Sense of déjà vu? Yes, there's already been an Xperia S phone, and a Tablet S. But this is the Xperia Tablet S.
Like Sony's last tab it's got a cheese wedge shape, but now slimmed for greater portability, with added "splashproof" technology - or "sockets with caps over them" if you prefer.
The processor is now a powerful 1.4GHz Tegra 3, making it one of the more responsive Android tabs around, though the web browser still stutters.
The 9.4-inch screen's 1280x800 resolution, while adequate, pales in caparison to the iPad with Retina Display or the cheaper Nexus 10's 2560x1600 screen. Furthermore, you're limited to Android 4.0 - and Sony doesn't have a great track record for swift Android OS upgrades. The Nexus 10 comes with version 4.2 pre-loaded.
The Xperia Tablet S remains a classy number, with all Sony's media extras adding value. However, like a lot of Android tablets, this attractive, competent device suddenly appears fatally overpriced when compared to the Google Nexus and Amazon Kindle Fire device line.
Sony Xperia Tablet S review Reviewed by Wicked Sago on 9:55:00 AM Rating: