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The portable gaming system from Sony (the early PSP) got most awaited update this year. Named as Playstation Vita, it is assumed as the most advanced portable gaming console till date and available in the stores now. Take a look at our initial Vita impressions.

The Good

Playstation Vita, a successor to Playstation Portable (PSP) has maintained the form factor and the sturdiness which makes it good to hold in the hand. The hardware build is superb making the analogue sticks, triggers, D-pad and the buttons firm and responsive enough for a game play. PS Vita features 5-inch OLED display which delivers much better graphics at 960 x 544 resolution taking it near to the Playstation 3 (PS3) graphics. Cherry on the cake is the decent 5-inch touch screen which makes navigation simple, without any need to play with those sticks.

Along with this, the operating system of PS Vita is perfectly designed, giving equal response to the touch as well as analogue controls. The user interface is quite simple, easy to use and very fast.

The Bad

The 5-inch console even failed in some of its aspects. PS Vita requires additional memory card to play games and run apps that isn’t included in the box. This means you will have to pay separately for the same. These aren’t the (MSPD) Memory Stick Pro Duo that you use in your PSP. These are totally new and different cards from Sony which are used in the PS Vita to avoid Piracy. Priced at,

  • 4GB: $30
  • 8GB: $45
  • 16GB: $70
  • 32GB: $120

The battery life is decent but not as good as its predecessor. It features both front and rear camera which do not impress us. The device is outfitted with a 0.3 MP camera which doesn’t even deliver a decent photograph experience.

The Vita is priced at $250 for WiFi variant and $300 for 3G variant, cheap? No its not! You forgot the hidden cost of the memory card which is must with the console. The cheapest memory card and a game in combination, cost you additional $70 taking the stock price to $300+. This console isn’t cheap as it includes hidden cost.

Should I Buy?

The eight generation console has made its way. If you are a potential gamer and love to game on the go, PS Vita is just for you. Others I’ll suggest not to go with this as it is not an essential gadget which you need. This big bar will find difficult entry into the pocket if you are coupled with the smartphone. Not so interested guys can stick to their Smartphone gaming instead, wait for PS Vita price to fall then.

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An old Chinese saying “if you want to succeed, you have to make your own way, don’t follow anyone blindly”. True words! But it seems some Tablet manufacturers are in no mood to pay heed to this wisdom, or do not find it applicable in today’s world, when competing with rivals.  Apple when entered tablet market, changed the whole scenario and experienced success beyond measures. Other manufacturers, in quest to taste the same flavor tried to imitate Apple however, all their efforts turned futile. In this article let’s hunt those super flop tablets and the reasons for their collapse.

The Blackberry Playbook

BlackBerry Playbook

When one looks at the hardware configuration of the Blackberry Playbook he will definitely say WOW! The machine sports a 1GHz processor and a 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera and 3Mp front, 16,32, and 64 GB storage capacity, 7inch WSVGA screen, and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and many more interesting features.

Once you get your hands-on this device, it takes no time to understand why it has been such a lackadaisical thing. The Blackberry Tablet OS that runs on the Playbook has very few apps and the main bottleneck is it has no support for email and calendaring. The device was such a big burden for the company that it was forced to slash the price number of times, but for no avail. The icing on the cake is the non-ergonomic shape of the Playbook.

Blackberry has promised that the problems will be resolved in some part of the year 2012, but the main question that circles still is will RIM be able to survive till then.

The HP TouchPad

HP TouchPad

The second splendor, oh sorry, disaster in the tablet world is Hewlett-Packard’s TouchPad. It too has a strong hardware and the OS is also home made. So, why it boomeranged the company, lets dig a little deeper to find out that big failure reason.

The software called the WebOS is the Operating System in the TouchPad. The OS promised to be more efficient and open than the iOS and more beautiful than the Android. Assuming this as all true HP bought it in 2010 for $1.2 Billion, so that,  it can after some modifications use it to its advantage. But the WebOS was not what it seemed from outward appearance. Several staff membersof the company admitted (off record) that the OS from the very beginning had little hopes to survive.  It neither had efficiency nor beauty, hence the debacle called the HP TouchPad.

