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