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Review Sony Tablet P / S2 Tablet/MID

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 11/29/2011

Foldable tablet. All tablets look alike? Sony shows how a flat board can be turned into the size of a handy Communicator: It fits in every pocket, is readable in sunlight and supplies all comforts of the latest Android version. It can't get more mobile.

Sony Tablet P WiFi + 3G: A large screen with tiny dimensions. Is the foldable tablet the perfect slim companion?
Sony Tablet P WiFi + 3G: A large screen with tiny dimensions. Is the foldable tablet the perfect slim companion?

This idea seems very familiar to us. We had Acer's dual screen flagship, Iconia, in review in March 2011. It was a Windows notebook with appropriate hardware, but two 14 inch screens (1280x800 pixels each). The audience showed itself reluctant: Not one single comment about the review - to this day. The price dropped from the then targeted 1500€ to 1000€, the retailers are sitting on the stock.
Or does anyone remember the Toshiba Libretto W100? A look at Toshiba's corresponding product page speaks volumes: "Sorry, ...no longer available …"

Deterrent examples? Sony proves that twin screens don't have to a flop with the Tablet P. It's a matter of platform, size and price. Like in the Tablet S, the manufacturer relies on Android 3.2. The mite only has a depth of 8 centimeters and the price is 599€. Okay, the latter is pretty high for a tablet. However, Sony also wants to set premium standards. If the Tablet P is unique and above all if it's handy can be found out in our detailed review.

Case

Tablet P: It is definitely handy
Tablet P: It is definitely handy
Here in comparison with the 10.1" Asus SL101
Here in comparison with the 10.1" Asus SL101
Slide off the top: SIM card slot
Slide off the top: SIM card slot

The case is made of plastic in its basic structure. The matt, silver surfaces are lacquered and thus sensitive to scratches. We already produced scratches on the lid's cover during our one week test period. The bottom has tiny feet that are part of the cover. They will also look chafed within a short time.

Two hingesgenerously sized for the device's dimensions, keep both halves joined. They seem to be stable, have a very tight hold on the upper part and allow an opening to exactly 180°. The stop is absorbed so that the mechanical force on the hinges is lessened. We can dent the top and bottom tray marginally. Twisting attempts on the chassis generate creaking, but warping is limited. Pressure on the black bar causes the TFT to lighten up, both at the top and bottom. However, this wasn't noticed adversely while using the Tablet P.

Both upper shells can be removed without tools. Sony doesn't offer any interchangeable lids yet, but it won't take long until the accessories industry comes up with them. 
The bottom can be removed after pressing two pressure points on the rear. The removable battery and the microSD slot are found underneath it. The SIM card slot for the 3G module is on the other side, so underneath the upper shell. It can be moved simply by pushing. Unfortunately, too quickly: When playing around on the case with the hands, the upper shell is sometimes removed unintentionally. This shouldn't happen in this price range.

loop for a wrist strap is located at the right hinge. This remains unused on the test device because the manufacturer doesn't add this simple, yet useful, accessory into the Tablet P's box, in contrast to the Tablet S.

Connectivity

MicroSD slot beside the battery
MicroSD slot beside the battery

The only visible interfaces on the Sony Tablet P are the microSD slot (2.0), the headphone / microphone combination and the power socket. There is only a tiny loudspeaker opening on the left. Sony regrettably doesn't include the matching USB cable. That is incomprehensible for this price range.

Front: Headphone/microphone combo
Front: Headphone/microphone combo
Left/right: No interfaces / power on, AC, microUSB, volume
Left/right: No interfaces / power on, AC, microUSB, volume
Rear: No interfaces
Rear: No interfaces

Communication

Perfect for an ultimate, mobile device, our wifi + 3G version has a built-in 3G module and the matching SIM card slot underneath the lid's skin. A-GPS additionally uses the mobile wireless connection for locating the device. Therefore, tracking via apps, such as Google Maps or Places, is possible even indoors.

