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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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Conclusion

It should be interesting to see how tablets like the Sony Tablet S manage to stay alive once the Amazon Kindle Fire comes out with it's ludicrously low pricetag, and competitive hardware. It will also be interesting to see how Sony's other tablet, the Tablet P due to release later this year, fares in our testing. In the meantime, Sony's first entry into the tablet arena will probably fare about as well as an unarmed man challenging a Roman gladiator. Though the brand recognition is certainly there, the Sony Tablet S really doesn't do much of anything to set it apart from the pack of Android tablets: this tablet is thoroughly unremarkable.

When you start using the Sony Tablet S, you can expect an experience very similar to every other Android 3 tablet out there, with only a few things changed to match Sony's other products. The differences in the user interface are mostly aesthetic, with a couple of things like the IR remote feature built in.

As far as tablets go in terms of hardware, the Tablet S is a subpar model with only a couple bells and whistles worthy of note. Its screen performance is average at best, its battery is terrible, and there's very little if any advantage that it holds over other Android tablets that are virtually identical in terms of user interface. Though continuity is something that can be seen in a positive light, the lack of anything special makes it difficult for consumers to rationalize spending that kind of money for a tablet in the absence of other features to justify the price tag.

If you're looking for a portable tablet that will keep you entertained for anything longer than a car ride, you may want to look elsewhere, as this tablet does not have the battery life to compete with tablets that are even cheaper. Beyond that, the Sony Tablet S is about as average as you can get in terms of Android-running machines. The ergonomic design was a good idea, but executed poorly for those with even average-sized hands. You may want to continue looking if you are able.

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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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