It may not garner as much attention in the press as Samsung’s constantly under fire Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the powerhouse ASUS Transformer Prime, but the Sony Tablet S quietly carved out a place for itself as a top selling Android tablet. After its September launch, Sony is reporting that the more traditional of their two Android tablet offerings held a 26 percent share of the Android tablet market in October, enough to be considered the top-selling slate running Google’s OS for the month. After the stellar start, sales did decline over the holidays as consumers turned to other offerings, including the non-Android BlackBerry Playbook.
Sony has to be more than pleased with the results and will surely look to strengthen their tablet lineup in the new year. With such a positive response for the Tablet S we expect the company will focus on the strength of its recognizable design and veer away from experimenting with more unique form factors, but don’t be surprised if Sony pulls out another quirky tablet innovation sometime this year. Both the Tablet S and Tablet P will receive an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in the spring.