Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 70
Rated 4 out of 5
by Phynomtalk It's The Little Things
Bought the Sony Tablet S a couple of days ago, and I am just not happy...too many gimicks. So, I watched a video explaining the many features of this tablet, and I thought that this would be a good investment. Boy was I wrong.
Tru-black? What is that? I own both an iPad 2 32GB and the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0. There is just something about the Sony Tablet S's screen that just doesn't seem right. It's as if the screen is not as sharp as my other tablets, and the vividness is just lacking. It really takes away from the viewing experience. I really wish the screen was a bit brighter. Also the color temperature is hideous. That may by why the screen seems off. As a television manufactuer, they should have created an option for adjusting the color temperature of the screen. Whites don't really look white, but more like a dingy off white on the Tablet S.
Speaking of the screen, I can't figure for the life of me what Sony did with the wallpaper settings. I can set a full resolution (resolution matching that of the Tablet S's screen) wallpaper, but this scrollable wallpaper feature causes the photo to become distorted due to the crop factor. Um, hello! Sony's new model camera's have this awesome feature for taking panoramic photos, why not include default wallpapers that are taken with this feature! Or, give us the option to disable the scrollable wallapaper.
Okay, what is the big deal with this transfer of files from the SD card? I have always envisioned a tablet with expandable memory. I thought I was getting that when I bought this tablet, but apparently that was not the case.
Sony, hire app developers that will design a hord of widgets! That is what makes the Android OS shine. That's the whole reason I bougtht an Android tablet. Yes, I can download widgets from the market, but it is so much better when they are designed specifically for the device.
Sony seemed to yield to marketing strategy to limit the standards of their tablet. Yes, it is full of features, such as DLNA, Playstation Cetified, the Remote Control App, and it's ergonomic design. However, why do I need extra cables to add a port for HDMI? Why isn't there a flash on the back for the camera? Why won't this tablet accept a micro SD card not only for transferring data, but also reading document, photo, video, and music files? Just wondering when Sony is going to push the boundaries of the tablet, as oppose to just market around the status quo?
The only reason I got this tablet instead of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is because it has a bigger screen, and I mostly purchase Sony products anyway. I would recomment this tablet if you really like the available Playstation games. Using this as a universal remote is also a cool feature. The Sony Tablet S has a lot of great things going for it, but it is just the small things that doesn't make it exceptional.
February 15, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5
by SolidState All hype but this is no iPad killer
I got the Sony 16GB tablet 2 as a media controller for my home entertainment system. This turns out I fail for the sony marketing.
As of 3.2.1 firware relese:
The WIFI is flacy. It sometimes disconnect for no apprent reason. Since the device is a stay at home device I have the wifi set to always stay connected.
The front and back camers are terrible. very noisy and grainy, it reminds me of the early days of camera phones. The back camera is a lot better than the front but still very noisy. I have been using facetime a lot on my iphone and I can use in normal lighting. The front facing camera is so bad I can't even use it for Skype. Why sony Why? I've hoping both problems can be fixed by a software update but as of now, sony tech suppot thinks the cameras are great.
As for software is this is my greatest disappointment in the Sony tablet S.
The HD Media Remote app will only work for Sony devices 2011 beyond. It will only work with my Sony STR-DN1020 AVR.
The Remote Control app is clunky to use. You setup a remote profile for each device, then it's like having several remotes on your lap at the sametime. There is no concept of a single integrated remote with macros to control your entertainment system. So now I don't bother using the Sony tablet as a remote because it's more trouble than using the real remote.
The DLNA app is terrible. It's like no real thought was put into it. Very basic design to give a very minimal user experience. Worst it's not even integrated with the Music player app, Gallery app or Video player app.
The Music app can show you the music play status when play music from a DLNA server but it will not navigate the contents of the server or update its database with the content of the server.
The Gallery app can only display contents from the internal storage or from Picasa. It will not access the pictures on DLNA server.
The Video player will only access internal storage contents. It will not access DLNA server contents.
To make matters worst the DLNA will not play videos generated from my DSC-WX1, DSC-WX5, or DSC-HX9V camers. I have 3 years of mp4 videos and the Sony tablet S will not play any of it. My Sony xbr-hx909 will play the video, the playstation 3 will play the video but not the sony tablet S. Why oh Why?
