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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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Device & Specs

Though the PlayBook is considerably smaller, the hardware of both devices is remarkably similar. Perhaps the biggest difference outside of the screen is the touch-sensitive controls located on the bezel of the PlayBook. In addition, the backlighting of the PlayBook is extremely bright for a tablet, making it slightly better to take outside.

Screen

The screen of the PlayBook is far smaller than that of the Sony Tablet S, and it also has a smaller resolution to fit. Still, the Sony Tablet S has a bigger screen and higher resolution and DPI, so take that as you will. TKTKTK

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Battery

Though both tablets are smaller than the plethora of 10.1-inch monsters we've seen, that doesn't always translate into more power being available. Still, the BlackBerry Playbook efficiently manages its power, and even with the backlight cranked to maximum, it leaves the Sony Tablet S in the dust. Users with high battery requirements will want to skip the Sony Tablet S.

eReader

As an eReader, it's tough to discount the advantage the PlayBook has with the insanely bright backlight, but to be honest, it's not a huge difference-maker in terms of visibility outdoors. Direct sunlight washes out LCD screens, and makes it very difficult to see what's being displayed on them, and even the bright PlayBook suffers here. Both devices are small and light, but the Sony Tablet S fits better in the hand. Still, if you get a chance, see if you can try these both out.

Also important to note is the fact that the BlackBerry married its system to the rapidly-failing Borders eBook store. Users who are wary of the now-bankrupt book behemoth may want to forget about reading eBooks on the BlackBerry if they're unwilling to get a new piece of software to run it, or convert their old files.

Internet

Though the PlayBook's proprietary operating system has a similar look and feel to Android, its application store and consequently its internet features are pared-down from what the full Android Market provides. You can still download games and browse the web, but be aware that you are clipping your wings somewhat by limiting yourself to the BlackBerry application store.

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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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