I recently got hold of the new Sony Xperia Tablet Z. I am loving this tablet so far.
It comes in as a featherweight at less than 500g and the shape is beautifully thin.
The screen resolution of 1920×1080 is actually higher than my current laptop. I have to say that the screen is lovely
What has surprised me so far is how easily it has adapted to becoming my daily office laptop. I have largely adopted the Googleplex cloud environment now. Spreadsheets and Word documents work very well on Googe Drive now. Gmail works great and seems to do a fine job at filtering spam. I have redirected my personal email and work email address to go through Gmail now as well. Any other apps I need can easily be found on Google Play now. I have found WordPress, Dropbox and Pocket to be especially useful in a cloud environment. The ability to literally share anything to anywhere with Android is a very useful thing. The cloud environment has been really useful for linking all my computers and smartphones together. I find that I can easily switch between different devices and have continuous, uninterrupted information that I have saved for myself.
I have mated the Xperia with a bluetooth mouse and I found a very nicely designed Logitech keyboard which is also connects via bluetooth. The Logitech keyboard is actually made for the iPad tablet, but appears to work fine with my Android Tablet.
Even though the tablet is a touch screen I still find it easier to navigate with the mouse while the tablet is sitting in front of me in an upright position.
The nice thing about this set up is I can just pick up the tablet, untethered by the bluetooth hardware and bring it along with me to lunch or a coffee place and still use the tablet from the touch screen.
The only thing that is missing is Steam and the ability to install Lightroom for Raw file manipulation. I guess I shouldn’t actually need Steam. Recently Adobe has been talking about cloud computing for the photo editing software. I hope this means that they are developing software like Lightroom for tablets.
I think I will try using the Xperia for a few weeks as my sole portable solution and see how it goes. So far it has been working out quite nicely