Sony is joining the Tablet war with the release of the Sony Tablet S. I had the chance to play with it for a while during the Singapore launch event.

Unlike most tablets, the Sony Tablet S isn’t flat. It has a unique slight gradient which makes the tablet nice to hold yet not take up too much space in your bag.
The thinest point is 1.01cm thick while the thickest point is 2.06cm. The slope also prop the Sony Tablet S so that you can place it on the table and typing. But personally I feel that the slope is not high enough for comfortable typing. You might still need to find something to prop the tablet further. I guess the gradient is more for comfortable holding.
The Sony Tablet S weighs 598g and is 24.12 x 17.43 x 1.01/2.06 cm.

The Sony Tablet S runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb and is powered by a 1GHz NVIDA Tegra 2 processor. 9.4 inch WXGA LED-backlit IPS screen (1280 x 800 pixel). SD card slot, MicroUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack (also serve as a mono mic jack), WIFI, Bluetooth 2.1 and Infrared port. YES, there’s actually an Infrared port for remote control functionality like controlling your TV or HIFI. No joke.

There’s a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera and a 5 megapixel back facing camera. THe back facing camera is a HD camera powered by Exmor for mobile. I didn’t try the camera but I can expect it to be a very impressive camera based on my previous experience with the Sony Exmor sensor. But then, I’m never a fan of taking photo with a tablet. I think it looks stupid when you hold a 9 inch tablet up and take photo. But that’s just my personal opinion.

Sony did some customization to the tablet so that it can stand out among the thousands of Android tablets that are coming to the market. The Sony Tablet S is a DLNA certified device. Which means you can stream a video, music or picture to a DLNA compatible TV easily. Sony created an interface which makes it easy to “throw” your media files to a DLNA compatible device.

The browser is also customized with Quick View. Quick View is an exclusive Sony browser enhancement that reorder the way data is loaded to ensure website load faster. Basically it loads the text first follow by the data intensive image and flash stuff. A speed test with the standard Android browser show that the Quick View load website faster.

The Sony Tablet S is the first PlayStation Certified tablet. Original PlayStation games like Crash Bandicoot and Pinball Heroes are pre-installed on the Tablet. And since this is running on Android, you can get more games from the Android Marketplace.
The Sony Tablet S will be available in Singapore from end October. WIFI 16GB version cost S$668 and 32GB version cost S$798. Sadly, there isn’t any 3G version yet. Let’s hope Sony will release a 3G version soon.

The haze yesterday is pretty bad.

As I was walking pass some tourists who were taking photos of the city skyline, I was tempted to walk over to them and inform them that the haze is from Indonesia and not pollutions in Singapore. It is sad to see our beautiful city covered by haze every year. Luckily for us, the rain before F1 period helped cleared the haze just in time for the race. But the haze is back.
Disappointed that Indonesia government didn’t do enough to prevent it from happening. And the Singapore government did offer our help to put out the fire in Sumatra but the Indonesia government rejected the offer. Sure. If you think you can put out all the fire yourself, by all means carry on. But if you can’t stop the fire, maybe you should accept the help. This is not the first year already. It’s been like this every single freaking year. Come on Indonesia! Do something about it.
The Meteorological Service Singapore have a website that shows the regional haze map. We are getting all the haze because of the hot spots in Sumatra and the wind direction.

I think all the Instagram fans are going to love this. It’s a photo printer that constantly scan Instagram for specify hashtag or location and prints the photo out together with comments.
You can place it on a table or hang it on the wall. Pretty simple and straight forward. It’s a great gadget for party.

The printer uses a new printing technology developed by Zink. A quick check at Zink website shows that a pack of 30 pieces 2″ x 3″ paper cost USD$ 12.99. It’s going to cost you a bomb if you have a big party with trigger happy guest.

If I’m not mistaken, the printer isn’t for sale yet. But if you have a party coming, you can try contacting them.

FIFA 12 is now in the stores.
One of the main changes to FIFA 12 is the addition of Impact Engine. Impact Engine is a physics engine built to create real-world physicality in every interaction on the pitch. You get better and more realistic outcome from every player collision in the game.
It is supposed to make the gameplay more realistic. But there’s some very funny bugs in the demo version.

Let’s hope they fix the bugs in the final release. Or we will see tons of funny collision on Youtube soon. Come to think of it, I don’t really mind. They are quite entertaining to watch. Haha. 🙂