Sony Xperia Tablet S has the history of launching two times. Though the device was launched originally in September 2012, it was soon called off due to a manufacturing defect. That was really unfortunate for Sony, as in the Google Nexus 10, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, iPad 4 and iPad mini had hit the market by the time of its second release.
The design of Sony Xperia Tablet S is catchy. The company has adopted a folded book design for the tablet and it works well. It has a premium finish, which makes it comparable to the iPad. The front is also totally devoid of buttons, a trend that has started to become common for all Android tablets. The only things you will find on the front are a black bezel around the edge of the screen, giving you somewhere to put your fingers without obscuring anything. The rear side of the tablet is finished in shiny Aluminium.
The 8MP rear camera can be seen at the rear side of the tablet. On the bottom left and right of the rear side, there is a pair of small speakers. The bottom edge of the Sony Xperia Tablet S includes a 'multi-port', which, as the name suggests, includes the charging slot and USB Port.
Though there is no HDMI port for this tablet, you can purchase an adaptor that enables you to connect the multi-port via HDMI. There's a removable cover for the port, and while the cover is on, the Sony Xperia Tablet S is supposedly splash proof, a new feature from the Sony company.
The right edge of the tablet holds only two buttons - a power button at the top (which is also used to sleep and wake the tablet) and a volume rocker just below it. They are projected a bit for the easy access. On the extreme edge, there is a 3.5mm headphone port at the top and a covered SD card slot slightly further down.
Coming to the weight of the tablet, Xperia Tablet S has only 570g as its weight. It is some steps lower than the weights of its some rivals such as the Google Nexus 10, which weighs 603g while and the iPad 4, which weighs 652g. The lesser the weight, the easier the device to hold. But the device is not too weightless to feel it cheaper in hand either. With dimensions of 239.8 x 174.4 x 8.8mm (9.44 x 6.87 x 0.35 inches) the Sony Xperia Tablet S is not the sleekest tablet you'll ever see, though folded back aside it is quite slim and definitely doesn't look or feel overly large.
Xperia S tablet has a screen size of 9.4-inch, with LCD screen. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, with a relatively low pixel density of 161 ppi. It's certainly not the best screen you'll ever come across. And also the screen resolution is nowhere near its rivals.
A 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor makes the tablet pretty powerful.
The Sony Xperia Tablet S runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich. But Sony has brought in some differences in it. It has brought some disadvantages too, like, booting the tablet up takes a fairly lengthy 36 seconds. That means, if you just want to quickly check your email or look something up, it will not be that convenient to have to wait for the whole thing. After the system is on, you can see the lock screen. You can swipe across the screen to move between pages, of which you're provided with five. That is not plenty; if you are gonna use many widgets. That's not very many, especially if you plan to use many widgets. Moving between the screens produces a slightly 3D effect, because they rotate a little
The Sony Xperia Tablet S has an 8 mega pixel main rear camera and a 1 mega pixel front-facing camera. But the big camera is not giving the expected output. The problem is not with the clarity of the images, but the regular crashing of the camera. It often crashes when we switch the camera from still photos to videos.
The Xperia Tablet S has only 1GB of RAM. It is pretty low as far a tablet of this genre is concerned. The Sony Xperia Tablet S comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB varieties, with the option of Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 3G versions.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Sony Xperia Tablet S comes with dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n internet. There's also a more expensive version available that comes with 3G version.
The Sony Xperia Tablet S comes with a 6,000mAh lithium ion battery. Though it might sound massive, it is not. The Google Nexus 10 has a larger 9,000mAh battery and the iPad 4 has an almost twice as big 11,666mAh battery.
According to the claims of the company, you'll get 12 hours of battery life from a standard charging. Well, the major complaint from the side of the users is that the claim remains only in paper.
Prices rise to 27000 for a 32GB model, which is still a bit cheaper than a 16GB iPad 4. There is a 64GB version too, for a 37,000/- rupees. Taking in to consideration the features of the tablet, the price is worth it seems.
• Stylish Design
• Powerful Processor
• Good Applications
• Poor Battery life
• Poor Screen
• Poor Camera Performance
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