Sony Tablet S

Sony Tablet S

This name here might surprise our readers or even shock them because the Sony Tablet S came to the market with lots of hope and anticipation. The hardware was such a wow but somehow it did not fulfill the expectation. First the configuration, the Tablet S has 1 GHZ Processor, 1GB RAM , 16/32GB storage, 5MP rear camera, front camera, 5000 mAh li-ion battery, and Android 3.1 Honeycomb.

Superb quality stuff one might think and it is, indeed! However, the resistive touch of the capacitive screen is enough to kill the mood of a person soon after it is held. After that, comes the cheap material of the body which adds fuel to the fire. The remaining reputation gets lost due to hanging problem of the machine. In all, a dumb piece of technology. Good Bye Sony and Good Bye Tablet S! Users are happy with their iPad 2.

Motorola Xoom Tablet

Motorola Xoom Tablet

When Xoom Tablet was launched it won several awards as it was seen as the potential iPad rival but after the fizz the cola was mere lemonade and nothing else. The Xoom Tablet lacks several things such as Adobe Flash, 4G, Expandable memory, and apps that are hard to count.

At this moment software crashes are not a novel thing to the Xoom and if gtalk is not behaving properly it is not your fault. One last thing the Xoom Tablet is very-very reflective as far as the screen is concerned in the outdoors. It behaves like a mirror, forget movies you cannot even read books outdoors.

Folks, Stay far from the Xoom, it will ruin your pocket and your tablet experience!

The Dell Streak 7

Dell Streak 7

Dell tried not to lag behind in the Tablet competition as it missed some share of the Smartphone market. It launched a tablet called the Dell Streak 7 with the hope to achieve the same level of success as it has in the computer and Laptop world. But alas! The tablet lacked class and a maturity and result is evident—a BIG flop.

The seven inch tablet, in spite of its smaller size has a poor resolution (480×800) that makes everything watching on it a  burdensome task.  What gets more frustrating is the viewing angle; you cannot move your head even a little bit. To put it simply it is the worst display on offer at this very moment. The most troubling aspect of  Streak 7 is that it cannot be charged via a USB.  You are required to connect it to a plug. The battery has no juice. No doubt it succumbed to the market competition.

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This time CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2012 went crazy over HDTVs. Reputed HDTV manufacturers including Sony, Samsung, LG, Sharp, Panasonic and Toshiba showcased their new HDTVs developed for 2012. HDTVs have reached beyond the LED technology, this time we were introduced with too many new technologies like OLED, 4K and Super Hi-Vision. Among all the HDTVs announced, here is a small round up of one of the main masters, Sony HDTVs.

Crystal LED (Prototype)

Sony Crystal LED

While Samsung was busy showing OLED, Sony had a step ahead LED Technology which they claimed as Crystal LED. At CES, Sony exhibited a 55 inch prototype of it, which showed a series of still photographs as a slideshow. Looking at the detailing of every individual pixel and the RGB color it was looking like a true competitor for the OLEDs from Samsung and other brands.

HX850 and HX750

The ‘HX’ series for 2012 includes two models HX850 and HX750. Both of them come in 46 inch and 55 inch. This series features internet apps like SEN, Skype, Netflix and Hulu Plus. The two are integrated with WiFi adapter and optional accessories like the CMU-BR100 camera and microphone.

HX850 comes with border less monolithic design while HX750 does not. Also, the clear motion flow XR for the 850 is 960Hz while that on the 750 is 480Hz.

EX640

EX640 is a mid end model of Sony LED which features 40 inch, 46 inch and 55 inch models. Being mid level, it features 240Hz Motionflow and doesn’t provide integrated WiFi adapter like HX series. In order to make your TV WiFi ready you need to buy additional WiFi dongle. This series in SEN (Sony Entertainment Network) doesn’t provide source to internet apps.

BX450 and BX330

BX series features low end models of HDTVs which includes 40 inch and 46 inch models in BX450 where as only 32inch model in BX330 series. They have CCFL back-lit display and no LED like the other two.

