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Sony Tablet S review

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Sony Tablet S

The Sony Tablet S is a decent Honeycomb tablet with a unique design. It runs like a Tegra 2-powered device should, and Sony's interface additions are nice. However, key features that aim to differentiate the device from the competition let us down and it definitely doesn't threaten the iPad 2.

Pros:

Unique design, decent screen

Cons:

DLNA and infrared remote features are hard to use, poor cameras

Overall Rating:

3 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £399

Manufacturer: Sony

Sony is one of the last major manufacturers to come to market with a tablet, and the Sony Tablet S sets out to challenge the iPad 2 and Android devices with an alternative design and features like an infrared remote application.

Unique design is ergonomic
The Tablet S isn't the best name, but we do like the unique wedge shape that Sony has clearly taken its time over, although not everyone we've shown the tablet to likes it.

Rather than a traditional flat and thin design, the Tablet S is reminiscent of a magazine with the front page folded around. This gives it a lovely ergonomic feel and makes easier to hold in portrait mode. The design also means that when the device is placed on a flat surface, the screen is tilted up slightly.

Sony Tablet S Front

We really like this alternate design and it's one of the best things about the device. The chassis tapers from 20mm down to 10mm and a textured back provides extra grip when holding the tablet in portrait mode, at least. When we held it in landscape mode, as Android Honeycomb is designed to be used, we found that the corner of the tablet dug into our palm meaning that we had to put it down.

The 598g weight gives the Tablet S a lightweight feel and is about on par with the iPad 2, which weighs in at 601g. When on a flat surface the screen tilt makes it a lot easier to see and type compared to flat tablets.

The power and volume buttons, headphone socket, full size SD card slot, microUSB port and stereo speakers are hidden away on either side of the tablet in small recesses. This not only looks nice but is a handy place for these extras. For some strange reason this is also the location of the notification light, so you never see it.

Sony Tablet S design and ports

 

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Nvidia 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor
1GB of RAM
9.4in 1,280x800 screen
16/32GB storage
MicroSD card support
5-megapixel rear camera
0.3-megapixel front camera
Android 3.2 Honeycomb
241x174x20-10mm
598g

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