Alike most tablets, our test device is equipped with a 3 axis acceleration sensor, gyro (rotation speed), digital compass and an ambient light sensor. The latter adjusts the TFT's brightness according to the ambient light and thus saves energy. These tools are necessary so that the screen can be aligned horizontally or vertically or race games can be controlled, for example. 

Software

Sony has installed Android 3.2 (Honeycomb update). The free operating system is adapted to tablet requirements and is not a pure smartphone OS like the 2.3 version was. Email clients (Google Mail and others), Personal Space (content sharing), Reader Store (books) and Social Feed Reader belong to the preinstalled apps.

The user can download more applications from the Android market. Users who can't decide or aren't sure about which games are suitable for the twin TFT can use SelectApp in the shop. This leads to a Sony app store that only contains a few games (e.g. free: Switch) and applications (e.g. free: GoToMeeting). The S1 is "PlayStation certified". That applies to the availability of a few PlayStation One games, such as Crash Bandicoot (preinstalled) or Pinball Heroes (fee-based). 

Supplies

There aren't any apart from the standard notebook adapter. It's too bad that there is no wrist strapUSB cable or case included considering the high price. In return, it's possible to personalize the tablet with an engraving. Sony offers a free engraving service over the Sony Style Store when a tablet is purchased.

Warranty

Sony grants a 12 month manufacturer warranty. As usual for most Vaio notebooks, a warranty extension sticker for an additional 12 months is on the box (=24 months). The device has to be registered online within 90 days of purchase to activate it.

A charger or micro USB cable isn't included.
A charger or micro USB cable isn't included.
12 month warranty extension on the box
12 month warranty extension on the box
Quick Start Guide and warranty card
Quick Start Guide and warranty card

Camera Unit

Sony isn't stingy when it comes to the webcam: 5.0 MP on the rear can shoot a maximum resolution of 2592x1944 pixels. The picture size and thus the memory requirement on the microSD can be reduced to 640x480 in five steps. The light sensitive camera adapts to the brightness very quickly and even takes acceptable pictures with little noise in poor light conditions. Users who want to go in depth can modify the focus mode, white balance and exposure manually. However, the camera doesn't have a picture stabilizer. The 0.3 MP of the front camera is only suitable for video chats due to its low resolution. The aforementioned adjustments for the picture aren't possible here, though. Nevertheless, the front camera can cope well with backlight.

Rear: 5 MP, no zoom
Comparison: Blackberry PlayBook 5 MP
Rear: 5 MP, 4x opt. zoom
Rear: 5 MP, 8x opt. zoom
Rear: 5 MP, macro, no zoom
Rear: 2 MP, no zoom
Front: 0.3 MP
Front: Backlight

Input Devices

The Tablet P is only used with the touchscreen. The three navigation symbols, for return/close, home and task manager, in the lower left are typical for Android.  A fourth icon is faded in when options in the apps are available.

virtual QWERTY keyboard fades in on the bottom screen in text fields or an email. Additional chars and the German umlauts can be selected via a button. Typing works without delays, but doesn't supply the hands with any feedback, apart from a sound (no vibration). Long texts aren't a good task for the tablet because of the lacking pressure point. The system at least suggests words. 

But, it's not necessary to type a lot. When choosing a web address, we tap on the microphone icon (upper right) and say the address. Even longer Internet addresses were entered correctly in the test.

Twin screen in practical use

Both screen halves are one single surface for multi-touch operation. Swiping, zooming or other gestures are simply continued over the gap. Since there are no edges, the gap is hardly felt.

The Android Honeycomb update 3.2 is vital for the Tablet P, because the apps developed for smartphone or large tablet formats can be downloaded sized accordingly for "single screen size" or the "full screen size". This works via the zoom icon in the task bar (fades in according to application). However, switching leads to crashes or simply doesn't work in a few games (see game apps). 

According to the manufacturer, it's supposed to be possible to run two apps at the same time. However, that didn't work in our tests. The apps either occupied the upper or the entire screen. As soon as a second app was recovered or loaded, the opened app disappeared in the task tray and the lower screen stayed black on occasion.

