Sony Tablet S 16GBRating:
I’m an iPad owner, so testing out this tablet from Sony was going to be a tough call. Im very used to Apple’s interface, its functionality and layout as well as its access to apps for example. Sony was going to have to make a big impression on me to be a success!
Design and Build
However, if you are looking for a design that stands out from the crowd, you wont be disappointed. The Sony Tablet S prides itself on a very unique look and feel.
The front is black with a glossy screen and when you turn it on its side, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the unusual, quirky design. The front bends around and folds back on itself, emulating a folded page which, in my opinion, makes it far more easy and comfortable to hold when typing, especially compared to other flat tablets such as the iPad.
The bulk of the tablet is made of a thick glossy plastic which I feel isn’t as upmarket as the iPad with it’s metal casing, although I wouldn’t go as far as saying it looks cheap by any means.
I cant say I was overly keen on the textured back although some people may like this design over a plain smooth surface.
The Sony Tablet S comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It weighs just under 600g, which is the same as the iPad 2, At 20mm on the thicker edge, it’s a lot bulkier than the iPad so if you are guided by size, this tablet may not be for you.
Around the edges you’ll find a full-sized SD card slot, a micro-USB slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The 9.4-inch screen on the Tablet S offers an excellent 1,280×800-pixel resolution. I was impressed with the sharp images and rich colours, especially when viewing photo slideshows and watching videos. The viewing angles are pretty impressive too.
The sound quality was pretty good too but when I compare it to the iPad, its does not appear to have such a crisp sound or as good range.
Android 3.2 Honeycomb
The Tablet S comes with Android 3.2 Honeycomb. There are five home screens that you can swipe through and add apps and widgets. Adding items to the home screen is easy. All I had to do was click and hold the selected item to drag across.
For setting your own preferences on displays, the Apps can either appear in one long list, sorted A to Z or showing newest first, which makes life easier when doing a search.
On the top left of the home screen, there are four shortcut buttons for the web browser, email, social media and wireless remote. This is really helpful so you don’t have to spend ages swiping across the windows to find what you need.
There’s also a favourites window that gives you quick access to your games, bookmarks and most recently added items.
The remote function is a great feature, allowing you to control TVs and other devices.
Unlike the Apple iPad and other Apple gadgets for that matter, the browser on the Sony Tablet supports flash.
If I’m completely honest, although new users to tablets will find this a breeze to set up and use, I have to admit I am so used to Apple’s functionality and interface, I found the layout of the icons, buttons and applications rather confusingly laid out and sometimes frustrating to navigate through.
Easy to Set Up & Use
As just mentioned, however, setting up is surprisingly simple. Should you have a gmail account, all you need to do is enter your email and password details and hey presto, all your calendar entries, emails and youtube channel videos are there for you, ready to use.
On the back of the Tablet you’ll find a 5-megapixel camera. It’s okay but I wouldn’t say it was great! There’s no flash, so taking shots in dimly lit rooms will be grainy and will not be of great quality.
Even in a well lit room, the image quality isn’t perfect, lacking vividness and sharpness.
- Easy to use
- Easy to set up
- Great Sound
- Quality screen resolution
- Slightly confusing interface for Apple owners
The Sony Tablet S does a pretty good job at providing you with everything you need for great entertainment, offering performance, a decent screen resolution and a unique design. It doesn’t appear as premium as the iPad for example and probably could be a bit more powerful but it’s certainly worth a look.
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