Review Sony S1 SGP-T111DE/S Tablet

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 10/06/2011

Sony tablet. Sony promises the usual hardware, but unique features for its first Android 3.1 tablet. Does the Tegra Tab offer more than just the fresh look of a magazine?

Sony S Tablet WiFi, 16GB (SGP-T111DE/S): Another Android tablet or a highlight for the holiday shopping season?
Sony S Tablet WiFi, 16GB (SGP-T111DE/S): Another Android tablet or a highlight for the holiday shopping season?

When Sony makes an attempt at a new product, it tries to capture the aura of both uniqueness and surprise in hardware, plastic and commercials. So it has happened with the Sony tablet, which is not sold under the sub-branding "Vaio", but under the trademark "Sony".

If "Vaio" stands for notebooks, "Bravia" for televisions and "PlayStation" for gaming consoles, why is there no "Tabea" or "Bronko" for the new category of tablet PCs? The marketing as "Sony Tablet" could be seen as the high rank that the Japanese ascribe to the tablets. But it's more likely that the brand awareness "Sony" is to be directly radiated on the tablet. Later, when the tablet sales figures bear fruit and the products vary (screen sizes, application fields, etc.), an own brand might be created.

Sony is well-advised with carefully entering the tablet market. The early adopters among the customers, excluding those who are already iPad fans, have equipped themselves with an Optimus Pad, a Motorola Xoom or a Samsung Galaxy Tab. These iPad alternatives have been available since the fall of 2010.

The Sony S range now encounters a matured tablet market split up between Android and Apple iOS. WebOS has disappeared from the market in the meantime. A deterrent example, that subsequently reinforced Sony's decision for Android (here 3.1). Had Sony developed its own tablet OS so late in the day, it would have quickly placed the S series on the sidelines.

We would like to present the Sony Tablet S and its hardware and software, and answer the question: Is it just another Android tablet or a fresh alternative to the "established" tablets.

Case

Case shaped like a folded open magazine
Case shaped like a folded open magazine
A wrist strap for secure use
A wrist strap for secure use
Complete plastic case
Complete plastic case
But a very rigid build
But a very rigid build

We have to admit: Sony's search for a unique tablet form was worthwhile. It doubtlessly wasn't easy to plant the unexciting tablet size, 9.4 inches here, into an unprecedented shape. The chassis has been inspired by a folded over magazine. The unsymmetrical form jams like a wedge between the fingers and offers plenty of room for different and thus varied holding positions. The picture is tilted according to the position.

The Sony S is entirely made of plastic, but is very stable and firm. The battery is built-in as usual, but not soldered. We couldn't resist and removed the many screws and covers to take out the battery. The first and most important step is to remove the two screws beneath the glued feet. On the way to the battery, we noticed the stable plastic cage that provides a good torsional stiffness as a screen substructure in association with the mounting plate (comparatively heavy). We wouldn't recommend taking the device apart. The battery is the only part that can be exchanged.

The 591 gram Sony S isn't extraordinarily light in comparison to other tablets. An iPad 2 (9.7 inch, 601 grams) is almost just as heavy, but has a lighter power adapter (95 grams rather than 139 grams). The LG Optimus Pad V900 (8.9 inch, 623 grams) weighs a bit more. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v (10.1 inch, 574/65 grams) weighs slightly less and has an extremely light power adapter.

Overall, we find the tablet comfortable to hold. The 9.4 inch device is very pleasant to hold because of the recesses on the sides. It gives the fingers a non-slip grip everywhere. The glossy, dotted flipside resists fingerprints quiet well, unlike the glossy screen surface that - like unfortunately common for tablets - accumulates a sea of greasy fingerprints. The power button is easy to find and only the adjacent volume controls need a bit of practice.

