Expert Review of Sony Tablet S
Sony Tablet S is the first ever tablet under the brand name Sony that is running on the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform, and features a unique unsymmetrical design in which the thickness of the device tapers from 20.6mm (0.81 inches) down to 10.1mm (0.40 inches). This "wrap" effect is intended to evoke an open paperback stuffed into the back pocket, or a magazine folded backward upon itself such that only a single page is visible to read and this design also reduces the amount of torque while being held and this off center gravity design realizes stability and ease of grip as well as provides a sense of stability and lightness that offers comfortable use for hours. This unique tablet comes packed in a size of 241.2mm x 174.3mm x 10.1mm to 20.6mm (going from down to top) and with a weight of 598 grams, this Sony tablet feels very solid in the hands and somewhat more stable and sturdy than Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The updated platform bring a number of new unique features and enhancements where the key updates include enhanced camera and photo functions, user interface and usability improvements, and much more. The ergonomic, wedge-shaped form shifts weight closer to the side, making it feel ultra light in one hand. The thick part melting into a thin panel on the other side of the tablet means that if the users place it flat on a table in landscape mode, the slight incline or elevation makes typing very comfortable. This tablet can streams 15 million songs and the users can also download the latest movies from Sony Entertainment Network. It is a PlayStation certified device and acts as the universal remote control for the users and this all can be enjoyed on the TruBlack touchscreen display that provides brilliant and sharp ever viewing angles to the users. Sony Tablet S is dressed in a glossy black finish, on the complete plastic panel, which is a very high quality plastic, but this glossy finish is does not provide any protection to the screen against the scratches and fingerprints. The placement of dedicated keys and connectivity ports is slightly weird due to its unsymmetrical design. A reset, volume and main power buttons are in the right side indentation, while the 3.5 mm port, the USB port and the microSD card slot is on the left edge. The proprietary charging port is on the thinnest part of the tablet, that is, on the panel below the display, whilst the backside shows a 5 megapixels camera and it also has a 0.3 megapixels front facing camera. Like other Android devices, Sony Tablet S has no hardware navigation buttons, which are all implemented via persistent on-screen buttons. The only physical buttons present on the device are the power button and volume rocker located in the recessed area on one side.
User Interface and UI functionality
Sony Tablet S is blessed with a LED-lit TruBlack unique panel display that has anti-reflection coating on it, which make it quite easier to for the users to work on the display even under the bright sunlight. The front of this smart tablet is glossy with a 9.4 inches wide TFT capacitive touchscreen display featuring 800 x 1280 pixels resolution with color combinations from 16M colors and a good pixel density of 161 ppi makes the display more clear, crisp and sharp. The users can give multiple commands to the device at one time through the display, as it provides support to multi touch facility up to 10 fingers. Sony Tablets S is sharing the latest and more advanced platform of Android, that is, Android v.4.0.3. Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, that allows access to more than 2,00,000 applications. The heart, that is, the processor (Cortex-A9) of this tablet throbbed at a clock rate of 1GHz and is dual core in nature that provides fast speed to the applications and makes the processing rate more accurate and quick. To pace up the working of this device, it comes preinstalled with Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 chipset and has ULP GeForce GPU that helps in improving the graphics performance of the device and also play a key role in brightening up every pixel of the display. The latest software technology by Sony brings fast web browsing at the users doorstep along with a more responsive touch panel and smooth animation through the menus. The users will appreciate the enhanced speed in everything they touch. The homescreen is customizable that allows the users to drag and drop icons and widgets according to their choice and need and there is a pull down notification bar on the top of the homescreen where one can view alerts and notifications and access their most recently used applications. Ice Cream Sandwich is one of the biggest updates to Android yet, and include features such as scanning the face to unlock the device, a much more robust speech-to-text software program, and an entire platform of data sharing that focuses on Near Field Communication (NFC) and along with that, the users can also enjoy many latest and unique features are also compatible on this platform. Applications that the users are done using but remain open on the screen can be closed by swiping them off the display so as not to tax the tablet's internals with a program that is running but that no one is using and the improved web browser allows the users to toggle between desktop and mobile and the pages can be saved offline to view them later. The functions that are used very frequently can be kept on top of the screen with the help of Small Applications update. This device also supports GPS that enable the users to determine their current location, time and velocity.
