Sony Tablet S Unboxing and Hands-on

Sony Tablet S Unboxing and Hands-on
Even though they’re well established in the smartphone world with their line of Xperia branded devices, Sony is trudging forward in the ever-growing competitive tablet market – with the hopes of striking a chord with picky consumers. Fresh into this rapid changing landscape, they’re gunning to win over the crowd with their PlayStation certified Sony Tablet S. Priced at that ever so lovable price of $499.99 for the 16GB model ($599.99 for the 32GB one), it’s sure to meet the competition within the same playing field, but it’s going to need more to stand out from a sea of crowded Honeycomb tablets.

Right off the bat, one of the first things to capture our attention with the packaging of the Sony Tablet S is the distinctive image of the tablet and the “PlayStation Certified” logo on it. Besides those two things, there isn’t much in terms of information or specs found anywhere on the box – albeit, it features these motions of light pattern across its sides. Inside, we find the usual set of included accessories, such as the documentation, proprietary power adapter, and lanyard strap. However, we’re scratching our heads in confusion seeing that it doesn’t include a microUSB cable of some sort – especially when it features a microUSB port for connectivity.

Before anything else, we really need to commend Sony and its design team because it’s so refreshing to see a tablet that goes outside of the box when it comes to design. Sporting an unconventional appearance, the tablet has this remarkably solid feel with its construction – even despite employing a mostly super glossy plastic shell. At the same time though, we’re enthrall to find it very lightweight in the hand.  To put it lightly, the Sony Tablet S is one invigorating tablet that’s able to characterize itself with its unique design approach. Considering that it’s rather difficult to innovate on the design side with tablets, we’re astounded to see Sony hitting the mark on this one.

Well, another thing to capture our attention right off the bat is none other than its glowing 9.4” IPS display with TruBlack and BRAVIA technologies, which elegantly impresses us with its rich colors and detailed looks. Some of its other hardware specs include a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, front facing VGA camera, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, full sized SD card slot, and an infrared port that allows it to interact with some of Sony’s other products. When it comes down to the platform experience, we find Android 3.1 Honeycomb on board with Sony’s “Quick and Smooth” interface running on top. So far, it’s a glitzy looking experience with all of its top-notch visual effects and transitions.

Priced competitively, there’s no denying that the Sony Tablet S is going to get a lot of comparisons, but based on the quick look we’re getting with it, they’re definitely moving towards the correct direction. We’ll be checking it out more to see how it handles, so expect to see our review down the road!

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Tablet S
  • Display 9.4" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + SD SDHC
  • Battery 5000 mAh



1. StevenH unregistered

$499? Wow Sony you sure changed from the days when you sold the PS3 at a loss of over $200 per unit. You lost money at first, but It worked by selling tens of millions PS3s. If you only learned from that and sold this Tablet at say $199 you might actually sell more than a few thousand units. The Android tablet market is cluttered with tablets selling for way more than people are willing to spend. No one learned anything from the Touchpad firesale.

3. DionK unregistered

What? They didn't make up for it by selling millions of PS3s, they made up for it because the PS3 games bring in a lot of profit for Sony. They sold the consoles at a loss so that the demand for PS3 games would rise, hence increasing their profits. This is not a viable strategy with this tablet, because Sony doesn't make any money when people download apps from the Android Market. Even if they had their own Sony app store, profit margins on mobile apps are just not high enough. Selling millions of tablets for 200 dollars each would only mean a huge loss for Sony.

4. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Part of the reason Sony sold the game system at a loss was due to the ongoing war for the next generation DVD standard. Sony's alliance supporting Blue Ray won the standard and that is why hi-def DVD is using the Blue-ray standard. The PS3's ability to play blue-ray was a great business strategy.

7. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

This tablet is so expensive and late in it's specs. A cheaper HTC Jetstream with ICS would create great sales. Asus EEE pad Transformer 2. I'd wait.

8. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

BTW, they should have used a cooler title. Sony Tablet S sounds like Crap. Sony Vaio Tab? idk. :))

2. P-YWS

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

There are still many flaws in the ID and the overall package. This should be priced at $399 instead of $499.

5. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011


6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Besides the fact there are other tablets that are nicer looking and better built for the same price there are some that are alot cheaper. This is a lousy tablet by the looks of it with the only redeeming feature being play station game capable though u would need a game controlor which should have been Incorporated. But the maind deal breaker would have to be that awfully large wall charger the very same kind that comes with laptops and netbooks that makes them much less portable because you have to find a spot for that thing to lug around with you. I am surprised sony came out with this the way it is. I swould have thought atliest it would be in the build quility as an acer or motorola.

9. cee unregistered

My brand new 4.52 inch SGS2 Epic 4G Touch with blazing fast dual core 1.2ghz exynos will serve as my tablet. I can't see wasting 500 for tablet that I will hardly use. My Epic 4G Touch has plenty screen space for web browsing and checking my emails etc. What say you?

10. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Agreed Cee. I´m happy with my GS2 as well

11. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

And you guys had to talk about phones on a post about a tablet... Okaaaay...

12. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Not feeling this one

14. mchottie unregistered

liking it. looks good. decent features. and it's sony. had reservations on galaxy tab 10, no card slot, not so good design, doesn't look premium at all. as for ipad 2, anything apple is just plain restricting. pricewise, the three are almost equal. the choice is a no-brainer. this one's for me.

15. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

To who ever gave my number 6 post a thumbs down which I don't really care that you did but please explain why. I wish that also if you rite a comment on here and someone responds in someway or adds another comment to the conversation than I could reciev an alert of som way that tells me to look. Can I do that already and if so how

19. CW unregistered

For those that say this tablet cost too much needs to do their homework. This sony tablet comes with a universal remote controller that can control almost all devices in your house, not just sony products but other brand as well. Keep in mind that a universal remote controller alone cost at least $100 by itself. This tablet at $499(same price as samsung galaxy tab 10.1) plus playstation certified for PS games, an SD slot, and sony entertianment network connectivity, sony is offering more for the money than samsung galaxy tab 10.1. the samsung galaxy tab 10.1 is known as the best android tablet in the market. however sony is offering more for the same price so sony wins!

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