All the three series, HX, EX and BX will be launched soon in the Q1 of 2012.

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In the year 2011, Sony launched a range of cameras from their W series. One of the cameras launched was the Cyber-shot DSC-W570. Sony DSC-W570 comes along with good features and value all in a slim design. The camera uses Sweep Panorama feature for capturing for breathtaking images. You can add more features like iAuto, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. This camera features 720p video recording, 16 megapixel sensor, 5x zoom and some various other features.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 Front

The Sony W570 DSCW570 Cyber-shot Digital Camera features a powerful 16.1-megapixel CCD image sensor to capture best quality images with good amount of contrast and clarity to the finest detail. With 16.1 megapixels, you can create stunning, photo-quality prints up to A3+ (13×19-inch) size. Also you can crop your images and still come away with high-resolution shots. It composes and shoots photos and 720p HD movies on the 2.7″ LCD. In 720p MP4 movie mode the camera shoots 1280 x 720 high-definition movies at 30 fps, which is the format when working with a PC or Laptop. Additional features of the Sony W570 DSCW570 is,  it includes Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for eliminating the blur effects from images.

Users can easily create high quality movies with full use of optical zoom in files. It is small enough to transfer movie clips to compatible PC or Mac devices. After transferring to your computer, you can easily upload your media to popular photo and video-sharing websites such as Photobucket and YouTube. Intelligent Auto mode, known as iAuto, helps you to recognize the scenes, lighting conditions and faces. It automatically adjusts settings. Also, you can capture more beautiful shots with Sweep Panorama Mode of the Sony W570 DSCW570 Cyber-shot Digital Camera.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 Back

Face Detection technology detects up to eight each faces and it automatically adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of different people at different places. Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment when it all actually happens. You just have to press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does all the rest part. You can also select adult and child priority and shows the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity by exploring its basic functions. The high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer for video recording. Close Focus shoots close-ups up to just under ½-inch from the subject in this camera.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 Top

Sony Cyber-shot DSC W570 Tech Specifications:

  • Weight of this camera is 1.0 pound.
  • It capture videos in HD Movie mode (720p).
  • It captures breathtaking images in Sweep Panorama Mode.
  • 16.1 megapixel 2.7-inch LCD screen for easy viewing.
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur.
  • iAuto mode automatically optimizes camera settings.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC W570 Price:

The interface of this camera is very cool, pretty & simple. There is no dedicated screen displaying the option. Instead of that, there is a bar that lines up the side of the screen & it overlays the scene. Overall, the features of this camera are good. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 is priced at 159 USD, a reasonable price as well! Hence it is a recommended buy from us.

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If you are looking for a feature-filled yet simple and fun-to-use camera then try your hands on Sony’s newly developed Cybershot DSC HX7V. The camera is GPS and compass enabled and available as an updated version of version of Cybershot DSC – HX5V.

It claims to be world’s first compact digital still camera to include 3D Still Image mode for capturing 3D images, using one lens and imager. The stylish camera has an HD output which allows you to playback images and videos directly on televisions and computers via a HDMI cable.

Sony Cybershot DSC HX7V is equipped with a ‘Background Defocus‘ mode that blurs the background, aiming to replicate shallower depth of fields of wider apertures in DSLRs.

The beauty of the camera is its GPS technology that makes geo-tagging a breeze. The built-in GPS and Compass has the ability to record the location and direction where photos are taken. Besides, the HDR feature of the top-notched camera compiles the highlights, mid-tones and shadows from three separate shots to create a single image with a wide dynamic range.

To shoot videos in HD (High definition) the camera offers a dedicated ‘Movie’ button to record full HD 1080i video. One can even use ‘Sweep Panaromic Technology’ to capture 3D Panaromic images. To do this, simply press the shutter button and move the camera across a programmed path. The camera will take pictures continuously and finally stitch all them into a single image.

