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Good: it is playstation certified, i have had ago in carphone warehouse and it seems to run smoothly
Bad: from what i can see so far not alot!
Comment: im am wandering whether to get this or the google nexus 7 .... any ideas?
Good: Easy to use fast reliable and a long battery life for under £300
Bad: After booting the screen does have the odd flicker
Comment: The screen flicker was after the Ice cream sandwich v4.0.3 so this may be ironed out in the next update but does not happen during movies or games are played :)
Good: It was quick and good qualtiy
Bad: It flickers like hell it wont run live backgrounds that well VERY dissapointed
Comment: Dont get it!!!!!!!!
Good: Design, Screen, Remote
Bad: Charger design
Comment: This was my first tablet, and spent a fair bit of time deciding. I've used HTC Android phones for a few years, so was pretty sure I wanted an adroid tablet, but did look into the alternatives.
I almost went for the Samung, but I eventually went for the Sony largely because of the design. Sure, not it won't be to everyone's liking, but it does make using / holding more comfortable, typing easier though does add a bit of bulk to it of course. But most importantly, it stands out. There is no mistaking that this is an iPad / 'iPad clone', and I like that - if I wanted an iPad, I'd have bought an iPad, and there are good reasons I didn't!
This tablet, on paper, isn't the highest spec, but to be honest, I'm not entirely sure I'd have noticed the difference. The screen is clear and sharp, and games fun, fast and vibrant. No issues.
The software is 3.2 (Honeycomb) but confirmed for upgrade to ICS very soon, which I'm looking forward to (and a key 'selling point').
As I've not used HC before, I'm not too sure on what it stock, and what is Sony UI, but the overall experience is pretty slick, though took an hour or so to get used to it.
Charging is via a connector similar to the old sony erricson connectors, and includes an inline 'brick', which, whilst not huge or heavy, is annoying and a shame. If it's to allow faster charging, then an option to also charge via USB would have been welcome.
There is no HDMI, but that doesn't concern me, There is micro-USB which can be used to connect a PS3 controller to play the playstation games - but have not tried this.
There is a front & back camera, but I don't expect to use these much, except for skyping.
For me though, the best feature is it's built in remote app, delivered via infra-red. This allows you to control all your a/v kit from the tablet. I knew of this feature before purchasing, but played it down as a gimmick, and only played a small part in my decision to purchase. However, this is a fantastic app, and almost worth purchasing the tablet just for this! I have it controlling my A/V amp (even down to controlling the dimming of the led panel!), blu-ray player, TV, Cable TV box and Xbox360! This took about 10 min to setup an validate. I then tweak it so I could, for example control AMP volume from each appliance. You can add extra buttons and configure them using any existing remote as a config source. So you could, with a little time, create a single custom app with all you common controls for all your kit on one screen. It really is quite impressive.
Overall, for the price being asked, you get a well built Sony kit priced to compete heavily with the competition - when you would normally pay a premium for Sony products! I Picked mine up for less than the price of a new iPad2.
As for the missing 1/2 star? Lack of USB charging and ICS not being ready yet!
Bad: Almost everything
Comment: 'Force close' on so many downloaded apps is disappointing, especially when one has paid for them. Slow to load, GPS barely works, an unintelligent and poorly documented user interface, and dysfunctional support from Sony. In virtually every respect (apart from the Sony being bigger and heavier) my htc smartphone out-performs it.
Good: 3G, SD Card, Image Quality, Remote
Bad: No HDMI, No USB Charging, Small HD
Comment: I am a bit disappointed with the tablet to be honest, the 3G / WiFi often drops out and needs a full on reboot to reestablish, which I could cope with.
If you buy from the Sony Unlimited Movies App, you have to keep the files, you can not download them again later unless you pay for them again, which seems unreasonable given the tiny amount of free space on the device.
The worst part about the tablet though is the charger, it's a proprietary connector which draws an unusually high amount of power, making a USB charger very unlikely, also I have purchased the cover for the tablet, which I have to leave open while it is on charge as the connector is in the way, so you can't close it, and while watching movies etc on charge, the tablet has to rest on the charger connector, because it's at the bottom, putting it at an odd angle, and in a precarious position. I've looked at the cradle, but this connects to the same charger, so I'd need to carry both around.
All in all, it's ok, but isn't what I was hoping for, mainly because of the charger, which makes it cumbersome to carry round for everyday use, which is what I was hoping for.
I think SONY have really missed a trick by not making it charge from USB, I love that for my phone & kindle I only need carry around a single wire, which I can plug into my work PC or the power block at home.
Comment: I take some of what I wrote before back because I've just figured out how to use Kindle on it - and didn't have to send hours trying to enter passwords or accounts which it didn't seem to recognise - in fact it worked first time! And e-books look brilliant on it!
I still don't find this device to be very user friendly though - could try a lot, lot harder!
Good: Looks glossy
Bad: Virtually unusable
Comment: Everything I try to do on this device appears to be blocked because I don't have the right account or password or something - it's operation is obscure, baffling and poorly documented. When I do manage to get past all of the crap I find poor functionality and most of the things that I can do on it I can do much better on my laptop or desktop without nearly as much hassle. On the basis of this device I've decided that tablets are a complete waste of money!
Oh yes, I hate Android with a passion! Come back Microsoft, all is forgiven!
Comment: I don't understand why products get marked down on theoretical spec!
CNET produce some numbers, and mark the product down based upon those numbers, not on the actual performance of the product. In the review it says that everything works really well and smoothly. So why mark it down? If Sony didn't release information on exactly what processor it had, would it still be marked down??? I doubt it.
I love this Tablet. We have an iPad 2 and a Tablet S in my house now. The iPad 2 looks absolutely beautiful and definitely has the edge on the Sony. Other than a few cool "only on iPad" apps, that's about it. The Tablet S is superior in almost every other way.
You can link a Bluetooth PS3 controller to it wirelessly (which I was surprised to not find in the review!!!) Which makes gaming so much fun, as touchscreen is cool, but sometimes you want to see the whole screen, not your fingers getting in the way) The fact you can browse any webpage with flash, makes such a huge difference as well.
Nice review CNET, but I think you missed some crucial things and marked it down a little unfairly.
Good: I haven't bought one yet!
Bad: I haven't bought one yet!
Comment: I went into the local Sony shop last week enquiring about this product as I had just seen it mentioned that morning before I went to work. The guy in the shop mentioned some things that the Cnet reviewer didn't mention.
One thing that I think may be an advantage over the Apple IPad is that you are not tied to only purchasing apps, music etc through Apple. Also the guy said that you can send your information wirelessly to your PC, your phone, your printer etc.
I am a little bothered by the style as I think that the flat tablets look nicer, but that is just cosmetic and like with women (or men) that wear make-up, surely it's what's underneath that counts not what it looks like.
I get the impression from what I have been told that the Sony Tablet S is a good competitor to the IPad and as one of the reviewers above has mentioned it has an SD slot.
The price, however, is expensive and that is making me hold back. I want to get one for my husband for his 50th Birthday in January, but I would like to see if the price comes down a bit. Not that I'm a tight-wad, more that I have a family and other committments! I think I'll wait for more reviews.
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