The shelves in Currys, Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy are full up with near identical Android tablets. And Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich revision to its OS is just around the corner. So how does a relative latecomer, like Sony’s Tablet S, get potential punters interested? By being the quirky, interesting looking tablet in the corner that, of course.
With a 9.4-inch screen it’s smaller and less instantly noticeable than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 or Acer A500, for example, but thanks to its unusual design and original PlayStation compatibility, it’s the one that promises to be both different and fun.
The Tablet S has an innovative design and Sony’s exclusive apps give the desktop a iPad-ish flair. Its compact size also means a smaller battery than most, however, and it will deliver just five to six hours of fun compared to the double-digit capacity of rivals. It’s pricey too, forcing you to choose pound for pound against an iPad 2, where other equally equipped Android tablets are now much cheaper