Sony’s Slanty Stab at a Tab

Today I’m having a look at the Sony Tablet S. One of the newest Android tablets on the market, this device really sets itself apart from the competition in so many ways. Let’s look at some of the best and key features on the Sony Tablet.

At first glance, it’s one of the most uniquely designed tablets, with a nice folded and slanting design which creates a much more comfortable usability and browsing experience. The slanted design cleverly hides the huge host of ports, which allow you to connect more devices and share data seamlessly. These include; volume buttons, data ports, SD Card slots, mini USB port, IR Port, headphone jack and power port. This all gives the device a nice seamless look, without distracting you with various buttons and slots from the screen. The screen itself is a gorgeous 9.4″ gloss screen with a 1280-800 resolution.

Sony Tablet S

Smooth, sleek and slanted...

Under the (very) sleek hood, this tablet is packing a lot, with; 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an impressive NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, gyroscope, DLNA technology and a front and rear facing camera not to mention a solid 8 hours of battery life with standard usage. You really can take everything with you wherever you go. The true black, 9.4″ screen also means that you can browse websites, magazines, newspapers, photos and movies with a crystal clear image in stunning quality.

But it isn’t just the hardware that’s impressive. Running Android’s powerful 3.1 Gingerbread, with the option to upgrade to 3.2, this is not only a well designed tablet, it’s also easy to use for a host of different things to suit whatever you need to do. The user interface is sleek, clear and easy to navigate, offering all of your most important apps right where you need them. There’s already a lot of handy apps natively installed on the tablet, including YouTube, Gmail (with an improved interface) and the Android Marketplace which allows you to download any of the thousands of apps available there such as the Universal Remote Control app, allowing you to take control of any of your home devices. The build-in browser offers a web experience, which is second to none, offering full Flash support so that you can see the web as it’s meant to be seen.

Sony decides to run Android Gingerbread

Sony decides to run Android Gingerbread

Sony Tablet is also Playstation certified, meaning that you can play your favourite titles with ease from the online store. This is probably one of the biggest selling points for the app, and really is the big draw for Sony to play on. The iconic and powerful brand really adds weight to what this tab really is all about and helps attract some of the more serious gamers away from the likes of the iPad, which already has a growing reputation for more and more advanced games.

While the Sony has made a really solid attempt at a tablet, there are a few drawbacks; my big one is the shape. While I genuinely find it actually quite attractive, the teardrop slant means that portrait is very uncomfortable, and I like my tablets (along with a lot of people) in Portrait mode, for magazines and newspapers particularly. The other is the overall interface, coming from iOS to Sony’s Android interface; I found it comparatively messy, lacking the organized simplicity that comes naturally to Apple products.

While I won’t be ditching my iPad anytime soon, as the app environment is still that bit ahead of Android, the Sony Tablet isn’t a bad start. But with Amazon having jumped in the game, Sony really have lost out, and it’s a shame as this really is a nice product.

iPhones in bars and TV’s go 3D…

It’s been an eventful week for technology world; We’ve seen Facebook ‘like’ the internet, secret space planes being launched, HP give more details on its Slate and least of all there’s some serious sacking going on in Apple all over a bar, $5,000, photos and some German beer.

Unless you’ve been on holidays on Mars for the past few days, and the roaming costs a fortune, then you’ll know that the iPhone 4G has been the centre of the biggest leak of the year. Gray Powell, a now infamous name in Cupertino and (former) Apple employee left the next iPhone in a bar, only to be picked up by someone who later sold the handset on to the popular tech website, Gizmodo.

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Kindle 2.0, are we finally to get a new browsing experience?

Amazon may be preparing to launch  a new browser for it’s Kindle e-reader range it has been suggested.

A job posting has recently been spotted for a browser engineer at a division of Amazon set aside specifically for the development of software for the Kindle, known as Lab126.

The company appears to be looking to recruit someone who can design new features for the popular reader’s notably sub-standard browser interface, and does require knowledge of current web standards, web rendering engines, Java and embedded Linux.

