Throwing a Curve: Sony Tablet S

Throwing a Curve: Sony Tablet S

Gregory Han
Dec 30, 2011

Sony Tablet S
$449.99 (16GB model)

With plenty of "me too" tablets out on the market trying to catch an ember off the blaze known as the iPad, it's refreshing to see an offering in the category with it's own unique spark. The spec list on the Sony Tablet S reads comparable, but unremarkable, with a bright-contrasty 9.4" 1280x800 screen and capable 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra2 and 1GB RAM combination, and an Sony-enhanced Android Honeycomb UI which we think is one of the better customized experiences for Android.

Where the Sony S Tablet truly makes its mark is while in hand, with a unique ergonomic design mimicking the feel of a folded up magazine; the wedge form factor held in portrait mode provides a secure and comfortable grip thanks to the slant and dotted textured back (we only wish it was a unibody metal design rather than plastic). We've been surprisingly pleased using the Tablet S over the holidays while stuck in bed with the flu, proving to be every bit as adept at keeping us entertained and informed with a swipe and tap as any other tablet device we've used, notably because of the shape and lightweight. With prices dipping in the $399 realm, Sony's tablet makes for a strong candidate if you're looking for an Android based tablet, especially with recent news of an upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Tablet S.

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