Sony is cutting the price of its Tablet S by $100. This brings the 16 GB version down to $399, and the 32 GB version down to $499. The real question for legal professionals is: is the Sony Tablet S right for attorneys?
And, are you willing to ditch your iPad dreams in order to capitalize on this relatively hefty discount?
Let's look a little bit closer at the gadget.
The tablet is an Android device. It's around the same size as an iPad. But some reviewers have slammed the device. They say that the Tablet S is simply not up to par. It doesn't appear to be well-built or particularly sturdy.
The durability of a tablet may be important for attorneys. Lawyers often have to make treks to courthouses and to clients. Devices need to be portable and tough. You never know when you might accidentally drop your briefcase.
Yet it seems that the Tablet S excels in other departments. It's relatively fast. It runs programs well. It also has a large screen size, with a good battery life.
These features may prove useful. Lawyers may want to use the tablet to check email and review documents.
And, one of the most distinguishing characteristics of the Tablet S is its exterior design. The tablet is shaped differently than others. It's thicker on top than it is at the bottom. This means that when placed on a table, the tablet is at an angle. This actually might be good for viewing documents -- and for typing.
Is the Sony Tablet S right for attorneys? It could be, depending on what you want to do. If you own mostly Apple products, you might want an iPad as it would be easier to integrate with the rest of your tools. But it's hard to beat a $100 discount.
- Sony Tablet S (PC Magazine)
- iPad Competition: Will Attorneys Use Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? (FindLaw's Technologist)
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