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Old 09-15-2011, 12:06 AM   #1
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AllThingsD: Sony Designs Tablet That’s Not an iPad Wannabe

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I’ve been testing this device, called the Sony Tablet S, and I generally like it, despite some weaknesses and some features that aren’t yet fleshed out because they won’t be fully rolled out at launch. The Tablet S will appeal to buyers who would like a distinctive tablet from a trusted company that doesn’t look like an iPad wannabe.
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While Sony, like Apple, has long been praised for hardware design, it has never been able to match Apple in software and services, except on its PlayStation game consoles. The company is hoping the Tablet S changes that perception.
Sony's Playstation games on Android could be a nice differentiator.
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Sony's Playstation games on Android could be a nice differentiator.
Sony already has some Android based devices that run classic Playstation games. Plus for a while now they've been talking about bringing classic Playstation games to Android for a while, and just today announced about a new SDK for doing so.
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The main item they talked about was the physical form factor. One edge is thicker, much like the spine of a magazine that was folded open. This s interesting because we had a discussion about this a year or so ago here on MR.

These ever thinner devices with thinner margins are not that comfortable to hold. A thicker edge would give you a firmer handgrip. The article also notes that it shifts the center of mass into your palm and so makes it feel lighter than it is.
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The main item they talked about was the physical form factor. One edge is thicker, much like the spine of a magazine that was folded open. This s interesting because we had a discussion about this a year or so ago here on MR.

These ever thinner devices with thinner margins are not that comfortable to hold. A thicker edge would give you a firmer handgrip. The article also notes that it shifts the center of mass into your palm and so makes it feel lighter than it is.
That and also the thinner they get the more connectivity sacrifices they have to make. I would rather have a tablet that is a half an inch in thickness with SD card slots, hdmi and usb ports as opposed to have one that is much thinner but lacking any ports.

I'm sorry a half an inch is not thick.

I do like the form factor on this Sony, and it gives you full sized ports I do believe.

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Sony already has some Android based devices that run classic Playstation games. Plus for a while now they've been talking about bringing classic Playstation games to Android for a while, and just today announced about a new SDK for doing so.
What will be interesting to see is how locked down Sony keeps those games to their own devices.
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I have played with the new Sony S tablet at my local Sony store and I was very impressed with it. I'm tempted to get one for my mom, I've been wanting to get her a tablet as a present. This one feels fantastic in the hand, and has a beautiful, responsive screen. I tried out "Crash Bandicoot" on the in store model, and it was comfortable to play on. Up until now I've found playing games with the on screen controllers on my iPad a bit uncomfortable, but the size of the on screen controller on the Sony S is adjustable.
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i played crash the other day on it too. made me want to get out the old game an have a PlayStation day
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That and also the thinner they get the more connectivity sacrifices they have to make. I would rather have a tablet that is a half an inch in thickness with SD card slots, hdmi and usb ports as opposed to have one that is much thinner but lacking any ports.

I'm sorry a half an inch is not thick.
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What will be interesting to see is how locked down Sony keeps those games to their own devices.
From the looks of things, they're gunning for the entire Android market.
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From the looks of things, they're gunning for the entire Android market.
Well, the entire Android market that is Playstation Certified:
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Through PS Suite SDK, content developers can create content for PlayStation™Certified (PS Certified) devices, hardware certified through the PS Suite license program, as well as for PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita).
Which right now consists of only Sony devices. But, they only announced the program 8 months ago, so maybe there are more manufacturers lined up.
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And third, hardware makers must sign up for the PlayStation Certified license. Through it, device must pass tests "to ensure the delivery of PlayStation quality experience across various devices" before Sony will grant a license to use the appropriate logo.
Wonder if Sony makes money on the licenses as well.

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I need to make the trek and check out one of these. The form factor seems appealing. Being comfortable to hold in portrait mode is key, as I'll primarily use it for reading. Up until now I haven't had a reason to finally sell my NOOKcolor. If it's as light as the iPad 2...hmmm.
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I found the tablet easy to hold in one hand in portrait mode, and easy for two hands in landscape. It did not feel top heavy in landscape, as some people have predicted. It seemed more comfortable than the iPad-1 which I played with.

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That and also the thinner they get the more connectivity sacrifices they have to make. I would rather have a tablet that is a half an inch in thickness with SD card slots, hdmi and usb ports as opposed to have one that is much thinner but lacking any ports.

I'm sorry a half an inch is not thick.

I do like the form factor on this Sony, and it gives you full sized ports I do believe.
A significant downside of the Sony is that its SD card slot can only be used for media transfer to and from the device; you can't, for example, play a movie on the device from an SD card. This seems like a peculiar design decision.
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i cant imagine why that is- its bugged me since i first heard in reports from the launch.

but it also reminds me that xoom didnt have a working sd for some time and i believe there were others. so now im thinking there must be an android software compatibility problem .
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i cant imagine why that is- its bugged me since i first heard in reports from the launch.

but it also reminds me that xoom didnt have a working sd for some time and i believe there were others. so now im thinking there must be an android software compatibility problem .
None of the Android devices I've used has had a problem with it.

My guess, UI issues. They didn't make stuff to use multiple storage locations.
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