The Sony Tablet S is a unique-looking offering floating in a sea of Android tablet knockoffs. Where you would normally expect to see a 10.1-inch screen, there is a 9.4-inch panel. Instead of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb. And rather than the plain old rectangular tablet design that’s all but been ridiculously overused by now, Sony employs a quirky-looking—but not necessarily worse—setup. In other words, in a world where copying with a few minor modifications seems to be the norm, Sony took the road less traveled and gave the Tablet S as many distinguishing features as possible.
For instance, consider the fact that it bears the distinction of being PlayStation certified. If there was ever a tablet that was worthy of being considered by hardcore gamers, this is it. It also works with a proprietary charging port, and accepts full size SD cards instead of microSD ones.
Speaking of Android, this Sony tablet comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb pre-installed and supports Adobe Flash. The latter will definitely be useful for those who enjoy streaming online videos, while the former shouldn’t be cause for concern because a free upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is readily available.
The market is littered with all kinds of Android tablets that are all-too similar. If you’re willing to pay the premium price commonly associated with the Sony brand name, then perhaps the Tablet S is just what you’ve been looking for.
Need To Know: Sony Tablet S
1. The 9.4-inch 1280x800 pixel resolution touchscreen LCD on the Sony Tablet S offers rich colors and the ability to display HD content. (The Good)
2. Although Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the pre-installed operating system, the Sony Tablet S can be easily upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)
3. Content in the Sony PlayStation network for Android is very limited, moreso in terms of included games and software. (The Bad)
4. Battery life falls short of a full day’s worth moderate use per charge, and proprietary charger makes recharging difficult especially for those who are on the go. (The Bad)