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3rd time lucky!!
on 10 October 2011
To give some perspective this is my third Android tablet. I have previously had the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Both were good tablets in their own right but had their niggles. This is what I like and dislike about the Sony.
It is solidly built, no creaking and feels like it could withstand some punishment.
Sony has played with the software but the tweaks it has made have in my opinion improved the user interface. Some really clever features, my favourite being the ability to categorise your apps in the main apps section. Also latest Android version (3.2) available now.
The unique shape makes this decent to hold and it really does work well. The angle makes viewing and typing a lot better, especially when using on a table.
Full size SD card included (see also dislikes)- cheaper than micro sd.
The universal remote feature is fantastic as far as it goes. It will get more refined as new versions appear (this is version 1.0). At the moment is does not support 'activities' which is more than one action (e.g switch on TV and then DVD player with one button press) but I'm sure this will improve.
I use the tablet with the optional Sony dock and really like the 'drop in charge system. The Samsung dock was fiddly to use and required two hands to remove as did the Xoom dock. This is easy and quick.
The screen is a unique 9.4". This is great as it gives you more pixels per inch than a 10.1" display resulting in a sharper image, great for watching movies. The viewing angles are also good and the slightly smaller screen is easier to navigate with your fingers.
I don't like:
When not using the dock the charging system / cord is fiddly and does not feel very durable.
Full size SD card cannot be mounted and used as a mass storage device on your PC to transfer files. In other words the only way you can get files onto it is by transferring them through the tablet....WHY???? Hopefully this will change in time.
Why do Sony (and most others) price the their tablets so close to the iPads price point. Price it £100 less and give people a real tough decision to make when deciding what to buy. You can't beat Apple's marketing machine and need to build some traction in the market, so price accordingly. Why can't they see this?
Overall IMO this is the best Android tablet on the market. Its not perfect but better than the rest and I recommend.