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Sony Xperia Tablet S 3G

alaTest has collected and analyzed 419 reviews of Sony Xperia Tablet S 3G. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and screen. The portability and usability also get good opinions, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability. Many are negative about the connectivity and GPS navigation.

performance, usability, portability, screen, design

GPS navigation, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony Xperia Tablet S 3G is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 user reviews of Sony Xperia Tablet S 3G from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the camera and screen. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the connectivity and GPS navigation, and there are some mixed comments about the battery.

performance, portability, usability, screen, camera

reliability, GPS navigation, connectivity

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Joseph Volpe (

Sony Xperia Tablet S review: Sony's second-gen Android slate has a slimmer design, faster guts


More InfoSony Xperia Tablet S officialSony Xperia Tablet S hands-onSony's Xperia Tablet S gets the full tear-downFor Sony, it's all about

Ergonomic design ; Built-in IR blaster ; Intuitive parental controls

Inconsistent performance ; Heavily customized home screen ; Camera app is not user-friendly

Sony's Xperia Tablet S feels unfocused, with more of an emphasis on hardware design than software performance.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : David Pierce (

Sony Xperia Tablet S review


Sony's long marched to the beat of its own drummer — to varying levels of success. Sony's unique designs have created plenty of success stories (like the NEX line of cameras), but tablets haven't...

Awesome added software features ; Fast performance ; Cool remote functionality

Expensive compared to competition ; Slightly drab design ; Too many preinstalled apps

Plenty to like, but at twice the price of the Nexus 7 it's hard to justify this purchase

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Eric Franklin (

Sony Xperia Tablet S review


The Sony Tablet S was one of the more impressive Android tablets when it debuted in 2011. Now with its Xperia Tablet S, Sony has revised the design, upgraded to Tegra 3, and updated its media ecosystem.

The Sony Xperia Tablet S has a comfortable, high-quality design, a sharp-looking screen, storage expansion, and potential as a universal remote alternative.

Unfortunately Wi-Fi currently shuts off whenever the tablet sleeps, waking the tablet from sleep takes way too long, and its screen flickers intermittently. Price is a bit high for what's offered.

The Xperia Tablet S has an excellent design, but there are cheaper alternatives that provide similar and better tablet experiences.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Patrick Afschar Kaboli (

Review Sony Xperia Tablet S


Surfer's tablet. Manufacturers who are now launching their very f

High build quality; Splash-protected case and ports; Compact size; Low weight; Full-blown configuration; Good screen; Decent battery life; Powerful platform

Poor cameras; Moderate Wi-Fi transmission; HDMI only via expensive adapter

The competition is vast and mostly features very similar equipment. Besides Apple's iPad 3 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, the Xperia has to compete with all Tegra 3 contenders. Among them: Fujitsu's Stylistic M532, Asus' Transformer Pad Infinity...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Chris Burns (

Sony XPERIA Tablet S Review


It might be time for you to take another look at one of the oddest tablets released in the year 2012, that being the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor-packing Sony XPERIA Tablet S . This machine is not the most high-resolution nor the most undeniably...

If you’re looking for a great stand-alone Android tablet, this isn’t it – it wasn’t made to be the one perfect stand-alone tablet and it doesn’t pretend to be that piece of equipment. Instead you’ve got the best Sony has to offer in a tablet...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Sidney Wong (

Sony Xperia Tablet S (3G) - The First Xperia Tablet


The Sony Xperia Tablet S is the first tablet from the Japanese company to bear the Xperia branding. How different is it from the Tablet S and Tablet P? What new features does it have to take on the Apple iPads? Read on to find out more.

Unique design ; Excellent handling ; Good overall performance

Proprietary connector for charging and file transfer ; Reflective display ; Mediocre camera performance

If Android tablets are not among your consideration,

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : William Harrel (

Sony Xperia Tablet S Review and Ratings


A unique body shape, good performance, and long battery life merge in this Android tablet. It's a good pick if media consumption is your main tablet aim, and it's light, thin, and attractive, too.

Respectable display quality ; Light, thin, and uniquely shaped for comfort ; Built-in IR emitter ; Enhanced multimedia and home entertainment features ; Good battery life

No dedicated USB port ; HDMI-out dongle prevents charging while in use ; Heavy on app bloatware

Aside from its unique exterior design and enhanced home entertainment features—by today’s standards, anyway—the Xperia Tablet S is otherwise a basic, capable Android slate, circa late 2012. We didn’t find any glaring shortcomings; its unique shape, we...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Wong Casandra & Sidney Wong (

Sony Mobile Xperia Mayhem - Six New Phones: Ion, Acro S, Go, Neo L, Miro & Tipo (Updated with Video)


Sony Mobile today announced a total of six new Xperia phones, featuring a mixture of devices with different form factors for different target audiences. Here's a quick preview of what to expect from the mobile company come Q3 2012.

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (

Sony Xperia Tablet S


A solid update to the original Tablet S, but there are better Android tablets for the money.

