This tablet computer is Sony's first ever venture in this field and it is the first PlayStation certified tablet.In this review I'll be critically analyzing the Sony Tablet S on the basis of design, build quality, functionality and pricing after which I will give a final verdict.
Design- Wow! We have never ever seen a tablet designed like the Sony Tablet S; designed like a piece of folded paper, it creates a 4" angle when rested flat so it raised towards the user's face. It boasts a 9.4 inch TFT(Thin-Film Transistor) capacitive touchscreen. You have the volume rocker, power button and a reset button on the right side and and SD card slot on the left. At the front is a basic 0.3 megapixel VGA front facing camera and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera at the back.
Build Quality- The Sony Tablet S has a fairly decent build quality thanks to the choice of materials by the manufacturer. At the back the tablet is protected by stainless steel and the front the front is non fingerprint friendly. Yes, we can guarantee that the Sony Tablet S can take a good beating from the elements.
Functionality- The Sony Tablet is is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 processor which works smoothly and does not cause any lag whatsoever while navigating quickly through various tasks. It has an on board user RAM of 1 GB runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS which is highly customizable and user friendly.It has a Bravia Engine which gives an HD TV-like viewing experience. The web browser can support HTML and Flash content, giving the PC-like user experience. It can be used in portrait mode but the fold of the tablet may prove as an inconvenience to some people. The 5 megapixel camera at the back does a decent job of taking pictures and records at 720p@30fps, but we expected a better front facing camera(even 3 MP would do). Though it enables video calling, the resolution is pretty sub-standard. The keyboard is well spaced in both portrait and landscape layouts. Through the external SD card slot, memory can be expanded up to 32 GB. The Tablet S also has a PlayStation Certification; so you can play the famous PlayStation Games on this tablet through the emulation software. It also has the ability to emit infra red waves and can function as a remote control for a Sony HD TV, by bringing out the typical layout of a Sony TV remote on the screen.
Pricing- The Sony Tablet S comes only in two variants- Wi-fi and 3G plus Wi-fi priced at $540(USD) and $680(USD). While the Wi-fi model is moderately priced(comparing its price to other major tablets), we thought that the 3G plus Wi-fi model was overpriced. We also expected that Sony would bring out 16, 32 and 64 Gigabyte versions of the Tablet S.
The Verdict- Sony has done a good job in its first ever venture in the field of tablet computers and we are expecting much more from its arsenal of gizmos. But for now we are very happy with this Honeycomb flavored device from the manufacturer and its ability to host a variety of PlayStation games. If you are a bit unhappy about the price, try the RIM Blackberry Playbook which has a 3MP front facing camera and shoots video at 1080p@30fps and is priced at $270(USD), $320(USD) and $490(USD) for the 16, 32 and 64 Gigabyte versions respectively.
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