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Sony Tablet S Tablet Review

A poor offering from Sony, with little to recommend it against the competition.

October 07, 2011
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Controls

Because most of the controls are accessed via the touchscreen of the Sony Tablet S, what's left on the sides of the tablet itself reflects many other tablets in that you are basically left with a set of volume keys and a power button. That's it for physical controls.

All that being said, the touchscreen of the Sony Tablet S is very responsive (as it has a capacitive screen), and has just about the same easy and intelligible controls as all the other tablets with Android 3.2 installed on it. Some of the buttons have somewhat different art on them, but they are very easily identifiable, and simple to operate.

Connectivity

Outside of its fairly typical 802.11/n wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 2.1 capability, the Sony Tablet S has been heavily touted as being able to double as a remote for Sony TVs as well. While the IR sensor is an interesting novelty, there have been others to make this capability available to other tablets. For example, Comcast has an app for iPads to control their DVR. Still, this type of direct interface for your TV is new, and worthy of note if you're looking for a universal remote that can port your media to the world outside.

In terms of download speeds, the internal wireless card shouldn't let you down, as it topped out at 1.4 MB/sec in our labs. Whether you're streaming content from your video distribution service of choice, or even buying eBooks, you'll be able to grab your media fairly quickly if it's a reasonable size.

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Battery Life

In our tests, we typically see the heavyweights last around 8 hours for video playing or eBook reading, but the Sony Tablet S didn't even come close. With all the programs running in the background turned off, the wireless disabled, and the brightness set to maximum, the Sony Tablet S only lasted 4 hours, 43 minutes playing back video.

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As far as eReading goes, the Sony Tablet S is even less impressive. Though it's fairly common to see tablets do a little worse in this area due to having a large amount of bright white on the screen constantly, the Sony Tablet S just doesn't have the battery to support long eReading sessions. It's just barely good enough for a commute both ways, less so for a long car ride or intra-continental flight. At 4 hours and 22 minutes, the Sony Tablet S seriously lags behind.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Comparison
  12. Blackberry PlayBook Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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