It’s lightweight, waterproof, dust proof, optimised for entertainment and stupidly thin at 6.4mm.
If you’re looking for a compact tablet that’s portable to travel with or take to meetings, you can look further than the iPad Mini.
This high-end device has everything you’d expect from the hardware front: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor (2.5GHz), 3GB of RAM, 16/32GB of memory – expandable up to 128GB via microSD, 8.1MP main camera and 2.2MP front camera, and 4500mAh battery capacity. It has an 8-inch 1920×1200 HD display, 4G/LTE capabilities and runs Android KitKat 4.4.
But let’s look at how practical it is and how you’re really going to use it.
Here are 5 reasons to love the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact:
1. Watch TV Series
The combination of high-res audio and Triluminos display means you have a mini TV wherever you go. Sound is better than most tablets, from my experience, and anything looks good on-screen. Just drag and drop your files onto the tablet and you’re good to go.
2. Light & Portable
Yes, all tablets are portable. But it’s 6.4mm “thickness” and 270g weight means you won’t feel it weighing you down whether it’s in your bag and when you’re holding it to view content. You don’t have to shift it to your other hand after a while, like you do with other tablets to balance the weight.
3. All the Connectivity
The Z3 Tablet Compact (there really should have named it something shorter) has almost every connectivity option available. If you want to pair it wirelessly with speakers for better sound, turn it into a WiFi hotspot, mirror what’s on your screen to your TV, pair it with your PS4 (see #4), or pair it with accessories, you can. It supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast, WiFi Direct, DLNA, LTE and more.
4. PS4 Remote Play
If you have a PlayStation 4, you can switch between gaming on your TV or the tablet. Just hop onto your home WiFi with the tablet (or Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and recently announced Z4 Tablet) and connect the Dual Shock controller and continue playing from anywhere in the house – seamlessly. Just remember, games have to support the feature. (EDIT – all games support the feature; thanks Steven).
5. Battery Life
I’m a fan of small tablets which I use mainly for entertainment so battery life is important. The Z3 Tablet Compact has a 4500mAh battery, which is expected for an 8-inch device. It will take you through a whole day of use – assuming you use a tablet daily. But by the end of the day, there is still battery life left. Turning on Stamina Mode permanently also helps, so when your screen is turned off, all processes running in the background are reduced.
The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact retails from R6700.
Welcome to Wired to the Web. My name is Nafisa Akabor and I’m a technology journalist covering business and consumer tech for the last 13 years. I’m passionate about start-ups, smartphones, mobile payments, travel tech and electric cars. I’m usually unashamedly taking food photos (@nafisaeats on IG).