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Sony Tablet S review

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

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We loved the Sony Tablet S and its wedge-shaped design, which really makes this stand out from the crowd. The responsive touch screen and unique shape combine to make this tablet extremely usable, and a joy to type on.

We liked:

The tweaks that Sony has made to Android 3.1, to aid usability and performance have really paid off, and the Sony was enjoyable to use, and we kept on coming back.

What's more, the host of exclusive content, from the universal remote app to the host of PlayStation titles mean there's a genuine reason to choose this tablet over the slew of other Android devices on the market.

We disliked

The lack of storage on the 16GB version was unfortunate, and we hope that Sony can address the amount of storage on offer to people who only choose the 16GB version.

Media playback was disappointing, and like the iPad 2, anyone who wants to watch video on their Sony Tablet will need to spend hours recoding their files.

Despite the form being ideal for web browsing, the rendering problems on many web pages ruined the experience, somewhat, and using the browser was no-where near as slick as on the iPad.

The final bugbear was not with the Sony, but with Android 3.1 itself. While it has come a long way, we still feel that iOS offers a better experience and a much stronger line-up of apps, supported content and quality accessories.

Verdict

The Sony Tablet S has everything needed to be a fantastic tablet, and a front-runner in the Android race. The form factor makes it a superb buy for people who spend time on the move.

If you're choosing an Android tablet you won't be disappointed, but if it's a shoot out between the Sony Tablet S and the iPad 2, unless you're a hardened Sony fan, then your money is still better spent with Apple

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