Today we’ll be reviewing the Sony Tablet S 3G. There is also a normal Sony Tablet S available, but I figured I’d review the 3G one since, as you can tell from the title, has more to it. And I’m not just referring to the word count, I mean that this one has more features to its name. While the other one has no support for any network whatsoever, the Sony Tablet S 3G supports both 2G and 3G networks. Naturally, this being a tablet, it has no support for GSM voice communication, SMS or MMS. However it still works well and is quite powerful for its time. It isn’t all that powerful by our standards, but it’s still decent nonetheless.
Well enough with the long intros, let us begin this little review.
We’ll begin by taking a look at the more general features of the Sony Tablet S 3G. Here you can find information about the supported networks, the announcement and also the release date of the device. As mentioned before, the Sony Tablet S 3G supports both 2G and 3G networks. The 2G networks are : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900. There are the 2G ones, and as I’ve already said, it supports 3G networks as well : HSDPA 900 / 2100. The Sony Tablet S 3G was announced in August 2011 and was released about a month later in September 2011. Well, that’s about it. Moving on.
Next up is the review of the aspect of the Sony Tablet S 3G. Here you can find information about the size and weight of the Sony Tablet S 3G, as well as whether or not it has any marks that would distinguish it from the other devices. The size of the Sony Tablet S 3G varies, the tablet is available in 241.2 x 174.3 x 10.1 mm and in 241.2 x 174.3 x 20.6 mm. The Sony Tablet S 3G also weighs somewhere around 625 grams. Sadly, the Sony Tablet S 3G doesn’t have any other notice-able marks that would make it stand out from the crowd. So, let us move on.
Next up is the review of the display of the Sony Tablet S 3G. Here you can find information about the type of screen, the screen size, the screen’s resolution and pixel density as well as whether or not the Sony Tablet S 3G has any means of screen protection or any notice-able features that would make it stand out from a line-up. The type of screen of the Sony Tablet S 3G is a TFT capacitive touchscreen with approximately 16 million colors. The Sony Tablet S 3G has a 9.4 inches screen. Its screen houses a resolution of around 800 x 1280 pixels. The pixel density of the Sony Tablet S 3G’s screen reaches around 161 ppi. That’s not a whole bunch, but keep in mind we’re talking about a tablet with a large screen in which quite a lot of pixels can fit. Still, it’s more than good enough for me. The Sony Tablet S 3G also has Multitouch, however it’s not the advanced kind of multitouch which can support multiple fingers at the same time ( usually more than two ). The Sony Tablet S 3G doesn’t have any means of screen protection or any notable parts that would make it stand out from the great crowd of tablets. That’s enough about the display, let us move on.
Next up is the review of the audio output capabilities of the Sony Tablet S 3G. Here we can see what alert types, audio speaker and audio jack the device has, as well as whether or not the Sony Tablet S 3G has any means of sound enhancement installed on it. The Sony Tablet S 3G has no Alert Types on it whatsoever, since it’s a Tablet and it would be ridiculous to have a tablet with Alerts. The Loudspeaker of the Sony Tablet S 3G has Stereo Speaker and the Sony Tablet S 3G also has a 3.5 mm audio jack. Sadly, it has no sound enhancement methods on it, however one can live without them too. Let us keep going.
Next is the memory review. Here you can find out information about the RAM memory of the Sony Tablet S 3G, the internal storage space as well as ways of expanding said storage space. The internal storage space of the Sony Tablet S 3G varies, as this tablet is available in two different versions. You can purchase it with 16 GB of storage space, and with 32 GB. Should neither of those satisfy your greed for storage space, you can always use the Micro SD card to expand that storage space with up to 32 GB. The RAM of the Sony Tablet S 3G is pretty good, being at around 1 GB of RAM. I’d say that’s as good as it’s going to get for this part, so let us move on.
Moving on to the review of the data connectivity of the Sony Tablet S 3G. Here you can find details about the GPRS and EDGE, the Speed and WLAN as well as the Bluetooth and USB connections. This being a tablet with no support for regular GSM networks, it has no GPRS and EDGE. However, it does have a well above average speed : HSDPA at around 14.4 MB/s and HSUPA at around 5.76 MB/s ( which is as good as you’re going to get with HSUPA ). The WLAN of the Sony Tablet S 3G is a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA. The Bluetooth of the Sony Tablet S 3G is a Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP. Also, the Sony Tablet S 3G has something I haven’t seen in quite a while – an infrared port. This brings back memories of when we were children and kept phones glued to one another in order to increase transfer speed for pirated songs / games / themes and such… Good times. Well, back to reality. The USB connection of the Sony Tablet S 3G is a Micro USB ( MHL ) v2.0 port with USB On-The-Go support. Let us move on now to the next section.
Next up is the review of the camera of the Sony Tablet S 3G. Here you can find information about the main and secondary cameras as well as their features and capabilities. The main camera of the Sony Tablet S 3G is a 5 MP snapper capable of photographing at around 2560 x 1920 pixels. The features of the Sony Tablet S 3G are numerous and include : autofocus, touch focus, image stabilization, geo-tagging and face and smile detection. The Sony Tablet S 3G’s main camera is capable of recording video at 720p HD with around 30 frames per second. The Sony Tablet S 3G also has a secondary 0.3 MP frontal camera, but that one is too weak to even mention. This concludes this part.
Next up is the battery life review of the Sony Tablet S 3G. Here you can find out about the battery of the Sony Tablet S 3G as in what type of battery it has and how long it can function. The Sony Tablet S 3G has a Standard Li-Ion battery ( it isn’t specified how many mAh it has ). We do know, however, that this battery can run for approximately 400 hours in stand-by mode and up to 32 hours of music play.
Next is the review of the hardware of the Sony Tablet S 3G. Here you can find information about the three great hardware components : the processor, the motherboard and the graphics card. The processor of the Sony Tablet S 3G is a Dual-Core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor. This particular tablet also has an Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 chipset which means that it also has an ULP GeForce GPU. All and all that’s a pretty decent hardware configuration, even by today’s standards. Now let’s move on to the next part.
The review of the operating system is what follows. Here you can find out what version of OS the Sony Tablet S 3G has on it and whether or not it can be upgraded to a better one. The Sony Tablet S 3G comes with Android OS v3.2 Honeycomb installed on. Happy day for those who don’t like Honeycomb since it is also upgradable to Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Well, enough about this part, let us move on.
Last but not least, we will review some of the more random features of the Sony Tablet S 3G. The sensors of the Sony Tablet S 3G are as follows : Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass;. The Sony Tablet S 3G’s messaging can be done via : E-Mail, Push Mail, IM and RSS. The browser of this tablet uses HTML and has integrated support for Adobe Flash. The Sony Tablet S 3G has no radio, however that can be fixed with radio apps. The Sony Tablet S 3G only has a GPS with no support for the A-GPS feature. This device also has Java through Java MIDP emulation. The only available color for the Sony Tablet S 3G is Black.
Here is a brief list of what this tablet can do :
- SNS integration
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/OGG player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- Voice memo
This concludes our review of the Sony Tablet S 3G. If you feel that anything is lacking from this review feel free to leave your suggestions for things which should be added in the comment section below and I’ll take them into consideration when writing my future projects.
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