Reviews and Problems with Sony Tablet P (SGPT211 / SGPT212)
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Value for money 7
Battery performance 8
Sony Tablet P
30 May 2013
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
Conclusion: Still, we're sure there are gamers and multimedia enthusiasts who will find the Tablet P an enticing alternative to typical Android-based tablets. In other words, this is a niche item—the kind of device with a unique construction and capabilities that will, for some users, outweigh its high price.
Pros: Loaded with entertainment features, High-quality display, Deep integration with other Sony products, Unique support for dual-screen apps, Swappable battery
Cons: No HDMI output, Poor audio playback and recording, Seam between screens distracts with certain apps, Pricey
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Ever wish you could fold your tablet in half and stick it in your pocket? Well now you can! It’s all thanks to the innovators at Sony, who figured that what the Android tablet market is missing can be summed up in one word: foldability.
Cons: Graphically intense apps suck the battery hard; I got under 3.5 hours on a charge. Speaker is tinny and far too soft. No way to get an unbroken screen experience; full-screen apps always look weird. Some app compatibility problems.
Excerpt: 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...
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
Summary: Our biggest beefs with the Tablet P are that you can't use the displays for running two apps simultaneously, and some apps (especially the browser) feel cut off by the large bezel in between the screens. In addition, there are a lot of other apps that run on just the top display.
Summary: • SNS integration • MP4/H.264/H.263 player • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/OGG player • Organizer • Google Search, Maps, Gmail • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration • Voice memo • 3.5 mm jack • HTML, Adobe flash • No radio • Absence of Apps • Media issues • Less smooth in comparison to iPad 2 Sony...
Conclusion: Praise is due to Sony for trying something distinctly different with the Tablet P, but the dual screen approach feels a bit awkward on this evidence, and it's unlikely that Android will ever be adapted to make it a smooth fit. Perhaps the Sony Tablet S is the better one to consider.