The Tablet S sports a skinned Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, Tegra 3 quad-core SoC, and a 9.4 inch 1280×800 IPS LCD screen (the same panel used in the first-gen Tablet S) that is surrounded by a big, glossy black bezel. The Tablet S can be ordered in 16 or 32GB built-in storage with WiFi or 3G=WiFi. It has a SD card slot as well for those who feel 32GB isn’t enough.
This second gen Tablet S that I am testing still has the folded-over magazine shape although this time around it is more subtle (239.8 x 174.4 x 8.8mm). The magazine-like fold extends only a quarter into the back. In the middle of this “fold” is a 8-megapixel camera (no flash) and an IR blaster. On one end of the short rectangular back panel are located the power button and volume rocker. Across the other side is the 3.5mm audio jack next to the SD card reader which is hidden behind a silver coated plastic cover. At the bottom is a pair of speakers flanking the multi-port dock.
WHAT I LIKE
The Tablet S continues the Sony tradition of being easy on the eyes and a droll magnet. It has very good contrast making for a pleasant experience looking at pictures, reminiscent of the experience you’d get from one of Sony’s Bravia TVs. Another plus I want to highlight are the speakers. By far the Tablet S is great for listening to music or audiobooks or watching a movie. I don’t need a pair of headsets or plug in an external speaker. The speakers produce crisp clear sound – a very welcome change from the current crop of tablets (include the iPad) and even against some of the larger notebook computers.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE
I usually end these reviews asking myself “would I buy this device” for my personal use. If I favored a 9″ screen (with its added weight and portability issues), I would consider the Tablet S over the iPad anytime (since it is no secret that I don’t like iTunes and the slavery – aka vendor lock-in – it promotes). Would I prefer the Sony Tablet S over a Samsung Tab 2 10? Probably! How about a Samsung Note 10.1? I need to think about that harder? Let me get back to you on that.
|Model||SGPT121HK (Wi-Fi model)|
|Operating System||Android™ 4.0|
|Processor||NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Mobile Processor | with 4‐PLUS ‐1™ Quad Core ARM® Cortex™-A9 CPU 1.4 GHz *1 *2|
|Display||9.4″ wide (WXGA: 1280 x 800) TFT Color LCD*3|
|Interface||Multi Port||Multi Port x 1*6|
|Headphone Jack||Stereo mini jack x 1 (works as a monaural microphone jack)|
|Wireless LAN||Wireless LAN Specification||IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n (WPA2 Supported)*7|
|Wireless LAN Data Rate||Maximum transmission speed: 150 Mbps, Maximum receipt speed: 150 Mbps*8|
|Wireless WAN||Wireless WAN Function||No|
|Bluetooth® Technology||Bluetooth® Technology||Bluetooth® standard Ver. 3.0*9|
|Supported Profile||A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HID, SPP, OPP|
|Sensor||Accelerometer (3-axis accelerometer), Gyro, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor|
|IR Remote control function||Yes (Supports Multi Function, Learning Function (Pre-loaded remote control code))|
|Expansion Slots||Memory Card Slot||SD memory card x 1 (Supports SD, SDHC, SDHC UHS-I)|
|Speaker||Built-in stereo speakers|
|Microphone||Built-in monaural microphone|
|Camera||Front Camera||HD web camera (Resolution: 1296 x 808, Effective Pixels: 1 Mega pixels)|
|Rear Camera||HD camera (Resolution: 3264 x 2448, Effective Pixels: 8 Mega pixels)|
|Supplied Accessories||AC adapter (SGPAC5V6), Power Cord|
|Battery Life (Approx.)*11 *12||Battery||Built-in rechargeable battery pack*10|
|Browsing web with Wi-Fi||10.0 hours|
|Browsing web with 3G||NIL|
|Playing video||12.0 hours|
|Battery Charging Time||5.5 hours*13|
|Size (Approx. )||Dimensions (W x H x D)||239.8 x 8.8 – 11.85 x 174.4 mm|
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