Connectivity

MicroUSB and SD card reader
MicroUSB and SD card reader
are behind this cover
are behind this cover

"Ports only ruin the looks", Sony's product designers seem to have thought. For this reason, merely the analog and headphone/microphone combi port (headset) are visible. MicroUSB and SD card reader are hidden behind an extractable cover. The SIM card slot of the 3G version to be launched in November will also be concealed here.

The card reader in the standard SD format (32x24x2.1 mm) is a highlight because most tablets only have a microSD (11x15x1 mm; e.g. Motorola Xoom, HTC Flyer 7") or no card reader at all (iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, LG V900 Optimus Pad).

Sounds good. Now the internal memory of 16/32 GB (versions) can be upgraded with additional capacity of up to 32 GB (SDHC compatible, not SDXC 64 GB!). Then we only have to copy movies and music on it and the media player is ready for use on the road. But it's not as easy as that because media files can't be played directly from the SD. The files first have to be copied into the internal memory. The memory's capacity is too small for lots of high definition movies and the user has to delete them. At home, the app "VLC Direct" remedies this drawback and streams PC videos directly on the tablet.

The four pin power adapter for the 30 watt power supply is connected to the Sony S via a connector. Connecting proves to be a bit tricky (hard to find without looking). A magnetic solution without the two pins would have really been advantageous.

Top: Power socket
Top: Power socket
Left: Headphone/microphone combo, microUSB, SD card reader behind cover
Left: Headphone/microphone combo, microUSB, SD card reader behind cover
Bottom: Infrared port (for universal remote control)
Bottom: Infrared port (for universal remote control)
Right: Volume, reset, power on/off
Right: Volume, reset, power on/off

Communication

The Sony S1 SGP-T111DE/S in review (starts at 479€) is only equipped with draft n WLAN and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR. The wifi +3G version (starts at 599€) will include a UMTS/HSDPA modem for mobile Internet access. Both versions have A-GPS (assisted GPS), which uses the mobile telecommunication network besides satellite (interference prone, especially indoors) for localization.

Sony builds in a front and rear camera. The front camera's resolution is very low (0.3 MP, 640x480) but, in return, the rear's camera is very high (5 MP, up to 2592x1944, 4:3). Users can select between the aspect ratios 4:3 and 16:9 in the webcam application, as well as use an optical zoom of up to 8x. The following pictures show the results in artificial light. The Exmor image sensor is to ensure good pictures in low-light situations.

The S1 tablet can be used as a universal infrared remote control. The sensor is located invisibly at the top of the black device. According to Sony, the adaptive remote is also compatible with third party products outside the Sony world.

In regard to media consumption, the DLNA capability could be of importance. This standard is to ensure that the tablet can play movies from a compliant NAS or a DLNA camcorder via the DLNA media app. But, users shouldn't expect that every file format can be played from every DLNA device. For example, the standard doesn't support WMV9, MP3 or H.264.

Front camera: 0.3 MP, faint
Front camera: 0.3 MP, faint
Rear: 5 MP, Exmor light improvement
Rear: 5 MP, Exmor light improvement
Rear: 4x optical zoom
Rear: 4x optical zoom
Rear: 8x optical zoom
Rear: 8x optical zoom
Image viewer - maximized
Image viewer - maximized
Video player - select track
Video player - select track

Software

The S1 is "PlayStation certified". This doesn't mean that the S1 can be used as a controller. It only means that there are many PlayStation One games, such as Crash Bandicoot or Pinball Heroes (preinstalled), which can be played adequately on the game pad.

Sony has installed Android 3.1 Honeycomb. It is a free operating system specifically optimized for tablet requirements. It can be upgraded to version 3.2 (IFA convention device to 3.2). The preinstalled apps include an email client (Google mail and others), Personal Space (content sharing), Reader Store (books), Social FeedReader or Zinio (newspaper client). Other applications have to be downloaded from the AppStore (Android Market).

Supplies

There are no accessories aside from the power adapter, a cleaning cloth and the strap.

