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The Sony Tablet S may be a late arrival in the crowded Android tablet market, but it certainly stands out from the pack of rectangles that are virtually indistinguishable at a glance. With a design that can best be described as resembling a folded magazine, Sony has is pushing ergonomics and hopes to appeal to users who find the iPad 2 and 10.1-inch Android tablets too unwieldy, especially when used with one hand. Sony is definitely on base in regards to today's thin larger-screen tablets. Holding and using an iPad 2 or Xoom can be very awkward, especially with one hand or when used without a Smart Cover or case. But are the Sony Tablet S and its odd design the answer? And how does the Sony Tablet S perform as a tablet? Find out in this full review.Build & Design Lay the Tablet S down on a table and it would make an ideal ramp for a Matchbox car. The fold, or rounded bulge comes along the long side, the tablet ranges from about .3-inches at its thinnest point, to .79 at its thickest. The Sony Tablet S distinguishes itself again with a 9.4-inch display, and it's the only brand name tablet with that screen size. A .3-megapixel camera sits in the middle of the long side, just under the fold/bump.
Apple's iPad may have been the catalyst that started the tablet boom but other companies were quick to jump on the bandwagon, offering up their own takes on the mobile computing genre. Sony is a little late to the game, but it's hoping to separate itself from the rest of the tablet world by offering alternative designs.The Sony Tablet S comes packing a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It's available now from £350.With so many new tablets looking almost identical to one another, it's difficult to tell them apart. Not wanting to get lost in the crowd, Sony has given the Tablet S a very different -- and a little unusual -- look. Face on, its black front and glossy screen are unremarkable. Turn it to the side and the look is more offbeat. The black front bends around and folds back on itself, emulating the feel of a folded magazine. Sony reckons that it gives a more natural, comfortable hold. Viewed from the side, it's easy to understand why Sony describes the design as a folded magazine. The fatter edge certainly makes gripping the tablet more pleasant when you're holding it in portrait orientation, but it's less comfortable if you're clutching it in landscape. If you're planning to watch a movie on it, you might want to rest it on your knee.
Fans of Google's Android platform are proving to be a patient lot. It hasn't been easy pulling for Android in the tablet space, which for a period of time was limited to a few overpriced and underwhelming Gingerbread slates. Things began to change when Honeycomb came out, the first version of Android designed specifically for tablets, but even then it started to feel like if you've seen one Android tablet, you've seen them all. Lately we've found ourselves asking, 'Where's all the innovation that's supposed to be associated with an open source platform, and with so many different manufacturers concentrating on Android, where's the outside-the-box mentality?" Apparently over at Sony, that's where. Sony's Tablet S looks different than any other Android tablet you've seen before. It feels different, too. Breaking away from the cookie cutter form factor employed by everyone else, Sony took a chance on a unique design intended to mimic what it feels like to hold a folded back magazine. More than a gimmick, Sony says this custom form factor shifts the device's weight closer to your palm, making it feel lighter and more comfortable while you read an eBook or watch a Netflix video.
Sony has had a go at pretty much all the techie markets out there – stereos, TVs, games – and now it is taking on the might of Apple in the tablet market. So, how has it done with its first attempt at an iPad beater – the Sony Tablet S? At first glance the Tablet S certainly looks classy – it has a wedge shape – rather like a piece of pastry that has been rolled flat and then folded back. Of course, this piece of ‘pastry' is silver and black and can't be eaten! The Tablet S is nice to hold, thanks to the textured reverse side. The whole body is constructed from plastic and doesn't actually feel that solid. It has grooves running along it, which make it easy to hold, especially in landscape mode, where your little finger sits in a fold on the reverse of the tablet. It makes you feel like you're more in control. In portrait mode, the device doesn't feel quite so easy to hold – in fact because of its shape it is easier to hold in one rather than two hands. The display is smaller than that on the iPad 2, Asus Transformer Prime and Galaxy Tab 10.1 – it measures 9.4 inches. Nevertheless it is colourful and pin sharp. You'll find web pages load speedily – and they look good thanks to the 161 pixels per inch resolution – which is actually a higher res than the iPad 2 – especially noticeable if you're playing video or rendering text.
