Tablet computers: Sony Tablet S now $100 cheaper
Tablet computers keep getting cheaper to compete with iPad. Sony is latest manufacturer to slash prices on its line of tablet computers.
Hopefully you didnâ€™t pick upÂ Sonyâ€™s stylish Tablet S Android slateÂ before the holidays, because itâ€™s now a cool $100 cheaper.
Starting today, theÂ Tablet S now starts at $399Â for the 16 gigabyte model ($499 for the 32GB), undercutting Appleâ€™s iPad 2 models by a full Benjamin. Sony is also throwing in five free PlayStation Classic titles, 180 days of its Music Unlimited service, as well as credits and free downloads from its Video Unlimited store.
The price cut, while significant, may be too little too late for Sonyâ€™s tablets â€” especially when it seems to have been purposefully positionedÂ afterÂ the holiday buying season. Reviews have found the Tablet S to be well designed but otherwise a fairly standard Android tablet. In a few months, Sonyâ€™s Tablet S (andÂ dual-screen Tablet P) will have to contend with Appleâ€™s iPad 3 as well as newer Android tablets running Android 4.0 â€śIce Cream Sandwich.â€ť (The Tablet S will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich at some point, according to Sony.)
The S is Sonyâ€™s 9.4-inch direct iPad competitor, which features a slightly curved design that resembles a rolled back magazine, and supposedly makes it easier to hold with one hand. Itâ€™s powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 CPU and offers a five-megapixel rear camera.