Sony SCR12 Style Cover Stand for Xperia Z2 Tablet Review

by XB on 4th April 2014

in Accessories, Featured Content, Reviews, Sony Tablet, Xperia Z2


Sony SCR12 Review_23Sony created a dedicated case for the Xperia Z2 Tablet in the form of the Style Cover Stand SCR12. Sony only started to create its own cases last summer, when it launched the CP12 Power Cover for the Xperia Z Ultra. Other cases announced since then (excluding the QX10/QX100 camera attachment cases) include the SCR10 for the Xperia Z2 and SCR14 for the Xperia T2 Ultra.

As what typifies most Sony accessories, the SCR12 Style Cover Stand is not cheap – costing £39/€45 through the Sony Store in Europe. What you get for the money is a versatile case that can be used in various configurations, a very thin form factor, screen auto wake/sleep and a decent level of protection. Click through to read our review.

Sony SCR12 Style Cover Stand for Xperia Z2 Tablet Review

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

The packaging for the Sony SCR12 Style Cover Stand has a circular hole cut out so that you can feel the case’s material.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

The back of the packaging gives some general information about the case…

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

…including the various configurations that the case can be used in. In this respect, it is one of the most flexible cases we’ve used for a tablet.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

The case comes securely packaged in a plastic tray.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

The front of the case has a small ridge in the middle to be used in one of the stand configurations. The front cover appears to be made out of thin textured plastic.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

A SONY logo is printed in the left corner.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

Another ridge can be seen on the back of the case close to the camera cut out.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

The SCR12 case has a magnetic flap to keep the case closed when not in use.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

Opening the case, you can see the rigid shell that the Xperia Z2 Tablet clicks into on the right.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony says the inside of the case has an “anti-skid surface”. It almost feels quite rubbery, which means you should be able to securely use the stand at various angles. One downside is that this texture does appear to pick up dust easily.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

The rigid shell connects to a part of the rear, this design allows you to adopt various viewing angles.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

The SCR12 Style Cover Stand with Xperia Z2 Tablet attached.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

The tablet fits into the case via four corner plastic clips.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

The magnetic latch can be folded back when the tablet is in viewing mode.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony has also designed the case with a wide arch cut out of the rigid shell. This design enables you to use the case with the DK39 magnetic charging dock without removing it from the case.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

The camera cut out is a perfect fit for the camera and we noticed no obstructions when taking pictures.

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The case is very thin and adds minimal bulk and weight.

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The SCR12 Style Cover Stand weighs 278 grams. For reference, the Xperia Z2 Tablet weighs 426g (Wi-Fi models) and 439g (LTE model).

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The case can be used in two pre-defined viewing modes i.e. where the ridges are. However, as the inside of the case uses an anti-skid surface, we found that you could use it at pretty much any angle.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

This particular angle allows you to position the tablet so that it sits roughly one inch off the floor. It is designed specifically to use with the 3.5mm headphone jack, which sits on the bottom left of the Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

Whilst it is great that headphones can be used in this viewing configuration, the stand didn’t feel at its most stable at this angle and was a bit tricky to set up correctly.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

Other viewing angles that the Xperia Z2 Tablet can be used in.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

Overall, we really like the flexibility that this stand offers. It can be used in a wide variety of angles, both in viewing and typing modes. The auto wake/sleep for the display is very handy and, these days, that is a prerequisite of all good cases.

The case itself didn’t feel the most sturdy, the front cover is quite thin but all four corners are covered by plastic clips. This means it should serve you will from bumps and scratches, but we’re not sure how well it would fare in a more serious fall. On the flip side, the case is very thin and light.

The minor shortcomings aren’t enough of a big deal for us to look elsewhere. We can see us using this case for a long time. However, the £39/€45 price tag seems steep to us. If the case was closer to the £30 mark, we could confidently say it was a ‘must-buy’ accessory. As it stands, if you can get past the asking price, you will be treated to a worthy companion for your Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Sony SCR12 case review for Xperia Z2 Tablet

  • Michael Hofmann

    Definitely improves on the case for the Xperia Tablet Z

  • suit up !

    This is like the case provided with Xperia Z Ultra. Very sleek

  • spatch

    I’m concerned about the headphone jack now being situated on the bottom of the Xperia Z2 tablet. With Sony apparently moving away from right angled headphone plugs (as can be seen with the new headphones recently announced), there is a real chance of damage to both the plug and jack. I prefer the jack location on the current Xperia Tablet Z.

  • kintaro

    J aime

  • Ana Heluši?

    It looks very cool

  • Adrian969

    Looks nice. But seriously, Sony? €45 is way too expensive for something that should be included when buying a Z2 tablet. Please Sony, dont make the mistake of scaring your customers away with prices like that. We like your Xperia stuff and you are doing great, but we who are fan of your products will not accept this level of prices. You cannot be like Apple in the Android world.

  • dwor

    Many thanks for a great summary and photographs.

    If possible, I’d love to know the answers to two questions:

    1) Is it comfortable to fold the front cover back and use the tablet in portrait mode for reading websites or PDF articles? Sometimes these covers don’t fold over very well, and can feel quite frustrating after a couple of minutes!

    2) Apparently you can use the DK39 charging dock with this cover attached – how does this actually work? Do you have to fold the cover and prop the tablet in a standing position and then slide the dock underneath somehow?

    Any advice would be great. I know I’m inviting criticism, but I love the Smart Cases for the iPad Air, which are lightweight and fold back easily. I’m hoping this Sony cover also does the same.

    Thanks again, and keep up the great work!

  • XperiaBlog

    Thanks for the kind words. Coming back to your questions:

    1) Yes, it is perfectly fine to fold the front cover back however a small spine means that it doesn’t sit completely flat. The rubber texture on the inside means that grip shouldn’t be a problem either.

    2) One of the viewing angles allows the tablet to be propped up whilst leaving enough room for the tablet to be attached to a dock. Do note though that we have not tested the DK39 dock ourselves but we don’t think it should be an issue.

    Have a look at the attached pictures which illustrates our points.

    Also, we should have also mentioned in our review that you can easily charge the tablet whilst the case is closed. The top latch does not obstruct the USB cable.

  • dwor

    Again, a huge “thanks”, especially for the updated photos. I’m looking forward to putting all of this kit together, once Sony Europe finally welcomes the boat carrying the next wave of DK39s to our shores and ships my pre-order!

    Perhaps someone at Sony will stumble across this post and recognise what a great service you provide for their customers. 1000 thanks!

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  • Cláudio Pereira

    This one looks nicer and is cheaper!
    Does anyone tried to fit in the previous Xperia Tablet Z?

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