Sep 15 AT 12:49 PM Edgar Cervantes 15 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 vs. Sony S Tablet

Sony Vs Samsung

The tablet wars continue, and there are two major devices just around the corner. In fact, you can go ahead and pre-order them at Best Buy right now. These tablets are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Sony Tablet S, both with Tegra 2 processors and Android 3.x Honeycomb.

Out of these two, though, which one is the one to buy? Both have their good and bad sides, but it all depends on your needs. Those who think that a 10-inch tablet is too big will like the 8.9-inch screen on the Galaxy Tab. Samsung also happens to make some of the thinnest tablets out there, besting even the iPad 2 (famous for its slim body).

The Sony Tablet S is actually not that big either, with a screen measuring 9.4-inches diagonally. This tablet is definitely thicker, though. Much thicker. This is partly due to Sony’s design; the device is made to look and feel like a folded back magazine/paperback. You may also like the idea of a PlayStation Certified device, as well as all that Sony compatibility (DLNA, remote control for Sony TVs, etc.).

Let’s take a closer look.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb
  • 1 GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 8.9-inch WXGA TFT display (1280 x 800)
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Internal storage: 16/32 GB
  • 3 MP rear-facing camera / 2 MP front-facing camera

Sony Tablet S Specifications

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • 1 GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 9.4-inch display with TruBlack technology (1280 x 800)
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Internal storage: 16/32 GB
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera / 0.3 MP front-facing camera

Even though it took these guys a bit of time to come out (and some people might be over them already), they are good products for those who still want a Tegra 2 Dual-core tablet with Honeycomb. Another important factor to note is that the 32 GB Sony Tablet S is already available from Best Buy, so there’s no need to pre-order it. If you’re in a rush and are stuck between one of the two, the Tablet S might be the way to go.

As you can see, the specs–and prices–are quite similar. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 does happen to be a bit cheaper at $469.99 for the 16 GB version and $569.99 for 32 GB . The Sony Tablet S costs 30 dollars more, going for $499.99 and $599.99 for equivalent amounts of internal storage.

As always, we’d like to know how our readers see these products. What do you guys think? Are you going to pre-order the Galaxy Tab 8.9 or the 16 GB Sony S Tablet? Maybe you’re planning to pick up the 32 GB Sony S Tablet? Will you wait until you can check them both out for yourself? Are you waiting for another tablet? Maybe some quad-core action?

Via: Phandroid

Source: Best Buy

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • triangle

    Waiting for a quad core, but of the two listed here, the Samsung has the better form factor. I just hope they add an micro-SD card slot to their next iteration. I know they added it to the Tab 7.7…

    • lucy

      ablet Sony S if for his own readily available SD card slot and USB for her ..
      but unfortunately .. because its SD card slot is only used for data exchange and can not be used as a storage area for tablet applications.
      that’s why sony launched the 16GB and 32GB tablets

  • kazahani

    I would love to have a tablet, and I think 8 to 9 inches is the perfect size. Still too pricey for me though.

  • Interpol91

    With the quad core tablets right around the corner I’m just waiting :)

  • heeros

    gsmArena still lists the samsung tab 8.9 as having a microSD slot, but the newer spec sheets I’ve seen in the last few days don’t seem to include one. I personally don’t want to spend this amount of money if it doesn’t have something as basic as a microSD slot, even if you have enough internal storage.


      Hi. There were conflicting reports on whether the 32GB WiFi / 3G model had an SD slot, so I checked at a local store (Comet, U.K.).
      It does not (despite the assistant telling me otherwise!).
      I emailed Samsung & got the following response:

      Thank you for contacting Samsung and I have pleasure in providing the following assistance.
      We have noted these suggestions. The decision was taken by our developers as adding an SD slot to certain machines and software isnt as easy as simply adding on the slot. But this approach may change again with future releases”

      “But this approach may change again with future releases” says it all.
      Keep your money in your pocket & your paitience should be rewarded.

  • 420speedwagon

    sony should sue cuz theirs a patent infringement somewhere lol

  • Mark

    Overpriced junk, imo. $599? lol. Dream on.

  • thaghost

    why do companies purposely make ugly products?

  • theirishboxer

    I really like the Sony tablet but its a little to expensive for my tastes maybe if they droped it down to $450 for the 32GB model then I would consider

  • gwen

    Used samsung gal. N now using sony tab.s…from preorder promotion. Love it, better than gallaxy. First, main user is my toddler boy. Samsung screen couldn’t stand abusive…boogers..and so on. Sony screen seem having no pr oblem. For web searching, tab.s is alot easier for me. I’m not good at typing.your choice, but I love tab.s love. It.guess what my hubi can play ps3,. So, no need to buy ps3….all in one!

    • Vee

      You can’t play PS# on it, what are you talking about?
      It’s select Playstation games. Crash Bandicoot is like PS1, that’s from 1995 or so.

  • Iman

    Hi al!

    I’m a student at uni and I wanted your opinion of what would be the better tablet for me.

    I mainly want to use the tablet during lectures, I want to be able to view word and powerpoint documents and be able to make notes.

    I know the best tablet for this would be the HTC Flyer. My uni has offered me the oppurtunity to buy anything for or under £500, but the problem is that I can only buy something from the university shop. These two tablets are the only two options that best fit my budget. If possible could you please help me out.


    • Daniel1523

      Hi, the samsung galaxy tab 8.9 has polaris office pre installed, with a look alikey word,powerpoint and excel, I dont think the sony has this