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Sony Tablet P review

6.2/10 AVG.
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6.2/10
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The Sony Tablet P currently has an Informr score of 6.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 22 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pocket Tactics

Tower defense games don’t get much better than this, and despite discarding what made the Anomaly series special, Defenders is still a fitting conclusion to an unusually interesting TD game.

- Jacob Tierney, Pocket Tactics
PhoneArena

So what can we say about the Sony Tablet P? Well, we still have to give credit to Sony for producing something that’s uniquely different – especially for a tablet. On paper, two displays sounds mightily tantalizing, but when it actually boils down to execution, it miserably fails because of the supr...

- John V. , PhoneArena
PC Magazine

Android tablets, for the most part, all look the same. Sony is a bit of an outlier, with the wedge shaped Tablet S 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 physic...

- Eugene Kim, PC Magazine
Wired

Praise is due to Sony for trying something distinctly different with the Tablet P, but the dual screen approach feels a bit awkward on this evidence, and it's unlikely that Android will ever be adapted to make it a smooth fit. Perhaps the Sony Tablet S is the better one to consider.

- Wired
Laptop Magazine

We give Sony credit for attempting to forge a new category of portable tablet, but the company's ambition didn't quite pay off. On the plus side, the Tablet P backs up its dual-screen design with some compelling apps that take advantage of both displays. You can fit the device in a breast pocket or...

- Mark Spoonauer , Laptop Magazine


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Sony Tablet P's screen size is 5.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3080mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3080 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 5 days standby time, 6 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Tablet P Specs

Overview
Release date December 31, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3080 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 7 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 6 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 6 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 5 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Unknown
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 1.3 x 18.0 x 7.9 cm (0.5 x 7.1 x 3.1 in)
Weight 372 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Mono
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments 2GB microSD card included
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Pocket Tactics

Very pretty and competently designed

from Pocket Tactics

Tower defense games don’t get much better than this, and despite discarding what made the Anomaly series special, Defenders is still a fitting conclusion to an unusually interesting TD game.

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Tower defense games don’t get much better than this, and despite discarding what made the Anomaly series special, Defenders is still a fitting conclusion to an unusually interesting TD game.

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PhoneArena

There’s nothing extraordinarily impressive about this one

from PhoneArena

So what can we say about the Sony Tablet P? Well, we still have to give credit to Sony for producing something that’s uniquely different – especially for a tablet. On paper, two displays sounds mightily tantalizing, but when it actually boils down to execution, it miserably fails because of t...More

So what can we say about the Sony Tablet P? Well, we still have to give credit to Sony for producing something that’s uniquely different – especially for a tablet. On paper, two displays sounds mightily tantalizing, but when it actually boils down to execution, it miserably fails because of the supremely annoying bezels that detract our attention from other things. Throw in that its hardware is seemingly dated now that we’re seeing more quad-core devices, it doesn’t get any better for this clutch bag like tablet. To make matters worse, its pricing is set to $400 with a 2-year contract or $550 outright, which still seems a tad bit steep for what it’s worth. Besides its cooling looking design, there’s nothing extraordinarily impressive about this one, and simply, it ends up being nothing short of forgettable.

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PC Magazine

The Tablet P offers up both a sub par gaming experience with no physical buttons and an awkward Android tablet experience

from PC Magazine

Android tablets, for the most part, all look the same. Sony is a bit of an outlier, with the wedge shaped Tablet S 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 phy...More

Android tablets, for the most part, all look the same. Sony is a bit of an outlier, with the wedge shaped Tablet S 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.

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Wired

The 9mm gap between the screens can be disconcerting

Praise is due to Sony for trying something distinctly different with the Tablet P, but the dual screen approach feels a bit awkward on this evidence, and it's unlikely that Android will ever be adapted to make it a smooth fit. Perhaps the Sony Tablet S is the better one to consider.

Read full review

Praise is due to Sony for trying something distinctly different with the Tablet P, but the dual screen approach feels a bit awkward on this evidence, and it's unlikely that Android will ever be adapted to make it a smooth fit. Perhaps the Sony Tablet S is the better one to consider.

Read full review

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Laptop Magazine

The Sony Tablet P tries to double your tablet pleasure with two displays, but it doesn't make the most of its versatile design

from Laptop Magazine

We give Sony credit for attempting to forge a new category of portable tablet, but the company's ambition didn't quite pay off. On the plus side, the Tablet P backs up its dual-screen design with some compelling apps that take advantage of both displays. You can fit the device in a breast pocket...More

We give Sony credit for attempting to forge a new category of portable tablet, but the company's ambition didn't quite pay off. On the plus side, the Tablet P backs up its dual-screen design with some compelling apps that take advantage of both displays. You can fit the device in a breast pocket or small purse, something you can't do with the Kindle Fire or iPad 2. Then again, the Tablet P feels fairly bulky for a handheld device, and it can't make voice calls. Our biggest beefs with the Tablet P are that you can't use the displays for running two apps simultaneously, and some apps feel cut off by the large bezel in between the screens. In addition, there are a lot of other apps that run on just the top display. And while we appreciate the myriad entertainment options offered by Sony, the dated PlayStation games aren't worth $5.99 a pop. The lack of 4G LTE data support also hurts this AT&T device.