Warranty

Sony grants a 12 month manufacturer warranty. But there is a sticker on the box. Like many Vaio notebooks, a warranty extension to 24 months is included. The device has to be registered online within 90 days of purchase to take advantage of this.

PlayStation certified - play PS1 games
PlayStation certified - play PS1 games
Virtual game pad
Virtual game pad
Sony desktop
Sony desktop
Map apps to widgets (pages)
Map apps to widgets (pages)
App quick view (like alt+tab)
App quick view (like alt+tab)
Our home screen for the review
Our home screen for the review

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Sony S1 is exclusively operated over the 9.4 inch touchscreen. Besides the volume rocker and power on, there are no hardware buttons on the device. As typical for Android, the three icons are in the lower left corner, which usually trigger back, menu and the task manager. A fourth icon is faded in when there are options for the apps available.

During text inputs (e.g. entering an address into the browser), a virtual QWERTY keyboard automatically fades in. The keyboard almost covers half of the visible screen. Additional chars and the German umlauts can be selected via a key. Typing is, as typical for Android, very smooth (no delays). However, it needs getting used to when typing long texts because there is no pressure point. The device vibrates slightly to confirm inputs.

If a tablet with a real "built-in" keyboard is preferred, the Asus Eee Pad Slider or the Acer Iconia Tab W500 Keydock could be worth taking a look. "Lazy" typists will use voice entry to select Internet addresses or input short sentences anyway. As soon as the keyboard is faded in, a microphone icon is available for this purpose (upper right). Even longer Internet addresses were entered correctly in the test.

Sensors

As in almost all tablets, there is a range of sensors that are used by corresponding applications or the operating system. The motion sensor detects the tablets position in three directions. Games can use this to control cars or the game character. The OS uses it to determine the displayed content's position. A light sensor over the front webcam determines the ambient light and adjusts the display's brightness automatically (can be disabled).

Virtual Keyboard
Virtual Keyboard
Multi-touch gestures (e. g. zoom)
Multi-touch gestures (e. g. zoom)
Easy: Surfing on websites
Easy: Surfing on websites

Display

Sony uses a contrast rich IPS screen (in plane switching) with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. The manufacturer boasts with "TruBlack" and "Bravia Engine" on the product website. A guarantee for good contrast and brightness? We measured and determined an extremely intense average luminance of 334 cd/m2. The saturated, dark black and the brilliant colors on our pictures already indicate a good contrast. The contrast is also very good with 879:1.

The Sony S1 is on a good level with these two rates in a comparison. The brightness is lower than in the iPad2 (368), LG V900 (381), but better than in the Iconia Tab W500 (306), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (305) and Motorola Xoom (304). The contrast is almost equal to that of the iPad 2 (843:1), LG V900 (778:1), Iconia Tab W500 (881:1) and Galaxy Tab 10.1v (805). Merely the Motorola Xoom (1491:1) makes a significant leap forward in terms of contrast.

330
cd/m²
362
cd/m²
348
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
340
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 362 cd/m²
Average: 333.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 343 cd/m²
Black: 0.39 cd/m²
Contrast: 879:1

The brightness is sufficient to see enough on the screen both indoors and out. The reflective surface puts a spoke in the wheel, though. More or less intense reflections are created in sunlight. All consumer tablets have this negative trait, without exception.

Sun can cause intense reflections
Sun can cause intense reflections
and impair the view.
and impair the view.
It's best in the shade.
It's best in the shade.

As typical for an IPS screen, the viewing angles are good to very good from every position. But that's nothing special in the world of high-end tablets. Lateral views from all directions without color distortions are also possible with the iPad2, LG V900, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom. Only Acer's Iconia Tab W500 is a weak exception. These first-rate viewing angles aren't comparable with notebooks because viewing angle and color weak TN screens are especially built into the consumer field 95% of the time. One of the few exceptions is Lenovo's Thinkpad X220 with an IPS screen.

