Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia Tablet S (SGPT121 / SGPT122 / SGPT123 / SGPT131 / SGPT132 / SGPT133)
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Value for money 7
Battery performance 8
Sony Xperia Tablet S
30 May 2013
Excerpt: Sony Xperia Tablet S is an Android tablet with 9.4-inch 1280x800 pixels screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, NVIDIA's Tegra 3 1.3Ghz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel camera on the back, DLNA, Bluetooth, and 16, 32 or 64 GB of built-in memory.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Summary: The Sony Xperia Tablet S is a good 10-incher that has a good build quality and a unique design. There’s not much to boast about in terms of display resolution but the accurate colors and good viewing angles, plus splash proofing compensates for the lack of pixel density. While we don’t recommend using a tablet as the main gadget for taking pictures, the 8 megapixel rear camera is hard to ignore.
Summary: Sony's Tablet S is a good tablet, but it is far from great. It looks great, it feels great, but as with most companies, they ruin it by not giving me, you and the rest of the consumers out there the pure Android experience.
Excerpt: After reviewing both the and the , I felt somewhat obligated to review an tablet as well. Therefore, I bought a Sony Xperia S last month and have been testing it out the past few weeks. The Sony Xperia S (or the "SGPT1211" in traditional Sony nomenclature) is a good-looking tablet. While it feels a bit cheaper than the iPad and Surface, it is more comfortable to hold than either of them.
Conclusion: If you're looking for a great stand-alone Android tablet, this isn't it - it wasn't made to be the one perfect stand-alone tablet and it doesn't pretend to be that piece of equipment. Instead you've got the best Sony has to offer in a tablet form-factor, and with a quad-core processor from NVIDIA to back it up, it's perfectly capable as a Sony companion for the rest of your Sony devices.
Conclusion: There is a lot to love about Sony’s new tablet. It looks good, has a smooth user interface, and its size makes it comfortable to hold. The downsides are mostly quality-control issues. Sony has fixed a paralyzing Wi-Fi bug, but we’ve had issues pressing the power button and found elements of the hardware a little cheap, despite the fact that the tablet looks and feels quite premium. The camera is also disappointing, even for a tablet.
Pros: Comfortable, good-looking design, Great screen size, Smooth user interface, Good battery life, Full SD port
Cons: Wi-Fi glitch, Random hardware problems, Bad camera & camera app, Proprietary charger, Poorly designed default keyboard
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia Tablet S is a solid home entertainment focused Android tablet, with an elegant design and some useful built in extras, but mild performance issues and poor battery life temper our enthusiasm.
Pros: Universal remote. Unique and ergonomic design. Useful Android tweaks. Fast performance. Splashproof.
Cons: HDMI requires dongle. Some Wi-Fi connectivity issues. Below average battery life.
Conclusion: Overall, the Xperia S is good value for the high-spec screen, fast performance and storage on offer, but the battery life is very poor compared to other similar devices. µ The Sony Xperia S offers a fantastic display and great multimedia features, but is let down by very poor battery life. It also needs an upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
Pros: High-quality display, great camera, good for multimedia, decent storage.
Cons: Large form factor is awkward for typing., Poor battery life.
Conclusion: Sony was always going to struggle to get traction with tablets because it's a fairly crowded market and there's lots to choose from. Sony might make solid hardware, but so do most companies these days, so what is there to sell us on the Xperia over anything else? The surprise is, perhaps, that the Xperia Tablet S is actually one of our favourite 10-inch Android tablets.