Tablets that aren't iPads don't sell well on US carriers, probably because no one is all that keen on paying an extra monthly fee in order to use them and/or sharing a limited amount of data. (3G and LTE tablets are much more popular overseas.) So there's really no point in pre-ordering a tablet from a carrier, unless you absolutely have to have it on day one. If that's the case for the Xperia Z2 Tablet, let your fingers do the walking over to Verizon's website.


Yesterday Verizon announced that it would be the exclusive retailer for Sony's flagship tablet, and it's coming to Big Red on July 17th (next Thursday) for a hefty $599.99, or "just" $499.99 with a new contract. Now they've quickly put up an online store page for a pre-order, and the tablet "will ship by 7/17" along with its free Sony headset. Remember when expensive phones and tablets came with headphones as a matter of course? Good times.

The Z2 Tablet is a drool-worthy piece of hardware to be sure, with its Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage plus MicroSD card slot, and a 1080p screen, all wrapped in Sony's gorgeous semi-waterproof body. And getting the Verizon version isn't quite as dumb as it usually is, since the hard-to-find WiFi version isn't much cheaper. Even so, I'm betting they won't have very many takers.

Source: Verizon

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Cory S

    I really wanted this tablet. Can't get over the price though. Would be really cool to be able to stick it to the wall in the shower and control music, or the wife watch netflix in bath.

  • joseph carmine nero

    best tablet period but pricing seems to put off many

    • Leaf

      Yup was really hyped up and was 99% sure I'd be the first day pre-order folks. Price turned me off as its price got me my 50" tv :(

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    • Cory S

      They are pretty nice earbuds actually

  • UniBroW

    I'm sure Verizon will meddle with anything resembling a timely update so if you're interested in this versus the wifi version, I'd get the wifi version even if it were the same price (if you have no interest in using Verizon's network)

  • Hans Gruber

    I'd avoid the Z2 tablet like the plague.

    Just got one for my mother thinking build quality would be on par with Sony's Z series phones...

    However all i can say is cheap plasticky creaking rubbish.

    And the best thing is the touchscreen is faulty on a large number of tablets where it because partially or completely unresponsive to touch (google videos of multitouch demos losing tracking of fingers), i've tested it and seen lines breaking where it loses touch.

    On flat surfaces touch can just stop working entirely.

    Not to mention the fact that a lot of tablets arent straight. they have a bow/curve in them which isnt quite right.

    Basically poorly made with a MAJOR flaw that renders the tablet entirely useless.
    (see XDA forums or http://talk.sonymobile.com/t5/Xperia-Z2-Tablet/Touch-screen-problem/m-p/620325#U620325 )

  • kmt1123

    FYI - when ordering from your mobile phone, Verizon Edge option is available. $30/mo over 20 months.