Not long ago, we had mentioned how tears of joy had welled up in our eyes when we saw the performance and the slim package of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 750. And quite rightly, we reckoned it was the closest an Android tablet got to an iPad 2. What a difference a month or so makes. The Sony Tablet S strides through the door, dressed smartly and looks like it comes from the tablet's equivalent of a gym! The design of the tablet is inspired by what a folded around (open, in simpler terms) magazine looks like. In a world full of similar looking tablets, this unique design does stand out considerably. You will notice that on the thicker side, the plastic smoothly curves downwards, and continues to the rear panel. This curve ensures that it isn't uncomfortable to hold. Since the orientation will rotate in any direction, you can hold the tablet in the right or the left hand, with equal ease. The thick part melting into a thin panel on the other side of the tablet means that if you place it flat on a table in landscape mode, the slight incline/ elevation makes typing very comfortable. Admittedly, the Tablet S isn't the slimmest tablet around. But the form does deceive a certain bit in the beginning, and you pick it up with more force than needed.
Here's a riddle: Why is Sony not like Apple and Amazon? Sony is a multimedia powerhouse with a long history of solidly designed products, a full-fledged movie studio, a massive record label, and one of the world's top gaming brands. The Sony Tablet S ($499 direct for 16GB, $599 for 32GB) tries to bring all of these legacies together, and it's one of the best-looking Android tablets around. But where Apple's and Amazon's tablets fuse device and content seamlessly, the Tablet S does not. Physical Description and Battery LifeA truly unusual-looking tablet, the Tablet S is wedge-shaped, made of a very high-quality textured plastic. It's supposed to look like a magazine, with the cover folded back against the spine, and it does. The effect is to concentrate its weight in the part you're holding, making the 9.4-inch-screen tablet unusually comfortable to hold single-handed. The 9.7-inch Apple iPad 2 ($499, 4.5 stars) tires my wrist very quickly, but the Tablet S feels like it weighs much less than its 21.2 ounces. The tablet measures 9.5 by 6.8 by anything from almost-zero to 0.7 inches, since it's sloped. (It works for both righties and lefties, though, since the screen changes orientation depending upon how you hold the tablet.)
The Sony Tablet S has been a long time coming! With the firm adamant on not doing things by halves with its tablets and promising something different, we were curious to see what Sony had finally managed to come up with. First announced at the end of 2010, then leaked bit by bit until spring 2011, the Sony Tablet S was finally officially unveiled at the IFA tech show in Berlin, alongside the twin-screen, fold-up Tablet P. The S is another one of many Android Honeycomb tablets on the market right now, but unlike most other models it has a 9.4-inch screen. Note that our Sony S came running Honeycomb 3.1 but an update is now available for version 3.2 of Google's OS. The Sony S has a 1 Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of memory for storing files. There's a 5-Megapixel camera for taking photos and shooting video (up to 720p) on the back of the tablet and a 1.3-Megapixel webcam on the front. Sony has also had the very good idea of equipping the S with an SD/SDHC memory card slot, which is more than can be said for most tablet makers (although there is an SDHC card slot on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer keyboard dock). Otherwise, the S has a micro USB port for file transfer and a 3.5 mm jack for hooking up headphones.
It has taken two years for Sony to enter the tablet market, and in that time every manufacturer and their budget Taiwanese spin-off have colluded to fill the tablet market with dross. This presents both and opportunity and a threat to Sony, and while there are many sub-standard tablets on the market, some great work has been done by a few companies, and there's now a handful of successful, great value Android tablets to choose from.Aside from the obvious iPad 2, which is the gold standard of design and usability, Samsung has unleashed a flurry of tablets, from the excellent Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, to the imminent Galaxy Tab 7.7 which boasts a vibrant AMOLED display.Other notable competitors also include the Motorola Xoom, which is now aggressively priced at £349, and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and soon-to-be-released Eee Pad Slider, which both boast full, physical QWERTY keyboards. To launch into this crowded marketplace, Sony had to release something different, and with the Sony Tablet S and the forthcoming Tablet P, that's exactly what its done.
Hiding in the shadows, Sony has been reserved in fully committing themselves into the Android tablet scene, but it seems as though they’ve been doing their homework while the competition brought forth its offerings. In this new venture, they simply decided on keeping every aspect in-house to have better control and say in what they want with their first Honeycomb tablet. And of course, they seemingly managed to turn some heads as news of the started to arise alongside its brother in the S2. Known now as the Sony Tablet S, this Honeycomb flavored tablet has a unique spin on the whole tablet design – while throwing in some differentials such as and the tight integration with some of Sony’s services. Starting off at $500 for the 16GB model, it obviously seems very reasonable, but it’s going to take more to stand head above water in a sea of crowded tablets.The package contains: Rather than finding a typical looking tablet, the Sony Tablet S is one of the more ingenious looking tablets of late thanks to its ergonomically correct and unique design approach. Resembling the look of a magazine that’s folded over, we’re astounded from the beginning by the very different approach it takes with the entire form factor.