Viewing angles: Sony S1 SGP-T111DE/S
Viewing angles: Sony S1 SGP-T111DE/S

Performance

In the meantime, most of the A-brand tablets are equipped with Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor (1 GHz). Its compact build and performance enjoy great popularity. We find the Tegra in Acer's Iconia Tab A100/A500, Asus' Eee Pad Slider/Transformer, Dell's Streak 7, LG's Optimus Pad V900, Motorola's Xoom, Toshiba's AC100-10V, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10. The iPad 2 with Apple A5 (0.9 GHz) is an exception.

Nvidia's Tegra 2 is a "system on a chip" (SoC). That means a dual core Cortex A9 CPU, a GeForce GPU (ultra low performance), the RAM as well as audio card are bundled on one die.

System info
Storage info
Memory info
CurveFish DeviceInfo
CurveFish DeviceInfo
CurveFish DeviceInfo
CurveFish DeviceInfo
Quick System Info PRO
 
 
System information: Sony S1 SGP-T111DE/S
CPU Spy: 60% of the time in the lowest clock rate
CPU Spy: 60% of the time in the lowest clock rate

The Tegra 2 has a maximum system clock rate of 1000 MHz. This clock rate only remains at this level during high load induced by 720p videos or games. The highest clock rate only lasted for 1:30 hours in our test scenario (16 hours) with a lot of idling, web browser, CPU/GPU benchmarks and little standby (4 hours deep sleep). The lowest clock was 216 MHz (9:30 hours). The Tegra 250 used the high clock rates of 760, 608 and 456 MHz very rarely. The advantage of this variable clock rate is that it saves energy and thus extends the battery life, like in notebooks.

The Sony S1 achieves a very good placing in the Google V8 benchmark (JavaScript, Web browser speed). LG's Optimus V900 and Motorola's Xoom are marginally faster. Linpack Pro (floating point operations per second) solely assesses the CPU speed. Most Tegra 2 systems are on a par here and the S1 is no exception. Merely the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a significantly higher speed here.

Our S1 is suddenly behind all Tegra 2 and other platforms in the Quadrant benchmark (CPU, GPU test). We can't explain this drop because the hardware is identical. The S1's productivity and game index are on a high level in Smartbench 2011 (CPU, GPU test). However, the Sony can't reach the Motorola Xoom's very good game index.

In return, the Browsermark score is very good (JavaScript/HTML capabilities, for smartphones). Its 89600 points are very close to the top scores of LG's Optimus V900, the Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Sunspider test (JavaScript only) finishes on a par with the LG Optimus V900, Xoom, Iconia A100 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 with about 2100 points. The S1's slight advantage of 80 to 140 points is only marginal in this scale.

The benchmarks certify the Sony tablet's good performance at the expected level of Tegra 250 in combination with Android 3.1.

Gaming Apps

The label "PlayStation certified" sounds like a heavyweight entertainer. But it sooner means that there is and will be a range of (fee-based) PS1 games that can be played perfectly on the virtual controller. Crash Banicoot and Pinball Heroes are preinstalled as appetizers.

However, it's not necessary to play games from yesteryear seeing that the "Tegra Zone" has a quite large selection of games for Android systems in the meantime (fee-based/free). Nvidia has installed a fairly strong mini graphics card with the Tegra 250 chip. It processes on 8 cores (4 pixels, 4 Vertex shaders). In comparison: a new entry level gaming GPU, like the GT 540M, has 96 unified shaders. One tablet exception is the AMD fusion based Windows system Acer Iconia W500 with a Radeon HD 6250 (80 shaders), which even has to be cooled actively.

We tried out the following games and deem them all to be smoothly playable. The games did not always adapt to the tablet's screen format. So Air attack HD and Lane Splitter could only be played in widescreen as portrait mode. The tablet couldn't change its image alignment in the game either. The reason: Currently, many games are still optimized for smartphones. Like in the past, PC games should be first tried in the demo version to check if their functionality before buying them.