Sony Cybershot DSC- HX5V Features in a nutshell:

  • 16.2 Megapixel Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor
  • 10X optical zoom
  • Sony Bionz processor
  • Sony G Series lens ( the one used in higher-end camcorders)
  • 3D Photographs
  • Easy Panaromic mode
  • 920,000 Pixel 3’’ high res LCD Screen
  • HDR Mode (takes 3 pictures and combines them to form composite)
  • Twighlight mode (captures 6 shots in one second in low light and combines them)
  • Background defocus mode
  • GPS and Compass for Geo-tagging

 Pros

  • Large LCD with a high-resolution
  • Super performance even in low light
  • Good HD video quality
  • Plenty of features

Cons

  • No dedicated battery charger
  • Slightly slow to start recording video

Currently, Sony Cybershot DSC HX7V is priced at $ 268.44 but we strongly recommend this camera. You may also like to check out Sony Cyber-shot DSC- TX55.

To know more about Cyber-shot DSC HX7V watch the video below

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On one hand we have the undisputed market ruler and on the other a potential market ruler, yes I am talking about the iPad 2 and the Sony Tablet S. Comparing these two devices is a very difficult task because these two are quite different from each other, but a proper comparison needs proper difference. So without any further ado let’s get started.

Sony Tablet S vs. iPad 2

Table of Content

  1. CPU and RAM
  2. Dimension
  3. Storage
  4. Display
  5. Camera
  6. Battery
  7. Operating System
  8. Connectivity
  9. Price
  10. The Verdict

CPU and RAM

The Sony Tablet S is packed with a NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual core processor which has a solid backup of 1GB RAM. Now, talking about the iPad 2, it has a 1GHz dual core Apple A5 chip which is well complimented by 512 MB DDR2 RAM. One can see that with a bigger RAM the Tablet S has a conspicuous advantage over the iPad 2.

iPad 2

Dimension

In the segment of dimension the ergonomically Sony Tablet S offers Dimension of 241.2 x 174.3×10.1 mm. And talking about the weight the Tablet S weighs 598g.the other gadget in the section, the iPad 2 has a dimension of 241.2×185.7×8.8mm whereas the weight is 601g.the screen size of the Tablet S is 9.4 inches whereas the same of the iPad 2 is 9.7inches. The Tablet S has a lighter body but the iPad 2 has a bigger screen so both the tablets are at the same pedestal in this segment.

Storage

In the storage capacity segment the Sony Tablet S offers two variants; 16 GB and 32 GB but the ipad 2 offers three; 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. With more choices on offers the iPad 2 is the winner here.

Display

The Sony Tablet S offers a 9.4inches capacitive touch screen which has a wonderful resolution of 1280×800, the screen has a10 points detection. The screen of the Sony Tablet S is a WXGA TFT LCD. Now the iPad 2, it has a 9.7inches LED-backlit glossy widescreen which has a Multi-Touch display with IPS technology. The resolution of the screen is 1024x768p. Without doubt the Sony Tablet S emerges victor in the Display section.

Sony Tablet S

Camera

Sony Tablet S offers a staggering 5MP Rear camera which has a 2592×1944 resolution  and a VGA Front camera for self-portrait and video chat. The iPad 2 in reply offers you a .7MP camera which is capable of recording HD video at 720p at 30 frames per seconds.as far as the front camera is concerned there is VGA front camera which is capable of facetime calls. The Sony Tablet S wins by a copious margin here.

Battery

The Sony Tablet S has a 5000 mAh Li-ion battery which gives the users a work time of 8 hours and a standby time of 430 hours. If the battery of the iPad 2 is in question, it offers you a 25watt-hours li-polymer battery that gives the users a work time of around 10h. I have a concrete inkling that the iPad 2 has a slight advantage over the Sony Tablet S.

Operating System

The Operating System is as vital part of the gadget as any, and I will go to the extent of saying that it is the very identity of the machine. The Sony Tablet S runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb but in the future it will get an IceCream Sandwich up-gradation. As far as the iPad 2 is concerned the it runs its own iOS 5 operating system. Now, because the Apple Inc. has control over both the hardware and software of the iPad 2 it functions better than the Sony Tablet S, because of the better co-ordination between the hardware and software.

