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Sony's second-gen Android slate has a slimmer design, faster guts

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The Xperia Tablet S was Sony's second chance at getting the Android tablet space right. It also represented an opportunity for the company to extend the esteemed Xperia brand to another product category. If we were to judge it based solely on its ergonomic build, then yes, the S wins high marks for comfort. We're not entirely sold on this folded-over magazine shape as a standard for the line going forward, but for now it works, and we're eager to see how it evolves over time.

Unfortunately, the S also misses the mark in everyday performance, doling out an uneven software experience that stumbles more than it pleases. Granted, most tablets we've tested hiccup at least a little, but for $399 you might be better off lowballing it for the same specs. While the Xperia Tablet S does feel like an improvement over its predecessor, it ultimately leans too much on the crutch of signature design while skimping on a polished user experience.

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Critic reviews

6.7
9 reviews
  • Features
    7.1
  • Display
    7.3
  • Battery life
    7.5
  • Ease of use
    6.0
  • Storage capacity
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.4
  • Durability
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7.0
Engadget Sep 24, 2012

While the Xperia Tablet S does feel like an improvement over its predecessor, it ultimately leans too much on the crutch of signature design while skimping on a polished user experience.

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7.0
CNET Sep 17, 2012

The Xperia Tablet S has an excellent design, but there are cheaper alternatives that provide similar and better tablet experiences.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 18, 2012

The slimmed-down but still stylish Sony Xperia Tablet S boasts a number of multimedia apps and access to Sony's online entertainment catalog.

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6.0
PC Mag Sep 20, 2012

The Sony Xperia Tablet S is a solid home entertainment focused Android tablet, with an elegant design and some useful built in extras, but mild performance issues and poor battery life temper our enthusiasm.

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5.0
Gizmodo Sep 20, 2012

Avoid the Xperia S until Sony gets this software fixed—especially the Wi-Fi issues. This could be such a capable and fantastic device, but it had its brains scrambled at birth.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Feb 4, 2013

The display is arguably much less impressive than on other devices, and there are still some Sony quirks to be found, but as a second screen for casual surfing, watching and gaming, it's really very nice.

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8.0
phoneArena Oct 9, 2012

Overall, those who'd appreciate the more distinctive, elegant look will find the Xperia Tablet S right up their alley.

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7.0
GSM Arena Oct 5, 2012

So, while the Xperia Tablet S might be a good companion to your other Sony gadgets, it probably won't be the Android tablet that makes it big.

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9.0
mdlsimpson mdlsimpson

Great tablet, unique look... love the folded edge that gives a GREAT grip in portrait mode... runs smoothly with ICS, very few hiccups in performance

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