The twin screen allows
The twin screen allows
splitting the screen
splitting the screen
and the "keyboard".
and the "keyboard".
Websites, games, applications
Websites, games, applications
have a gap. But the content doesn't
have a gap. But the content doesn't
"disappear", but is separated pixel by pixel.
"disappear", but is separated pixel by pixel.

Display

The Tablet P on top of Asus' Eee PC Slider SL101
The Tablet P on top of Asus' Eee PC Slider SL101

The tablet P has two identical 5.5 inch screens with 1024x480 pixels each. Each screen has a size of 13.9 cm, but it is 18.0 cm (7 inches) across both screens. One surface is created when opened and is only interrupted by a gap of one millimeter. The TFT surface isn't enclosed by a plastic bezel, but it stops exactly at the outer side. The imaging screen naturally doesn't reach into this area. It stops four millimeters before the edge of both sides. Thus, both screens have a gap of nine millimeters.

Top Side

1) Gossen Mavo-Monitor 2) Gossen Mavo-Monitor
381
cd/m²
392
cd/m²
374
cd/m²
366
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
370
cd/m²
345
cd/m²
368
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 392 cd/m²
Average: 369.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 388 cd/m²
Black: 0.49 cd/m²
Contrast: 792:1
276
cd/m²
306
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 327 cd/m²
Average: 306.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 317 cd/m²
Black: 0.52 cd/m²
Contrast: 610:1

Underside

276
cd/m²
306
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 327 cd/m²
Average: 306.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 317 cd/m²
Black: 0.52 cd/m²
Contrast: 610:1
IPS screen with good contrast
IPS screen with good contrast

We executed the brightness assessment twice. With 369 cd/m2, the upper screen shines brighter than the lower one (307 cd/m2). The difference isn't noticed during use. The contrast difference is higher and is almost 800:1 on the upper screen and 600:1 on the bottom one. The brightness remains constant in battery mode and can be automatically adapted via the ambient light sensor when desired.

The high brightness (upper: 370 cd/m2) beats 99% of test laptops. They have an average of only 230 cd/m2. This brightness is sooner normal in the tablet sector (without low-end tablets). The sister model, Sony Tablet S, shines with 334 cd/m2. The good brightness resists the glare type's reflections and supplies an acceptable, though not perfect, sight in daylight.

The high brightness
The high brightness
of up to 388 cd/m²
of up to 388 cd/m²
is enough for daylight
is enough for daylight
Even in sunlight,
Even in sunlight,
the screen is acceptably bright
the screen is acceptably bright
but can reflect noticeably
but can reflect noticeably

The Tablet P copies the wide viewing angles of its sister, Tablet S. An IPS screen of the same quality was built in there. We can look onto the screen from all perspectives without color deviations. The screen brightens up at views over the corners starting at 25 degrees, i.e. the contrast weakens very quickly.

Performance

The Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset (1.0 GHz) has established itself to a mainstream "system on a chip" (SoC) since it's used in many renowned products. We find the Nvidia solution in Acer's Iconia Tab A100/A500, Asus' Iconia Tab A100/A500, Asus' Eee Pad Slider/Transformer, Dell's Streak 7, LG's Optimus Pad V900, Motorola's Xoom, Toshiba's AC100-10V and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10. Nvidia's Tegra 2 bundles a dual core Cortex A9 CPU, a GeForce GPU (ultra low power), 1024 MB of DDR2 RAM, video processors and an audio card.

Android system info overview
Sensors
Camera, screen, OpenGL
WiFi, CPU
Telephone, network
OS, battery, memory
Smartbench 2011 ranking
Smartbench 2011 ranking

The system clock of 1000 MHz is only used in games or HD videos. 312 MHz are usually enough when surfing on the Internet. The lowest clock is 216 MHz in idle. The Tegra systems can generate very long battery runtimes due to the variable clock since idle times prevail in everyday use. 

