Sony has only made a few tablets over the last few years so we've had to wait a long time for a smaller size to rival the Nexus 7 and iPad mini (among others). See also the best tablets of 2014.

It may be a bit of a mouthful and what the Xperia Z Ultra should have been, but the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is here and costs £329. That's a tenner more than rivals like the iPad mini 3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 in terms of RRP.

Opting for the increasingly popular 8in size, the Z3 Tablet Compact is stunningly thin and light 6.4 mm and 270 g outdoing its rivals. It's almost like holding a phone because the device is so slender –one-handed use is a breeze.

We like the grippy soft touch rear cover and, like many Sony Xperia products, the tablet is completely dust-sealed and waterproof, too.

It's top marks for design and things stay positive when it comes to hardware and performance.

The 8in size is a happy medium and a Full HD resolution might not be the highest you can get but is perfectly good and helps battery life and gaming performance. It's great to see front facing stereo to accompany the display.

A Snapdragon 801 chip alongside 3 GB of RAM makes the Z3 a solid performer and a decent sized battery combined with excellent power management features will keep you going.

Storage is available in 16- or 32 GB and there's a microSD card slot for adding up to 128 GB more. You can also, if you wish, buy a 4G LTE model for data on the go.

Wireless is competent and although there isn't an IR blaster or wireless charging, metal contacts on the side will work with a docking station.

Two key new features are support for High-Res audio and PS4 Remote Play for playing full-on games from Sony's console over the same Wi-Fi network.

A pair of decent cameras caps things off nicely and there are plenty of apps to play around with.

Sony hasn't done much with its Android interface over the last year or two and the Z3 Tablet Compact is pre-loaded with KitKat. An update to Lollipop will arrive in due course.

It's close to stock Android with Sony style slapped over the top including apps like Walkman, larger icons and the ability to double tap to wake the device. As we've mentioned, High-Res audio support and PS4 Remote Play are the two big new features.

It's great to see Sony finally make a smaller tablet and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is super svelte and is waterproof to boot. Hardware is decent but not mind-blowing and while rivals like the Galaxy Tab S offer a bit more gadgetry, Sony offers killer features for audiophiles and gamers.