Saturday , July 21 2018

If you’re looking for an 8-inch Android tablet, Sony might have made the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact an option hard to pass up, dropping the price by $200 to just $299 at Sony’s online store.

The Xperia Z3 Tablet Coimpact is getting a bit long in the tooth now, having been initially released almost three years ago, but in a market where there’s remarkably few good tablet options, the Xperia Z3 offering still holds its own.

Featuring an unusual IP rating of IP68 for a tablet, with MicroSD support, decent battery life (from its 4,500 mAh battery), 16GB of built-in storage and nice big 8-inch display, you could say the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has aged well, and at just $299, I’d consider that it’s bordering on being a bargain.

I know Chris bought and used an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact when it was released and was rather fond of it, but we never reviewed one on Ausdroid. It does come, however, well recommended — even if the software is a bit dated (it hasn’t been updated past Android 6.0 Marshmallow).

For those looking behind this move, it is possible that Sony are working on a new tablet, and are clearing old stock to make way. Equally, it’s possible they’re looking to sell three year-old tablets while they still have any value.

If you’re looking for something to do some web surfing, reading, email or even a bit of Netflix on, this is quite the bargain.

Is the price alone enough to entice you to purchase this little bargain, or are you waiting for a new Nexus tablet like I am?

Source: Sony Store.

Phil Tann   Journalist

Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

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I bought one of these the first week they were released and it’s still a great tablet. I’ve been really pleased with mine, though wish it had more than 16gb which isn’t enough these days.

Glenn
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A minimum of 10″ for me these days. Personally, I’d rather buy the Lenovo Tab 3 10″ BusinessTablet from JBHiFi for $284.00. And that runs Android 6.0

Yianni Soc
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If it had Android 7 at least, i’d be all over this.
It’s a great tablet, but would at least want Android 7 at this stage for a new purchase.

Chris Rowland
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It looks like there’s a few Nougat options on XDA Developers. I got one, and I’m going to try ’em out.

John Bousattout
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Would love to know how you go. A Vanilla Android feel on Sony hardware would go down well.

Chris Rowland
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Couldn’t agree more. I’m excited, after losing my Nexus tablet a few years ago.

Yianni Soc
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Thanks for the tip.
Might make it worth while after all!

John Bousattout
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Prior to getting a new tv, this was being used as my media remote from my server.
It’s still going well. – It’s now used as a cast device for the AFL app, Optus Sports app and various other apps to watch on my tv.

Plenty of support on XDA as well.

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