Sony Tablet S review

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Sony Tablet S
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Like most tablets, Sony has included front and rear cameras, and these tend to be a half-hearted affair, with dubious quality and limited use. The front camera is designed for video chatting with Skype or other clients, and the rear camera for taking snaps for sharing online.

Sony has gone with a 5MP camera on the rear of the tablet, which is capable of capturing high-definition video.

Video quality is good, with smart focusing and a fantastic frame rate resulting in smooth playback. Sony's heritage in video processing really comes to the fore here, as this makes up for what's lost in mediocre picture quality.


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When it came to picture quality, good frame rates don't save the day, and shots looked washed out, and grainy, even in good light.

At 5MP we didn't expect much, and quality was very much on par with the equally uninspiring iPad 2.


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Opting for 0.3MP sensor with VGA video quality on the front facing camera yielded the results one would expect. Picture quality was lifeless, grainy and noisy.

Video was slightly better, and anyone who has tried to chat with friends over a web cam will always appreciate smooth video over a higher quality, choppy feed.


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With the Sony Tablet S you could enjoy a video chat on Skype with a friend, but the quality was no-where near that of Apple's Facetime.

Unlike Facetime, there's no built-in app for video chatting with friends, so you will need to visit the app store, to get one of the popular video chat apps, such as Skype.