Summary: When Sony passed off its Tablet S to us for review, I was more than a little excited. While the company has been a bit slow on getting into the tablet game, the two devices we’ve seen (the Tablet S and the odd, folding Tablet P) have sparked quite a bit of curiosity. It’s not just about the unique designs, either. Sony is one of the few companies with a footprint and ecosystem big enough to potentially take on Apple in this one-horse game.
Pros: Interesting industrial design, Great looking display, Capable cameras
Cons: Software additions are underwhelming, Honeycomb still feels incomplete, Pricey considering the alternatives
Conclusion: We know Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor has enough wheels to run a modern day tablet, but for whatever reason, Sony's Tablet S doesn't seem to take full advantage of the hardware. That's disappointing for a device with a respectable processor and 1GB of memory. It's not that the Tablet S is slow, it just doesn't live up to its potential, and the intermittent keyboard delay is particularly puzzling. Perhaps Sony can wring this out in a future firmware update though.
Pros: Unique design is comfortable to hold, looks snazzy, Bright and vibrant screen, Universal remote is awesome, PlayStation Certification has the potential to be awesome
Cons: Expensive for what you're getting, Keyboard didn't always keep up with our keystrokes, particularly when typing in a Web address, Below average performance, Sony services don't mesh well together
Conclusion: We like Sony's first Android tablet, especially as a consumer-oriented lifestyle product. It's unique looking, very attractive and seemingly sturdy despite Sony's reliance on plastics. Best of all it's light and easy to hold-- it's the first 10" class tablet that I actually enjoy holding and using for extended periods of time.
Pros: Unique, ergonomic and very attractive design. Comfortable to hold and carry. Lovely display, lots of built-in apps for Sony media and services. USB host and full size SD card slot.
Cons: USB and SD card storage support isn’t as integrated into the OS as it should be. Battery drains overnight more than normal.
Conclusion: The Sony Tablet S is a decent Honeycomb tablet with a unique design. It runs like a Tegra 2 powered device should and Sony's interface additions are nice. However, key features that should differentiate the device from the competition let us down. By no means does it threaten the Ipad 2 but it's worth a shout if you're after Android.
Excerpt: Det er på mange måder ikke fair at sammenligne en tablet med dual-core processor fra 2011 med en masse spritnye modeller fra 2012, som alle er forsynet med quad-core processor. Og i Geekbench ender Sony Tablet S da også på sidstepladsen med en score på 828. Når vi alligevel har Tablet S med i denne test, er det, fordi den nu kan opdateres til Android 4, hvilket på en række punkter gør tablet-computeren til et helt nyt produkt.