Trying out a new Tablet (come on, you know you want to see it)

xperia tablet review


I don’t think anyone is in any doubt that top of a lot of people’s wish list for Christmas this year is a tablet. I admit it – I’ve resisted a very long time; I’m home in front of my iMac all day every day, I have a Blackberry – seriously, why on earth do I need a tablet?

But… I’m kind of seeing how handy it would be to have one. And I *may* have added one to my own list this year. I think my (husband’s – it’s a gift after all) money would be on the new one from Sony, the Xperia™ Tablet

So – why do I want one? And why this one in particular? Well. Settle back and let me tell you…

First off, it’s stylish but intuitive to use – one of my biggest bug bears is something that looks pretty but is just annoying when it comes to sheer practicality. It’s splash-proof too. Always handy when you want to prop it up with a recipe to use in the kitchen!

Secondly, I love the fact that I can create log in profiles, just like a PC. In a big family, it’s unrealistic to expect the tablet will not be picked up and used by everyone at some point – Sony’s unique ‘Guest Mode’ actively allows you to share your Tablet with friends and family. Create one for each of the kids, and then switch between user profiles in a couple of taps. You are the ‘owner’, so you remain in control of which apps and widgets other users have access to.

Also, I want to be able to show aged parents our holiday photos and videos on our main TV. Currently I do this via Apple TV but this can be slow with an unreliable wireless connection. With the Xperia™ Tablet I can simply ‘throw’ the images at the TV. The Xperia™  uses Sony’s WALKMAN, ALBUM and VIDEO apps to manage your music, photos and videos (also fully integrated with Facebook, so can compile a list of your friends’ “liked” songs and images)

With the  “Throw” function, you can then enjoy your music, movies or photos on your DLNA® compatible PC, TV or speakers3.

Another feature which I didn’t think it was necessary until I couldn’t watch Boardwalk Empire because the remote control had gone walkabout AGAIN is the universal control. You can control every Infra-Red device in your living room, and even make life easier still by creating personalized shortcuts like “Watch TV” or “Play Music”.

Lastly, it’s a great e-reader. Tap the screen, go to the Reader Store and choose from over 2.4 million novels, non-fiction books, comics and magazines – or browse and download from over two million free public domain titles at Google Books.

Honest – it’s so good that it easily rivals certain other tablets on the market. Go see the whizz-bang Xperia™ Tablet site it sits on right here and check it out for yourself.

The new Xperia™ Tablet from Sony is available in stores now.


Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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