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Sony Tablet S Review

Sony Tablet S

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Sony Tablet S Review

Packing a 5,000 mAh battery inside its plastic shell, it’s indeed smaller compared to some of the competition, but in our experience, it’s able to offer us at least a solid one-day of normal usage. Setting it to automatic brightness and using it primarily for web surfing and checking emails, we’re left at the 25% mark by the end of our day. Frankly, it’s indeed ample enough for most people, but it’s still going to be something you’ll need to charge on a nightly basis.


When we see so many tablet makers cranking out the same looking designs, we’re happy to find the Sony Tablet S standing out from the crop – and especially more with its hip looks. Besides that one instant distinguishable feature, we’re mightily impressed in Sony’s work with their very first Honeycomb flavored tablet as it combines a healthy set of multimedia and gaming centric qualities. In addition, the platform retains all the lovable aspects we love about Honeycomb’s rich personalization, but Sony goes gone beyond the call of duty by adding a layer of tantalizing perfection with its subtle customizations and multimedia apps. For $500, it’s easily a hands-down winner thanks to its carefully prepared dish of delectable features and killer looks. Easily considered to be a great living room companion, the Sony Tablet S is remarkably one that you’ll want to keep an eye out for if you’re in the market.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version:  3.2
Kernel version:
Build number: 1.10.001100001

Sony Tablet S Video Review:


  • Very different looking design
  • Sharp looking TruBlack display
  • Eye-catching multimedia customizations
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Built-in remote control


  • No HDMI-out
  • Slow response with its keyboard
  • Struggles to play 1080p videos
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posted on 26 Sep 2011, 08:10 7

1. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

I'm getting one. Seriously.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 08:30

4. rex0422 (Posts: 30; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

Me 2! Good tablet to have- better than my samsung galaxy tab 10.1!!!

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 08:42 2

7. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

yea, the Galaxy Tabs' hardware designs are somewhat plain.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 08:25

2. rex0422 (Posts: 30; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

Good review, I like the way you organize your review!!! By the way, cool tablet to have- definitely getting one as you gave it a solid 8/10!

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 08:28

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

I'm still not convinced that I should go rush and buy this tablet. Maybe when ICS comes out.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 08:32 4

5. samatsmakov1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)

interesting design...)

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 08:41

6. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

I'm pretty sure that the devs can port the playstation app and some other interesting software from this one to different tablets pretty soon but I really love the hardware design of this one. It stands out from the crowd.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 09:01 1

8. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

NICE! finally a hood honeycomb tab for me to seriously consider. I ain't having any of them Samsung or Asus products.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 11:46 1

9. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

I like that sony decieded to be diffrent. Apple cant say anything to them when it comes to design. If I was in the market for a tablet this would be a winner. However windows 8 is making me hold off. Good review.

On a side note is this correct from the article:

"but Sony goes gone beyond the call of duty by adding..."

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 09:15 3

41. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

Just because it's design is different doesn't mean that Apple won't try and sue.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 12:19

10. iDroidx650 (Posts: 81; Member since: 26 May 2010)

Is the sd card only for file transfers or can it be used to expand storage?

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 13:20

11. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

Sony's gotta be dumb to throw in a sd card slot just for file transfers..

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 19:40

20. iDroidx650 (Posts: 81; Member since: 26 May 2010)

idk, that's what I've been hearing, and even when there is an sd card slot, theres no option to move the app to sd card

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 13:29

12. Knicknevin (Posts: 151; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)

Does no one care that it has a proprietary charging port?? I praised the fact that most manufacturers are using MicroUSB these days...

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 13:58

13. CW12 (unregistered)

Nice review, I have this tablets for 2 days now. But the cons in this reviews are a bit justifiable.

No HDMI-out
Slow response with its keyboard
Struggles to play 1080p videos

I manage to get HDMI out with an adabter so at least it works. Plus my TV is DLNA enable anyway. I can send and play media stuff from my tablet to the TV while people watch that streaming from my tablet via DLNA, i can play games or web browser on my tablet at the same time. too multitasking at it's fineness!

i don't have any problems with the keyboard yet, seems to be smoother to me than the galaxy tab 10.1 and i had the galaxy tab 10.1 for a while.

