TODO alt text

Sony Tablet P review

A highly portable yet imperfect dual-screen Android tablet

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 480
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

View full specification

For

  • Crisp, vibrant screens
  • Light and compact
  • Capable processor
  • Plays PS1 games

Against

  • Small viewing space for movies
  • No physical buttons for games
  • Ropey Wi-Fi

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.

Sony tablet p review

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. Unlike the folded-magazine design of the recent Sony Tablet S, this device folds in the middle, similar to Nintendo's handheld 3DS console.

Sony tablet p review

However, the Sony Tablet P is up against some strong competition, coming after so many other great Honeycomb tablets. The £499 UK/$599 US asking price isn't doing it any favours either, with many of its rivals available for £299-£399.

So can the Sony Tablet P do enough to warrant a purchase from more than just Sony fanboys?

Tech Specs

Product TypeUltra Mobile PC
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time7 Hour
GPSYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilyP
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 3.2 Honeycomb
Brand NameSony
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size14 cm (5.5")
Screen Resolution1024 x 480
Standard Memory1 GB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Height14 mm
Width180 mm
Depth158 mm
Screen ModeUWVGA
Product SeriesP
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelSGPT212GB
Product NameSGPT212GB Ultra Mobile PC
Manufacturer Part NumberSGPT212GB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed for you

If you're living your life on the go, choose the Sony Tablet P with its compact dual screen with clamshell design that can be folded like a magazine and low weight of just 370g.

Sony's amazing TruBlack display

By controlling the refraction of light between the LCD and the screen, Sony's TruBlack panel will blow you away with more vibrant colors and truly amazing image quality.

Package Contents
  • SGPT212GB Ultra Mobile PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • SD Card
  • Strap
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)372 g