Interesting design ; Full-size SD card slot

Low-res screen ; Ageing software ; Uncompetitive pricing

Sony does offer a few appy extras that aren’t just about trying to sell you things, though. Socialife is a Sony-made social network aggregator that bungs you Facebook and Twitter updates into a single, tablet-friendly feed. It also has a tab for RSS...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by (

Sony Xperia Tablet S


Still one of the best Android tablets around, especially for movie buffs

Lovely design ; Especially nice to hold in portrait ; Great video quality ; Movies Unlimited

Not Full HD ; Sounds a touch soft

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Capacity:1530 / 1750 / 2370
Battery life (max):10
Battery performance:1530 / 1750 / 2370
Battery recharge time:5.5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time:10
Continuous audio playback time:25 / 33 / 44.62
Continuous video playback time:12 / 4 / 6.3 / 8 / 8.42
Standby time (2G):300 / 450 / 530 / 697
Standby time (3G):400 / 420 / 530 / 706
Talk time (2G):10.73 / 6.12 / 7 / 7.3
Talk time (3G):13.23 / 6.18 / 7 / 8.3

Call Management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call blocking: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes


Auto exposure: Yes
Auto focus: Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash:No / Yes
Digital Zoom:16
Face detection: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Geotagging: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution:3264 x 2448
Main camera resolution (numeric):13 / 3.2 / 5 / 8
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 800
Multi-shot: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13 / 3.2 / 5 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:1 / 1.3
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Smile detection: Yes
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 1080p, 720p
Video stabilizer: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Manual


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes


Color of product:Black / Black, Green, Silver / Black, Grey, Silver / Black, Red, Silver / Black, Silver / White
Form Factor:Bar / Slate
Product color:Black / Black,Silver / White
Protection features:Scratch resistant, Water resistant


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:3.5 / 4.3 / 4.6 / 9.4
Display number of colors:16.77 / 16.78 million colours / 262144 colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1280 x 800 / 320 x 480
Display Technology:IPS
Display Type:TFT
External display: No
LED backlight: Yes
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes


Full-size keyboard: Yes

Media Formats

Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WBMP
Video compression formats:H.263,H.264,MPEG4,WMV


Internal memory:1
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Internal RAM:0.5 / 1
Memory clock speed:533


Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text prediction system:Swype, XT9
Text prediction system type:Swype,XT9
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes


Audio formats supported:3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, WAV, WMA / 3GPP, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV / 3GPP, eAAC+, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, OTA, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, MIDI, MP3, OGG
Equalizer: Yes
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG / BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF, WBMP
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
RSS reader: Yes
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, AMV, ASF, AVI, H.261, MKV, MOV, MP4, WEBM, WMV, XVID / 3GP, H.263, H.264, MP4, WMV / 3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / 3GPP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4, VP8, WEBM, XVID
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,AMV,ASF,AVI,H.261,MKV,MOV,MP4,WEBM,WMV,XVID / 3GP,H.263,H.264,MP4,WMV / 3GP,H.263,H.264,MPEG4 / 3GPP,AVI,H.263,H.264,MP4,MPEG4,VP8,WEBM,XVID
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
GPS antenna: Yes
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes


2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G:No / Yes
3G bands supported:850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,2100
4G bands supported:800,850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 900,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR / 3.0 / 4.0
Data network: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Camera included: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Rotating: Yes
T9 text input: Yes
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bag included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:USB
Handheld remote control: Yes
Memory card included:Unspecified
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor:No / Yes
Audio formats supported:AAC, FLAC, LPCM, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, FLAC, LPCM, MIDI, MP3, WMA
Closed user group support: Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
Exchange support: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Graphics:Adreno 225
Graphics adapter:Adreno 225
Gyroscope: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WBMP
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
On-board graphics adapter model:Adreno 225
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:2.3 / 4.1
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Recorder, Stopwatch
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Recorder, Stopwatch
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Position location:Y
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups: Yes
SyncML: Yes
vCard: Yes
Video call: Yes
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone out:Y
Microphone in: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB B
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0


Processor:MSM 7227A / MSM 8260 / MSM 8960 / MSM 8960T Pro / Tegra 3
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A5
Processor cores:2
Processor family:NVIDIA Tegra / Qualcomm / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1 / 1.3 / 1.5 / 1.7
Processor model:MSM 7227A / MSM 8260 / MSM 8960 / MSM 8960T Pro / Tegra 3


Exchange support: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:2.3 / 4.0 / 4.1
SyncML: Yes
vCard: Yes


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / SD / SD, SDHC
Internal RAM:1024 / 512
Internal storage capacity:1 / 16 / 32 / 4 / 64 / 8
Maximum memory card size:32
RAM capacity:0.5 / 1
Storage media:Flash
USB mass storage: Yes


Subscription type:No subscription


Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.393 / 0.417 / 0.421 / 0.433 / 0.472 / 6.85
Height:0.346 / 4.45 / 5.04 / 5.08 / 5.16 / 6.85
Weight:20.1 / 4.08 / 4.23 / 5.08 / 5.47
Width:2.43 / 2.52 / 2.56 / 2.64 / 9.45