Being an Android-powered device, I managed to get most of the apps I need for my daily usage – which is surprisingly little actually. In total, I downloaded MoboPlayer, Foursquare, Facebook, Opera Mobile, Dropbox, Twitter, SBS Transit iris, Google+, Conqu and the Amazon Kindle app. I didn’t have to download any of the other Google product apps as they were already preloaded.
Most of the apps I downloaded worked just fine except for MoboPlayer when playing .mkv files. I would think that maybe it’s an app issue though. It plays the videos but it’s pretty jerky.
The one thing that struck me all day was “How wonderful this device would be if it didn’t need me to set up a portable WiFi hotspot everywhere I went”. So yeah, I do think 3G functionality should be part of it. But if you’re only shuttling between home and the office then a WiFi-only Tablet S should work for you just fine.
Battery. Not knowing how long it would last, I was somewhat nervous about whether it would last me all day or not…so I brought out the power adapter just in case. And thankfully I did. From the time I left the house around 9am till about 3pm, it had dropped by more than 50%. I did quite a bit of surfing, reading the Kindle, Facebooking and Twittering. That said, it could be that I was exploring the device a lot too and it might not be a ‘typical’ usage pattern. I think that when I post again in a week or so, I should be able to give a more accurate picture as to how long the battery lasts typically and also how long it lasts on standby.
One thing to note is that I turned off much of the battery saving options – the screen remains on for 5 mins before it goes off, the wifi remains on all the time and most of the apps poll for updates every 15mins. I think I set Twitter to update every 5 mins.
Lastly, I took some time to play the preloaded PlayStation games – Crash Bandicoot and Pinball Heroes too. I guess playing a console/handheld game on a tablet isn’t the best way to do things but I can see how having the option might be pretty fun thing. Now I wonder if it’s possible to get Sonic the Hedgehog on it…heh
After just one day, I think i’m settling into a workflow with the Tablet S. Will make another post on this in a week.
Other Sony Tablet S Review Articles
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- [First Impressions] Sony Tablet S
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- 24 Hours with the Sony Tablet S
- A Week with the Sony Tablet S
- [The Review] Sony Tablet S
- [Making The Cut] Sony Tablet S
Starting and maintaining Ridz.sg aside, Ridzuan is Co-Founder of Senseless Labs – A software solutions company currently focused on building mobile-based Marketing and CRM solutions. He has been dabbling in both web and mobile development since 2003. His interests include how technology can be used to improve the human condition, poverty alleviation through sustainable development, education and microfinancing.