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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sony Style Comes to the S1 and S2 Tablets

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/13/...nd-s2-hands-on/

"Now that Sony has spilled the carrier-exclusive beans on at least one of its tablets, the S2 clamshell, the company kindly gave us a chance to get some long-awaited hands-on time with both it and its sibling, the S1 slate. And at time when it feels like we handle a new Honeycomb Android tablet every other day, these at least usher in some pretty unusual form factors. On the one hand, you've got the S1, a 9.4-inch number whose rounded wedge profile was designed to mimic a folded magazine. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there's the S2, which opens to reveal twin 5.5-inch displays -- all the more of a novelty since we've barely seen Android 3.0 running on devices that don't have 10-inch displays."

Sony Style is alive and well in the tablet space! The S1 is a 'standard' tablet, with rounded edges and a wedge shape, making it ergonomically efficient, as well as easy to hold. Results indoors were very good, and the 1280x768 display was great for viewing a movie, even from the side and at an angle. Results outdoors are unknown, as this was a very short hands-on.

The S2 is a clamshell form-factor, with two 5.5-inch screens. According to the review, when closed, it looks like a large case for eyeglasses. When open, there is a bezel separating the bright screens, making for a less than optimal viewing experience. No other details are available at this time.

Nothing reported on software other than to mention that Honeycomb (Android 3+) is there, and Sony has done some work at the UI layer to make the user experience "better." Speed of the S1 and S2 seemed similar to other Android tablets, described as "pretty zippy," and both devices are both PlayStation Certified (hello games!). I like this clamshell idea, so it'll be interesting to see how apps perform with two small screens available - or is it logically one screen with a chunk of plastic bezel in the middle?


Monday, July 4, 2011

A Quick Peek at Sony's S1 and S2 Tablet Love

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/30/...briefly-on-vid/

"We've already seen press shots and teaser videos of Sony's S1 Honeycomb tablet and dual-screen S2 (and had our eyes on them ourselves), but Germany's Golem website managed to spend a bit of time with both of the devices at an event in Munich"

Sony is preparing not just one, but two takes on the scalding hot tablet market. While the S1 looks like it could slide a cake mighty nicely, the S2 looks a bit more interesting. The S2 intruigues me more as it seems a bit more portable, but I honestly do not know if that would translate into more use. A decent smartphone probably provides a similar enough experience to a mini-tablet, so why have two devices fitting the same form factor? I can see where a tablet fits in, just like a netbook, and in working with computers, a desktop or powerful laptop is useful as well. Does anyone see why they might want a mini tablet, except where they do not want a smartphone?


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sony Tablets Fail to Impress

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.conceivablytech.com/7046...t-want-to-learn

"Sony just announced out two new tablets. Announced that is, of course and there is just the promise that the products will likely be on the market by the end of the year, which is a sure sign that they will be old news when they finally arrive in stores. They seem to repeat the mistakes Sony, and others, made during the iPod wars and we know how that turned out. Sony got its ass kicked along with pretty much everyone else."

Let us all feel sorry for Sony. They just do not seem to be able to catch a break lately. Aside from certain security issues they are dealing with righ tnow, it seems as if their newly launched S1 and S2 tablets are not getting much love. The S1 and S2 certainly look interesting, but I double that they will get much traction among consumers. I have seen many impressive products come from Sony. The one I remember most is their VAIO UX series. Like the S1 and S2, the UX series was really ultra-mobile and portable. Unfortunately, it never really caught on, and Sony seems to have gone from one unpopular idea to another. Maybe someday, one of them will stick!


Sony Announces Two Tablets, One with Two Screens

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 04:00 AM

http://androinica.com/2011/04/sony-...d-tablet-s1-s2/

"Android Honeycomb tablets are becoming a dime-a-dozen, which naturally leads to attempts to set new tablets apart from the growing pack...What’s left for Sony to do so its tablets don’t get lost in the crowd?"

Sony has officially announced the S1 and S2 tablets. The S1 is a fairly conventional looking tablet but with a design that moves the weight to one end, making it easier to hold. It's also angled so it should be easier to view when resting on a table. It has a 9.4" screen, DLNA, and can be used as a remote for Bravia TV's. The S2 is a little more interesting. It has two 5.5" screens and can fold in half. The screens can be used separately for doing different things or together as one large screen, but with a break in the middle where the device folds.

I love the way Sony has supported things like DLNA, USB Mass Storage, standard Bluetooth HID profiles, standard USB keyboards, and standard Bluetooth headsets on the PS3 for a long time as well as all the features they have added to the PS3 over the years like improving the audio player, Flash support in the browser, streaming video services, and remote power on with a PSP. They've also added a ton of features to the PSP like customizable scene skipping thumbnails in video, a comic book player, letting you run music in the background while in the XMB or playing slide shows, and adding support for more audio and video formats.

I can't wait to see what Sony Does with the S1 and S2. I think there is a lot of potential for interaction between these tablets and the PS3 or maybe even PSP. I'd love to hook a tablet to a TV with HDMI and then use my PSP as the controller for a game on the tablet that I'm watching a big screen! Hopefully, whatever they do, they'll do a reasonable job at keeping the base OS up to date. With the Xperia Play on the way as well Sony is really showing a strong commitment to Android and whether you like Sony or not the competition is always good! I know Sony is getting a black eye right now since their network has been down for the last week but I'll definitely give them another chance. Do you have any interest in an Android tablet from Sony? What are your thoughts?


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