Sony's Tablet S is a good tablet, but it is far from great. It looks great, it feels great, but as with most companies, they ruin it by not giving me, you and the rest of the consumers out there the pure Android experience.
I've got a feeling I'm going to write nearly the same "Final Thoughts" on virtually all smart devices I review until we get more of the pure Android experience, but this is what I want to bring my readers - the complete and utter truth, from my personal experiences with these devices.
Sony and the rest of the companies out there should be offering a ROM with stock Android on it. I've said this previously, and I think going into this year, these companies are going to need to start thinking long and hard about it. We're going to be looking at Google pushing their Nexus platform with Motorola by their side and it's not going to be much fun for companies like Sony.
Pushing that to the side, should you get the Tablet S? Well, let's ask you a few questions. Do you already have a tablet? If not, then this is a formidable tablet for you. Do you already have a tablet? One of the first-generation Android tablets? This again makes the Tablet S a good recommendation. Do you have a current tablet, something like the iPad or Nexus 7? No, definitely not. The Tablet S doesn't compete.
Then, we get into pricing: at between $399-$599, the Tablet S is on the expensive side. Google's Nexus 10 is the same price at the same 16GB and 32GB variants, which makes the Tablet S impossible to recommend.
I feel like Sony - and everyone else - needs to stand out from the rest. Don't just think of aesthetics, because that's half the tale. They need to do something different, but I don't know what that is apart from offering stock Android ROM's, as discussed above. The tablet world is a very big one, but it seems that there's not many apart from Google and Apple who are taking it really serious right now.
These tablets coming out feel like these companies are thinking "here's a tablet for now, buy this one, while we work on another tablet you'll want in six months' time". Rinse, repeat. Consumerism at its best, folks.