Sony S Tablet is Sony’s first Android Powered Tablet, running Android 3.2 with Quick and Smooth UX overlay. Powered by a Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 2MP front facing camera for video chat and 5MP camera in the rear with HD playback. The 9.4 inch tablet with a 1280×600 display is uniquely styled with a Sony imprint, moving away from the traditional flat tablet form factor. Sony has created a S book curved like shape with the S1 tablet that is raised, so you can place it on the table and have a good angle view of the screen. The S tablet also features a mini USB port an a SD card slot. The Sony S1 tablet is also PlayStation certified, so you can download and Play PlayStation Games on the tablet.
How does Quick & Smooth UX feel?
Well it is as Sony calls it Quick and Smooth, but that pretty much it on the visual side of things. there are no UX visual Additives that you may find with other tablets. There several more additives to the OS such as a dock on the top left hand side that can be customized with an quick launch app you want. Also on the top right hand corner next to the app tray launcher is an icon that say favorites. This allows you to access a slew of favorite apps, games, pictures, movies and more. This is more of a Sony styled area that is geared to give a sleek easy access area to your favorite applications and items on the device.
The Sony S Tablet also does come with DLNA support, and its very easy to setup. There is also a Sony remote control app, that gives you the ability through the Tablets IR functionality to control any Sony Blu-Ray player, Sony HDTV, Surround sound system
The system does have access to Sony’s Qriocity platform for music and movies, which at the time of the review was not available, which is a shame considering the rich content Sony has in it music and movie catalog. There are also a number of PlayStation Games on the devices, but no avenue to download more games, which I assume will be available once Qriocity is up and running for the tablet.
- 9.4-inch display screen with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB-32GB Storage
- Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- Android Honeycomb 3.2 OS
- Front and rear facing cameras
- HD video playback
- DLNA support
- Sony Qriocity platform
- IR port for AV controls
- 3G/4G compatibility
- PlayStation Suite games
- Quick and Smooth touch panel UI
- Swift web browser
The Sony S Tablet (S1) is a well designed and polish entry by Sony into the Tablet arms race. Sony has taken a slightly different approach to create this tablet. One where the deign lends to its use and looks to be more of an in home device than one on the go. Which isn’t a bad thing. I must admitted the raised nature of the tablet does allow for easier viewing off a flat surface; meaning you don’t have to lift it up off a table.
On the down side, the lack of Qriocity at launch does limit the Tablet use and doesn’t full set it apart from other tablets. Though that should change once the service is activated for the Tablet. In all Sony has taken the right steps to create a tablet platform off Android Honeycomb and making it an entertainment centric Platform that truly feels like a Sony devices. The S1 tablet is a worthy buy.