Connectivity

In the connectivity section the Sony Tablet S offers Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.1 b/g/n. Whereas the iPad 2 offers the same. So both the Tablets are at the same pedestal in this section.

Price

The Sony Tablet S costs the buyers an INR 29,990 on the other hand the iPad 2 costs you around INR 29,500. So, there is not much difference between the two gadgets in the price segment. So, all one has to do is to make a choice on the basis of features and not the price.

The Verdict

The Apple Inc. has a more brand value than Sony {at least in the Tablet world}.  But in technical details like display camera and  RAM  Sony Tablet S has superiority over the iPad 2.  It would not be wrong to say that a common man would prefer the iPad 2 over the Tablet S but a person with technical proficiency would go for the Sony Tablet S.

Friends you can make your choice in accordance with your need and knowledge.

You can read more on the Sony Tablet S and iPad 2.

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Yesterday, at a Press event in New Delhi, Sony launched its exciting range of Tablets in India. Mr. Masaru Tamagawa, MD, Sony India Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Hideyuki Furumi, Deputy President, VAIO & Mobile Business Group, Sony Corporation, showed off the Tablet S and Tablet P to the Indian gadget fans.

The Tablet S & P looks promising as they are equipped with latest Hardware and Software which makes them a great device to use. Sony Tablet S proves to be a perfect entertainment device which ensures rich media experience, better & fast web browsing experience, high-quality gaming experience and millions of apps to enhance user experience and device usability.

The Sony Tablet S and P both runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb Operating System and has got a 1GHz Dual Core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. The processor is well complimented by 1GB RAM. As far as the storage capacity is concerned the Tablet S has a 16 GB onboard storage capacity and Tablet P comes with 4GB of internal memory but both comes with the option to expand memory using Micro SD card upto 32GB.

Though it’s not official, but as the answers of questions asked by Press given by Mr.Hideyuki Furumi, Sony Tablets will receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update later next month.

Sony Tablets are the first tablets in market which are PlayStation Certified, it means that you can enjoy playing your PlayStation games on these tablets as well. Both the tablets are best in their class with their unique features, let’s take a deeper look at Sony Tablet S first.

The best feature of Sony Tablet S is its innovative unique Ergonomic shape and Screen quality, which matters the most if you are looking to buy a Tablet and Sony masters in both the area with Tablet S.

The design of Tablet S makes it very handy to hold as compare to other tablets out in the market. The design makes the tablet feel lighter and more comfortable while reading and watching content on the move.

The screen size of Tablet S is 9.4inch with a great resolution of 1280×800 pixels, it is a WXGA  TFT Color LCD Screen which makes it far better than what Apple equipped in its iPad2 or Samsung integrated in its Galaxy Tab.

The Dimension of the Sony Tablet S is 241.2 x 10.1 – 20.6 x 174.3 mm and the weight is 598g. In the camera section the Tablet S has a 5MP HD rear camera which has a resolution 2592×1944 and the front camera is of 0.3MP which gives great video chatting experience.

Sony Tablet S

It has a built-in rechargeable battery that gives the users an 8 hours work time and a 430 hours of standby time. In the connectivity segment the Tablet S has Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

The 16GB Wi-Fi model is currently available in market and 16 GB Wi-Fi+3G model of the Tablet S will be available in market from Mid January 2012. The Sony Tablet S 16GB Wi-Fi model is priced at 29, 990 INR and the Wi-Fi + 3G model will come with the price tag of 33,990 INR.

The Tablet S really looks promising for a gadget lover as it holds all the aspects of rich media entertainment in it. Let’s talk about what Tablet P holds for gadget lovers.

This Dual screen tablet, Sony Tablet P has a 5.5 inch dual screen that has a resolution of 1024×480 pixels. Sony designed it as a Mobile Communication Entertainment device as you can fold it and carry with you in your pocket anywhere but frankly speaking, this Tablet is more of girl thing and only gaming guys will love to carry it with them.

