The lithium-ion battery in the Xperia Tablet S is rated for 12 hours of video playback and 10 hours of browsing on Wi-Fi, which are commendable numbers, until you look at the footnote how the tests were done. Sony engineers do this at minimum brightness, so in reality you will likely be getting the usual for Android tablets 8-9 hours of video playback at average screen brightness. 


Android slates are mostly competing on specs and price these days, rather than with design and overall experience, and the Sony Xperia Tablet S is bringing a knife to a gun fight here.

The 16GB version goes for $400 from Sony, and, granted, this is $100 less than the ultra-resolute new iPad, or the ASUS Infinity T700, but for the same $400 price you can get the 1920x1200 pixels 10” screen of the Acer Iconia Tab A700, for example, and with 32GB memory at that.

The Xperia Tablet S does offer some features to differentiate it from the competition, though, apart from the distinctive looks, like the useful universal remote control function. Other than that, you can find plenty of good Android tablets with this screen resolution and processing power for even less – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), and the Asus Transformer TF300 with 32GB memory come to mind.

Overall, those who'd appreciate the more distinctive, elegant look will find the Xperia Tablet S right up their alley. Those who want a tablet with high-res screen, though, better check out the Acer Iconia Tab A700, or the “Resolutionary” new iPad with its hundreds of thousands of tablet-tailored apps.

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Sony Xperia Tablet S Video Review:


  • Universal remote control with useful apps
  • SD card slot for cheap storage expansion


  • There are tablets with higher screen resolution at that price

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