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For a company that’s still getting its foot established in the US smartphone market, we were surely impressed with the Sony Tablet S when it was released for too long ago, which was remarked as Sony’s first step into the Android Honeycomb realm. Following in suit, the Sony Tablet P sports nearly the same hardware specs, but there’s something visually different about it. Of course, we know that Sony is all about making statements – and they’re surely doing it with this. Donning a foldable design, stuffed with two 5.5-inch displays, it’s obviously going to stand out amongst the crop for being, you know, different. Well, its fresh appearance is seemingly eye-catching, but let’s find out if it’s practical for a tablet.Simply, we have to say that the Sony Tablet P is a quirky little one – that’s because our curiosities are stirred upon gazing it for the first time. Thinking about it more, to us, it seems as though Sony has reinvented the clutch bag because when it’s closed, it really looks like some kind of modern one. Thankfully, its unusual design contributes to its allure, but at the same time, we’re content with its overall sturdy build quality – even despite its all-plastic body. Unlike most of its rivals, the Sony Tablet P is easily tucked away in a bag due to its smaller footprint when it’s closed, thus, making it extremely travel friendly.
Android tablets, for the most part, all look the same. Sony is a bit of an outlier, with the wedge shaped Tablet S ($399, 3 stars) and now the clamshell Tablet P . With its Playstation certification and Nintendo DS-like form factor it's clearly aimed at the gaming crowd, but the two small screens and lack of physical controls make it harder to use than it should be. The Tablet P's dual-screen design just doesn't click. Physical Design, Features, and Dual-Screens The Sony Tablet P uses a dual-screen, rounded clamshell design. It resembles the equally audacious Kyocera Echo (3 stars) smartphone, but in a larger form. When open flat, the Tablet P measures 6.2 by 7.1 by 0.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 13.12 ounces. There are two removable plastic shells on either side, with the top covering the SIM card slot and the bottom covering the removable battery and microSD card slot. Both of these plastic covers are flimsy and the top one popped off several times during testing. When closed the Tablet P can fit into some roomier pockets, but I would hardly call it pocket-friendly. The Power and Volume buttons are on right edge of the bottom half of the tablet, along with a microUSB port and a proprietary power port.
In a tablet market that's flooded with similar offerings comes Sony and their Tablet P. With a unique clamshell design they can call their own that we've never seen from an Android this is truly a one-of-a-kind tablet. Is it worth the money or just an interesting wannabe Nintendo DS? We first heard about it back last year but now that it's available from AT&T lets dive into the full SlashGear review and see what we think. To jump right in I'll start by saying the Sony Tablet P is available today, right now from AT&T for $399 and a 2-year contract, or for $549 contract free. With dual screens, cores, and cameras it makes for one interesting device to say the least. Is the Tablet P practical though? That is the question. Check out our hands-on first, then enjoy the rest of the review. Hardware The hardware is extremely unique to say the least. With two 5.5\" 1024 x 480 screens, the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor at 1 GHz, 1GB of RAM, 2GB of storage (SD card) and dual cameras it has some specs that most tablets can't even compare to. We also get dual cameras with a 5 megapixel rear and VGA front for video chat. Has Sony reinvented the wheel here, or will this be soon forgotten?
