The Sony Tablet S is the first Android tablet from Sony, and it stands out from the crowd with a few distinctive features including a wedge-shaped design, a 9.4 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, and Sony’s custom software running on top of Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb. That includes software for downloading and playing Sony Playstation video games.

Sony Tablet S

Sony is taking pre-orders for the tablet with prices starting at $499.99, but it looks like HSN is the first retailer actually promising to ship the tablet. The Sony Tablet S is now available from HSN for $599.99 (or 4 payments of $149.98).

That’s about $100 more than the price Sony charges for the 16GB tablet, but it looks like HSN is also throwing in 100 free music downloads from the Sony store.

The Sony Tablet S features a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 16GB of storage (although a 32GB model will also be available), a 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 5000mAH battery. The tablet measures 9.5″ x 6.8″ x 0.9″ (at its thicket point) and weighs about 1.3 pounds.

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7 replies on “Sony Tablet S tablet now available from HSN”

  1. Feh, who cares ?

    Sony will just brick it with a firmware update just like they did for the PS3 when people wanted to use OtherOS to put Linux on it.

    Anyone buying anything from Sony is an idiot or works for one. . .

  2. “That’s about $100 more than the price Sony charges for the 16GB tablet,
    but it looks like HSN is also throwing in 100 free music downloads from
    the Sony store.”

    Always amazed at the way “Free” is re-defined these days . . .

  3. Brad,

    first of all, I’m sorry to ask this question since this post has nothing to do with my question, yet since it’s like you’re super busy posting massive articles daily these days (:D) i though I’d catch you by using this “technique”. 

    Anyhow, my question is, I recently purchased an Acer Aspire One 722-bz454 model and I found that the 11.6 inch display with the 1366×768 native resolution makes text too small to read. Although  i can read them fine… but while browsing web-sites, etc it’s not the ideal one for me. 

    So I think I’ll sell it and here’s my question. In your experience do you think a display with 12.5 inches and a resolution of 1366×768 will give relatively larger/easy to read text?. Is it similar to a 12.1 screen with 1280×800 (I hear many says the Samsung Chrome model’s display is  good) 

    If you have time, would you be able to give a desktop screen shot of 12.5 inch 1366×768 (without changing DPI or anything) using the web browser OR a desktop screenshot with a mouse right-click menu? rather than the usual screenshot of “just the desktop”?. 

    May I humbly suggest to you that, in your future reviews, when it comes to display section, rather than giving a desktop screenshot (since it’s hard to get a feeling whether the text are too small, etc because Windows Vista/7 do include big Icons, etc) with a right-click menu or something similar (images with the original resolution).

     I hope my question isn’t confusing (not a native English speaker). Btw, I just love your reviews man, they’re awesome! :D. 

    1. A few things.

      1. You can always contact me directly by using the conctact link at the top of the page.

      2. A screenshot would do absolutely no good, since 1366 x 768 is 1366 x 768. What you want to know is how it looks on screens of different physical dimensions, and there’s no way that a simple screenshot will show that.

      3. It’s really a matter of taste. I personally also find 11.6 inches to be a little too sharp when using the default settings on a Windows laptop, although I’ve tested a number of machines with this setup and I tend to get used to things after a few days.

      For the last two years my personal laptop has been an Asus UL20A which has a 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and I actually find it to be just about right, so I think a 12.5 inch display would be even better — but not everyone will agree. You’re really going to be best off walking into a store and spending some time looking at different size screens to see what’s comfortable for you.

      4. That said, as you’ve pointed out, you can also adjust the DPI settings in Windows 7, which can increase fonts in many aspects of the operating system. You can also use the zoom tools in most web browsers to adjust how pictures and text are displayed.

      5. Windows 8 will likely offer much better support for screens with higher pixel densities, much as Android and iOS already do. What remains to be seen is whether these improvements will only show up in the new tiled user interface meant for touchscreens or if they’ll carry through to the classic desktop-style UI.

      1. Thanks Brad, appreciate it. 

        And you’re right, for instance, a 1366×768 screenshot on a 15.6 inch with the same resolution won’t show how it really looks like. Anyhow, again, big thanks. 

        1. Well, in photoshop you could size the image to 15.6″ canvas size and have an non-resized image pasted next to it for a direct comparison.  Then just choose to view at actual pixel size in view options then to see how it looks on your screen with proper proportions…

          Mind you can customize text defaults for your browser if that’s the only issue.  It’s mainly when text is shown as a image file that you can’t resize it and are stuck with the default size.

          1. Hmm interesting point with the Photoshop 🙂 lol. 

            Yes, I can change the text size using the browser, but since mots other programs that I use are optimized for lower DPI settings… they don’t look that good. Anyhow, thanks mate, appreciate it. 

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