Going under the hood, the first thing that sets the Sony Tablet S apart is its ergonomical design, which fits snugly in your hand during usage and bears a 4-degree inclined structure to allow better and more comfortable reading and visibility. This works great when it is laid flat horizontally, but not as wonderful a tactile experience when using it on a moving train upon trial.
Sony is always out to prove their products are dummy-friendly and attests to this consumer appeal by throwing in some built-in goodies to the mix. The headphone jack, USB port and memory card card reader are on the left, while the right holds the power button, volume controls and a reset pin-hole. On-screen, what we’d like to call “the escape route” is not as well thought-out as the eminent iPad proffers. Whether we can blame Sony and other tablets in the market for not coming up with something as intelligent as Apple’s symbolic “home” button is debatable, but certainly the power button on the inside flap at the top right-hand corner of the Tablet S (see what a mouthful that is already?) is a laudable effort.
The Sony signature – its camera capabilities – is one of the key features of the Tablet S. Despite not having a built-in flash, the camera boasts a 5 megapixel quality that manipulates sunlight or surrounding light (when indoors) to produce more-than-decent pictures.
The Tablet S arrives pristine in the box with built-in apps for an instant “wow” and, being Android 3.2 driven, gives instant access to Google and affiliated apps like Google Voice Search, Gmail, Places and 3D maps.