Struggles to play 1080p videos?
you need specific codec with specific byte rate to play full 1080p videos smoothly. I play 1080p video just fine and great frame rate and great audio syncing. check the instruction guide PDF on sony's website to see the proper 1080p codec and byte rates to use. convert your files in accordance to sony's guide and you should have no problem playing 1080p video. Any full 1080p video downloaded from the playstation network playback very smooth. this is like the first thing I tried. plus on a screen of this size with 1280x800 resolution, a 720p video looks just like a 1080p video anyway. i don't see any reason or benefits to play full 1080p video on a tablet.

i'd personally give this tablet an 8.5/10

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 19:41

21. iDroidx650 (Posts: 81; Member since: 26 May 2010)

can the sd card slot be used to expand storage???

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 17:01

27. ae2 (unregistered)

i just bought the tablet yesterday and the only thing that i complain is the lack of hdmi port, but you said that you actually manage to do that with an adapter, could you please tell me what adapter are you using?


posted on 16 May 2012, 09:54

42. rushzinn (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 May 2012)

Can you please let me know what adapter you used to get HDMI output.


posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:23

14. Messi10 (unregistered)

PLAYSTATION, that one word already convince me to buy this tablet

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:41

15. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

If u want it to be a portable PS you should wait until Sony releases a version with a Kal-El chip which should be more future proof and offer a better gaming experience.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 01:54

16. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

just wait for the PSV. it'll have a quad-core processor and you can play live cross platform with the Playstation 3.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 02:09 1

17. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

it's nice but there's a few turn offs for me.

1. it has a Flap. me no likey the Flaps. i was playing with one at Best Buy and the flap was off and i was intently trying to put it back on because i wanted to get a good look at the Tablet without it looking like it was broken but the damn thing wouldn't go on. i was really annoyed about that.

2. i love the approach Sony has went with this thing's design but they should've rounded the edges a little more as it wasn't the most comfortable thing to hold.

3. as much as i'm all for mere subtle changes to a stock Android experience i think the icons on the homescreen went a little too far. i wouldn't want them there if i got one because i'm happy with the quick access methods i'm used to. i don't know if you can remove them or not so if you can you can scratch that complaint away.

4. i was a real hardcore gamer not that long ago so i think i can speak for all gamers when i say we want REAL shoulder buttons. they could've gave us some on this, in fact that top edge was begging for a set of shoulder buttons but nope, not there. it wouldn't be a big deal for something like a gameboy emulator but on a Playstation emulator we just really don't want our shoulder buttons on the same plane as the other controls however like PA said that's easily rectifiable with USB host support BUT being a Playstation certified device i think i'd want an actual mobile Playstation. also don't get this just because of it being Playstation certified, your money is much better spent on the Vita which has far more superior gaming features than this and will still be mobile.

other than my little complaints everything else is pretty solid, i especially like the display on this thing, just like PA said it brings those true black levels without the over saturation of SA+ which is a big +. xD not bad Sony, not bad at all.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 08:56 1

19. 225 (unregistered)

great design..thanks to sony for its work...................

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 18:20

25. Icecreamguy (unregistered)

I used one at Future Shop a few days ago....I really didn't like it's plasticy, hollow feel. It just felt cheap.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 01:08

30. s-owner (unregistered)

Cons for me:

1. Cant rotate to rounded side for more comfortable holding in landscape mode.
2. Bulky charger. What were they thinking? The world is going usb charging.
3. No 3G/4G.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:21

37. mhucky (unregistered)

I still like my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Its very light and convenient to use + its honeycomb as well......

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Sony Tablet S

Sony Tablet S

OS: Android 4.0 3.1
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Display9.4 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (161 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
Size9.50 x 6.86 x 0.40 inches
(241.2 x 174.3 x 10.1 mm)
21.09 oz  (598 g)

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