Sony was one of the first to release a Full HD smartphone. The Xperia Z turned out to be a high-quality product, with the unique feature of being water-proof. Sony wasn't quite as quick out of the blocks with its first Full HD tablet, but we did eventually get our hands on the Tablet Z. It's also water-proof, and after using it extensively for a period of time, we can say we're quite impressed with Sony's Full HD tablet (opens in new tab).
Sony has tried to make each of its slates different, but until recently never really managed to make a tablet feel like a true Sony product. The tablets rarely even resembled Sony's smartphones.
The Xperia Tablet Z does clearly fit in that line, as it looks almost identical to the Xperia Z. You recognise immediately that you're dealing with the tablet version of the Xperia Z.
And that's a good thing, as the Xperia Z is generally seen as a very good-looking smartphone. The back side is a different story though. Instead of glass - like on the Xperia Z - the Tablet Z has a rubbery surface. It feels pleasant to the touch, and is less slippery than the glass of the Xperia Z.
The Xperia Tablet Z and the Xperia Z are for the most part the exact same device, just in a different size. The Xperia Z has a 5in display, and the Tablet Z has a 10.1in screen. The combination of a large screen and thin, 7mm chassis does make the Tablet Z look a little fragile.
The connectors are all hidden behind covers in order to maintain the water- and dust-proof IP57 qualities. On the bottom, the microSD slot is on the right, and the Micro USB port on the left, under individual covers. You can read the rest of Sony Xperia Tablet Z preview on Hardware.info (opens in new tab).