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Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

Sony Xperia Tablet S 7.5

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Sony Xperia Tablet S Review

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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posted on 09 Oct 2012, 06:36 6

1. josephnero (Posts: 590; Member since: 16 Nov 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

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 06:44 1

2. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

This tablet is everything good jammed packed together,

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:32 7

3. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

hmm, I would have rated it with at least 8

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:40 9

6. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 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..!!!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 12:16 9

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!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 05:50 3

8. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 14:06

11. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

agree with you!!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:23 1

4. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 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.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:32

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 06:00 1

9. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 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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Sony Xperia Tablet S

Sony Xperia Tablet S

OS: Android 4.1.1 4.0.3
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Display9.4 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (161 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size9.44 x 6.87 x 0.47 inches
(239.8 x 174.4 x 11.85 mm)
20.64 oz  (585 g)

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