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Google to take on Apple? Again?!

Google looks set to release their own pad computer following Apple’s release of it’s long expected iPad on Wednesday.

If the rumours and mock-ups are true then it brings Google’s attempts to jump into the hardware industry and tackle Apple’s might into the foreground.

Looks like an iPad, a... G-Pad? Too many jokes right there...

The software giant may be taking advantage of the criticisms being thrown at Apple over the iPad, such as lack of flash and webcam integration, and the manufacturers well-known strictness when dealing with apps and software which need to be approved before appearing in the app store for download.

Google’s open source nature may deal a serious blow to Apple’s attempt to take over the ebook and new found pad market (even if it is just the old tablet market with a new lease of life), using a pad running its open-source Chrome OS which the device will probably run on but is still to be tested on any major scale in the consumer market.

Whether or not Google’s device could be an iPad killer is yet to be seen, if it is released at all. The search giant’s much awaited Nexus One was expected to be an iPhone killer when it came out earlier this year, however take up has been poor and failed to dent the growing iPhone market which is showing little or no signs of being slowed by a competitor.

Google definitely don’t bring the wow factor or coolness to the table that Apple does, or even the hardened experience and solid production that Microsoft brings, but at the very least it they show the computer world that Google is tenacious and wouldn’t be put off by a let down by a larger competitor, even if they can’t match the hype levels that come with Apple launches.

The iSlate revealed? Surely not!

This morning Tech Crunch released two pictures of the potential Apple iSlate, sent in to them by a friend of a friend who works in Apple.

These photos if real; are pretty impressive! The slate looks super thin, super sleek and as usual with Apple products; super sexy. Being photographed next to a MacBook really helps to enhance just how thin it really is. And it looks gorgeous!

That’s all of course, if this is true – and there has certainly been some debate on the matter, with users scrambling to check drop shadows, and lighting to see if there’s any errors.

The images probably are faked, but they’re very good, and come a day ahead of Apple’s announcement which has seen the companies share prices rise to new levels and a form of excitement not seen since the iPhone launch a few years ago.

All of this bundles neatly together with Apple’s latest financial announcements for the first quarter of the year. The giant posted revenues of $15.68 billion, and has reportedly sold 3.36 million Macs which is up a third on last year, 8.7 million iPhones which is double the previous quarter and 21 million iPods which is an eight percent decline on previous figures, but unsurprising given that people are probably just switching to the iPhone.

Apple seems to be on a winning streak at the moment, and lets hope that tomorrow doesn’t disappoint!

Looks real, doesn't it? The nice ten inch screen and slim design really make the iSlate a true portable like no other

Smaller than the keyboard! Perfect for mags, papers, doodles, googling, and media 🙂 Apple can do no wrong!

Apple might launch touchscreen iMac…

The possibility of an ‘iSlate’ today became a step closer with the rumour surfacing of Apple launching a touchscreen version of its popular iMac desktop range.

Touchy? No Touchy? Will the touchscreen iMac work?

It makes sense for Apple to begin introducing some touchscreen models to their computers. If they are indeed to launch a tablet, then the computer manufacturer needs to show a certain amount of confidence in touchscreen technology other than small portables like the iPhone, such as being able to put one of their flagship computer lines into the world of touch.

It appears that the touchscreen is here to stay, regardless, it seems to be the future with more and more companies producing touch enabled computers, phones, and media devices. However, Apple is making what was otherwise an unnoticed market suddenly the centre of attention, even stealing the show from Microsoft, who last week debuted a new line of ‘slate’ PC’s.

A question that quickly pops to mind is how long a user can sit at an iMac and comfortably use the touchscreen without getting a strain, and whether or not anyone would bother using the feature with a mouse and keyboard closer at hand.

With all the talk about Apple products so close to their next event, it seems like a good idea to take some of these rumours onboard, and hope we’re not disappointed.