There are many challengers to the iPad 2 from the Android side of the mobile platform competition and Sony has just recently unveiled another fighter. The Tablet S is the electronics giant’s latest tablet computer offering which will be powered by the Android Honeycomb operating system. Here’s an outline of how the Tablet S measures up.
Under the hood
Versus the iPad 2’s 1GHz Apple A5, the Tablet S will be driven by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 with an ARM Cortext-A9 CPU. The Cortext-A9 is a multicore mobile processor capable of out-of-order executions which allow for overall faster response. Apple A5 and Nvidia Tegra 2 are both system-on-chip implementations of the Cortext-A9. In terms of storage however the iPad 2 comes out ahead with its 64 GB option, while the Tablet S will only have a 16 GB and 32 GB version.
Both tablets have the expected Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities but the Tablet S has the advantage of Universal Infrared Remote and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology features. Simply put, this technology allows the user to wirelessly transfer digital content from the tablet to any other DNLA-capable media device which could be anything from a TV to a Blu-Ray player.
Another ace for the Tablet S is the TruBlack feature for its 9.4 inch multi-touch display. This particular Sony feature enables the user to lessen screen reflections from bright sources such as sunlight. Tablet S users will thus find working on the device outdoors just as convenient as indoors.
Weighing in at 598 grams, the Tablet S is 10 grams lighter than the iPad 2. Besides the weight, some reviewers have noted that its wedge shape makes it easier to hold the device in one hand for a longer period of time and gives a better angled view when set down.
Sony’s Tablet S is also going to be lighter on the wallet. The 16 GB version will be priced at $579 while the 32 GB version will sell for $689. The new tablet computer will be coming out on the Australian market this October and pre-ordering can be done as early as September 28.