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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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Reading Books

The Sony Tablet S is a tablet that has access to the Android Market, and as such, has access to numerous eReader applications, like Amazon's Kindle software. For those who don't want to mess around with finding a piece of software to suit them best, the Sony Tablet S comes with a pre-installed version of their proprietary eReader software, which is simple to use and customize to user preferences.

Also, be aware that the proprietary software has a tendency to freeze up and crash every few pages if you're reading an exceptionally long book. You may be able to sidestep this issue by downloading another eReader application. Below is what you can expect to see when reading an eBook.

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Because many different eBook stores use different file formats, if you start to purchase books or periodicals from other stores, you may have to download their software in order to read it. You could also convert the files to Sony's proprietary format, or a PDF file using Calibre.

Buying Books

The experience you can expect when buying an eBook varies greatly depending on which application you use, but for now let's explore the Sony eBook store. When you tap the "shop" button in your eReader software, it automatically opens your browser and allows you to buy eBooks through Sony's eBookstore website. Sure, it can be somewhat of a pain switching back and forth between applications, but that's just the way it goes.

Once you've entered in your full account information along with billing info, you can purchase books by tapping the "buy" button. Once you've done this (assuming all your ducks are in a row), the title will automatically download to your device.

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eBook Formats

Due to the Sony Tablet S 's reliance on its proprietary eBook reader software, the Sony Reader application, the supported formats for eBooks are a little disappointing at first, hence the low score. But fear not! The Android Market allows you to download and install competitor software, often for free. Out of the box, though, you can only use Sony's eBook format, PDF, HTML, TXT and MOBI files.

If this doesn't work well for your needs, you can always download other eReader software via the Android Market, and that will allow you to read their native file formats as well. It can get annoying to have to swap eReader applications just to maintain your library, but if you have the patience, you can convert your files using software like Calibre.

Newspapers & Magazines

Much like the way the proprietary Sony eReader software deals with the sale of eBooks, it will automatically direct you to its website if you'd like to purchase periodicals like newspapers or magazines in the eBook format. Just like before, all you have to do is sign in with your account, and click "buy" to begin your download.

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eBook Battery Life

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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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