Sony S Tablet Preview: Universal Remote, DLNA, Dock
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Uploaded on Aug 31, 2011
UPDATE: 2012-05-01: The US Ice Cream Sandwich firmware has been released and can be flashed onto any rooted tablet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdidQ9...
UPDATE: 25+ minute walkthrough and review of the Sony Tablet S: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaANJs...
2012-02-08 UPDATE: The Tablet S and Tablet P have now been rooted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_UiE...
At a press event by Sony Canada, showcasing the soon-to-be released "S" Tablet.
It officially launches in the US and Canada on September 16th, 2011.
Pre-orders in Canada will receive a bonus case and earphones: http://store.sony.ca/webapp/wcs/store...
- $499 CAD 16GB / $599 CAD 32GB
- 5 MP back camera, 0.3 MP front camera
- 1 Ghz NVIDIA Tegra2 running Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
- 9.4" screen at 1,280 x 800 utilizing Sony's "TruBlack" technology
- 9.5" x 6.8" x 0.3" L x W x H, 598g
- 5,000 mAh internal battery
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WiFi 802.11b/g/n (2.4 Ghz), Infrared
- 1 x microUSB, 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
From my initial impressions, the off-centre weight design makes holding it much easier than other tablets since all the weight rests in your palm instead of extending outward which can strain your fingers/palm if you pinch or hold the tablet with one hand.
The Sony multimedia features are what really stand out: DLNA works well and allows sharing of media to any DLNA-capable device seamless. I tested it with both a WiFi standalone speaker as well as an HDTV. (It works with any brand, not just Sony.) The full-sized SD card slot can be used to view/copy photos, music and movies (though no SD app installs yet).
The infrared remote is also convenient though I wish it could do "activities" or macros like my Logitech Harmony. e.g. press "Cable" and it turns on the cable box, TV, sets the inputs, etc. It does support many different devices (cable box, PVR, home receiver, etc.) from a lot of brands and is a learning remote if your device/brand isn't available.
It also comes with Sony eReader application which automatically syncs with your existing account. On the gaming front, PlayStation 1 and PSP games will be available for download and it does come with Crash Bandicoot and another game which I can't remember. On the media front, it will have access to Sony's Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited.
Codecs supported: http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/mi...
The charging dock is a nice addition and is also reasonably priced at $39.99 CAD.
I'll have more once I go through a full review.
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