IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Sony Tablet S review

Sony has designed its first Android tablet for living room entertainment, so does it have any role in the workplace? Seth Barton finds out in our review.

Despite its chunkier appearance it's not actually much heavier than most 10in tablets, probably due to its plastic build.

Despite its chunkier appearance it's not actually much heavier than most 10in tablets, probably due to its plastic build. Weighing just under 600g for the standard model (with 3G adding another 25g on top of this), it's almost exactly the same weight as the iPad 2 and 40g more than the Galaxy Tab 10.1in. However, such head-to-head comparisons are slightly misleading as the Tablet S has only a 4,400mAh battery, compared to capacities of around 7,000mAh in the other two.

This was apparent in our battery life tests, though not in the way we'd have thought. The Tablet S lasted for just under ten hours of continuous H.264 video playback, while the Tab 10.1 managed nine and-a-half by comparison. However, both of these are beaten hands down by the iPad 2 with around 17 hours something we suspect may have more to do with iOS than the battery itself, or the design of its processors. Whichever way you cut it, the iPad has Android tablets beat for now on battery life, and those working on the go should consider it as a first option if of course its more locked-down operating system is suitable to your needs.

One possible reason for the long endurance of the Tablet S, despite that small battery, may be it is slightly smaller display. At 9.4in diagonally, it's noticeably more compact than the Tab's titular 10.1in screen. It's not as bright either at the full brightness setting, something else that may have saved a few watts. All that said, this is still a good screen, with 1,280x800 pixels packed into a small space there's plenty of detail in images. Its 16:10 aspect ratio makes it more elongated than the iPad's squarer 4:3 screen, but this makes little practical difference unless you're watching widescreen video.

Featured Resources

Accelerating AI modernisation with data infrastructure

Generate business value from your AI initiatives

Free Download

Recommendations for managing AI risks

Integrate your external AI tool findings into your broader security programs

Free Download

Modernise your legacy databases in the cloud

An introduction to cloud databases

Free Download

Powering through to innovation

IT agility drive digital transformation

Free Download

Recommended

Apple iPad Air (2020) review: The executive’s choice
tablets

Apple iPad Air (2020) review: The executive’s choice

7 Mar 2022
Apple iPad Pro 12.9in (2021) review: A giant leap for Apple silicon
tablets

Apple iPad Pro 12.9in (2021) review: A giant leap for Apple silicon

5 Nov 2021
In praise of the early adopters
Hardware

In praise of the early adopters

2 Nov 2021
Apple iPad (2021) review: The best entry-level iPad
tablets

Apple iPad (2021) review: The best entry-level iPad

12 Oct 2021

Most Popular

Actively exploited server backdoor remains undetected in most organisations' networks
cyber attacks

Actively exploited server backdoor remains undetected in most organisations' networks

1 Jul 2022
Macmillan Publishers hit by apparent cyber attack as systems are forced offline
Security

Macmillan Publishers hit by apparent cyber attack as systems are forced offline

30 Jun 2022
Former Uber security chief to face fraud charges over hack coverup
data breaches

Former Uber security chief to face fraud charges over hack coverup

29 Jun 2022