Sony Tablet S

The Good
  • unique design
  • PlayStation certified
  • TruBlack technology
The Bad
  • expensive
  • WiFi connection only
  • few purchasable videos
The Verdict
★★★☆☆

The unique design gives the Sony Tablet S tabletop advantages, but the lack of 3G or 4G connection speeds can be a little annoying. This is a good tablet with just a few limitations.

R5,949.95
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Sony Tablet S [Review]

The unique design gives the Sony Tablet S tabletop advantages, but the lack of 3G or 4G connection speeds can be a little annoying. This is a good tablet with just a few limitations.

Design & Features

The design is a unique selling point for the Sony Tablet S. Most tablets are completely flat, but you usually need to set the tablet at an edge to avoid any glares. The Sony Tablet S has a bevel in the back that puts it at a slight angle when placed flat on a table or lap. This makes it much easier to see the tablet, and hands-free usage is much more intuitive.

The rest of the tablet looks very sleek. The back of this tablet is somewhat textured to help keep it in place. This is much better than smooth tablets, as this will ensure that the tablet is not moving all over the place when put on a table.

The features are basically identical to those built into the Android 3.1 OS, but the Sony Tablet S does have a few unique features. You get Sony’s Video Unlimited Service, but there aren’t many videos up there right now.

The tablet can also automatically function as a universal remote. The remote quickly integrates with devices, but the controller itself is limited by basic commands.

Since Sony built this tablet, the Tablet S is PlayStation certified. The only bad thing about this is that you need to buy the games from Sony before you can play them.

Hardware

The hardware for the Tablet S isn’t bad, but it isn’t groundbreaking. You get a 1GHz processor, and you also get 1GB of RAM. You can also choose between a 16GB or 32GB hard drive. The rear camera is five megapixels, but the front one is one 0.3 megapixels.

The hardware is rather standard, but there is one place where the Tablet S excels: battery life. The battery should last about eight hours on a normal charge. This is longer than most of the other modern tablets, so that should give you a good amount of time to work or have fun.

Software

The Tablet S is loaded with the Android 3.1 OS, but it really only comes with the pre-installed apps common to that OS. There are a few Sony specific apps that were covered in the “Features” section that can be nice.

You do have access to Google Play, so that enables you to buy from the many apps there. The software is good just starting out, but it’s really nothing out of the norm.

Display

The resolution and screen size are both very good for this tablet. The resolution is a crisp 1280-by-800. This should make all the games and videos look great when you play them. The screen size is also 9.4 inches. That isn’t huge, but it’s still a good size that will do very well with the Internet, or anything else you plan to use this tablet for.

One interesting thing about this tablet is that it has TruBlack technology. This technology is used more often in Sony’s TVs, but it really works with this tablet.

TruBlack technology is a new way of displaying black that makes it richer. This causes better contrast on the screen, and this makes the colors really pop. Everything looks more vibrant, and it all comes together beautifully.

Some people have complained that the screen is too dark. There are brightness controls, but even the brightest setting can sometimes look dark. This problem usually isn’t too bad, but some darker games or movies may be a little difficult to watch.


Conclusion

While the Sony Tablet S is limited in a few areas, it is still a very powerful tablet that has some interesting features, and it comes with a useful design. The Tablet S doesn’t differentiate itself much from the basic Android OS, but you can still customize your software by just buying a few apps.

This is a good tablet, and it is definitely worth the money. Try it out, and you will see how good the Tablet S can be.

The Good
  • unique design
  • PlayStation certified
  • TruBlack technology
The Bad
  • expensive
  • WiFi connection only
  • few purchasable videos
The Verdict
★★★☆☆

The unique design gives the Sony Tablet S tabletop advantages, but the lack of 3G or 4G connection speeds can be a little annoying. This is a good tablet with just a few limitations.

R5,949.95
Buy Now

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