Sony has turned a new page in the tablet book with its Tablet S. It, surely, is not a coincidence that the tablet itself looks like a page from a paperback. And that the page has been folded over the back cover to let you really get immersed in the story. But are you wondering what story we are talking about here? Well, it’s the simple yet interesting story of Sony’s Tablet S.
The tablet appeals to the more aesthetically inclined individuals urging to break away from the bounds of angular tablets that have been flooding the market. And Sony has delivered just that; the most asymmetrically designed tablet without giving up on performance. The Tablet S looks very different from the thousand iPad knock offs that have managed to fill the tablet marketplace. Sony’s Tablet S, looking strikingly unique, edges out other tablets in the race to become one of the most eye catching tablets ever.
But, of course, the Tablet S’s unique design not only makes it good to look at but it also serves a loftier purpose. The curvaceous design makes Tablet S easy to hold in one hand. It doesn’t keep slipping away nor does it require a case. It even makes typing or reading eBooks much more comfortable. The tablet weighs just about 21 ounces (over 1.3 pounds to be exact). It has a plastic finish that somehow doesn’t make the tablet look cheap.
It has a 9.4” capacitive touch screen that runs at 1280 X 800 pixels. Although some have complained of the screen being prone to fingerprint smudges and glare it doesn’t stop the display from looking bright and vibrant.
The power that drives Sony’s Tablet S is a dual core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It runs on Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS. Honeycomb makes it easier for you to work your tab more like a desktop. But there is nothing on the Android 4.0 update from Sony.
Sticking with the unique design, the tablet’s curves extend all the way to its rear panel. There is a SD card slot, a microUSB slot, a USB card reader and a headphone jack. Sony’s Tablet S is a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR enabled tablet but it disappointingly doesn’t come with 3G or 4G LTE.
The Tablet S though comes with pre-installed apps that are available only on Sony’s Tablet S. Of course the Tablet S gives you access to a collection of close to 300,000 Android apps.
Though the camera is surely not one of Sony Tablet S’s major selling points it does come with a 5 megapixel rear camera and 0.3 megapixel cameras on the front. The images look pixelated and hazy on a computer screen. The front end camera is suitable only for video chatting. The camera also has a low shutter release. This is simply unacceptable from a high end tab.
The video is slightly better than the camera, with a resolution of 720 pixels. The video also smacks of pixelation.
Battery life in Tablet S is decent enough to last you through the day. That’s nearly 8-10 hours of browsing on the tab and close to 7 hours of gaming on the tab.
Although the lack of adequate storage leaves us wanting for more, Sony’s Tablet S combines high performance perfectly with innovative and futuristic design.
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