In a market riddled with similar slates, no one's going to accuse Sony of adopting a copycat tablet strategy. First the company released the Tablet S, a tablet seemingly inspired by a folded-back magazine, and now comes the Tablet P, which draws its design from some combination of a Nintendo 3DS and a Kyocera Echo. We’ve been hearing about the Tablet P for more than a year, originally as the Tablet S2, and now it’s finally available: the clamshell device has two 5.5-inch displays, a Tegra 2 processor, dual cameras, Android 3.2, and data connectivity through AT&T's HSPA+ network. It's available for $399.99 with a two-year AT&T contract, or $549.99 contract-free (oddly, there’s even a $5 / month discount on your data bill if you don’t get a contract). Sony's doing things very differently with the Tablet P, but is it fixing what wasn’t broken? Or does the new form factor solve a design problem we didn't know tablets had? Read on to find out if two screens really is better than one. Video Review Hardware / design That the Tablet P comes in a phone-sized package is telling — the tablet has a surprisingly small footprint. Out of the box, the device is 3.1 inches wide by 7.1 inches tall and one inch thick, with a silvery plastic shell and black accents. It slips nicely into a jacket or even a jeans pocket (assuming you wear pretty baggy jeans), and at 13.1 ounces it won't weigh you down too much. The smooth case is interrupted only by the slightly protruding hinge, the camera lens, and four tiny feet that make the tablet sit upright even though its back is rounded. There's also a small rectangular notch cut out of the front of the case, where you pry open the device — a notification LED rests in the same spot, and glows green when you have a waiting notification. The unassuming exterior flips open to reveal not one, but two 5.5-inch LCDs. They're surrounded by black bezels, which could use a lot of slimming down; there's more than an inch on either side, plus about a half-inch on the top and bottom of the two displays and a third of an inch between them. The huge bezels make the Tablet P a lot larger than it ought to be, not to mention harder to hold and interact with since the screen is so far away from your thumb while you hold the tablet. Without the bezels, the device would be about the same size as a 3DS, which feels about right. Most of the external buttons are grouped on the right side of the bottom display: there's a power button, an AC adapter port (the Tablet P won't charge via USB, which is a bummer), a Micro USB port, and volume buttons that are so small and recessed that they're very hard to press.
No it's not called "The Sony DS," although technically, that's exactly what the Sony Tablet P is. A dual-screen, portable Sony system that plays PlayStation games (keep reading), that just happens to run Android. Dual screens on a tablet is a pretty exciting concept, but do dual screens improve or hinder the tablet experience? The first thing you'll notice about the Sony Tablet P is the dual-screen, hinge-based design that allows the tablet to be compacted, like a clam shell. The second thing is that, once folded, the tablet looks not unlike a large eyeglass case that will likely fit into most large pockets. Tablets with pointy corners are something of a pet peeve of mine. There's nothing that ruins potential comfort like pointy plastic corners digging into your palms, and that's exactly the type of experience the Tablet P delivers. With the top screen rotated to an almost-laptop-like-aesthetic 90 degrees, the "pointy plastic things are causing me discomfort" effect is lessened, but you'd better have hobbit-size hands if you hope to get any typing or navigation done from this position. The tablet's top half continues to rotate back another 90 degrees until each 5.5-inch screen aligns perfectly parallel to the other.
There's a reason a lot of people don't leave home with their tablets. They're just not very portable. Enter Sony's Tablet P, which is more compact than the iPad and your typical Android slate because it packs two 5.5-inch screens inside a unique clamshell design. To keep you connected beyond your abode, the Tablet P connects to AT&T's HSPA+ network as well as Wi-Fi. Sony also provides access to its music, video and book services to keep you entertained, as well as PlayStation games. But at $399 with a two-year contract ($549 without), is the Tablet P as compelling after the novelty wears off?Click to EnlargeYou certainly can't do this with an iPad. The Tablet P is small enough that we could slip it into a inside blazer pocket. Then again, we certainly knew that it was there. Although Sony's device is lighter than the Kindle Fire (13.1 ounces vs. 14.6 ounces) it measures a bulky one inch thick when closed.The Tablet P has a plastic chassis that feels fairly sturdy. The outside of the tablet is mostly silver with the exception of a black strip toward the hinge, while the inside and sides are all black. Using the device was made slightly uncomfortable by the sharp corners, which pressed on our palms when thumb-typing.
Sony took its time to enter the fray of the tablet market, but after a pretty successful first attempt in the shape of the Sony Tablet S, which sported an usual wedge design and a reworked version of Android Honeycomb, the firm is now back with the new Tablet P. This new incarnation has a clamshell design with two touch-sensitive screens and still runs Android Honeycomb. Apart from the two 5.5'', 1024 x 480 pixel screens, each one of which is powered by a resistive IPS display, the Tablet P has much the same basic spec as its brother in arms the Tablet S. The two devices share the same 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and a gigabyte of RAM. They both have a micro USB port, but a super-easy DLNA interface replaces the need for an HDMI output. The Tablet S' SD card reader has made way for a microSD card slot on the P, which has the two same cameras: 2 Megapixels at the front and 5 Megapixels at the back. The other big difference is hidden behind the lower display: the shell can be removed to reach the battery, which which can then be changed, which is excellent news.
