Sony Tablet P

Released March, 2012
  • 5.5"
  • 4 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 3.2
If your current tablet has been scratched to ruins, you should definitely consider the Sony Tablet P. Its unique folding design makes it easy to carry and protects the dual screens, and the compact build makes it great for carrying around, getting online and social networking.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2011)
7 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Tablet P

Performance

Processing power and speed

Tablet P
6.5
Nexus 10
8.6
Nexus 7
7.7
Passmark, Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Tablet P
n.d.
Nexus 10
n.d.
Nexus 7
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Tablet P
6.4
Nexus 10
6.5
Nexus 7
6.5
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Tablet P
8.2
Nexus 10
9.1
Nexus 7
9.2
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com, theverge.com and 1 more

7

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Tablet P
7.0
Nexus 10
8.1
Nexus 7
7.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Tablet P

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Tablet P
267
Nexus 10
1,509

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Tablet P
1,389
Nexus 10
4,082

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Tablet P
1,645

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Tablet P


5.5
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.

6.0
The effect isn't quite as eye-deceivingly perfect as the Retina Displays on the iPhone 4/4S and current iPod touch, but they set a new standard in tablets – at least until the tablet pixel wars which are expected to take place throughout 2012.

7.0
Note that full-screen YouTube videos play over both displays, while 4OD TV shows are shunted to the top screen.

6.0
The screens feature a high-gloss, high-contrast look with wide IPS-based viewing angles.

6.0
For those wondering about its cameras, there is a VGA front-facing one placed in the top right corner when it’s fully opened, while the other 5-megapixel auto-focus camera is placed oppositely in the outer casing.

Overall

6.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Dual screens on a tablet is a pretty exciting concept, but does having two screens improve or hinder the tablet experience?
by c|net (Mar, 2012)
Bizarrely, full-screen iPlayer videos are crushed into a tiny box on the upper screen, so you'll want to watch them in a pop-out window instead.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2011)
The dual 5.5-inch screens are supremely crisp, thanks to the sharp 1024 x 480p resolution.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2011)

Apps

There’s also a quick-launch menu of sorts and a Favorites menu, which give you quick access to your most-used apps and bookmarks — that's nice, though it doesn't seem any more efficient than just adding bookmarks and apps to your homescreen.
by The Verge (Mar, 2012)
Functionality: Diving deeper, most its core set of organizer apps have been retooled to make use of the two displays, but honestly, they don’t really take advantage of it.
by PhoneArena (Mar, 2012)
If you're looking for a tablet for instant messaging or bashing out emails on the move, the Sony Tablet P is a great option.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2011)

Operating System

The browser is a particularly bright spot, handling image-heavy sites (like this one) better than most Android devices, especially with respect to pinch-and-zoom: it wasn't perfect, but it was far better than the stock browser typically does.
by The Verge (Mar, 2012)
This means many of Sony's Android PlayStation titles can run in the top screen while controls are sat in the bottom screen and the clamshell form factor means it can bend into a far more comfortable natural gaming position.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
Gaming consoles meet Android tablets Two displays, 11 inches of screenSony's better at building cameras than it shows here Honeycomb needs to be left behind even more than Gingerbread Last year's internals still work well — mostly Even if its specs were high-end, the Tablet P wouldn't be In a market riddled with similar slates, no one's going to accuse Sony of adopting a copycat tablet strategy.
by The Verge (Mar, 2012)

Operating system

There's some stuff to like, of course — multitasking is solid, for one — but Honeycomb's just not a great operating system.
by The Verge (Mar, 2012)
Web and app download speeds matched most other Android tablets when within 5 feet of our test router; even up to 20 feet away, it retained much of its strength.
by c|net (Mar, 2012)
On the software front the Tablet P has Android 3.2 at its core (the tablet edition of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is still some way off), and Sony has used the same subtle skin seen on the Tablet S. Again any performance impact seems minimal and additional transition animations make the navigational experience far more fluid than stock Android 3.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)

Camera

The Vita also supports Web browsing, 3G, apps (like Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix), a capacitive touch screen, and dual cameras (albeit both at VGA resolution).
by c|net (Mar, 2012)
A 5MP rear camera on the Sony Tablet P takes reasonably sharp pictures, thanks to the built-in auto-focus, although this generally takes two to three seconds to lock onto your target/victim..
by TechRadar (Nov, 2011)
As with pretty much all tablet cameras, it's more of a 'snap an unexpected moment' device than a dedicated camera.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 5.5"
Technology TFT LCD
Resolution 1024 x 480
PPI 205 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 4 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats
  1. microSD
  2. microSDHC
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No

form factor

Weight 372 g
Size 158 x 180 x 14 mm
Thickness 14 mm
Battery life 7 hour
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