Sony Xperia Tablet Z
I know we said this list was about phones, but I just had to make some room for tablets (if you're upset about this, I'm sorry). Announced at MWC 2013, the Xperia Tablet Z is a 10-inch waterproof tablet that can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes (a step up from its mere "splash-proof" predecessor). It also has a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android Jelly Bean, and an 8-megapixel camera.
- Overall score: 7.6 (3.5 stars)
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Starting at: $436.99
The good: The Sony Xperia Tablet Z offers a refreshingly thin and light design, with great gaming performance, and a sharp screen. The MHL connection, impressive waterproofing, and expandable storage are notably appreciated extras.
The bad: $500 for 16GB of storage is a heavy price hike compared with Sony’s previous tablet entry, and the tablet’s poor network performance and slow app loading cuts into its value. The low-light camera feature isn’t as effective as a traditional flash.
The bottom line: Though awash in features, the Xperia Tablet Z's $500 price is a decidedly bitter pill to swallow when a better, cheaper alternative exists for $100 less.
April 3, 2013 3:21 PM PDT
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