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Gizmodo

The Tablet P's most glaring flaw is its main point of differentiation: that double screen

from Gizmodo

No. Absolutely not. If it only cost $150 I would still say no, but that's not the case. It's $400 with a two-year AT&T data contract (which isn't cheap) or a completely insane $550 off-contract. I really like that Sony was trying to do something different with the tablet form factor, but instead...More

No. Absolutely not. If it only cost $150 I would still say no, but that's not the case. It's $400 with a two-year AT&T data contract (which isn't cheap) or a completely insane $550 off-contract. I really like that Sony was trying to do something different with the tablet form factor, but instead of getting best of both worlds, they got worst of both. The screen isn't much bigger than a phone's but it's vastly less portable and it can't make phone calls. If you want something easy to carry around with you, just get a thin, 7-inch tablet (which will still fit in a lot of jacket pockets). We may live to see the day when this folding design works, but it won't be until flexible screens are commonplace so we still get our one big screen. Until then, walk away and don't look back.

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SlashGear

It seems tossed together and a halfway finished experience

from SlashGear

I really wanted to love the Tablet P and I’ve enjoyed using it day to day and can really see it having potential for those needing portability. Sadly it has a little bit of a personality disorder and doesn’t know if it wants to be a 5.5″ phone, a tablet, or a gaming console and doesn’t do...More

I really wanted to love the Tablet P and I’ve enjoyed using it day to day and can really see it having potential for those needing portability. Sadly it has a little bit of a personality disorder and doesn’t know if it wants to be a 5.5″ phone, a tablet, or a gaming console and doesn’t do any of them well. The design is simple until you open it and start using it day to day, and the corners are sharp and hurt your hand after a mere matter of minutes. If Sony could do this again with more developer support, the latest and greatest specs and OS, and cut down on the bezel this could be a real winner. For now it seems tossed together and a halfway finished experience.

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CNET

Its expensive price and the awkward implementation of its dual screens make for an undesirable tablet experience

from CNET

I appreciate the Tablet P's novel approach to design, but while Sony shows up with optimized native apps for music, photos, and movies, most apps feel either crammed or weirdly segmented on the tablet. Also, there are simply better tablet options out there at its current asking price or lower.

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I appreciate the Tablet P's novel approach to design, but while Sony shows up with optimized native apps for music, photos, and movies, most apps feel either crammed or weirdly segmented on the tablet. Also, there are simply better tablet options out there at its current asking price or lower.

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The Verge

The Sony Tablet P becomes a hard sell even for the biggest fans of the Nintendo DS form factor

from The Verge

The Sony Tablet P is an intriguing idea: putting a full-fledged Android tablet into a Nintendo DS-like clamshell form factor has some real potential upside. Its form factor — mostly the relatively large, high-resolution screens — should also be a sign to Nintendo (and even Sony's PlayStation...More

The Sony Tablet P is an intriguing idea: putting a full-fledged Android tablet into a Nintendo DS-like clamshell form factor has some real potential upside. Its form factor — mostly the relatively large, high-resolution screens — should also be a sign to Nintendo (and even Sony's PlayStation division) of how to build a portable gaming device. But Sony doesn’t seem to have put its full weight into the device: it has an outdated (if still good) chipset, and outdated (and not that good) network connectivity and software.

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NDTV

Compact clamshell design but causes hindrances

from NDTV

Sony's courage is quite admirable having ventured into the tablet arena with the Tablet P as one of its latest offerings (Tablet S being the other). We weren't quite sure of whether to appreciate it or discard it altogether. The device doesn't completely disappoint, but it isn't the best at what...More

Sony's courage is quite admirable having ventured into the tablet arena with the Tablet P as one of its latest offerings (Tablet S being the other). We weren't quite sure of whether to appreciate it or discard it altogether. The device doesn't completely disappoint, but it isn't the best at what it does. Until Sony, tablets were single-screened to run the Android OS and that seemed ideal. Experiencing the Android OS on the Tablet P pushed us away from our comfort zone. Though the device has plenty of dedicated apps, the split screens ruin the experience, with the lower screen rendering no use at all for some apps.

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