Compared to the Sony Tablet S, which debuted last year, Sony’s new Xperia tablet is certainly a step in the right direction. As far as design goes, Sony decided to stick with the same fold-over style as the Tablet S, but has slimmed the package down considerably. We’re not sure if they did it on purpose, but this design makes it extremely comfortable to hold vertically, and equally comfy to hold in one hand. We also enjoyed the tablet’s 9.4 inch screen — it’s considerably bigger than a 7-inch tablet, but not bulky.
While we definitely give Sony points for craftsmanship, there were a few things that bugged us while using the Xperia tablet. One particularly annoying feature was the tablet’s keyboard. The designers decided to include a full number pad to the right of the keyboard, which makes for an awkward typing experience, since you have you hold your hand over it when it’s not being used.
Overall, the Xperia Tablet S works well, but it just doesn’t compare to other tablets in the same price range. Check out our Sony Xperia Tablet S review for a more detailed analysis.