Sony Tablet S
It’s been a little bit since a Sony product impressed me, well as much as their Sony Tablet S did on first impressions anyway. When this got first delivered to me and I took it out of its box I was impressed; it looks good with a clean, sleek design and a comfortable weight which makes it easy to hold for extended sessions of Facebook or gaming. Sticking to the design, one of my biggest issues with a lot of devices is the nasty positioning of the charge plug. Half the time causing me to have it in the way when I want to keep on playing while it charged, thankfully I’ve found that doesn’t happen here they have positioned the cable so no matter how you hold it the cable doesn’t seem to be in the way at all, or at least I didn’t notice it in the way and that’s all I care about.
Sound wise, during the day with noise going on from kids and animals it’s hard to hear the tablet so the headphone jack definitely got its fill here. However at night while lying in bed watching a movie on Crackle the sound was crisp and clear and it gave me no reasons to even consider plugging in the headphones (the missus gave me a few reasons, but we won’t blame Sony for her.)
With a 9.4” capacitive touch screen, it always looks bright and I’ve found it easy to view from any angle. The issue I’ve found in other products is that you can’t comfortably lie in bed and have two people watch the same video. The person on the side always got a greyish image and misses half the show. Thankfully that isn’t an issue on this tablet and the person watching side on can see pretty much the same image as the person holding it… just a bit more sideways. The quality of videos is top notch here and it impressed me greatly that I wasn’t squinting to see an image or zooming in to try and make something out. It was all there and in a looked natural.
Sporting a 1GHz Dual-Core Tegra 2 processor thanks to the guys at NVidia, this is possibly the only possible let down in the tablet that I found – it’s behind some of its competition, but at the same time it’s been optimized to work and work well. So while you tech heads might look and think “Eh it lacks power,” for the cost of the tablet and overall design this slight let down isn’t one that the average user is ever going to notice. It runs and it runs well.
The Sony tablet S comes standard with the android 3.1 operating system or ‘Honeycomb’ as most call it and for a lot of people it’s the better of the big 2 (iOS and Android) and I must agree having played with the rival tablet and now this one. I found a lot more can be done within the operating system without going beyond the companies wishes and modifying the system.
Coming on the tablet out of the box I found Crackle and an amazing little feature known as the ‘Universal remote.’ That’s right, after 2 minutes of setting it up I was able to turn the TV off and change the channel using the tablet (sorry to the missus who was watching something while I set this up, oops?) And no you don’t need a Sony TV for this to work, I own an LG LCD and it worked perfect on that as well as my Blu-ray player!
The Tablet S is also able to play certain PlayStation titles, with a wealth of options available for download, and displays a touch-version of the standard PS controller, as well as allowing you to hook up your much more comfortable standard PS3 controller for added value. This is great for any Sony fans wanting to relive some of their favourite classics.
- It does everything a tablet should and more
- The Universal remote feature is handy for those who can’t be bothered searching for the remote (Me!)
- It’s great for watching movies in bed or on the train
- Cost – seriously, it’s cheaper than most other options yet does more
- Reliability – It didn’t let me down while doing anything
- Expandable storage on top of the already large 16/32gig models
- It does fall behind its competitors in terms of power
- No 3G option, a huge let down if you tend to travel alot
If you’re looking for a tablet that does everything it’s meant to and does it right, look no further than this one. Everything I was told it would do, it did without an issue and with 16gig and 32gig models, memory isn’t an issue and if you happen to find a way to push it, it also supports the good ol’ SD card for expandable memory.
I haven’t had a single issue with the Sony Tablet S in my time of playing with it, and even managed to do some editing on our site using its browser!