Sony may have exited the PC market, but its impact on mobile computers is still being felt.
In fact, Sony’s departure from laptops came at a curious time, because it was just when the company was really nailing it, and really getting the formula that the main company decided to sell off the division responsible for Vaio and concentrate on other areas.
That was a shame, but at least its understanding of the needs of mobility and portable devices wasn’t sold off with the company.
In the past year, we’ve seen some solid efforts from Sony’s mobile division, with some of the best phones not just out of the company producing them, but out of all of the models making their way out into the world.
Great screens, solid specs, excellent performance, fantastic build, useful battery life, and an overall understanding that the operating system should just perform without issue seems to be something Sony is pushing out into its devices.
Not just phones, either, as Sony’s take on tablets has really improved since the company started making its devices more simple.
Don’t get us wrong, we liked the idea of the Sony Tablet S, a device that relied on a folded over element on the back, a curvy spine that was supposed to give off the impression that you were holding a book and not just another touchscreen, and it’s something Lenovo incorporates elements of in its own designs to this day, but there’s something better about simplicity, something easier to grasp.
That’s what we’ve had in the “Z” series of Sony devices, phones and tablets that were basically just slates made for people who were a fan of minimalism.
While they often lack the sweet metal rigidity that the aluminium blocks from other companies provide, these plastic and glass based beasts are simple slabs of a three-dimensional rectangle, with a screen on one side and a material back.
There are only a physical few buttons, found on the right edge usually, with everything else a button on the touchscreen, and this helps to reinforce a clean look.
And that’s exactly what we found in the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, an 8 inch device with a simple design, Full HD display, easy plastic grip, the same specs from the Z3 Compact phone, and a degree of water-resistance that made the device more like a tablet you could take to the pool than just leave by the sofa in the living room like most of the other devices we see.
This was a tablet made for living, not just sitting and reading.