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Sony Xperia Tablet S review

Thinner, lighter and splashproof

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel

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For

  • Great for music
  • Mini apps
  • Premium and distinctive build
  • Powerful processor

Against

  • Terrible battery life
  • Underwhelming screen
  • Glitchy camera
  • Dated Android OS

The Sony Xperia Tablet S comes with a 6,000mAh lithium ion battery. 6,000mAh isn't really very much; the Google Nexus 10 has a considerably larger 9,000mAh battery, while the iPad 4 has an almost twice as big 11,666mAh battery.

Sony claims you'll get 12 hours out of it before it'll need a charge with 'standard usage'. Unfortunately our idea of standard usage seems different to Sony's. Sure, if you have the screen off and don't interact with it the tablet will last for days, but as soon as you start using it the battery begins to plummet.

Sony Xperia Tablet S review

As with most tablets, the screen seems to be the biggest drain, since listening to music with the screen off saw quite a slow drain (around 4% an hour). On the other hand, spending about 15 minutes shooting videos and taking photos drained the battery by 10%.

We ran our standard battery test on it (playing a ninety minute video when the device is fully charged, on full screen brightness, connected to Wi-Fi and sending push notifications from email accounts and social networks).

By the end of the video the battery had dropped to 62%, which is a huge drop, particularly considering that the screen doesn't get all that bright to begin with, so you may well even want it at full brightness.

The Sony Xperia Tablet S's battery life really did disappoint us. We weren't thrilled by the battery in the Google Nexus 10, but even that outperformed this, while the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad 4 both blow it out of the water.

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