Sony Tablet SJanuary 27, 2012 • By Natalie Wright
First, a disclaimer. I am an Apple girl. I have never ever used anything Android related in my whole life. I have had a very unhealthy relationship in the past with my iPad. Like, drooling on it while I am sleeping because I just can’t let go kind of relationship.
I have always assumed learning a new operating system would be tedious and difficult. And I am lazy. Those two are not a good combination when it comes to trying new things.
With that said, I was not hesitant to try the Sony Tablet S. After seeing it at CES I was beyond excited to get my hands on it. But before I tell you why I now like it better than the iPad, let’s take a peak, shall we?
It’s different isn’t it?!
The Sony Tablet S has this cool folded magazine look to it, which makes sense because that is usually how we hold a book or a magazine. It also has this great texture on the back so it’s not slippery like typical tablets. No matter which way you turn it, it’s really comfortable in your hands.
The screen is a beautiful 9.4 inch touch screen, and the tablet boasts a Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor.
The tablet comes with the usual ports, some with a solid little plastic covering. The charger cable fits in the front. I was worried about being able to charge with a case on it, but after ordering a case online it all fits just fine.
Though certainly not the best feature, this one is by far the most family friendly: the Sony S Tablet actually comes with a removable wrist strap. If you have kids that have ever carried a tablet around while you squirm in concern of them dropping it, now your little ones can actually strap it on, giving the tablet one more step of protection from dropping. For those of you who insist your kids wear the strap on compact cameras, this Tablet to will give you just a little more reassurance.
And speaking of kids, they are going to LOVE the Sony S. It is the first tablet to be Playstation certified. It is perfect for families and gamers alike. It totally supports Playstation 3 DualShock controllers. For the first time, you can play playstation games, with a controller, on your tablet.
I feel like I should be shouting that from the roof top. Isn’t that cool! I would be lying if I said I hadn’t spent several hours already playing Crash Bandicoot.
Another cool feature with the Sony Tablet S is the built in front and rear facing camera’s. The front camera is 1.3 MP, and the rear is 5MP with 720p video. As impressive as those numbers are, what impressed me most was actually the white balance. I have shot with enough phones and tablets to know the Sony S rocks when it comes to good photo color right out of the camera. Here’s a shot of my kids in low light, and as most kids will be, in motion.
Now, I am going to say something, and I am pretty sure you are not going to freak out, but just hear me out ‘nkay?
The Sony Tablet S is better than the iPad 2.
I know, I know! It’s sounds crazy!
Just hear me out.
The iPad 2 camera sucks. It only has a 1MP camera, and the Sony S Tablet has a 5MP camera.
The iPad 2 does not support flash. Sony Tablet S? Yup!
The iPad 2 has a mono speaker, and the Sony S has stereo speakers with Clear Phase and xLoud technology. Trust me, they rock.
The Sony S has a full-size SD card slot. iPad, nope.
The display on the Sony S has higher contrast, more vibrant colors, deeper blacks, and has a higher resolution than the iPad 2.
The Sony S has a mini-USB port built-in. iPad 2 has nada.
The Sony S Tablet has wireless streaming to CE devices. (CE means Consumer Electronic and it refers to audio and video equipment for the home, including CD and DVD players, stereos, TVs and home theater components.) The iPad not only does not have wireless streaming, but it also requires you purchase Apple TV and add-ons in order to be comparable.
At a starting retail price of $399, the Sony S Tabet is cheaper.
Android apps rock. They have a very competitive marketplace, and the app prices are just as good as the App Store, if not better.
Why are we still having this conversation???
Seriously folks, you need to check out more about this tablet. You can read more about the Sony Tablet S or purchase it at the Sony Store here. To read more about the nitty gritty details, all of which I could never cover because it has so many cool features, go here.
And lastly, I must now go because my husband is watching football, I have got me feet up with some Netflix on my Sony S, and it’s time my new tablet to get familiar with some napping drool.
Thanks Sony for hookin’ me up with the Sony Tablet S! Though I was given this tablet, I was not financially compensated for this post, and all opinions (and drool) are mine.Powered by Sidelines