Reviews and Problems with Sony Tablet S (SGPT111 / SGPT112 / SGPT113)
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Battery performance 9
Gaming performance 3
Review Sony Xperia Tablet S
13 October 2012
Summary: Surfer's tablet. Manufacturers who are now launching their very first Tegra 3 tablet on the market have to come up with something special to stick out from the competition. Sony does this with the casing, equipment and one special feature: The Xperia Tablet S is splash-protected. Our test will reveal its other specialties.
Pros: High build quality, Splash-protected case and ports, Compact size, Low weight, Full-blown configuration, Good screen, Decent battery life, Powerful platform, The build is very high-end. The Xperia Tablet S looks agreeably different compared with routine tablet designs. Its field of use is extended because it's splash-protected.
Cons: Poor cameras, Moderate Wi-Fi transmission, HDMI only via expensive adapter, The Wi-Fi module could be a bit stronger. Sony's Xperia no longer transmitted in areas where we still could easily browse with other tablets.
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.
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: Fashionably late to arrive for the tablet war bloodshed, but we donï¿½t really mind. The Tablet S catches your attention with the excellent performance, unique design and interesting extra features like the Universal Remote and the PlayStation app. However, Sony needs to address the issue of internal storage space available - only about 9GB is available for the user out of the 16GB.
Pros: Unique folded around book/magazine design, Bright and vivid display, Universal remote app is very useful, PlayStation certification is good news for gamers
Cons: Daylight robbery of internal storage space!, No HDMI out - just DLNA streaming, Unable to handle e-book PDFs
Summary: Sony tablet. Sony promises the usual hardware, but unique features for its first Android 3.1 tablet. Does the Tegra Tab offer more than just the fresh look of a magazine?
Pros: Wide viewing angles, Handy size, Stable case, Brilliant colors / high contrast, Good Tegra 2 processing power, Memory expansion via standard SD card, Remote control via IR sensor, 24 month warranty, A screen with great colors and first-rate viewing angles. A case that finally no longer looks like a rectangle.
Cons: Videos/music can't be played from SD card, High-gloss screen surface, No video out, Short battery life in tablet comparison, High standby power consumption, High body temperature in tablet comparison, DLNA and streaming are nice and good. But to play a little movie from the SD should be within the realm of possibilities, shouldn't it?
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.