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Sony Tablet S review

Can Sony's wedge-shaped Android tablet make a splash?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel

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For

  • Exclusive content
  • Nice tweaks to Android
  • PlayStation games

Against

  • Lack of Apps
  • Media problems
  • Not as slick as iPad 2

camera

Like most tablets, Sony has included front and rear cameras, and these tend to be a half-hearted affair, with dubious quality and limited use. The front camera is designed for video chatting with Skype or other clients, and the rear camera for taking snaps for sharing online.

Sony has gone with a 5MP camera on the rear of the tablet, which is capable of capturing high-definition video.

Video quality is good, with smart focusing and a fantastic frame rate resulting in smooth playback. Sony's heritage in video processing really comes to the fore here, as this makes up for what's lost in mediocre picture quality.

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When it came to picture quality, good frame rates don't save the day, and shots looked washed out, and grainy, even in good light.

At 5MP we didn't expect much, and quality was very much on par with the equally uninspiring iPad 2.

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Opting for 0.3MP sensor with VGA video quality on the front facing camera yielded the results one would expect. Picture quality was lifeless, grainy and noisy.

Video was slightly better, and anyone who has tried to chat with friends over a web cam will always appreciate smooth video over a higher quality, choppy feed.

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With the Sony Tablet S you could enjoy a video chat on Skype with a friend, but the quality was no-where near that of Apple's Facetime.

Unlike Facetime, there's no built-in app for video chatting with friends, so you will need to visit the app store, to get one of the popular video chat apps, such as Skype.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
GPSYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
WimaxNo
Product FamilyS
Front Camera/WebcamYes
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 3.1 Honeycomb
Brand NameSony
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size23.9 cm (9.4")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)598 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height10.1 mm
Width241.2 mm
Depth174.3 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Product SeriesS
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelSGPT111GB
Product NameSGPT111GB Tablet Computer
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberSGPT111GB/S.CEK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing InformationAll our innovations folded into one.

Imagine all of Sony's expertise folded to fit perfectly in your hand. A tablet that streams 7 million songs and downloads the latest movies from Sony Entertainment Network, is a PlayStation certified device and acts as your universal remote control. All on our most fluid touch-screen ever.

Ergonomically designed.

The Sony Tablet S was conceived for comfort over long periods of time. The ergonomic, wedge- shaped form shifts weight closer to the side, making it feel ultra light in one hand. It also makes for a perfect typing angle when set on a table.

Package Contents
  • SGPT111GB Tablet Computer
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Strap
Limited Warranty2 Year