Sony finally revealed all on its Android-based Tablet S on Wednesday, announcing that the slate with a 9.4-inch display will ship in late September with a starting price of $500 for a 16GB model and $600 for the 32GB unit. You'd be wrong to think that Sony's Tablet S is a run-of-the-mill iPad lookalike to ignore. The Tablet S shows that the consumer electronics giant has not lost its design mojo over the years, and with this first tablet offering Sony infuses originality and flair into a tablet market that desperately needs both. Presale of the Tablet S begins today. What distinguishes the Sony Tablet S isn't its specs, which are fairly standard, but its design. Sony's attention to detail is hard to miss. I would know: For the past week I've been living with a preproduction model. What makes the Tablet S unique, for starters, is the tablet's tapered design, which grows from 0.3 inch at its thinnest edge to 0.79 inch at its deepest. The Tablet S eschews the usual flat-slab look. Sony says the design was influenced by the curve of a folded-around magazine. Sony has sacrificed the slimness of an Apple iPad 2 or a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in favor of something distinctively pleasing to hold.
To challenge the iPad, Sony knows that it can't just slap its brand on an Android tablet and expect shoppers to open their wallets. So the company took its time bringing the Tablet S to market. The goal: to deliver a one-of-a-kind design, a smoother web browsing experience than competing Android slates, and plenty of content to keep users coming back for more. This sleek device ($499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB) will access Sony's music, book, and video stores, and it comes with two PlayStation games--with more on the way. You can even use the Tablet S as a universal remote. Read on to find out if this slate was worth the wait.Editors' Note: Our Sony Tablet S was a pre-production sample. We will update this review and revisit the star rating once we've received final hardware and software.The Tablet S sports what Sony calls a folding design, and we really like it. When held in portrait mode, the left side of the tablet has a thicker rounded edge that's meant to mimic the look and feel of a magazine. The design tapers from a beefy 0.75 inches all the way down to 0.3 inches on the right side. We like how Sony distributed the weight to the thicker edge so that the Tablet S feels even lighter than its official 1.3-pound weight.
It's been some time since Sony had a tablet on the market. Times have changed since the VAIO UX's day, though, and where once tablets were niche devices, now they're making headway into our living rooms. The Sony Tablet S is the first model of the company's new strategy, packing Android Honeycomb into a hardware design that's a little more interesting than many rivals have managed. Late to the game against the iPad, though, has the Tablet S' tardiness undermined its potential? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. Sony hasn't strayed too far from the Honeycomb herd with the Tablet S' core specifications. Powered by NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 paired with 1GB of RAM, its dimensions are kept compact thanks to a slightly smaller than usual 9.4-inch capacitive touchscreen. This still runs at 1280 x 800, like 10.1-inch Honeycomb slates, so the only real difference is a slightly higher pixel density. The display overall is a success, with wide viewing angles and solid contrast, though as is often the case it's highly reflective and a fingerprint magnet. Where Sony first pulls away from the pack is in the physical design; this is no basic slab. Sony calls it “folding design” and says the tapering form-factor is based on a folded-back magazine.
Tablets, eh? We can barely move for the blighters, and now Sony has gone and thrown its hat into the ring too, with two Android tablets -- the Sony Tablet S, and Sony Tablet P. We're taking a look at the 9.4-inch Sony Tablet S right now, which is a curiously shaped Android slate, out later this month. We've gone hands-on with the Tablet S at the IFA tech trade-show in Berlin, so read onward for our first impressions. We'll say two things about the Tablet S straight off the bat. Firstly, it's got a daft name. Secondly, it's the weirdest-looking tablet we've ever set eyes on. It looks a bit like a folded over paperback, or a doorstop if you're feeling less charitable. One side of the device is thicker and rounded, and if you turn the Tablet S over, it looks like the edge of it has been folded over. While it looks like the work of a crazy person, the design is deliberate. Sony thinks that the wedge-shaped build will make the Tablet S more comfortable to hold in one hand, as well as making it sit more naturally on flat surfaces. And actually, we're inclined (see what we did there?) to agree. Holding the Tablet S, we were impressed by how light it felt. At 598 grams for the Wi-Fi version, it's ever so slightly less heavy than the Wi-Fi iPad 2, which tips the scales at 601 grams.
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