Yesterday, while attending the Press conference, I noticed that females were attracted more towards the Tablet P. I was looking forward to try Tablet S, whereas my team-mate, who was a girl, loved the Tablet P.

Sony Tablet P

The dimension of the Sony Tablet P is  3.11 x 7.08 x 1.02 inches, which after folding easily fits in the pocket. In the camera section the Tablet P offers a 5MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. As far as the battery is concerned the Tablet P has a Li-Ion 3080mAh battery. In the connectivity segment the Tablet P has a Bluetooth 2.1and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n.

The Tablet P will hit the market in Mid-Jan 2012 and will be priced at 36,990 INR for buyers.

Some Accessories for Sony Tablets offered by Sony for users

  • Screen Protector – INR 1,890
  • Cradle – INR 1,990
  • Cover – INR 3,990
  • Leather Carrying Case – INR 6,490
  • Bluetooth Key Board – INR 4,490
  • USB Adapter Cable – INR 1,090
  • Safeguard – INR 1,490

Sony Tablets also comes with many pre-loaded apps which makes then more useful then any other Tablet out in the market. Sony Tablets wirelessly connects to DLNA compatible devices which lets user “throw” their media files to other devices with just touch of a button. The unique Throw feature makes it possible to watch and listen the media files stores in your Tablet on your big screens and Home entertainment devices. And the good news is that unlike Apple, it works with all the DLNA compatible devices not with the Sony’s devices only.

The Sony Tablets also comes with built-in Infrared Universal Remote feature that can help users to operate all their home appliances and gadgets, of any brand, just by a touch on its screen. What else you need? you got to control your whole electronic world just with a Tap.

Sony has collaborated with India’s leading content service providers as well. Sony Tablets in India will come with some pre-installed apps which has been specially designed for Indians. Videochaska, Star Player, Big Flix, BollywoodHungama.com and Meragana.com are few applications which will enhance your media experience the way beyond to any other Tablet you are having with you right now.

Sony Tablets will be available across 500 stores in India including Sony Center, VAIO flagship stores, organised IT channel, national retailer and mobile stores.

We will soon do a deep comparison of Sony Tablet S with Apple iPad 2. So, stay tuned for more updates. If you have any questions or views, please feel free to leave your comments below.

For more information about Sony Tablets, logon to Sony India Website.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia line up released this year, running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) may get an Android update to the newest version 4.0 (Ice-cream Sandwich) next month (January 2012). This news comes from a Sony employee named Siddharth Sai G who said that Ice Cream Sandwich should be expected in first week of January for all 2011 Xperia handsets, in his tweet.

The device’s which may get the update are,

There is still confusion about this news, earlier it was said by Sony Ericsson Italy in a Facebook post that, Don’t expect Ice Cream Sandwich update for Xperia lineup before March 2012. Again both these news aren’t from Official Sony Ericsson Product Blog, these are just giving a hint towards the approximate release date for the update.

Xperia 2011 lineup is well capable of running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), many Smartphones from other manufacturers have not received the update yet. But some Chinese manufacturer already have ICS certificate from Google which they have installed on a tablet device not so capable of running Android 4.0. Then why are some popular Smartphones not getting ICS?

It’s not the case, it looks like many manufacturers are already done with developing their phone’s firmware for Ice Cream Sandwich, one among them is Sony Ericsson. These firmware’s are awaiting certification from Google. Once it is done, they will start rolling out updates for the respective devices.

If the news is true, just four weeks to go to get the update. Before that there will be an official announcement from Sony Ericsson on its Official Product Blog and details of the countries and the carriers who will get the update first. Stay tuned with us for more updates about the news.

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After the official launch of the Tablet S in the US and Europe on 26th September 2011 Sony has launched its stylish and brilliantly designed tablet PC in the booming Indian Market. Special efforts have been put in keeping the tablet’s individual identity alive in the huge crowd of the iPad Competitors.

Let go through an up close and personal inspection of the Sony Tablet S, so that we get a clear view of what the Sony Tablet S is all about.

Sony Tablet S Specs and Features

The Sony Tablet S has a NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual core processor which is well complimented by a solid 1GB RAM. That gives the Sony Tablet S a speed that is lightening quick.

