My quest for a new tablet started when my Note started reacting to key-presses I wasn’t making, I Googled the issue didn’t really find an answer, ask on some forums and G+ still nothing. I went in and cleared the davlik cache, no help. Yes I tried cleaning the screen several times. Guess the next step was a factory reset. After the newness wore off I didn’t use the Note features much at all couldn’t even tell you the last time I had the stylus (S-pen) out of it’s silo. Did some research as I always do when looking for new things. There were rumors that Sony was going to announce an Experia Z4 tablet but wouldn’t be available til sometime in June. So I thought why not get a Z2 Tablet, which is close in specs to my Note. There was no retail stores around here that had Z2’s in Stock so I could at least hold it and play in the demo world. Didn’t want to pay retail for something that I wasn’t sure I’d like. Amazon nor B and H Photo had any so I couldn’t buy one to try so………….
Bought a slightly used Sony Experia Z2 Tablet last week. Upon taking it out of the box I noticed it was thinner and lighter than my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1″ 2014 edition, weighing almost 5 Oz lighter would have been even more if I would have gotten the WiFi version as opposed to the LTE model (got the best deal on this one even though I didn’t intend to use the LTE). Compared to the Samsung there wasn’t much bloatware on the Sony and a good part of it was Verizon stuff. Comes with all the Amazon apps preloaded including Amazon’s app store. Also had the Kobo reader which I think is for books purchased for the Nook. The music player is called Walkman which isn’t half bad but I prefer PowerPro. I think the Walkman app will stream music like Google’s music app. The Z2 also comes with it’s own branded keyboard. For a stock keyboard it isn’t bad at all and even has some themes. That is what I have been using so far, like a thumb keyboard, no problem, even a small floating keyboard.
Had the Sony Experia Z2 tablet for a week now and i still can’t find a reason for not keeping it. Some have said that the bezels are to big and make it look small. Guess this might be true but I don’t look at it that way, for it’s much easier to hold I rest it on my pinkie finger, place the other 3 on the back thumb on left front edge. This is the same way I held the Note 10.1 and think part of my issues with it was the fact that my thumb might have been touching the screen a little causing ghost tabs and other odd behavior
The power button and the volume rocker were both on the top of the Note 10.1″ they are aprox. in the middle of the left side on the Experia Z2 which is much more convenient.
I added a tempered glass screen protector to the Experia Z2 which added almost 2 oz to the weight but it’s still lighter than the Note. I really like the tempered glass screen protectors. There wasn’t one available when I bought the Note so i never bothered putting one on it. I think it has Gorilla glass so it’s a little tougher. The Experia Z2 doesn’t have Gorilla glass so I thought it could use a little extra protection.
I searched and searched for the ampersand key on the Sony keyboard and if finally found it, the problem was it was buried 3 key strokes deep, which was a total pain, by the time you got to it you could type and which would be faster. Decided to go with an aftermarket keyboad app from the Playstore. After some searching and trial and error I decided on the Hacker’s Keyboard which is PC keyboard complete with function keys, ctrl key, and Alt key with the number keys on the top. Works well on a big tablet but i think it would take up to much real-estate on a phone. Press the Fn key and you then have a keypad for heavy numeric entry.
The Expedia Sq Tablet has an ir port on the top. haven’t tried to configure it. Might come in handy if it will work on my Direct-TV receiver.
The one issue that bugs me and I really can’t blame the tablet. My Note had a physical Home button that’s located in the bottom long side border, with the capacitive Return & Menu on either side, so if you missed the spacebar when typing nothing happened. On the Z2 the Home & Return are on screen right below the spacebar so if you miss you end up on the Home screen. Seems to happen less & less as I use it. There is an advantage to the on screen buttons too, if you rotate the tablet to portrait the button will follow, they don’t on the Note.
Battery life could be a little better but it’s not bad and I haven’t tried any of the power saving modes. Not sure they would help much as the most consumption is when I’m on the tablet doing something. Which means the screen is using most of it. I do try and press the power button when I lay it down to turn the screen off. This is much easier with the power button being on the left side instead of the top. was checking and the cellular radio was using 10% of the battery even though I don’t have a sim card in the Z2. With a little research I discovered that I could put the tablet in the Airplane mode which turns off all the radios. You can then turn wifi back on. Works like a charm other than the little airplane in my notification bar.
One major drawback is the location of the earphone jack. Some genius designer thought a good place for it would be on the bottom left corner. Now if you used the Z2 in the portrait mode most of the time this wouldn’t be an issue but who uses a tablet that way. So if you want to use a stand using headphones isn’t going to work, that’s where the new Route 66 Audio BTS bluetooth headphones come in.