The Sony P is on an average rank in the Google V8 benchmark (JavaScript, Web browser speed). LG's Optimus V900 and Motorola's Xoom aren't measurably faster. Linpack Pro (floating point operations) checks the CPU's speed. Most Tegra 2 systems are on the same level and the Tablet P as well as its sister, Tablet S, isn't an exception. Only the Galaxy Tab 10.1 shows a significantly higher speed in the Tegra 2 sector. A look at current high-end smartphones with 211000 (HTC Sensation, 2x 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, Android 2.3) or 60000 (HTC Desire, Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon, Android 2.3.3) however show that the end of the performance increase is far from being reached (scores from Linpack evaluation website).

In Smartbench 2011 (CPU, GPU test), the Tablet P clearly has to take a beating in the Game Index when compared with the competition and its sister, Tablet S (short red bar). In return, the Productivity Index is on the Tegra 2 base level. The Samsung Galaxy-Tab 10.1 had the best Game Index.

However, the result in the Browsermark is good (JavaScript/HTML capability). Its 83826 points are below the top scores of the LG Optimus V900Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Tablet S also has more to offer with 89593 points. 

The Sunspider test (JavaScript only) finishes on a par with the LG Optimus V900XoomIconia A100 and Galaxy Tab 10.1  with about 2200 points. There is even a slight advantage of 114 points to the sister Tablet S.

Google V8
Google V8
Linpack Pro
Linpack Pro
SmartBench 2011
SmartBench 2011
SmartBench Game Index
SmartBench Game Index
Browsermark
Browsermark
Sunspider 0.9.1
Sunspider 0.9.1

Game Apps

Crash Bandicoot is preinstalled as an appetizer. Pinball Heroes, preinstalled on the Tablet S, has to be purchased if it's wanted. But why should the user have to play the old games of the long past PlayStation One era? In the meantime, "Tegra Zone" has a vast collection of games for Android systems (fee-based/free). Nvidia's Tegra 250 chip is equipped with a fairly strong mini graphics that calculates on 8 cores (4 pixels, 4 Vertex shaders).

We tried out the following shown free games with the twin screen. They were all smoothly playable, but adapting to the twin screen wasn't always possible. Thus, the very attractive looking Galaxy on Fire 2 THD couldn't be persuaded to work on a split screen. Instead, the one or other menu items weren't accessible (see picture).

In addition to the widgets (lower right) there is a zoom button for switching. Almost all games had to be restarted after selection. The black bar in the screen's center is annoying in games, but on the other hand, the rather big screen is pleasing.

CK Zombies: Single screen
CK Zombies: Single screen
Crazy Snowboard: Single screen
Crazy Snowboard: Single screen
not all menus accessible
not all menus accessible
GOF2 THD: Single screen
GOF2 THD: Single screen
World War: Single screen
World War: Single screen
Defender: Twin screen OK
Defender: Twin screen OK
Defender: Single screen
Defender: Single screen
Crash after switch attempt
Crash after switch attempt
Paradise Island: Single screen
Paradise Island: Single screen
Inotia3: Twin screen OK
Inotia3: Twin screen OK
Crash after switch attempt
Crash after switch attempt
Crazy Snowboard: Twin screen OK
Crazy Snowboard: Twin screen OK

Emissions

System Noise

Since there are no movable parts, the Tablet P works noiselessly. This is the case for all Tegra 2 tablets. The waste heat can be emitted over the case because of the low TDP of only one watt.

Temperature

As with the display, we looked at the temperatures in two parts. The lower part doesn't even get lukewarm in idle or simple Internet surfing. 28 degrees are the maximum that we however only measure in some areas. The lower case heats up more than the upper cover during constant load induced by a HD trailer. We measure almost 36 degrees Celsius selectively. The Tegra 2 chip is located here in the lower case. Since the average during load is considerably lower than 30 degrees, we can speak of a pleasantly low waste heat, though. The Tablet S had a load average of 34 degrees and it's only 32 in this case.