PlayStation games
PlayStation games
Third Blade
Third Blade
Yoo Ninja
Yoo Ninja
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
Tank Hero
Tank Hero
Lane Splitter
Lane Splitter
AirAttack HD
AirAttack HD
Pinball Heroes
Pinball Heroes
Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
Vampires Live: doesn't start
Vampires Live: doesn't start
 
 

Emissions

System Noise

Since the Sony tablet doesn't have a fan, it works absolutely silent. Every tablet of this platform was able to work without a fan until now due to the Tegra 250's low TDP of only one watt. Exceptions are the Windows tablets, such as Acer's Iconia W500, which operate on a netbook platform.

Sony Tablet S1's mainboard
Sony Tablet S1's mainboard

Temperature

The waste heat of the inner components is emitted over the touch screen's top left area and over the base cover on the bottom. Thus, the screen gets lukewarm during normal use. The temperature increases selectively to almost 40 degrees (104F) when loaded with 720p videos and benchmarks.

That is very warm for a tablet, especially when we look at the "blue" thermal graph of Motorola's Xoom (load above ~25°C/77F), Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 (load above ~26°C/79F) and Acer's Iconia Tab W500 (load above ~28°C/82F). Only the LG V900 has similar, high temperatures.

However, the user won't notice much of the waste heat when holding the tablet due to the case's shape. The fingers are well shielded from the warm area by the recesses on the sides.

Max. Load
 37.6 °C34.2 °C27.5 °C 
 39 °C39.8 °C33 °C 
 38.1 °C38.1 °C36 °C 
Maximum: 39.8 °C
Average: 35.9 °C
27.8 °C31.8 °C33.8 °C
30.3 °C35.3 °C34.9 °C
31 °C33.2 °C32 °C
Maximum: 35.3 °C
Average: 32.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  33.6 °C | Room Temperature 20.6 °C | Voltcraft IR-360
There are two loudspeakers
There are two loudspeakers

Speakers

Two stereo speakers are responsible for audio output. They are located on the case's right and left and emit their sound over a small, visible opening. Since these small openings are in the recess on the sides, the hand can't cover them. The volume is sufficient, but the sound is midrange-heavy. Thus, headphones would be recommendable to music fans. A headphone or headset with microphone can be connected to the combo port.

Battery Life

Power supply's charging cable
Power supply's charging cable

We measure the Sony S1's power consumption with a voltmeter that is plugged into the tablet's 30 watt power adapter.  The battery was fully charged for all measurements. The S1 needs 3.1 to 6 watts in idle. This is quite a vast range that is very close to the load power consumption of 6.3 watts. That is a typical rate for Tegra 2 systems: LG V900 (7.0w), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (8.2w), Motorola Xoom (6.3w).

Striking and relevant for practical use is the comparatively high standby consumption of 1.6 watts. On the other hand, the Motorola Xoom (0.1w) is very economic. The consumption of a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (0.6w) and an LG V900 (0.15w) is also still reasonable. The result of this "leakage" current was that the battery capacity dropped from 75 to 69% within seven hours of standby.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.9 / 1.6 Watt
Idle 3.1 / 5.7 / 6 Watt
Load 6.1 / 6.3 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

An 18.5 Wh lithium ion battery is responsible for the battery life of up to just under seven hours. This capacity is very low compared with other tablets: iPad2 (25 Wh), Acer Iconia Tab (35 Wh), Motorola Xoom (24.5 Wh). The thus determined battery life turns out poor in comparison. The S1 manages 5:30 hours in the mixed test (WLAN test) at medium brightness. This test is a mix of website browsing and watching video clips. The Galaxy Tab 10.1v (9:35) leaves all others far behind in this test. The LG V900 (7:15), iPad2 (7:30) and Motorola Xoom (7:26) also last longer.

