Reviews and Problems with Sony Tablet S (SGPT111 / SGPT112 / SGPT113)
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Sony Tablet S Review
3 February 2014
Summary: The Sony Tablet S is a very good first attempt by Sony. There are however, a few issues. Priced at an MRP of Rs.29,990, it's almost the same as the cheapest iPad 2. There's a good amount of firepower. Except for a few complaints – primarily not being able to use the external memory card as expandable storage. But considering the price, it's well worth the money if you're in the market, looking specifically for an Android tablet.
Summary: A slimmer design, better apps and a lower price? Yes, the Sony Xperia Tablet S is definitely an improvement over last year's design. We especially like the enhanced remote control functionality, because you can control multiple components with the press of a button and because there's a sleeker interface for finding stuff to watch.
Pros: Attractive design, Improved remote control features, Guest Mode, Good battery life,
Cons: Lower screen resolution than some competitors, Poor camera quality, Annoying port cover, Keyboard case not worth extra money
Conclusion: We liked Sony's first gen Android tablet, even though it was late to market. This time Sony's really hit their stride with the slimmer and better looking Xperia Tablet S. The 9.4" form factor is a winner for ergonomics and portability while maintaining that big screen experience. Sony's software customizations make for a more enjoyable out of the box experience with lots of content consumption options plus an MS Office viewer.
Pros: Unique and ergonomic design, lovely TruBlack display, excellent AV remote.
Cons: Full HD tablet enthusiasts won't find that feature here.
Conclusion: There’s also a “Select App” program which points you via the web browser to a Sony site where you can download apps designed for your Tablet S, similar to those found in the Android store. There’s also a Reader app for eBooks, as well as a Social Feed Reader to aggregate feeds from various social networks on one place. Sony have also touched up on the actual App launcher screen, opting for a crisp white background that contrasts smartly with the colorful Android icons.
Conclusion: When we see so many tablet makers cranking out the same looking designs, we’re happy to find the Sony Tablet S standing out from the crop – and especially more with its hip looks. Besides that one instant distinguishable feature, we’re mightily impressed in Sony’s work with their very first Honeycomb flavored tablet as it combines a healthy set of multimedia and gaming centric qualities.
Pros: Very different looking design, Sharp looking TruBlack display, Eye-catching multimedia customizations, PlayStation Certified, Built-in remote control
Cons: No HDMI-out, Slow response with its keyboard, Struggles to play 1080p videos
Summary: Sony has succeeded in making an Android tablet that brings to bear a lot of the company's strengths. The design is unique and has a premium feel, the display is fantastic for watching video, and it's pretty nifty to be able to use this slate as a remote control. Certainly, having PlayStation certification gives Sony an edge against the Galaxy Tab, but we don't know how many games are coming to this device and how much they'll cost.
Pros: Stylish and ergonomic design, Excellent TruBlack display, Doubles as remote control, Access to Sony's book video and music stores, PlayStation certified
Cons: Some software bugs, Streaming content via DLNA hit or miss, No HDMI port, Annoying port cover flap
Excerpt: The Sony Tablet S is a unique-looking offering floating in a sea of Android tablet knockoffs. Where you would normally expect to see a 10.1-inch screen, there is a 9.4-inch panel. Instead of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb. And rather than the plain old rectangular tablet design that’s all but been ridiculously overused by now, Sony employs a quirky-looking—but not necessarily worse—setup.
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia Tablet S is a pleasant-enough tablet. Not everyone will like the folio-style design, but it has its benefits, plus it’s a whole lot slimmer than its predecessor. That said, Sony hasn't been aggressive enough in its pricing of the Tablet S to compensate for its mediocre screen and relatively low-power processor. With the Google Nexus 10 on the scene, the Sony Xperia Tablet S simply doesn’t offer enough bang per buck to earn itself a recommendation.