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3. Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact

Sony's gone a bit crackers in the naming department, but the Z3 Tablet Compact is still a pretty decent device despite the obvious attempts to shoehorn the word 'tablet' into the title to align it with the smartphone.

Let's get the main issue out of the way first: the screen isn't as high res as the competition, with Sony essentially sticking a stretched out smartphone display on the front. And the price isn't as palatable as some of the other options here.

But that looks past the fact Sony is pretty darn good at making these here tablets. Using its Bravia technology it makes the screen still look sharp and colourful, and the thin design makes the Z3 Tablet Compact easier to hold than you'd expect.

It's also waterproof, which is useful given its ebook-like dimensions, so you can happily use it next to the pool.

Quick verdict

It might not balance properly in terms of price to spec, and the screen resolution is lower than the top contenders, and this shows up when web browsing and in the interface.

However, it's not really a concern for watching video or playing games, where the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact excels.

Add in the thin, light body and you have a great tablet for long trips and boring work commutes, this makes sense a tablet as higher ranked tablet.