The S1 proves to be a bit more frugal when playing a video clip (DVD test). 6:28 hours are possible when the wireless modules are disabled. The stress test was comprised of a video loop (720 p), a large number of opened games, as well as the maximum brightness in the case of S1. The Sony tablet is drained after 3:52 hours.

Battery Tool
Battery Tool
This is how flat...
This is how flat...
...the built-in...
...the built-in...
18.5 Wh battery is.
18.5 Wh battery is.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
19h 55min
WiFi Surfing
5h 30min
DVD
6h 28min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 52min

Verdict

With the S1, Sony has a tablet in its range that can keep up with the best Android tablets on the market. Multitasking with Tegra 2 is fast and even stays stable with dozens of opened apps. Honeycomb's multi-touch functionality is fun to use and the Android market, respectively Tegra Zone, offers (increasing) loads of applications and games.

Thus, the S1 meets the expectations that we place on tablet PC based on Android - and is capable of more. The color and viewing angle strong IPS screen is very bright. The display is only marred by reflections in sunlight. The small, yet light case's mobility has a shortcoming in terms of battery life. 5:30 hours are a long time for notebooks, but a good tablet should last for 7:30 up to nearly 10 hours (WLAN test). The competition makes this possible.

The full size SD card reader seems to be praiseworthy (not MicroSD!). Unfortunately, the benefit of an additional memory of up to 32 GB is minor because videos and music can't be played from the SD directly. These files first have to be copied onto the small internal memory (16 GB).

Finally, there is the price of 479€ for Sony's S tablet WiFi (16 GB). It is even competitive because the adversaries demand just about as much. Motorola's Xoom is available for starting at 450€, just like Apple's iPad 2. The Galaxy Tab 10.1, currently not available in German retail because of the Apple lawsuit, was available for 450€. Even the Eee Pad Slider with a built-in keyboard is available for starting at 499€.

If the best possible battery life is not an issue, the buyer is well advised with the Sony S tablet. The customer can get the Android feeling from other manufacturers, but none of the cases have such a unique form.

Sony S Tablet WiFi, 16GB (SGP-T111DE/S)
Sony S1 SGP-T111DE/S
In Review: Sony S1 SGP-T111DE/S
In Review:  Sony S1 SGP-T111DE/S

Specifications

Sony S1 SGP-T111DE/S

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
9.4 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, LP094WX1 SL A1, capacitive multi-touchscreen, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
16 GB SSD, 16 GB
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: line out, Card Reader: SD full size: SD, SDHC,
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 2.1+EDR Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.1 x 241.2 x 174.3
:: Weight
0.591 kg Power Supply: 0.139 kg
:: Battery
18.5 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3.7V 5000mAh SGPBP02
:: Price
479 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 3.0
:: Additional features
Webcam: 5.0 Megapixel Rückseite, 0.3 Megapixel Vorderseite, 30 watt power adapter, wrist strap, Crash Bandicoot, Pinball Heroes, 24 Months Warranty

 

