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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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Video Controls

The virtual control interface for Android devices is a simple, no-frills control scheme that fades to invisible after you haven't touched it in a few seconds. When it is on the screen, you will find a scrub bar, play/pause button, and a couple other options dependent on your playlist/file.

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Video Management

Owners of the Sony Tablet S will note that their video library is managed by the "videos" button in the apps menu. Take note that if you download a movie, it will not always end up there, but it will be saved under the "downloads" folder. It will only show up in your videos menu once you view it.

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Video Formats

Not the most accommodating little machine we've ever seen in terms of video formats supported, but the Sony Tablet S does allow users to watch MPEG-4 and WMV files. In addition (if you have these lying around on your hard drive), you can play H.263/H.264 files through the native media playback application. For those looking for.avi or.mkv playback, this is not the tablet for you.

Internet Video

The included YouTube app is virtually identical in every way to the iterations on other Android 3 tablets. Once opened, the user has the ability to TKTKTK

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Video Battery Life

As explored in our battery section, the Sony Tablet S has a rather anemic battery life, especially when it comes to playing videos. With all additional running programs disabled, the WiFi turned off, and the backlight cranked to maximum, the Sony Tablet S only managed to play a video back for 4 hours and 43 minutes. If you've read our reviews on the other Android tablets on the market, you know that this is fairly horrible in comparison. This is not the tablet for travelers or those who like to bring their media libraries with them.

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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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