this sense is much more interesting, in Moscow the speed is very good, it is quite possible to surf or even play WoT without Wi-Fi.

There are versions with 16 and 32 GB of memory, however, only for versions with Wi-Fi. With LTE, there is one version, 16 GB (about 10 GB is available to the user). Its cost in the official Sony store is 24,990 rubles, versions with Wi-Fi cost 21,990 and 22,990 rubles (16 and 32 GB). Given that there is a slot for microSD memory cards, you don’t have to worry about the memory - however, I would still prefer the version with 64 GB of memory, so it’s calmer. In general, it is a pity that there is no model with higher capacity LTE. Memory cards up to 128 GB are supported.

Conclusions

The sound quality is not bad, I tried listening with noise-canceling headphones - however, I personally do not have enough volume, I instinctively press on the rocker, but that's it, already the ceiling. The speaker is quite loud, but the iPad mini is louder.

Slim and light body (and fits in your pocket), water resistant, LTE, good display and performance (although it's hard for me to compare). Enrage stubs - buy a magnetic docking station. Upgrading to the fifth version will be soon, and it's very good. The main question is, did Sony finish their tablet to the ideal? I don't think so yet. It is necessary to put the camera, as in Z3, and not think about marketing. Here, too, you need a case covered with glass on both sides (or better, let it be metal). High-quality audio filling - it is also not enough. Version with 64 GB, I don’t dream about 128 GB.

But finished or not, Sony turned out to be a good gadget for the people. And the price is not at all biting yet.