A tablet has officially been introduced at the IFA 2011, after the rumor mill
A tablet has officially been introduced at the IFA 2011, after the rumor mill
The little power adapter only weighs 139 grams (0.3 lbs) and supplies 30w.
The little power adapter only weighs 139 grams (0.3 lbs) and supplies 30w.
That's absolutely sufficient for the low power consumption.
That's absolutely sufficient for the low power consumption.
The bulky 60 watt power adapter included in the pre-sample is no longer in the box.
The bulky 60 watt power adapter included in the pre-sample is no longer in the box.
The wrist strap is part of the scope of delivery.
The wrist strap is part of the scope of delivery.
The battery is built-in like in most tablets.
The battery is built-in like in most tablets.
But that doesn't deter us.
But that doesn't deter us.
Remove the screws under the rubber feet...
Remove the screws under the rubber feet...
...and the rear cover can be removed.
...and the rear cover can be removed.
But we can't get at the battery yet.
But we can't get at the battery yet.
First, we have to remove this cage.
First, we have to remove this cage.
A vast amount of screws connect it...
A vast amount of screws connect it...
to the robust screen structure.
to the robust screen structure.
Now the battery is laid open and can be taken out.
Now the battery is laid open and can be taken out.
But we could at least win an impression of the high tech product's innards on the way.
But we could at least win an impression of the high tech product's innards on the way.
Sony uses a standard 18.5 watt hour, lithium ion battery.
Sony uses a standard 18.5 watt hour, lithium ion battery.
We believe that this is the screen's name (LP=LG Philips).
We believe that this is the screen's name (LP=LG Philips).
A warranty extension from 12 to 24 months is included.
A warranty extension from 12 to 24 months is included.
The brightness is 330 cd/m2. That's nothing special among tablets though.
The brightness is 330 cd/m2. That's nothing special among tablets though.
has been talking about it intensely for half a year.
has been talking about it intensely for half a year.
Sony's first tablet is called S1 (S series).
Sony's first tablet is called S1 (S series).
The not really slim device works with Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)...
The not really slim device works with Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)...
based on Nvidia's Tegra 2. That is state of the art for many tablets.
based on Nvidia's Tegra 2. That is state of the art for many tablets.
If there are no differences technically...
If there are no differences technically...
...to stand out from the competition, then it's up to the looks.
...to stand out from the competition, then it's up to the looks.
Based on a folded-open magazine,
Based on a folded-open magazine,
the 9.4 inch tablet has clear edges...
the 9.4 inch tablet has clear edges...
...and a recess between them.
...and a recess between them.
The flipside attracts fingerprints and has to be cleaned.
The flipside attracts fingerprints and has to be cleaned.
However, a fine dotted texture lessens the greasy effect.
However, a fine dotted texture lessens the greasy effect.
The exterior ports are limited to a microUSB, an SD card reader and a headphone jack.
The exterior ports are limited to a microUSB, an SD card reader and a headphone jack.
Thanks to the non-slip sides, the 596 grams are very handy to hold.
Thanks to the non-slip sides, the 596 grams are very handy to hold.
The wrist strap on the tablet is a good idea.
The wrist strap on the tablet is a good idea.
The viewing angle strong touchscreen has a resolution of 1280x800 pixels.
The viewing angle strong touchscreen has a resolution of 1280x800 pixels.
Due to its high brightness, content can be read adequately outdoors.
Due to its high brightness, content can be read adequately outdoors.
The mainboard of the Tegra platform is tiny (removed battery).
The mainboard of the Tegra platform is tiny (removed battery).

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Pro

+Wide viewing angles
+Handy size
+Stable case
+Brilliant colors / high contrast
+Good Tegra 2 processing power
+Memory expansion via standard SD card
+Remote control via IR sensor
+24 month warranty
 

Cons

-Videos/music can't be played from SD card
-High-gloss screen surface
-No video out
-Short battery life in tablet comparison
-High standby power consumption
-High body temperature in tablet comparison

Shortcut

What we like

A screen with great colors and first-rate viewing angles. A case that finally no longer looks like a rectangle.

What we'd like to see

DLNA and streaming are nice and good. But to play a little movie from the SD should be within the realm of possibilities, shouldn't it?

What surprises us

Why the S tablet gets so warm and so many other equally built systems don't.

The competition

Asus Eee Pad Slider; Acer Iconia Tab W500 Keydock; Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v; Motorola Xoom; Apple iPad 2; LG V900 Optimus Pad

Rating

Sony S1 SGP-T111DE/S
10/25/2011 v2
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
90%
Keyboard
40%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
36%
Weight
92%
Battery
95%
Display
88%
Games Performance
25%
Application Performance
40%
Temperature
80%
Noise
100%
Add Points
91%
Average
72%
86%
Tablet *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2011-10- 6 (Update: 2013-06- 6)