With its eye-catching clamshell design and twin screen configuration, the Sony Tablet P sets itself apart from other Android tablets. It boasts a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 4GB of internal storage and Android 3.2 -- better known as Honeycomb. It also has 3G connectivity to make it a truly mobile device. With so many different tablets on the market all offering a similar experience, it's heartening to see a company present something a little unusual. The Tablet P is most certainly that -- the clamshell design and twin displays ensure it looks unlike any other tablet on sale right now -- but sadly, these same features prevent it from fulfilling its full potential. A halfway house between personal organiser and tablet, the Tablet P doesn't really succeed on either level. With so many Android applications designed to work on traditional tablet screens, it's unsurprising that most don't make full use of the Tablet P's screens. Some are even reduced to running on just one of the 5.5-inch displays, which does much to dent the device's appeal -- especially when you consider that phones like the Galaxy Note have screens almost the same size. The problems don't end there, either.
Most tablets look pretty much the same – and for manufacturers trying to attract anyone who doesn't have an iPad, they need to do something pretty interesting to stand out from the crowd. Hence Sony's latest introduction to the market – the Tablet P. Now Sony has already brought out the unusually wedge-shaped Tablet S – but the Tablet P is even more different. It has taken a leaf out of the Nintendo DS book of design and has a dual-display, folding design – Sony says this offers ‘maximum mobility'. Now this sounds like a good idea – after all tablets are very slim, so folding them in half to reduce the footprint is unlikely to make them very bulky. And indeed, when the Tablet P is closed it measures just 158x80mm – however, it is 22mm thick at its widest, which means it may squeeze into a coat or jacket pocket. It's also heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus with its 7in screen – weighing 372g. But it's not all bad – it's a well-built device, with the usual Sony style. It may look like brushed aluminium but is actually plastic – however build quality is excellent. It is solidly made and has plenty of curves that feel good when you hold it.
This time last year - when the Tablet P wasn't even a twinkle in Sony's eye - we were weeping into a mound of rubbish iPad rip-offs, begging for sweet release from our tiresome lives. Every week we saw yet more rectangular lumps of plastic, fit only for use as door wedges. They ran outdated versions of Google's Android operating system, designed for the humble smartphone, so the blocky desktops and stretched-out apps looked truly horrendous.But just as we were headed to the bathtub with our toasters, two miraculous things happened. First, Google released Android Honeycomb - a slick, tablet-oriented version of its mobile operating system. And second, manufacturers started paying attention to the slew of negative reviews and actually started producing decent devices.The excellent Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, ViewSonic ViewPad 7, Motorola Xoom and the innovative Asus Eee Pad Slider are all fantastic devices, which we'd happily use as our personal tablets. At long last Apple has competition for its much-loved iPad 2. Sony has further innovated the humble tablet by releasing this dual-screen Google Android beast, nicknamed the Tablet P.
Sony's first attempts at making Android tablets are finally here. The Sony Tablet S and Tablet P are both unique devices in their own right, but here it's the Tablet P that's going under the CNET UK microscope. This bizarre clamshell slate was previously known as the Sony S2, and at the IFA nerd-fest in Berlin we've finally been given some hands-on time with this folding curiosity. But is it worthy of your precious attention? It's out in November, with a pre-order price of £499. Read on for our first impressions. The Tablet P's most striking feature is that the bleedin' thing folds in half. When it's opened out flat, its twin 5-inch screens might give the impression of a complete tablet, but there's a hinge down the middle so you can snap the Tablet P shut. The upper and lower portions have a rounded back, so when it's closed, the tablet does a good impression of a long, slightly flattened cylinder that's probably not much larger than a glasses case. When folded, it's obviously way more portable -- you could slide the Tablet P into your jacket pocket and take it out on the road, or chuck it in your bag, resting assured that the twin screens won't take any scratch-damage. The Sony Tablet P's rounded back reminds us of a glasses case.
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