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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite an iPad..., 23 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Sony 9.4 inch Tablet S (Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz, 1GB RAM,16GB Memory, Android 3.1) (Personal Computers)
Having lusted after an iPad but not being able to justify the cost I decided to look round for something a bit cheaper. I was also unsure how much I would use the thing as I already own an iPhone and a Laptop.
Most manufacturers pitch their product against the iPad but Sony have made a smart move in trimming £50 off the iPad price.
Opening the box you find the Tablet S and a mains charger. The Tablet S doesn't come with a USB cable (£3 off eBay) so you can't immediately download/upload from your PC unless you email stuff to your gmail account.
The Tablet S does have an SD card slot but this isn't for extra storage. Anything on the SD card has to be uploaded to the Tablet S to be useable so in the absence of a USB cable you can copy movies/music or whatever onto an SD card and then onto the Tablet S. This does seem a bit long winded - why not just supply a USB cable and not bother with the SD slot? Maybe at some point in the future the SD card will be useable as storage.
Do not lose the mains charger. The Tablet S doesn't charge over USB.
In use the Tablet S does pretty much what you would expect. Video and music playback is excellent as is the web browser.
I've never used an Android device before but having used an iPhone I soon worked out how things worked. I know Android fans think it is much more configurable than IOS but in reality I found it just a bit less intuitive. Everything takes just a bit longer and involves a few more steps than on IOS. At the end of the day you don't buy a device like this to fiddle about with - you just want it to work. Which it does but not with the same panache as IOS.
The Android marketplace isn't targetted at tablet devices so you don't always know how well an app will run on a tablet. Several apps I downloaded only ran in portrait mode and were clearly designed for a phone.
The Tablet S is an unusual design but this does make it very comfortable to hold especially in portait mode. Using the Reader app or better still the Kindle app it does feel just like a book and the screen is a very nice resolution.
The Tablet S is clearly another high quality Sony product and being ever so slightly smaller than an iPad is no bad thing.
Overall you will not be unhappy with this device especially if like me you just want a quick web browser while you are sitting on the sofa. There is no getting away from the fact that the iPad is a better overall 'experience' but as Android devices go the Sony Tablet S has to be up there with the front runners.
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