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LATE AS IT HAS BEEN IN EN­TER­ING THE TABLET MAR­KET, SONY STILL STUNS WITH A UNIQUE LOOK FOR ITS DE­VICE.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

It has taken Sony close to two years to en­ter the tablet mar­ket. In an ex­cel­lent bid to stand out in the crowd, Sony has given its tablet a re­fresh­ing and aes­thetic de­sign. De­scribed as an “er­gonomic in­no­va­tion”, the de­sign con­sists of an un­usual curve-wedge shape, rather like a sin­gle sheet of black plas­tic bent to make the ends meet. The gor­geous looks give the im­pres­sion that the Tablet S is a heavy de­vice. But at 598 gm, it is more than com­fort­able to lug around. The con­trols, in­clud­ing on/off, vol­ume, 3.5mm jack, mem­ory-card slot and a mini USB port, are on the side while the the charg­ing jack lies at the bot­tom.

This 9.4 incher runs on the ver­sion of Android mod­i­fied for tablets, Hon­ey­comb v3.2. The in­ter­face is sim­i­lar to what the other Hon­ey­comb tablets of­fer: five win­dows on the home­screen, the ap­pli­ca­tion launcher tab on the top right along with the back, home and mul­ti­task­ing icons on the left bot­tom. Other than Google ser­vices, it comes with some in­ter­est­ing ap­pli­ca­tions on board. These in­clude Re­mote Con­trol that turns the tablet into a uni­ver­sal re­mote, Wi-fi checker and a So­cial Feed Reader. Video Chaska, Star Player, Big Flix, Bol­ly­wood Hungama and Mer­a­gana.com have been spe­cially de­signed for the Sony Tab. You can down­loaded them by hit­ting the ‘Se­lect App’ icon from the app launcher. Watch­ing mul­ti­me­dia con­tent on the tablet was a plea­sure and us­ing the ‘Throw Func­tion and DLNA’ we could ac­tu­ally watch the video play­ing on the tablet on the Bravia TV us­ing Wi-fi. To en­able this stel­lar per­for­mance, the Tablet S has a dual-core ARM Cor­tex pro­ces­sor clock­ing at 1 GHZ along with 1 GB RAM. Like the ipad, this tablet is only Wi-fi en­abled (no SIM) and of­fers 16 GB of on­board stor­age. The bat­tery lasted close to seven hours.

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