Sony Tablet S

Released September, 2011
  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 3.2
It's the same size and resolution as the previous Tablet S, and it's still a very good display.
by The Verge (Sep, 2012)
7.1 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Tablet S

Performance

Processing power and speed

Tablet S
7.0
iPad 4
9.6
Nexus 7 II
10.0
Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Tablet S
5.8
iPad 4
10.0
Nexus 7 II
10.0
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Tablet S
6.7
iPad 4
7.2
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Tablet S
8.9
iPad 4
9.5
Reviews from phonearena.com, theverge.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 1 more

7.1

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Tablet S
7.1
iPad 4
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Tablet S

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Tablet S
384
Nexus 7 II
2,670
iPad 4
1,768

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Tablet S
2,191 ms
iPad 4
850 ms
Nexus 7 II
1,177.1 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Tablet S
1,544
iPad 4
2,495

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Tablet S
1.3 fps
iPad 4
17.3 fps
Nexus 7 II
14.6 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Tablet S
4.8 fps
iPad 4
54.4 fps
Nexus 7 II
40 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Tablet S


8.0
Sony uses their TruBlack display technology that's found on Sony Bravia TVs, and the screen indeed achieves deeper black levels than other tablets.

8.0
There are familiar specifications such as the dual core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, micro USB and choice of WiFi/WiFi 3G and 16GB/32GB sizes, but everything else raises an eyebrow.

8.0
Thankfully, it seems to handle macro shots with ease thanks to its sharp focus.

6.7
It's great for your kids, if you don't want them to be able to open Google Play or browse the web – it's also nice if you just want to let someone use your tablet without worrying about what notifications will pop up or whether they'll read your email.

Overall

7.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Apps

But Sony came up with a design that's like no other, to use their old tag line, and they've integrated their movies, Playstation gaming, ebooks, an AV universal remote and music services into this tablet, making it more turnkey for the everyday consumer.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2011)
They did a great job, as we can see with the included Crash Bandicoot, but we'd love to see more games (Sony is working on this).
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2011)
They've hit a home run here; the tablet is pleasant to hold when reading and comfortable for gaming with accelerometer-based games.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2011)

Screen

Colors are bright and fairly accurate, and the camera handles contrast better than average.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2011)
The Sony Tablet S has a 9.4" capacitive multi-touch display running at the usual 1280 x 800 resolution.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2011)
When browsing through albums, we get this cool looking 3D album cover interface where we’re able to move and pick up albums and place them anywhere on screen.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2011)

Operating system

The company is capable of making some very nice and handsomely designed hardware, and I would say that they’ve accomplished that with the Tablet S. But as in past efforts, Sony seems to struggle on the software side, and that makes this device harder to recommend even against other Honeycomb tablets.
by The Verge (Aug, 2011)
I like most (but not all) of Sony's software additions.
by The Verge (Sep, 2012)
We suspect some piece of Sony software isn't behaving as well as it should.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2011)

Operating System

Sony's smartest addition to the operating system seems so obvious that it should really just be a core Android feature: Guest Mode.
by The Verge (Sep, 2012)
Out of the box, the tablet is loaded with Android 3.1 Honeycomb, but a software update quickly brings it up to version 3.2.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2011)
The Sony Tablet S (previously known as the Sony S1) is Sony's long awaited first Android tablet and its primary defining feature is to snub its nose at the aesthetically pleasing but impractical race to be thinnest.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)

Battery

We can live with the runtime, since it's not that far out of the pack and offers plenty enough juice for a day or more of use, but standby time is a problem.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2011)
This still doesn't hold up to the iPad 2's quoted 10 hours though (we found it lasts close to this claim) and the Tablet S battery charge time of five hours is excessive.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
I watched an entire season of How I Met Your Mother (23 20-minute episodes, a little less than eight hours), plus a couple of Breaking Bad episodes and one of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, before the battery finally croaked — that's about 10 solid hours of watching movies.
by The Verge (Sep, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 10.1"
Technology TN LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800
PPI 149 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDHC
  2. SDSC
  3. SD
Maximum capacity 32 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 598 g
Size 241.3 x 172.7 x 7.6 mm
Thickness 7.6 mm
Battery life 8.4 hour
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