What I love about the Sony (Xperia) Tablet S:
- Universal remote – If you happened to own a Sony Bravia TV or Sony Home Theatre, this tablet doubles up as a wireless keyboard and touchpad. (You can have the same functionality on any Android smartphone or tablet by downloading the app for free)
- SD Card slot – Yet another feature sorely missed in an iPad.
- Keyboard – The virtual keyboard is way better than iOS keyboard
- Design – I have to admit, the design is really different. The tapered design makes perfect sense as the weight is tipped to the other end for easier gripping, it doesn’t feels heavier on the other end, unlike other tablets where holding it requires 2 hands for balancing.
- Plastic, cheap plastic.
- Low resolution, 1280 x 800 pixels, texts are not as sharp as iPad Retina Display, not comfortable for long hours of reading.
- Confusing, the buttons and functions are everywhere
- Sluggish Android OS (But way better than other more sluggish tablets)
All in all, if you own a Sony Home Theater system and Bravia TV (Review), this is a must have tablet. A wireless mouse and keyboard probably cost 1/3 of this tablet, since this Sony Tablet S was given for free to me when I purchase a Sony TV, it doesn’t make any sense to sell it and have it replaced with a Logitech wireless keyboard.
From Android 3 to Ice Cream Sandwitch 4
I do not see much difference apart from better performance, less sluggish-ness and a few more features. Other than that, it is like upgrading from iOS 5 to iOS 6. Not much difference.
Syncing with Sony TV
This tablet can double up as a remote controller; I find this remote feature useless. The photo viewing function on the other hand is awesome, so is the music; however the video syncing feature is horrible. Video appears to be lagging.
To be honest, the remote controller feature and app is a useless feature.
Sony Tablet S vs iPad 4th vs Samsung Tab 2 10.1 Comparison
|CPU||1 GHz Dual Core||1.4 Quad Core||1 GHz Dual Core|
|Memory||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB|
|Thickness||9.4 mm||8.9 - 12 mm||9.7 mm|
662g wifi + 4G LTE
583g wifi + 3G
|Camera||1.2 mp (Front)|
5 mp (Back)
|1 mp (Front)|
8 mp (Back)
3 mp (Back)
|Resolution||2048 x 1536 pixels|
|1280 x 800 pixels|
|1280 x 800 pixels|
|Screen Size||9.7 inch||9.4 inch||10.1 inch|
|Operating System||iOS 6||Android 4.0||Android 4.0|
|Battery||n/a||5000 mAh||7000 mAh|
|Average Battery Life (Browsing web with Wi-Fi)||10 hours||10 hours||8 hours|
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)||1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)|
|Material||Aluminum and glass||Plastic||Plastic|
Given a choice to choose 1 tablet, I did go for the Apple iPad 3rd/4th Gen (Review). Most Android tablets are too sluggish to be tablets, let alone an eBook reader or surfing due to the low resolution. Furthermore, the buttons and layouts are all over the screen.
Sony Tablet S Photo Samples
The camera for both the iPad 3rd generation and Sony Xperia Tablet S are equally bad, performed badly under low light condition. Click on image for the 8 megapixels resolution.