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Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

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Interface and functionality:

The Xperia Tablet S is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but Sony has pimped the stock interface up with a few useful tricks. First off, we have the Small Apps dock that we are familiar with from the newest Sony Xperia phones.

It allows you to lock a number of, well, small apps, on the screen, and carry on whatever you are doing underneath, while the tiny app is always on-screen, like a permanent widget that doesn't change along with your homescreen. There is a tiny browser in there, Calculator, Memo notes app, Timer and Recorder, Clip app for screen grabs, as well as Sony's Remote Control application.

The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

The Xperia Tablet S has the Small App dock we are familiar with from the newest Xperia phones




More of those Small Apps can be added in the dock from the Play Store, but currently the selection is pretty limited. You can even lock widgets from the tablet to appear on the current screen at all times.

Another novelty is the Guest Mode, which allows you to share the Xperia Tablet S with friends and family with personalized homescreen looks and settings for each user, and restricted app access to areas you don't want anybody to pry into. For example, you can give the tablet to your kid, and only give them access to a certain game and that's that.


The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

The Guest Mode allows you to restrict the access to applications and features to other users of the tablet



Sony Apps:

One of the handy features in the Xperia Tablet S is the universal remote control function via the infrared port. The Remote Control application accompanying it allows you to command your home electronics TVs, stereos and set-top boxes, and there is a rich number of brands and models preinstalled, or you can program it yourself, including setting up macros.

The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

The universal Remote Control application allows you to control multiple devices with only your tablet



Sony Reader - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

Sony Reader

Another useful app for the couch potato in you is Watch Now, which curates shows running at the moment on up to 50 channels of your choosing, based on your historical preferences, but also based on how they are trending in social networks and news feeds. Once you spot a show you might like, you can just “throw” it to the TV in front of you by flicking its tile up with your finger, and the channel will change to the one that is running the episode via the universal remote control function. The way the app learns what channels you have is by typing in your ZIP code and cable provider at first launch. The Watch Now app doesn't come preinstalled, though, you'd have to download it separately.

Other Sony-specific apps on the tablet include the Sony Reader, which taps the millions of e-books available in the company’s catalog, and you also have access to the Sony Entertainment Network for multimedia content, where you can find 80,000 movies and TV shows, as well as over 15 million tunes. 
You will need account at that Sony Entertainment Network if you want to use the Socialife app. It aggregates your Facebook, Twitter and news feeds, arranges them according to your preferences, and allows you to play any media content spotted in the feed with a tap.

Socialife application - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
Socialife application - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
Socialife application - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

Socialife application

Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
Sony Xperia Tablet S Review


Another account you will need is for the PlayStation Network, if you want to get and play the limited amount of titles that are in the PlayStation Mobile Store for Android that just launched recently for select Xperia phones and tablets.

The PlayStation Mobile Store - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The PlayStation Mobile Store - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The PlayStation Mobile Store - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The PlayStation Mobile Store - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The PlayStation Mobile Store - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The PlayStation Mobile Store - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The PlayStation Mobile Store - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

The PlayStation Mobile Store


Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
Processor and Memory:

The typical for Android slates of late quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.4GHz is powering the ICS interface with a slight hint of Sony features without any hiccups on the Xperia Tablet S.

We have 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory as a basis, but there are also 32GB and even 64GB versions of the tablet. Not much point in them, though, as Sony has supplied the Xperia Tablet S with a regular SD card slot, and one 64GB unit of those is less than $40 now to outfit your tablet with a total of 80GB storage. Out of the 16GB internal memory on our unit, 10GB are user-available, and the rest is for the operating system, and app installation.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Sony Xperia Tablet S 4231 11543 57.3
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) 2711 4995 18.7
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 4204 12693 39.6


Internet and Connectivity:

We didn’t have any trouble panning around, zooming and reflowing text with the stock ICS browser on the Xperia Tablet S. It runs well, and supports Adobe Flash out of the box, for the times you might need it.

The tablet sports the usual set of wireless connectivity options - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, and DLNA. Perhaps the best option present is the infrared sensor, which allows you to use the tablet as a universal remote control. As for wired connectivity, the slate can play a USB host, for connecting memory sticks for example, and there is a File Transfer app for sending files back and forth.

The stock ICS browser of the Sony Xperia Tablet S runs well and supports Adobe Flash - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The stock ICS browser of the Sony Xperia Tablet S runs well and supports Adobe Flash - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The stock ICS browser of the Sony Xperia Tablet S runs well and supports Adobe Flash - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review
The stock ICS browser of the Sony Xperia Tablet S runs well and supports Adobe Flash - Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

The stock ICS browser of the Sony Xperia Tablet S runs well and supports Adobe Flash


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posted on 09 Oct 2012, 06:36 6

1. josephnero (Posts: 325; 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: 444; 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 (unregistered)


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: 3024; 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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