Sony has jumped into the waters of the tablet craze with their newest offering, the Sony Xperia Tablet S. Here, you will find an analysis of just what this tablet brings to the table.
The most obvious feature of the Sony Xperia Tablet S is the LCD display that dominates the front of the unit. Its resolution is 1,280 by 800 pixels, putting it almost on par with the typical desktop LCD resolution of 1,280 by 1,024 pixels. Its colors are vibrant and its black levels are excellent. Television, movies and even games look remarkable on this screen. Its resolution is nowhere near as high as that found on some other tablets, such as the "new iPad", but it is more than sufficient for most users. It has enough resolution for viewing 720p content. 1080p content can also be viewed, albeit scaled to the device's native resolution. Unlike Apple's "Retina" display, the LCD panel chosen for the Sony Xperia Tablet S does not expect the Internet to double its resolution to suit the screen's demands. As a result, it is much better suited for the online content available today.
The Xperia Tablet S packs a powerful punch with its nVidia Tegra 3 processor, featuring four Cortex-series ARM processors, a graphics accelerator and a host of modern features. It is based on a 40-nanometer transistor process to maximize battery life.
This tablet's rear-firing speakers produce an impressive amount of sound. The speakers are audible even in a fairly noisy room, a feature that is sorely lacking in many devices. The speakers are too close to each other to be able to differentiate left and right audio channels easily. Of course, a user who is serious about listening to music on this device will want to bring a pair of quality headphones or hook it up to some proper speakers.
Like many competent tablets in its class, the Sony Xperia Tablet S runs Google's wildly popular Android operating system. This means that it is a touch-driven, fast and intutive interface. There is an enormous library of software that is available for immediate download through the Google Play store, which was previously known as the Android Market. In addition to apps, users will find thousands of movies, television programs and eBooks to peruse. Some items on this marketplace are free while others cost money. Prices are generally quite reasonable. Sony has seen fit to add a great feature to the Sony Xperia Tablet S called "Guest Mode." This makes it easy to pass the tablet to a friend or colleague to use without giving them access to private data and settings.