Sony Tablet S comes loaded with features that make it really stand out from the crowd. This device is PlayStation certified that enables users to access a range of exclusive titles, and a host of Sony created applications, including a universal remote for controlling other Sony products. The Music Unlimited Service offers instant access to millions of songs including the latest releases and the all-time favorites of the users. The users can build their own personal library and playlists from any computer and the Music Unlimited cloud will sync automatically to the Sony Tablet, a variety of other Sony devices and compatible Android phones. With Music Unlimited, the users can enjoy the music anytime and anywhere, as this tablet supports various audio formats, such as MP3, WAV, eAAC+ and OGG player, that help in the playback and recording of various music files. To have complete entertainment, Sony Tablet S offers Video Unlimited Service that provide access to thousands of the latest movies and TV shows, plus all-time favorites, that are available to download immediately on this Tablet. Various video playback and video recording formats, such as MP4, H.264 and H.263 player, are also supportable on this device. One can also enjoy music by attaching speakers or woofers to the tablet through the 3.5 mm headphone jack that also works as an A/V connector. To a little disappointment, there is no FM radio connection on this device.
Pictures and Video quality
One can have amazing and real life pictures by Sony Tablet S with the help of the primary 5-megapixel camera that is auto focus in nature. This camera captures images with a pixel resolution of 2560 х 1920 pixels and one can also record videos of size 720p with 30 frames per second. Features that increases the photography experience, such as touch focus, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, are also supported by this device and brings more sharpness and stability to the images as well as videos. This tablet also has a secondary front facing camera with 0.3 MP camera sensors that plays an important role in enabling the users to have video chat with family and friends over Wi-Fi connection only, as this gadget does not support any GSM or CDMA network.
Through Sony Tablet S, one can roam in the huge world of Internet by providing connections via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n only and the amazing HTML Adobe Flash browser helps in loading the web page with quickness and easiness and increases the browsing experience of the users. The users can also connect Sony Tablet S with the nearby devices through Infrared port, Bluetooth v.2.1 with A2DP and USB via microUSB v.2.0 and USB Host support. the users can also play the videos on the large screen on TV, as this tablet comes loaded with support for DLNA that enables one to play multimedia files on the DLNA compatible devices.
Internal and External Memory
Unlike other tablets that are serving in the market, Sony Tablet S comes with a support for a microSD card slot that helps in increasing the external memory of the device up to 32GB. This piece of gadget has an internal storage capacity of 16/32GB with 1GB for RAM that helps in the smooth running of heavy applications. With such a huge internal as well as external memory space the users can store enormous data in this device.
Applications and Gaming
With the preloaded HTML browser in Sony Tablet S, the users can browse through thousands of useful, time-saving and entertaining applications. There is also instant access to Google mobile services and applications, including 3D maps and Google Voice Search. It just takes one touch to start customizing. Various gaming as well as other applications, such as calender, Facebook, multi account mailer, social feed reader, video player, DLNA, Music player, etc., are loaded in this tablet. As Sony Tablet S is PlayStation certified, so it means that there is a host of PlayStation titles to enjoy. These games use a mix of touchscreen controls on the newer games such as Pinball, and an on-screen PS1 pad on ported titles such as Crash Bandicoot. The size and shape of Sony Tablet S really helps the user to play for extended periods, with the buttons well positioned near the left and right hand sides of the screen. With Android v.4.0.3 ICS platform, access to Google Play is very easy and fast and thousands of useful, time-saving and entertaining applications are just a touch away. There is also instant access to Google mobile services and applications including 3D maps and easy web search with Google Voice Search, that make the web browsing experience of the users wonderful and amazing.
Sony Tablet S holds a standard powerful Li-Ion 5,000 mAh battery that allows the users to have a music playback for a time up to 31 hours and one can also enjoy long hour video playback. In terms of games, it did not disappoint the users as it can remain alive for quite long hours for running games.
Sony Tablet S offers wireless connectivity only through Wi-Fi at a frequency of 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v.2.1 + EDR and Infrared port. The users can enjoy content from their tablet on their HD TV and more, with cross-connectivity between Sony Tablet S and the DLNA-compatible TV, PC or speakers, which is easy to share the fun. After getting the latest ICS update, this tablet also supports NFC connectivity.
Sony Tablet S is a PlayStation device that provides nice entertaining features to the users but it does not provides support to and GSM 2G or 3G network, which means that the users can not connect call or receive or send SMS or MMS to their social groups. Though it is running on the ICS OS of Android, but other tablets, such as Apple iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Micromax Funbook, etc., are much better in terms of design, specifications, features, support and connectivity.