Sony Tablet S Tablet Review
A poor offering from Sony, with little to recommend it against the competition.
Device & Specs
Each device looks, feels, and performs very differently from the other. Where the Samsung is a thin yet huge tablet, the Sony Tablet S has a smaller screen, but a much thicker profile and most of its weight to one edge. Beyond that, the backlight to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 seems to be more powerful, as well as the battery. Still, in terms of hardware, each tablet uses a dual-core Tegra 2 processor with a comparable amount of RAM.
Make no mistake, the Samsung's screen is not only bigger, but brighter. Still, 10.1 inches can sometimes become awkward to carry around if you don't have an adequately large bag or big hands, so some consumers might like the somewhat smaller 9.4-inch screen of the Sony Tablet S. Still, neither does well in outdoor sunlight, and both reflect a lot of light.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1, even with its uninspiring battery life, still has a battery life better than that of the Sony Tablet S by well over an hour. This one is a no-brainer for travelers that need a super-long battery life.
Because both tablets have access to the same eReader software via the Android Market, this comparison basically boils down to ergonomics: the Sony Tablet S wins in a landslide. Though the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is light, its weight is evenly distributed, causing the tab to magnify the fatigue felt by the user. On the other hand, the Sony Tablet S is weighted to one side, allowing your wrist more direct stress, reducing fatigue over time. We'll give the edge to the Sony Tablet S here.
Because both tablets run Android 3, they both have virtually identical internet features. Perhaps the main difference here is how much more bloatware the Sony Tablet S has. Though some of the applications preloaded onto the tablet are popular with some users, it's a pain and a half to get all the additional garbage off of your tablet. The Samsung does not suffer from this problem.
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