Sony Tablet P review

A highly portable yet imperfect dual-screen Android tablet

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Sony tablet p review

We admire Sony for taking a more novel approach with both of its tablets, but £499 is a lot to ask for a Honeycomb device. With a price like that, the Sony Tablet P has to really perform compared to its rivals.

We liked

The clamshell design protects the dual screens, and means this is one of the few tablets you can squeeze into an (admittedly large) pocket. We found the compact build made it a comfortable device for typing and web browsing.

Those screens are bright, crisp and vibrant, like you'd expect from Sony. The capacitive surfaces are responsive to swipes and prods and the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor keeps things running smoothly.

A 5MP rear camera takes decent shots, although we wouldn't replace our compact camera or even our smartphone just yet. Video chat fans get a decent VGA front-facing camera.

Nostalgic gaming fans can also download and play classic PlayStation 1 games, for a small cost.

We disliked

Although it's great to have the option to play PS1 titles on the Sony Tablet P, we weren't massive fans of the virtual buttons. They work better than we expected but the lack of tactile feedback is a pain in fast-paced action games, while the shoulder buttons are tricky to reach on the upper screen.

The Sony Tablet P isn't quite the ideal device for watching movies on the go, either. Videos are generally crushed onto the top screen, while the built-in speakers are rather rubbish.

We also found Wi-Fi reception was a little ropey, with signal swiftly dropping off as we moved away from our router.

Final verdict

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.

However, movie fans will likely prefer a single-screen tablet such as the Sony Tablet S, and we reckon gamers will wait for the Playstation Vita instead.

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