There’s no doubt that Sony hit it out of the park with this tablet. It was certainly enough to tempt me and, if you check out our Xperia Tablet Z review, you’ll see DT’s Mobile Editor, Jeff, agreed. It’s a tough tablet, and it can handle the odd dunk, but you don’t want to risk any knocks or drops, so protection is vital, especially when you take it out for a walk. We’ve been checking out some of the options. Here’s our pick of the best Xperia Tablet Z cases and covers.
If you’re in love with the Sony aesthetic then this is the only cover for your Xperia Tablet Z that bears the logo. It’s a slim case made of genuine leather with a nice soft interior. It folds up to create a stand for video viewing in three positions, or you can fold it back to set your tablet at a nice angle for typing. There’s a matching colored rubber band to hold it closed and it automatically brings your tablet to life when it’s opened. It’s expensive, but, like most Sony products, it is high quality.
Incipio Feather Case ($35)
Here’s a minimalist snap-on case with all the cut-outs you need to access your tablet uninterrupted. It’s manufactured from Plextonium, which is really just Incipio’s blend of polycarbonate. It will safeguard your Xperia Tablet Z from knocks and scratches, and it does so without adding any real bulk or weight, which is good since slimness is its selling point. The case comes in pink, blue, grey, or black.
This is a practical leather case for your Xperia Tablet and it’s a bargain at the reduced price of $20. The exterior is polyurethane leather, so it’s not genuine. Inside you’ll find microfiber lining. The tablet sits in a kind of frame with cut outs for the ports and functions, which aren’t as precise as you might like. When you fold it open it supports viewing and typing angles and there’s a hand strap on the inside which makes it comfortable to hold for reading. There’s also an elastic band and a magnetic closure. It’s a little heavy and it’s not the best quality, but you get what you pay for.
Poetic StrapBack Case ($10)
For the reduced price of $10, this is worth a go for anyone on a tight budget. There’s a leather effect exterior with a soft microfiber lining and an elastic closure. Your tablet is gently cradled in a plastic tray and it can be set at various angles, or you can flip the case open and use the hand strap to hold it. All the ports and functions remain accessible, except the charging port which is blocked when the cover is closed.
You won’t get real leather at this price, but the “leather-like” material is a pretty decent approximation and the case looks good. It certainly appears more expensive than it is. The tablet sits in a secure frame and you can fold the case for a convenient landscape viewing angle. It’s pretty slim, there’s an elastic closure, and you’d have to say that overall it is good value for money. The cut outs are in the right places, although you will have to open it to charge your tablet.
The lack of dedicated Sony Xperia Tablet Z cases on the market is a bit of a disappointment. If you want something to safely stow your tablet away in a bag then you might consider this sleeve from Amzer. It zips open at the top and it’s made of thick, water-resistant neoprene which is capable of protecting your Xperia Tablet Z from knocks and bumps. The interior is soft and there’s a pocket for accessories.
If you’re willing to get one shipped from France, then this premium, genuine leather case from Noreve could be the perfect partner for your tablet. It oozes style and class, and it features a practical design. The exterior is pure, unadulterated leather, while the interior is embossed with the Noreve logo. Your tablet sits in a cradle with all the cut outs you need, including one for the camera, although you’ll need to open the case to charge. There are various landscape viewing positions supported. It’s thick, but that does mean it offers decent protection from bumps. You can also choose from a wide range of colors to personalize your case inside and out.
Here’s another classy, premium option from Korean company Zenus. It’s hand-crafted from synthetic Italian leather and you’ll find a soft, non-scratch surface within. The slim, diary style, with snap enclosure looks great and it comes in wine red and dark grey. When you open it up there’s a fold-out stand that supports two landscape angles for video viewing or typing, there’s also a hand strap at the top for secure holding.
Poetic Slimline Case ($13)
This is a slim case from Poetic which features the same PU leather style material as the StrapBack case with a microfiber interior. The cover flips open like a book and can be folded to create a stand in different positions. It has a magnetic closure which also supports the automatic sleep/wake function. Your tablet snaps into a flexible cradle and there are cut-outs for all your ports and functions. It will offer basic protection against scratches, but don’t expect your tablet to survive falls unscathed with this case.
More of the same from Krusell with this synthetic leather book style case for the Xperia Tablet Z. It’s padded to offer a bit of protection, it supports different angles, and there’s a magnetic enclosure that puts your tablet to sleep when the case is closed. The cut-outs are not perfect, which is a disappointment, and it could use an elastic closure on top of the magnet to make it really secure.
That’s it for our Sony Xperia Tablet Z cases roundup. There is a lack of variety right now. If you’ve found a good option that isn’t listed, then please post a comment, and we’ll take a look. Check back because we’ll revisit this article with updates when we find some worthy options.