In the storage capacity segment the Sony Tablet S offers a huge on board memory of 16/32GB to take the storage capacity to another level the Sony Tablet S offers memory expansion through memory card. That, dear readers, is a big thing.

The Sony Tablet S offers a 5MP camera on the posterior and if we talk about the front facing camera then also the Sony Tablet S does not disappoint, it has a .3 MP camera for video chat, of course. If the Operating System is in question, then the Sony Tablet S gives the question a befitting reply by its latest Android Version for tablets the Honeycomb 3.1 Operating System.

Sony Tablet S

The dimension of the Sony Tablet S is 6.81×9.53x.4inch whereas the screen size is 9.4inch (that by all means is a good size). As far as the weight is concerned it weighs 598g that is alright keeping an eye on the size. The Sony Tablet S has a solid 5000 mAh Li-ion battery that gives you a huge work time. The 9.4 inch screen of the devise offers LED Lit TruBlack screen that has a resolution of 1280x800p and that makes the Sony tablet S a superior quality tablet. The Quick View and Quick Touch features offer swift and smooth touch experience. In addition, the tablet comes pre-installed with PlayStation games.

Sony Tablet S

Price Details of the Sony Tablet S

The tablet device cost as much as an iPad 2, the Sony Tablet S will cost you around INR 29,900, you can purchase it from the Sony stores all across the country.

Though the Sony Tablet S 16GB is available for $435 and Sony Tablet S 32GB model costs $528 in USA. Sony India have only launched the 16GB model is India, 32GB model will follow the market after few months.

The Sony Tablet S incorporates all the features and specs that a world class tablets should have, it is not just worth your while, it is worth you money as well, go for it folks!

See the Sony Tablet S in action.

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Media has changed a long way. From the grainy video of India holding Cricket world cup in 1983 to the HD recording of the Indian team cherishing the moment again in 2011. People lifestyle was sure to change. We have set up large screens in our bedrooms, enjoying HDs.

What made this change really? These are the companies and their innovations that made the difference. Blu Ray players entered the market a while back and became one of the unaffordable necessities. But necessities can’t be unaffordable. Sony BDP S-380 is one such example.

So, we at TGC don’t like to miss the goal. And hence, end up reviewing the gadget.

Looks

In spite of possessing a low price tag, it doesn’t look like an entry level blu ray player. Glossy black front panel with a pointed lip on the bottom edge give it a superior look.The front panel clutches a power button on the left side; Play, Pause, and Eject buttons on the center-right side; and a USB port on the far right. The back side of the player houses HDMI, component, and composite video outputs, as well as coaxial audio output, an Ethernet port, and a second USB port. The second port can be utilized for storage options or plugging in WiFi adapter. Without adater, network media cable needs to be in charge to host online media services.

The remote is well organized 5.9 inches long and mounted by rubber buttons. The number resides on the top with four color buttons and navigation button below followed by playback buttons.

The S380 goes by the fashion, using Sony’s XrossMediaBar (XMB) menu, which organize the content and features in different in columns. From the video column in XMB, you can access Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video-on-Demand, and less-prominent services like Crackle and Fear.net.  The music services are also in abundance which includes Pandora, Slacker, and even NPR features.  Considering it an budget level blu ray player, one can get a lot in connectivity.

Performance

The S380 is impressively fast in loading BD- live armed discs and hardly slower than the cousin S780. It takes approximately 3 seconds for average start up and merely 21 seconds for loading non BD blu ray disc. The BD live fortified blu ray disk took 45 seconds to load.

The S380 offers a pretty decent performance, but lacks in handling horizontal scrolling texts. The video looks superb otherwise, but can hamper the scenes with horizontal motion. Overall, decent performance compared to the price.

Verdict

Though it may not go neck to neck with bigger brothers, but still offers a clad performance according to its price tag it bears. If you really want an entry level Blu Ray player with lack of 3D support, then SONY BDP-S380 is hard to miss.

Available at Amazon.com for $72.49