Do you remember when mobile computing was going to be all about netbooks? Before everyone realized that the machines themselves were just too slow and too small to be useful for anything more than quick bursts of work. Well, Sony thinks the netbook dream still has something to offer, and so has released the Xperia Z4 Tablet: a 10-inch Android tablet that pairs with a Bluetooth keyboard to offer productivity on the move.
At least, that's the theory. In practice, the Z4 doesn't quite make the grade as Vlad Savov explains in detail in our review. As a tablet the Z4 is certainly a top performer with polished Sony engineering, waterproof design, a high-res screen, and high specs. However, Sony's Bluetooth keyboard is just too clunky to add any extra value, with no backlighting and tiny, uncomfortable keys. The Z4 remains a brilliant tablet — but it's unfortunately not the netbook of the future.