Taking it out of the box, the first thing I can’t help noticing is how beautiful the design of the Sony Tablet S is. It’s slightly curved on one side which makes it lopsided but as soon as I lift it up and hold it in portrait mode, it’s clear that it’s not only an aesthetic consideration but a functional one. The asymmetric design means that when you hold it in one hand, it feels very much like you’re holding the spine of a book. And when you put it down on the table, the screen is angled to make it easier to see it. The design also causes the weight of the tablet to be concentrated into the hand that is holding the device so it sort of feels much lighter than you’d expect it.
A quick look around the exterior of the tablet reveals the standard headphone port, power buttons, volume controls. The microUSB port and SD card slot are hidden behind a flap. I don’t particularly like the flap because it’s made of rubber and I always have a perception that it will deteriorate and eventually tear off after repeated opening and closing. But I suppose the flap itself is necessary to prevent dust accumulation inside the port. (I’m guessing they left the headphone port exposed to allow the user to remain plugged in while walking around)
Of course, there is one thing that immediately turns me off but isn’t something all that surprising with Sony products – the proprietary charger. I wonder why they haven’t embraced a more universal charging mechanism like USB or at least something that can be used interchangeably with their cameras and portable battery banks but the thought of having to lug around another power adapter in addition to the one for laptop is quite a quick turn off. But who knows, maybe over the course of the next 2 weeks, it might surprise me by not require very frequent charging so I’ll talk about this again in the next post or so.
[For more pictures, go here]
Of course, the Sony Tablet S runs on Android 3.2 so I’m not expecting much problems with finding applications to download to make it a useful device.
Overall the design makes it a really good first impression. Looking forward to using it over the next few weeks.
|Display||:||9.4inches WXGA (1280×800 pixels) TFT color LCD|
|CPU||:||NVIDIA Tegra 2 Mobile Processor 1GHz|
|Connectivity||:||WiFi : IEEE 802.1.11b/g/n|
|External Ports||:||01 x USB 2.0 Micro-AB connector, 01 x Headphone (Steroe, minijack)|
|Bluetooth||:||Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Standard|
|Infrared Tech||:||Infrared Remote Control Functionality|
|Card Slot||:||SD Memory Card Slot x 01|
|Camera||:||Front – 0.3MP, Rear – 5.1MP(HD camera powered by “Exmor for mobile”)|
|Sensor||:||3 axis Accelerometer, Gyrosensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Sensor|
|Battery Life||:||Up to 8 hours (on typical usage – web browsing, watching video, music)|
|Dimensions||:||241.2mm x 10.1mm (thickest point 20.6mm) x 174.3mm|
Other Sony Tablet S Review Articles
- Sony Tablet S – Elegance you can hold
- [First Impressions] Sony Tablet S
- [Pictures] Sony Tablet S
- 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
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