Sony Tablet S
A new tablet PC on the market
There’s a new tablet on the market these days. Its name: Sony Tablet S; as if it wasn’t already hard to choose what device to buy from such a multitude of options found on markets worldwide. The team at Sony promise better web browsing, unique design and a lot of interesting features. Does this product deliver? Read our review to find out.
As stated below, the Sony Tablet S should come with an extraordinary exterior; it’s not, but it’s not ugly either. We personally liked the strange folding design which made the gadget look like a magazine or a book when we held it in portrait mode. Its dimensions are 0.75″ x 0.3″, so it’s a combination of beefiness and thinness; the product has a total weight of 0.58kg. When we threw a glance at its back and edge during our test for the review we noticed they were adorned in dots; these are meant by manufacturers to make the gadget easier to grip. What we also liked at Tablet S was the fact that, when we put the tablet on the desk in landscape mode, it had an incline which gave us the possibility to type more easily.
On further inspection, the Sony Tablet S houses a 5-megapixel camera on its back and keys and ports on either side. Two uncomfortable things to do were the following: accessing the volume and power button in landscape and portrait mode. Identically frustrating was the power jack, because connecting the AC adapter was really difficult. And, since we talked about ports earlier on, we have to mention the lack of HDMI. The camera delivered decent image and video quality, though some of the photos didn’t have great details; on the other hand, videos looked good.
The front of the Tablet S has a 9.4″ display with a resolution of 1.280 x 800 pixels. Overall, the screen performed well, due to its built-in minimized light refraction and the popular TruBlack technology: black levels, text and colors looked great.
Android Honeycomb 3.1
Viewing angles presented no problem; what we didn’t like was the fact that the gadget comes with no protection against those pesky fingerprints. In terms of keyboard, we have no complaints; its keys were responsive and user-friendly when we tested them. Surprisingly, there were no .com and @ dedicated buttons. The interface was sleek and easy to navigate through; the tablet comes preinstalled with several home screens which featured different options to choose from.
The new Sony tablet released recently has a operating system called Android Honeycomb 3.1. As a con, we’ll mention the lack of dedicated applications. Other than that, there’s Flash support in the browser, Sony Reader (eBook app), the standard Android Market, games and several others.
Good battery life
In the music and movies department, the device we’re reviewing on this page sports Sony Video Unlimited and Sony Music Unlimited. We could use the latter only by getting a rather expensive subscription.
What comes next is the performance aspect. Sony Tablet S runs on the following processor: 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 with 1GB of RAM. These two offered good speeds. The same speeds were registered when we used the browser, mainly thanks to the Quick View technology.
The battery packed with the tablet we tested offered some 8 hours of life.
In conclusion, the Samsung Tablet S is still work in progress. But so far we liked what we saw at this new promising gadget.
|Display Resolution||1280 x 800|
|CPU||1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2|
|Storage Drive Type||Flash Memory|
|Storage Drive Size||16GB|
|Front-Facing Camera Resolution||0.3|
|Card Reader Size||32GB|
|Card Readers||SD Card|
|Size||9.5 x 6.8 x 0.3-0.75 inches|