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Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

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Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
Introduction:

Hey, what's that tablet that looks like a flip notepad over there? Why, a Sony one, of course. Sony rebranded its tablet line to fall under the popular Xperia tag that users already associate with its Android devices, and the first fruit of that effort is the Xperia Tablet S.

It sports that signature “flipped” look that Sony introduced with its Tablet S last year, but is much slimmer than Sony's first Android tablet effort, flaunts a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, higher-res camera, and... that's about it as long as upgrades go.

Sony is betting to stand apart from the Android tablet competition not only by the unique design of its slates, but also by the One Sony concept for seamless communication across its electronics devices, the PlayStation certificate, and the wonders in the Sony Entertainment Network content. Are those differentiating the Xperia Tablet S enough? Read on to find out...


Design:

The “flipped notepad” look of Sony's first tablet is kept in the Xperia Tablet S, but the part that flips over is much shorter now, covering just about a third of the back. It turned out quite practical while holding the tablet for a prolonged period of time, comfortably supporting the slate on your finger. That curved part also proved very useful for carrying the Xperia slate around with one hand, and is patterned with tiny dots that help the grip even further. The overall build quality, while plastic, feels rather sturdy. The tablet is also rated as splash-proof, but Sony just listed some troubles with that feature in the first batches, so those tablets already sold will have to make a pit stop now.

The build quality of the Sony Xperia Tablet S feels rather sturdy - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The build quality of the Sony Xperia Tablet S feels rather sturdy - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The build quality of the Sony Xperia Tablet S feels rather sturdy - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

The build quality of the Sony Xperia Tablet S feels rather sturdy



Despite the back flip, the Sony Xperia Tablet S is much thinner than the first Tablet S now, at 0.35” (8.9mm), which go to 0.47” (12mm) in the upper part, and also slightly lighter.

The back is quite tapered towards the edges, which helps while holding the tablet, but the proprietary connector at the bottom is rather recessed, making it more difficult to plug a cable when the tablet is in a case, for instance. 

There is a regular SD card slot up left, covered by an easy to pry open protective lid. The lock/power key and the volume rocker on the upper right are easy to find and press, and there is a quite visible LED notification light above them.

The proprietary connector is at the bottom - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The SD card slot and charging port are on the left - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The power button and volume rocker are on the right - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

The proprietary connector is at the bottom

The SD card slot and charging port are on the left

The power button and volume rocker are on the right

The 1MP front facing camera - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The 8MP main shooter is on the back - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
Power and volume buttons - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

The 1MP front facing camera

The 8MP main shooter is on the back

Power and volume buttons




Display:

Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The front is occupied by a 9.4” 1280x800 pixels screen , surrounded by fairly thick bezel, where you can rest your thumbs comfortably. That screen resolution is the main gripe to be held against the Xperia Tablet S, in this day and age of flagship slates with 1080p displays and above. It is not a bad screen in terms of colors, contrast ratio and viewing angles, but the display brightness is about average, meaning that you'd barely be able to discern a thing outside on a bright sunny day, even at maximum luminance.

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posted on 09 Oct 2012, 06:36 6

1. josephnero (Posts: 204; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


pros:Small apps and guest mode
Good camera
Sd card
Different design
Overall its nice.if i ever decide i want a tablet i may get this

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 06:44 1

2. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


This tablet is everything good jammed packed together,

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:32 7

3. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 391; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


hmm, I would have rated it with at least 8

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:40 9

6. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


phonearena is so biased and they hate sony....
Sony always gets bad raitings... look at the t it got a 7 untill many people was mad that it deserves an 8...
also the sony sl is rated 7 while to xperia s is rated 8.5.... shouldnt it be the same raiting?? upgraded processor , new colors and ics..!!!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 12:16 9

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


wanna know why it always gets a bad rating? cause they give it to daniel to review the sony devices... SMH, this tablet is well worthy of an 8.5 or higher.........but dont worry cuz the user reviews always show what its REAL rating is!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 05:50 3

8. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Yeah! The Xperia S got a 9.8 in user reviews almost 10 , better than the s3

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 14:06

11. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


agree with you!!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:23 1

4. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Tim cook: 91% of tablet web traffic comes from the iPad. I don't even know what these other tablets are doing! They are probably in warehouses or at the back of everyone's drawer! Tim cook said this at the iPhone 5 launch event. When it comes to tablets apple iPad is the king with 68% market share.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:32

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Not bad Sony boy, not bad at all!!!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 06:00 1

9. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


I'll seriously stop goin to phonearena if they rate the xperia v a 7!!!!!!!!
Its got all the good features in one phone!!!!!! ugh get lost daniel p !!

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Sony Xperia Tablet S

Sony Xperia Tablet S

OS: Android 4.1.1 4.0.3
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Display9.4 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (161 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size9.44 x 6.87 x 0.47 inches
(239.8 x 174.4 x 11.85 mm)
20.64 oz  (585 g)

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