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Interface and functionality
Sony has laden the touch-friendly Modern UI with a couple of apps of its own on the homescreen, such as Album, Music, and Video Creator, which take care of your media viewing and editing needs, and Socialife, which serves as a social networking and RSS hub.
In addition, you get Note Anytime, which makes good use of the supplied stylus for jotting down notes, clipping or drawing, and the ArcSoft Camera for VAIO app, that manages your video chat sessions through the front-facing Exmor R shooter that comes with dual array mics.
Processor and memory
The cheapest $799 version of the Vaio Tap 11 tablet comes with a very basic Pentium 3560Y processor, though still in the newest Haswell family. You can then climb up to Core i3, Core i5 and even Core i7 CPU, of the low voltage variety. The base Pentium is fine for general usage and web surfing, but you can forget about any but more basic games with the integrated Intel HD4000 graphics. On the plus side, the tiny fan inside the tablet rarely comes on, as we wouldn't imagine the weakling processor heats up all that much under pressure with this performance.
In addition, Tap 11 comes with non-expandable 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. With our 128 GB version, only about 70 GB are user-available after Windows, the recovery, and additional Vaio apps take their toll on the storage count. You can expand the storage with up to 64 GB more via the microSD card slot at the top, though.
Internet and connectivity
The now decent Internet Explorer 11 is what comes with Vaio Tap 11, but since it is a Win 8 tablet, you can pretty much install anything you want, and Adobe Flash support will be guaranteed. All major browsers now have versions with Modern UI looks and feel, too, so you don't even have to go to the desktop interface mode.
There are Tap 11 versions with a SIM card slot and 4G, while the rest of the connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and NFC are shared across the board. Sony's tablet also sports an IR blaster at the top, and the infrared port is managed by a dedicated app that lets you control your home electronics. We already mentioned the stellar wired connectivity suite courtesy of the full USB 3.0 port, and the HDMI one which can hook the tablet to your older TV directly.
Sony Vaio Tap 11 Review - Interface and Functionality