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CNET First Look
Sony Tablet SSony's pushes the envelope of Android tablet design and delivers a beautiful, powerful tablet, with unique advantages over the competition.
-Hey, I'm Donald Bell and this is the Sony S Tablet. It's an android 3.1 honeycomb tablet with a 9.4 screen and unique wedge shape design. It due out in mid September, priced at $499 for 16 gigabytes, $599 for 32. Now, we've already seen a ton of honeycomb tablets this year and Sony must know that they have their work cut out for them, then wanna stand out from the crowd. In my eyes, they have succeeded. In terms of design, the tablet has a completely unique wedge shape that that gives it a better balance in your hand and minimizes glare when you have it on the table. It doesn't show the same finish as an iPad 2, but it's just as light at 1.3 pounds and feels more solid than a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Around the sides here, you have buttons for power and volume, speakers, headphone jack, and a door here that offers a micro USB sync connection and a full size SD card reader. A build in app handle is moving files back and forth from your card. Another thing worth noting here is that Sony went with a 9.2-inch screen instead of the 10.1-inch panel found on nearly every other honeycomb tablet out there. They are also using true black technology to make screen contrast really pop. Sony also ruled an IR remote control that comes with one of best interfaces we've seen for managing multiple devices and finally just to prove that Sony is all in, they made this a PlayStation certified device, which means that Sony will be offering games from both with PS1 and PSP titles. Out of the box, you can play Crash Bandicoot and Pinball Heroes. Overall, this one of the best executed android tablets we've seen. The hardware is beautiful and lightweight. The screen pops and the software optimizations are all are all [unk]. It's not cheap, but if you're wondering what high end android tablet has to offer. This one of the best examples we've seen so far. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell, and that was a first look at the Sony S Tablet.