Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

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...


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.

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 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.



1. josephnero

Posts: 787; Member since: Nov 16, 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

2. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

This tablet is everything good jammed packed together,

3. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

hmm, I would have rated it with at least 8

6. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 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..!!!

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!

8. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

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

11. nsnk86

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

agree with you!!

4. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 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.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

9. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 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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Xperia Tablet S
  • Display 9.4" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / Other front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC

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