It's raining gadgets from Berlin's IFA 2011 conference this week, and tablets are again stealing the spotlight. Two new tablets were announced this morning: the Sony Tablet S and the HTC Jetstream, which are both due to hit shelves in the coming weeks. Let's take a closer look at each!
Sony Tablet S
Sony's Tablet S (seen here) is the more affordable of the two, priced at $500 for a 16GB model and $600 for 32GB. Coming with a wedge-shaped body, a 9.4-inch touchscreen display, and running an Android OS, the Tablet S has a crisp display and fast processor. It's perfect for on-the-go computing, since there will be a WiFi-only and WiFi+3G version to choose from. Features loaded on the Tablet S include:
- Android 3.1 Honeycomb (WiFi), Honeycomb 3.2 (WiFi+3G)
- 0.3-0.8 inches thick and weighs about 1.25 pounds
- NVidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- Front-facing .3MP camera, and rear-facing 5MP camera with LED flash
- An IR port that lets you control your TV, DLNA compatibility
- Expandable SD card slot
- Plays classic PlayStation games that are downloadable from a custom store
- Sony ereader store built in
- Battery life around 8.5 hours
- On sale in September
See what's up with the HTC Jetstream after the break.
HTC's 10.1-inch Android tablet is coming exclusively to AT&T in September with a hefty price tag of $700 on a two-year contract. If that sounds a little steep, there is good news: AT&T is offering reduced pricing for the Jetstream for customers who also sign up for its brand new $35, 3GB monthly data plan (though no actual discount details have been revealed). The tablet, which was previously dubbed the "Puccini," will feature AT&T's 4G/LTE HSPA+ connectivity. Unfortunately, no WiFi-only version has been announced yet. Other Jetstream features include:
- Android 3.1
- .51 inches thick and weighs just over 1.5 pounds
- Speedy 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- Front-facing 1.3MP camera, and rear-facing 8MP camera with LED flash
- 1080p video playback and record
- HTC's Scribe stylus will be available at no additional cost (for a limited time)
- Available Sept. 4
Granted, we haven't been able to get our hands on either tablet yet for a full review but for the price alone, the Sony Tablet S seems to be the way to go here. Especially with cool features like the IR port and DLNA compatibility (which allows your tablet to "talk" to other DLNA-enabled devices — like TVs, smartphones, and the PS3 — without having to configure them beforehand). The Jetstream does have power on its side with the dual-core Snapdragon processors, 8MP camera, 1080p playback, and LTE data transfers.
All in all, if you're already a Sony fan, the Tablet S seems like a solid tablet that will run the latest version of Android for your browsing pleasure. HTC will have to come down on the price of the Jetstream before I consider buying!