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Sony Tablet P

December 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Reviews

Update: Also find my thoughts on the Tablet P for Mobile Choice here

Sony has created a radical dual screen, clamshell Android tablet. Can it possibly work?

Sony Tablet P (Overall: 6/10)

Key Features

  • Two 5.5in, 1,024 x 768 screens
  • Android operating system
  • Curved clamshell design
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 Platform, Dual Core 1GHz CPUs

Sony is weird. This isn’t an insult, but objective fact. Daring to be different, challenging convention and stubbornly standing its ground has resulted in numerous industry changing products and created a multinational conglomerate with over $150bn in assets and nearly 170,000 staff. On the other hand it can be really weird…

The Tablet P is a perfect example of Sony at its most creative and most infuriating. The smaller brother of the more conventional Tablet S, the Sony Tablet P takes what we know about tablets and rips up the rule book. Consequently we have a tablet which has two screens, folds in the middle and adopts a landscape clamshell form factor more associated with older smartphones like the Nokia Communicator. However bizarre the Tablet P make look, however, the methodology is simple: maximum mobility.

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At 180 x 158 x 22mm this means the Tablet P, while still too big for a trouser pocket, can just about be carried in a jacket or coat. That said at 372g the Tablet P isn’t the lightest tablet around as the more conventional Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus weighs a mere 345g. As such we don’t completely buy Sony’s claims about revolutionary portability, but that makes it no less interesting.

The Tablet P gets even more interesting up close. The company has opted for a sandblasted aluminium look for the P’s curved exterior and while the build materials are actually plastic it feels hard wearing and well built. The rear also comes off to reveal a welcome removable battery and a microSD slot and the hinge is extremely sturdy, opens and closes with a gentle magnetic pull and should last well beyond the device’s lifetime.

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