Sony entered the Tablet market a little later than other Consumer Electronic giants. But, with its uniquely designed Tablets, it has reserved a special place for itself when it comes to looks. The Sony Tablet S and the Tablet P both come with Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS which is specially crafted for Tablets. Also, being PlayStation certified gives it a small edge over other Tablets when it comes to the gaming segment! We had a chance to play around with the Sony Tablet S and here is what we think about it…
Contents of the box
The Sony Tablet S packaged box opens up to contain the Tablet unit, AC adapter, AC power cord, the Strap and Manuals. You would not find any headphones or carrying cases which are packaged along a few other tablets.
Look and Feel
Sony scored valuable points in this segment! The Wedge shaped design, along with the curvy look at the top makes it easy to handle. The Polycarbonate material used for manufacturing, makes it a fingerprint magnet.
The thicker Top edge with the textured feel gives it the look like that of a folded magazine and makes it easy to hold. It has a twin color body with the metallic part on the rear side along with the charging point at the bottom.
The Tablet S is 2.2cms at the topmost part which is the thickest and slims down towards the lower part which gives it its unique wedge shaped design. It weighs 625g, which is pretty average.
On the Left Edge, there is a pull-out flap which hides the mini USB port and SD card slot. The 3.5mm audio output jack is located just besides it!
The Right Edge contains the Power/Sleep and the Volume buttons. This 10″ tablet sadly does not come with the Gorilla glass screen, so it may be prone to scratches.
It sports a 5MP primary camera and the 0.3MP secondary camera for video conferencing.
- Operating System: Android 3.2
- Processor: 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor
- Display: 9.4″ wide (WXGA: 1280 x 800) TFT Colour LCD
- Memory: 1 GB
- Storage: 16 GB
- USB port: Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) Micro-AB connector
- Headphone Jack: Stereo, Mini jack
- Wireless LAN Specification: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
- Technology: UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+(850, 900, 1900, 2100MHz), GPRS/EGPRS(850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz), StandaloneGPS/AssistedGPS
- Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth standard Ver. 2.1 + EDR
- Supported Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HID, SPP, OPP
- Sensor: Accelerometer (3-axis accelerometer), Gyro, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
- IR Remote control function: Yes (Supports various devices (pre-loaded remote control code) and learning function)
- Memory Card Slot: SD memory card (Supports SD, SDHC) maximum upto 32GB
- Speaker: Built-in stereo speakers
- Microphone: Built-in monaural microphone
- Front Camera: Resolution is 640 x 480; 0.3 MP
- Rear Camera: HD camera Resolution is 2592 x 1944; 5 MP)
- Battery: Built-in rechargeable 5000mAh battery
- Standby: 400 hours
- Weight: 625g
Sony packs Android 3.2 Honeycomb with this Tablet without a lot of modifications. The Apps can be arranged either alphabetically or in the order of date of installation.
The Tablet S is the first Tablet to be PlayStation certified. Users can play the Playstation games on it. Actually, not a lot of games are available for Indian audiences right now, but we expect it to get a few interesting games soon! The problem is that you need to play all the games without any hardware attached; so the spark is lost in a few games as we have to use the touchscreen functionality.
It also comes preloaded with the Universal Remote Control App (and Infrared Emitter hardware) which can be used along with any TV, cable box, satellite box, VCR, DVR, DVD player, CD player, projector, etc.
The DLNA App allows you to share content with other DLNA compatible devices including TVs, Mobile phones, PCs, laptops and others; earning some additional points for the Tablet!
The Sony’s TruBlack Display with (WXGA) 1280×800 pixel resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio allows a good video viewing experience thanks to improvements in the contrast ratio. The experience playing games and watching HD content was pretty good, but while closing the applications, the Tablet seems to be a little slower.
The camera offers selection of various scene modes including portrait, beach/snow, landscape and document. The 5MP primary camera takes decent pictures in bright light, but fails to deliver the same quality images in low light conditions. There is no Flash light!
The Secondary 0.3MP camera is aimed only for satisfying the Video Conferencing needs.
The Audio can be heard clearly, but is not as loud as we expected it to be. We expected the xLOUD engine to give a better effect! It must be noted that Headphones are not bundled along with the Product.
It must also be noted that even though 16GB on-board Storage capacity is said to exist in this tablet, you can store your files and data only in the 9GB available space as the remaining space is filled with the OS and other system files.
One of the major downsides is that we do not get a USB charger with this device. The product bundle comes with a traditional charger like those of Laptops! Carrying such a big charger is not supposed to be COOL these days.
Coming to the Battery life, we need to tell you that this Tablet seems to perform better than most of the Android Tablets. It easily lasts for 7-8 hours with moderate usage of Video Viewing/Recording and surfing using WiFi, when the battery is charged to the fullest. It takes about 4.5-5 hours for the battery to be completely charged!
Conclusion and Views
The Sony Tablet S, no doubt packs some amazing features including an ergonomic design, good Battery life, impressive screen and good Hardware. It is also said to get a software upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But, it misses out on Camera and Video quality!
Being priced at Rs 29,990 for a 16GB WiFi model, we think its a bit on the higher side! Overall, we would like to give a 3.5/5 rating for this Tablet!