Will Sony’s New Android Tablet Designs Attract Buyers?


 sony s1 and s2 tablet preview

I’ve said it before… there’s really nothing tablet builders can do to separate themselves from the pack other than a few minor hardware tweaks and cosmetic changes to the computing platform Android Honeycomb requires. As such, Sony’s designers were obviously given free rein to sketch up something special. Here you see Sony’s upcoming S1 and S2 tablets. The S2 offers users a dual-screen (each 5.5-inches) clam shell design that can be tucked away nicely in a purse or large pocket. The S1 is more of a traditional looking tablet, but provides a wedge design that’s easier to hold in one hand and be typed on than a rail thin tablet like the iPad 2 or GALAXY Tab 10.1. So what do you think? Are Sony’s designs a more compelling offering in the Android world of tablets or are you just going to stick with the current leader of the pack, the iPad?

Aside: both the S1 and S2 offer DLNA compatibility out of the box, but the S1 includes a built-in IR transmitter so one can use it as a universal remote with your A/V gear.

Random thoughts: the user experience between an Android tablet in general and an iPad is night and day. If it really came down to “looks,” then Samsung should be selling as many  GALAXY Tab 10.1 units as Apple’s iPad 2 for the same time that it has been available — they’re both nearly identical in terms of design and price.

Related  Coverage:
This Is My Next – Sony S1 and S2 tablet hands-on
LAPTOP – Sony S1 and S2 Tablets Hands-on: Are They Good Enough?

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  • Anonymous

    “Random thoughts: the user experience between an Android tablet in
    general and an iPad is night and day. If it really came down to “looks,”
    then Samsung should be selling as many  GALAXY Tab 10.1 units as Apple’s iPad 2 for the same time that it has been available — they’re both nearly identical in terms of design and price.”

    I disagree. How the hell can you compare the marketing and hype of the iPad to the Galaxy Tab. No one but daily tech readers even know the Galaxy tab even exists until they see it in the store.

  • http://twitter.com/agrundner Alexander Grundner

    Good point regarding marketing. Apple has the competition beat there, too. I was just thinking about what would happen if a customer was presented with the two tablets like they are at BestBuy. Like said… random thoughts.

  • Ergys Ura

    go cry in a corner crapple fan…

  • http://twitter.com/CerusVI Cerus

    Have an iPad, love it, not doing the android thing, it’s a terrible tablet OS (Awesome for phones though).  Looking forward to Windows 8 tablets, Metro is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

  • http://twitter.com/CerusVI Cerus

    Have an iPad, love it, not doing the android thing, it’s a terrible tablet OS (Awesome for phones though).  Looking forward to Windows 8 tablets, Metro is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

  • Daniel J

    way late here… but had an iPad – hated it. Got an Asus Transformer Eee Pad (1st gen), best decision I ever made. I just feel into the trap of the Apple hype when they first came out. Don’t even know why bc I own a Zune, Droid phone, etc. If you get one Apple prod you’re stuck buying that overpriced, non-compatible hippie junk forever.