The roaring success of iPad, saw a host of tech companies jumping on to the tablet bandwagon, to gain a slice of this money-spinning pie. Soon within a span of a couple of years, the market was riddled with a mixture of amazing groundbreaking products and few hapless duds.
For consumer electronics giant Sony, whose stocks have dramatically fallen in the recent years, the burgeoning tablet space offered them the only hope for a turnaround in their fortunes. They needed to come up with a distinctly original product –something that can cut through the clutter and scream out “I am Sony”. If the initial reports and feedback , Sony may have just unearthed a jewel that could give a much needed boost to its outdated and dwindling product portfolio.
The Tablet simply called S and it looks like being folded out of single piece of textured black plastic. As a result one can type without much hassle, when the tablet is placed flat on a table – very much an essential feature in any tablet. Its weight is concentrated largely in the middle portion as a result you can easily grab it with one hand while you are surfing the net. Its sleek book-like design, coupled with an all-important 9.4 inch vibrant and razor sharp screen, makes it irresistible to any tech addict.
Its internal specifications are also very impressive. It boasts of a I GHz dual core tetra 2 chip and 1 GB memory which allows one to merrily run various applications, video stream and message with gay abandon without even a semblance of a slowdown. However there reported issues with certain websites, ironically Sony’s captive app store being an ignominious example, -with hazy half displayed webpages and problems in scrolling. The fork shaped proprietary charger of Sony, can also be a real bummer as you will not be find a replacement too easily. Also there are complaints that the charger felt loose when plugged in. Conversely it is very lightweight weighing around 600g (similar to iPad) and its sleek, textured appearance is indeed eye popping.
There are cameras on both sides with 5 megs and 1080p on the back and .3 megs/VGA on the front. The picture and video quality is as good as one may expect in any other tablet.
The Android 3.1 operating system allows automatic access to the Android store and its three hundred thousand or so, applications. Although Honeycomb has emerged as a credible threat to iOS, it still has to traverse many miles before it can pose any challenge to Apple’s vast application arsenal, both in terms of quality as well as quantity.
The Tablet is loaded with plenty of Sony’s applications that sets it apart “from the jungle”. It is PlayStation certified, which means its user will have automatic access to a host of PlayStation games. It can also serve as a universal Sony remote, if your house is heavily branded with Sony’s products.
One thing that can be a real deal breaker is its low battery life. Consumers have raised complaints that the tablets shed battery life very fast, something which is not seen any other tablet. Although Sony has vociferously dismissed any such problem in their product, this issue if remain unaddressed can toss Sony’s dreams of beating Apple and Samsung, right out of the Window.