Rated 4 out of 5
by Aks316 Almost Perfect
Pros: design, bravia screen, dlna, sony video and audio unlimited service, playstation games, eReader, android os, digital photo frame via cradle, universal remote, bluetooth
wifi, micro usb, sd card slot, sony exmor 5mp camera, headfones, nvidia processor etc.
I love Sony and i would have bought this if it had 3g. I really want to buy this so please add 3g. :(
September 8, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by chinee This is the iPad alternative.
Both Apple and Android devices have their pros and cons over the other. But if you are looking for an alternative to Apple, this is your best bet so far. The shape has allowed the S to be a lot more usable. With other tablets I always felt I had to be careful and very mindful of how I held the tablet, or carried it. The weighting of the S, and it's shape, allows the device to be handled much more comfortably and casually... far more stable to carry around.
Some complain about the plastic case, but that too adds to usability; increased comfort and grip over the metal covers of other tablets.
The dock and charger interface, although proprietary, are ingenious as well. The dock makes the tablet the perfect clock or picture frame when not in use. And no fiddling with plugs.. the tablet just rests in the dock.
I wish there were more apps, and more accessories available.
I have no hesitation in recommending this tablet to anyone.
October 13, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by UnlimitedRPM Perfection All The Way
Boasting a unique form factor, Sony Tablet S is ergonomically designed to carry and use for long periods of time. Its center of gravity shifts the device's weight closer to your palm, making it feel lighter and more comfortable while reading a book, or watching a video. The design also provides a more natural angle for typing when set flat on a table.
Outfitted with Sony's TruBlack panel, Sony Tablet S produces vibrant colors, deep blacks, and an amazing image.
With access to the Android Market, you can browse through thousands of useful, time-saving and entertaining apps.
Have even more fun on the go playing action-packed games you know and love from the original PlayStation® available on PS Certified devices.
No access to 3g or 4g which prevents you from using internet outside of a wifi connected area.
The microphone is not long range, works perfectly upclose but still has a good range of listening.
January 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JohnnyPrimo First Real Review
Picked up my Sony Tablet S 32GB Sept. 16. First, I thought tablets were a stupid concept /device in general, but when I heard Sony was coming out with one, I gave it another look at (mainly because all my electronics are Sony). After playing with it right out of the box for a little bit, I knew I had something great and didn't want to put it down. The setup was quick and easy. I can operate my Bravia TV and DirecTV with it, play music through my TV with its DLNA function as well as posting pictures to it, play PS games on it, download and play Android market apps and games, and smoothly surf the internet via my wireless N network in my house. The battery lasts for a good while. The graphics are crisp and beautiful. It has Bluetooth capability. The sound is a little lacking, but suffice. The rear camera takes decent pictures, but its front is a little lacking. It has an SD card reader, MicroUSB port, and a headphone port. The charging connector type kind of seems fragile/not sturdy, which over time I can see problems devloping if not monitered and not connected/disconnected gracefully. Overall, I'm very satisfied and gladely to have spent $600 for it, but $600 is still expensive!
September 19, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by USNSubmariner Excellent
I am active duty military stationed on a submarine, and with that there is a shortage of personal space and no internet contectivity. With the Sony S Tablet, you get everything, countless books (thousands of them are free at the Reader Store), movies, music, photos of your family, and video games (most of them are free from PSN APP. When we pull in somewhere and the hotel has internet, you get to watch your NETFLIX. The picture quality is amazing and the interface is easy and intuative. My buddy has an IPAD, and it can not read and write to an external memory device, unlike the Sony S Tablet. EXCELLENT product. Thank you Sony, you help make the long months under the sea a lot more enjoyable.
January 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by KimByong A+++
Video Quality is great and all the preloaded apps work great. I can skype with my family, read all my e-books from various e-book vendors, The remote app is fun to trick people with. Pandora plays fluently and the sound turns off as you play a video on Youtube. The clock and calendar can link to multiple e-mail accounts. The speed is perfect! I can manover and start an app rather quickly. The Wi-Fi for the most part works great. I do lose connection once or twice a day but, that is ok with me since I can get it started back up in about 2-3 minutes.
The battery lasted me a long time. The other day, I was at the hospital, sitting in the waiting room area for 10 hours, I didn't have it turned on all day, but the battery lasted beyond the day. The audio speakers sound pretty good for being so small, but it is not stereo sound quality - you will need speakers just the same as a laptop
There is no way to close a running app easily. I paid for some games on the Android Market and the they didn't play very well on the tablet at all so now I have to go through the trouble of getting a refund. You are forced to have a Google e-mail account. I already have 8 e-mail accounts and now 9 thanks to this tablet...grr! .
This is a great tablet and I'm very pleased with it. I have faith that Sony developers will come up with better app's and updates. And I look forward to Sony's unlimited video and music, I use it on my PS3 and I am sure it will be just as great on the tablet.
September 21, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by TechnoTigger Very happy with my tablet!
I feel I did a lot of good research before I selected this tablet. I picked Android so that I would be able to have some features (like Flash) that I cannot get with an iPad. In addition, I appreciate that this tablet is lighter than an iPad and that the wedge shape easily fits in my hand. I have had a lot of fun with the built in applications, such as Pinball and the remote controls.
On a down side, I felt I needed to buy an extra one of the proprietary power cords - one for work and one for home (rather than assume I'd always remember to carry it. This did add to the cost, but I can tell you I am glad I did. The wedge shape is wonderful, but some applications assume that I will always hold the tablet in my right hand, which is not true; those applications refuse to rotate. Lastly, some features, like the favorites screen, are not intuitive and I have given up trying to use it.
I would suggest that you buy the STM sleeve with strap for quick and easy portability and put a microfiber cloth in the bag (all tablets need regular removal of fingerprints).
Overall, I think the postives outweight the negatives, I find myself using my tablet just about every day, and I would recommend this tablet to you.
June 17, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by JohnT Potentially Great Tablet
I've had a day to play around with the Sony Tablet S, and I think it could become a worthy alternative to the iPad. The "magazine" shape was a great idea. The tablet is more ergonomic than the iPad or Android competitors. You can hold it with your right or left hand, and the screen will rotate to the correct orientation. The screen is as good as anything out there in the tablet world. The touch screen response is good, the colors are superb. Sony has managed to tweak the base Android UI by offering quick access to favorite apps or bookmarks. The overall performance is what you'd expect from a top of the line tablet.
I assume one of the major carriers will be selling a version with 3G/4G built in. I can use my phone as a WiFi hotspot, so that is a non-issue for me. If you need a tablet with a built in mobile connection right now, this isn't the one for you.
The downside is that I've had a couple of minor crashes in less than 24 hours of use. I hope that Sony will address these issues quickly. As with all Honeycomb tablets, there are some Android apps that will have issues or not run at all. Just about all of the major apps and games are supported. The only things missing for me are Netflix and the Yahoo Mail app. I can check mail just fine through the browser, but it's nice to get alerts when new messages arrive. I'm expecting Netflix support to arrive sooner rather than later. All of the major eBook apps are available.
The Music and Video Unlimited services are not functioning for the Tablet S, yet. I didn't buy the tablet for those services, but I think it's pretty pathetic to open the apps and see a notice that says, "Service for the Sony Tablet will be arriving soon." That's just asking for ridicule, IMO.
If Sony can move quickly to address the software and service glitches, they may have a winner on their hands. Otherwise, expert users who want a richer experience will wind up rooting the device. Most will just stay away and buy an iPad.
September 17, 2011