The more traditional of Sony's two Android tablets, the Sony Tablet S
, could easily be excused for getting lost in the crowd of other Android slates. On the top end, the Sony Tablet S must contend with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
and the Asus Transformer Prime
while on the bottom is the Amazon Kindle Fire
. In the U.K., the Sony Tablet S managed to snag the highest market share in October amongst tablets powered by Google's open source OS, with a 26% stake in the market. That market share was captured by the Sony Tablet S just one month after its launch.
Unique look of the Sony Tablet S
While we would imagine that Sony was more than pleased with the numbers, sales did start to drop as the weather turned colder, as gift buyers turned their attention toward the budget priced BlackBerry PlayBook. The non-Android tablet was heavily discounted in price during the holiday season and Sony itself feels that the heavily discounted PlayBook outsold the Tablet S in the tail end of the year.
While the Sony Tablet P offers a unique dual-screen clamshell form factor, even the more traditional looking Sony Tablet S has a look that is recognizable. Both models are expected to get updated to Android 4.0
sometime this Spring.