Summary: In a market riddled with similar slates, no one's going to accuse Sony of adopting a copycat tablet strategy. First the company released the Tablet S , a tablet seemingly inspired by a folded-back magazine, and now comes the Tablet P, which draws its design from some combination of a Nintendo 3DS and a Kyocera Echo .
Pros: Apps optimized for dual screens work pretty well, Nice looking, Displays look good
Cons: Most Android apps work poorly on two screens, Huge bezels, pointy corners make it awkward to use, No LTE, outdated internals
Excerpt: Sony Tablet P is an interesting tablet product with two 5.5-inch 1024x480 pixels screens. In addition, it also sports HSPA and Wi-Fi connectivity, dual cameras, Bluetooth, GPS, ton of built-in storage and a memory card slot.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Excerpt: Sony's second tablet offering is no different from its first - both are designed to turn heads and stand out from the competition. The Sony Tablet P sports a clamshell design with dual 5.5-inch TFT screens for maximum portability and entertainment on the go. Is there space for a niche product like the Sony Tablet P? We find out.
Pros: Unique clamshell design, Portable
Cons: Expensive, Sharp corners, Average overall performance
Conclusion: Sony has redesigned most of the core apps to work with the dual-screens. They have a few that launched in the market with full dual-screen support and work great too, but in general the experience is sub-par at best. They did a good job with what they could -- like the browser but many apps just wont work right and give you a poorly put together and rough experience.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Two sharp and vibrant displays, More compact design than other tablets, Pretty good selection of dual-screen apps, Access to Sony music movie and book services
Cons: Heavy and thick for handheld device, Bezel between displays is distracting, Can't run two separate apps simultaneously, PlayStation games feel dated, Doesn't use AT&T's 4G LTE network
Conclusion: The Sony Tablet P does not make good use of its interesting dual-screen design, offering up both a sub par gaming experience with no physical buttons and an awkward Android tablet experience.
Summary: We applaud Sony's unique approach to tablets, but its dual-screen design just doesn't work. Too many apps are unusable over two screens, leaving you with a novelty rather than a usable computer.
Pros: Intriguing concept, Access to Sony Entertainment services, Decent system performance
Cons: Dual screens are a hindrance for many apps, Meagre battery life, No TV out, Only 4GB of memory
Excerpt: Sony has an array of mobile devices including the Sony Tablet S and the upcoming Sony Vita - due to replace the ageing PSP. Whatever you think about Sony's decision to plough its own tech, when the Japanese giant gets it right, it's a great thing.