Sony Tablet S now at Best Buy

Sony's Tablet S has the PlayStation DNA and home entertainment gear tie-in to stand out against iPad clones, but will consumers be buying?

Hidden on page 20 in this week's Best Buy flyer is the 16 GB Sony Tablet S -- yes, the wedge-shaped one --with just a modest "New" bubble over the slate indicating that the much talked about slate has arrived in America. As promised back in August, the $499.99 Tablet S is already in stores but will consumers be bringing one home?

Here's what you'll find at your local Best Buy:

  • Display: 9.4-inch touchscreen at 1280 x 800
  • OS: Android Honeycomb (3.2) with Sony's own interface
  • PlayStation Certified (preloaded with PS1 titles Pinball Heros and Crash Bandicoot)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Infrared, DNLA (so it can share content with compatible televisions and audio systems)
  • CPU: Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
  • 16 GB for $499.99

The retailer is also carrying the S' Cradle, which turns the tablet into a photo frame, digital clock or a Chumby widget, while recharging the battery. Best Buy is bundling the Cradle with the Zagg Invisible Shield for the Tablet S for $54.98 but you can also purchase them separately. The Cradle itself is retailing for $39.99.

So the next time you're in a Best Buy, give the Sony Tablet S a try to make your own conclusions about its decidedly anti-iPad shape, PlayStation DNA and ambition to control your home entertainment system.