My iPhone and iPad can play the video using a DLNS client.. I can even play the video on the iPhone and send the audio the the sony SA-NS500 speaker. Why can I not do this with the Sony Tablet S? Why is the no compatibilty between sony products? Even worst because the Sony tablet S can not play the video, it will not even let you throw the video to a device that can.
The Sony Table S faild as a media content controller, it not even compatible with sony's own formats.
Also, the touch screen seems to hang sometimes when trying to use a slider control. I've seen this several times. And the touch screen doesn't seem to be as procise and you would expect.
Bottomline, I got this to contol my media around the house and it faild big time. It seems I would have been better off getting another iPad. I will have to check the return policy to way my options to wait until Andoid 4.0 and hope sony improve the software. After that my only option is to put this on ebay and get another iPad.
This was my first Android product and so far I have been greatly disappointed. I thought I'd try something different instead of apple iphone and ipad.
January 5, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5
by Aks316 Almost Perfect
Hi i am a huge Sony fan and i would have bought this without even seeing it if it had 3G in it. This is the product i was waiting for from Sony. Please add 3g and i will buy it the day it gets launched. :(
September 8, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5
by hickslv426 Very Promising?
I just feel that the PS Certified aspect is somewhat misleading. You can only play the select downloadable games from the PS suite site to play on the tablet and they are few and far between. I thought that being PS Certified, I would be able to transfer my old PSone & PSP games from my PS3 to the tablet. This is not the case. It's not backward compatible. I would have to buy them again. Also, if they were focusing on gamers - Why not have DS3 connectivity to play the games with the controller instead of the touch screen? If you can use a bluetooth keyboard, why not a DS3? If this is something that can be sorted by a firmware upgrage then I would buy this tablet.
September 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by mrsonny sony tablet
I love this tablet and the reason I chose this one is because i love sony products and this tablet is great. I love the IR i can control all my stereo home system, blue ray , my yamaha receiver and tv of course. Internet browsing is really smooth and I love the fact that i can watch other movies for free on crackle so now i have netflix plus crackle to watch more movies without paying so much on cable. Another reason i chose this tablet over the iPad is because i have an apple computer at home and the iPad its just a small version of my iMac so I needed something different now I have bigger options and more applications to play and explore. I am very happy with my sony tablet, i love it, totally different from the iPad. iPad its nice but i needed something more stylish & unique, I have always been a fan of sony products.. So go ahead buy a sony tablet and have fun with it.......Note: My wifi with the sony tablet works great!! I always get a full bar.
March 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Electro No regrets absolutely love it
I was mulling between an iPad 2 and this device. I decided to go with the Sony because of the PSP and universal remote capability. This tablet has not disappointed and I am just starting to realize that the things you can do with this tablet are almost limitless. I have downloaded some apps off the market and have fully customized the device to fit me and my needs and now I just love it. I wish the universal remote was more like a logitech remote where you can program multiple devices and they are all controlled by one single interface. If you want to put the volume up on the surround sound you have to select surround sound and then change the volume and if you want to change the channel you have to switch to the cable box and then change the channel. I am also a little disappointed with the PSP because there are only a handful of games out right now. I was hoping to play games like god of war on the tablet but no luck yet.
December 15, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by lyrisist Could be better!
I like this tablet or I am attempting to convince myself that I wasn't wrong about this product. Lets just get the cons out of the way. I dislike that Sony only went with a 32gb SDHC and not a SDXC card which can go up to 128gb. That would have made up for not having a full usb port and not allowing us to take full advantage of sd card slot.
Now on to the Pros: The design is stellar. I just love the way this feels in my hands. When reading a digital magazine, my hands don't get tired. I do love the UI on this tablet too. Glad Sony stepped away and didn't just go with the stock Android Honeycomb(boring) UI. This UI is fresh, different and makes it look very unique.
Not sure if I am going to keep this though. The fact that I can't go higher than 32gb and can't watch movies off of the memory card without having to port it over, is a real bumber for me. Fix this and you can easily get another star.
October 30, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by pacman71 Best Android Tablet on the market
I've had my Sony Tablet for little over a month and I love this Tablet. During the Christmas season, I was shopping for a tablet for my wife. I decided on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for her but I saw the Tablet S on display and it really caught my interest. Needless to say a couple days later I bought myself the Tablet S. From the time I open it I loved it. For starters the speed is awesome I have nearly no lag time opening apps . The universal remote is great , I've put all of my household electronics on the tablet . The design is great Sony really did a good job with this. It's easy to hold for long periods of time without my hands and arms tried. Ive compared
January 29, 2012