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Sony Xperia Tablet S review

Thinner, lighter and splashproof

The Sony Xperia Tablet S has an 8 megapixel main camera and a 1 megapixel front-facing camera. Given the reasonably high megapixel count, we were expecting solid performance from it, but were left disappointed.

The biggest problem isn't the quality of the pictures, it's the fact that the camera would regularly crash. This generally happened when launching it or switching between pictures and videos. We're not sure if this is a widespread issue or just a problem with our review unit, but it happened often enough to become seriously annoying.

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Once you actually start taking pictures, things improve a little. There's no flash, but there are a handful of options to tweak, such as white balance, exposure and focus mode (it defaults to continuous auto focus, but you can switch to touch focus or auto if you'd prefer).

There is also a panorama mode and a few different scene modes, such as landscape and sports. It's hardly the most comprehensive set of options we've seen on a mobile or tablet camera, but given that a tablet is likely to be a secondary camera at most, it should more than suffice.

Image quality is a bit of let down considering the megapixel count - the results weren't really any better than those produced by 5 megapixel snappers such as the one on the Google Nexus 10. On the other hand, many tablets only have 5 megapixel cameras, so it still holds its own.

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The Sony Xperia Tablet S's camera produces OK images, but everything other than the immediate foreground tends to be a little low on detail.

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Landscape mode helps a little, but even then the background is far from crisp.

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Sports mode lessens blur on fast moving objects but fails to totally eliminate it.

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Close ups aren't as sharp as we'd like.

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The camera does a decent job of indoor shots as long as they're reasonably well lit, but as with everything else, the backgrounds lack detail.

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The Sony Xperia Tablet S handles panoramas as well as most of the competition, though processing them takes a good 30 seconds, so they're not exactly fast.

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
GPSYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyXperia S
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameSony
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size23.9 cm (9.4")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Cache1 MB
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Cellular Generation3G
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height8.8 mm
Width174.4 mm
Depth239.8 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Product SeriesS
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelSGPT131GB
Product NameXperia Tablet S
Product LineXperia
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberSGPT131GB/S.CEK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing InformationA place for everyday life

With the super-slim aluminium case and splash-proof screen, you can confidently bring up recipes with wet hands, and take it out and about. It's ready to work beautifully anywhere, anytime.

A place for connecting

Xperia™ Tablet S sits at the heart of your home technology, whatever its brand. Change TV channels and select songs from your music system using the Universal Remote Control. Share videos and pictures with DLNA technology by simply 'throwing' them to your big screen.

Package Contents
  • Xperia Tablet S
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord