Sony Tablet P
A good quality gadget
Sony is one of those companies that never fail to amaze us with new and improved gadgets that everyone wants to own. The latest attempt to success is called Tablet P and it is quite a strange thing to behold. The device is the second of Sony’s first attempts at making an Android tablet for its fans. Some of you might like it, the others not so much. We took some time to test the product and here are our thoughts on it.
The Sony Tablet P was presented to the world alongside its sister, the Tablet S, during the IFA 2011 event. It is formerly known as the S2 and it costs $599. The gadget comes in a unique design which makes it fit in a rather different category than a simple tablet. It wasn’t thin enough for us to be able to carry it around during our tests after we folded it, but when we held this tablet for the first time we enjoyed the feel it had in our hands.
1.024 x 800 pixels resolution
After opening the gadget a bit, we were greeted by a black expanse of glass perturbed only by the small gap of the aforementioned hinge. When we fully opened it, the Tablet P uncovered its 5″ LCD displays whose brightness almost blinded us, because it was set to the maximum. Lowering the levels down, we were very pleased with the great viewing angles, brightness and vivid colors; the 1.024 x 800 pixels of each of the screens delivered awesome sharpness. What we found frustrating were the 2 bezels that interrupted our view and made browsing through apps feel as if we were doing it from behind bars. Worse still, Sony did nothing to make the picture look like it should; what you’ll be looking at will be some really funny-looking games and squeezed app icons.
The most important advantage of the dual-screen in the case of Sony’s Tablet P is the easiness with which users will be able to type on it. When we tested the gadget for our review, the on-screen keyboard appeared up on the bottom screen whenever we tapped on a bar used for text-inputting; this was very useful because it helped us see the webpage we were on by looking at the top display. The most important disadvantage arises when playing games, because, while the screen is plenty responsive, physical controls are preferred when the game you play needs dexterity; dexterity that the on-screen keyboard doesn’t have.
Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
Watching a video on the Tablet P was an unfortunate experience, since the content played only on the top display. Reading an eBook on this gadget won us over, especially considering the fact that it oriented what we were reading in portrait and displayed one page on each screen; in other words, the whole experience felt as if we were reading a real book.
The Nvidia Tegra 2 processor powering the new gadget from Sony and made opening applications a quick and smooth operation and Flash content was dealt with superbly. Memory is made of 512MB and the battery life was better that other Android tablets.
Overall the new Sony Tablet P is certainly an interesting-looking gadget with quite a decent performance at a good price.
|* Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor|
|* Android OS, v3.0 (Honeycomb)|
|* Adobe Flash 10.3 support|
|* Used as Remote Control for Sony Gears|
|* Display Features Multi-touch input method|
|* Dual 5.5-inches TFT Capacitive Touchscrenn|
|* Three-axis gyro sensor and Digital compass|
|* Display size: 1024 x 480 px|
|* 3G Network of HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz|
|* 2G Network of GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|* Memory Slot – Yes, SD/SDHC Card|
|* Internal Memory : 4GB Storage, 1GB RAM|
|* External Memory – Yes, Up to 32GB|
|* Zoom – Yes, Digital Zoom|
|* Rear Camera – 5.0 MP Camera of 2592×1944 Pixels|
|* Front Camera : 0.3 MP, VGA Camera of 640×480 Pixels|
|* Camera Features – Touch focus, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection|
|* Edge – Yes|
|* GPRS – Yes|
|* 3G – Yes, 3G/4G|
|* GPS – Yes, with A-GPS support|
|* Wirless Protocol – Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA|
|* Port – Yes, Micro USB 2.0|
|* Bluetooth – Yes|
|* Infra Red – Yes|
|* Instant Messaging – Yes, Google Talk|
|* SMS – No|
|* Social Networking Services – Facebook, Twitter,|
|* Email – Yes|
|* MMS – No|
|* Stand by Up to 115 h|
|* Standard battery, Li-Ion 3080 mAh|
|* Music Playback Up to 17.5 h|