Score a 32GB Sony Tablet S for Just $260! - HotHardware
Score a 32GB Sony Tablet S for Just $260!

Score a 32GB Sony Tablet S for Just $260!

Amazon threw down the gauntlet when it launched its affordable Kindle Fire tablet (or glorified eBook reader, if you prefer), and ironically enough, it was Google who answered the challenge by just recently releasing its equally price-friendly Nexus 7 device built by Asus. But both of those -- along with Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet -- are 7-inch gadgets, and while that's not necessarily a bad thing, it leaves bargain shoppers who don't want a smaller tablet in a tough spot. What's an Android fan to do?

Well, if you can live with a Sony Tablet S, you can find a 32GB model going for a mere $260 today at online deal site Woot. That's by far the cheapest we've seen this device sell for, and these are new units, not refurbished or recertified hardware. On Sony's website, the same tablet goes for $425, and even the 16GB model sells for more money ($325).

Sony Tablet S

If you're on the fence, check out our review of the Sony Tablet S. It's not our favorite Android device, but with the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich, it's a pretty nifty 9.4-inch slate with decent hardware (Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM). Had it been priced at $260 to begin with, we would have been more enthusiastic about it.

That said, the deal is only good for today or until sold out. At that price, we're willing to be these don't last very long.
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Yes, but is it worth it? 10 dollars less and you have a nexus 7 16gb. I'm actually in the market for a 10ish inch tablet but don't want to break the bank for something like the pad infinity. I am a daily woot goer and saw this last night but didn't pull the trigger because of past reviews.

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Depends on what you're looking for. The Nexus 7 is around the same price, but it's also a smaller tablet. If you're looking for a full-size, or near full-size slate (the Sony Tablet S features a 9.4-inch display), then it becomes much more compelling at $260, especially with Ice Cream Sandwich (it hadn't yet been upgraded when we reviewed it).

There are definitely better tablets out there, but for the price, it's a decent buy for a larger-size slate.

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Thanks Paul. I got one, I've been let down by sony before so hopefully this is a better experience. If not it will be a nice xmas present for my parents!

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I have the 16gb version of it and I like it a lot. I upgraded to ICS as soon as I opened it up so not sure what it was like on the old version. We also have an "new" ipad in the house and there is a noticeable difference in the user experience and responsiveness but you can't beat it at this price.

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My Engineering/CAD Manager has a Sony tablet. You couldn't pay me enough to use anything Sony manufactures, it's absolute crap. My 16GB $200 Lenovo tablet outperforms his $400 Sony tablet by at least 100% and it's not riddled with pitfalls that cause apps to crash whenever the wind changes direction, either.

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R your kinda over reacting. ok really over reacting. the sony tablet is a great piece of hardware, the issue with ALL of the earlier tablet models was sloppy integration with the Android OS and the rushed production to get them onto the market, this is the second time around for sony ad the third or fourth for many other companies (lenovo) the first sony tablet might have been crap but thats exactly why you release a second version right? to right anything wrong and then some.

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If i remember correctly i have recently seen 16GB listed for $260 @ Gadgetar. Not big fan of this tablet, but if someone looking for one should check it out.

 

To be honest these tablets are over priced, i would consider it if it falls under $200 :D

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Another excellent tablet for this year, excellent price and quality!

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