Temperature Underside

Max. Load
 26.2 °C30.7 °C35.6 °C 
 25.1 °C32 °C35.7 °C 
 26.3 °C31.5 °C35 °C 
Maximum: 35.7 °C
Average: 30.9 °C
29.9 °C27.1 °C23.1 °C
30.1 °C26.7 °C23.6 °C
31.5 °C28.2 °C24.1 °C
Maximum: 31.5 °C
Average: 27.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  37.7 °C | Room Temperature 19.3 °C | Voltcraft IR-360 (Unten)

Speakers

The sound is emitted over one speaker, which has a small opening on the bottom case's left. We aren't upset about the little tablet's thin sound, which neglects all deep ranges and distinct trebles. The user will connect a headphone or headset for movies and music on the train anyway. The combo jack makes the latter possible. The volume can be changed via two buttons on the right. Thus, the tablet doesn't have to be opened for this action.

Battery Life

Power Consumption

The lithium ion battery supplies 12 watt hours (3080 mAh) and is beneath the lower, removable case of the Tablet P. Unlike most other tablets, including the Tablet S, the battery (model SGPBP01) can be removed easily. Consequently, replacing it is just as easy as in a mobile phone. The Tablet P's capacity is low compared to competitor tablets: iPad 2 (25 Wh), Acer Iconia Tab (35 Wh), Motorola Xoom (24.5 Wh).

Unfortunately the 10 watt power adapter needs almost six hours to fully recharge the battery. The Tablet P was turned on in this case. We turned off the tablet completely for the second test run. The charge LED, beside the power socket, switched from yellow to green after 2:30 hours. The Tablet P's power consumption - with a fully charged battery - is up to 4.9 watts during load (e.g. game Crash Bandicoot: 4.2w). That is a very low rate for Tegra 2 systems: LG V900 (7.0w), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (8.2w), Motorola Xoom (6.3w).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 1.3 / 3.4 / 3.6 Watt
Load 4.2 / 4.9 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960
WLAN surfing: 355 minutes
WLAN surfing: 355 minutes
12 Wh lithium ion, 3080 mAh
12 Wh lithium ion, 3080 mAh

Battery Life

The nevertheless acceptable battery runtimes are accomplished because reducing the brightness lets the power consumption sink to 1.3w (idle, wifi off). Thus, the Tablet P manages 9:56 hours when idling (not standby!).

The tablet runs for 5:55 hours when surfing via WLAN and thus lags behind the competition. The Tablet S, also from Sony, also only lasted for 5:30 hours in a mix of website surfing and video clips. The Galaxy Tab 10.1v (9:35), the LG V900 (7:15), the iPad 2 (7:30) or the Motorola Xoom (7:26) all lasted longer. We measured the battery life with a significantly reduced brightness of 100 cd/m2. Bluetooth was disabled.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 56min
WiFi Surfing
5h 55min

Verdict

Sony Tablet P beside the 7 inch BlackBerry PlayBook
Sony Tablet P beside the 7 inch BlackBerry PlayBook

After spending a week with the Sony P, the author of this review who doesn't own a tablet has come to the conclusion: If it's to be a tablet, then no other than this one! Other tablets also bid fast Android, in addition to a bright and viewing angle stable IPS screen and a useful battery life. But only the Tablet P has the concept of a foldable twin screen tablet.

The foldable tablet fits perfectly into the routine of many people who want to stay in contact, do research, work or want to communicate. The reason is simple: When necessary, it makes itself very small and the screen is protected. Like a bigger smartphone, it even fits in the back pocket. It has a pleasantly big screen when required, and the browser, apps, games and movies have room due to the higher resolution.

Drawbacks are found in the functionality and workmanship. The extremely long charge time of five hours for a completely drained battery equals the battery life of six hours (charge time in off state: 2:30 hours). The upper and lower cases are matt, but are coated with scratch sensitive paint. In our opinion, the upper shell isn't mounted tight enough and can slip off by itself when "playing around" with it. Moreover, some (few) games and possibly also a few office apps won't work with the split screen. In any case, it always works with the single screen (upper side). 

We think that the 3G version is a must-have because users who only use the tablet at home or in the office could buy a cheaper 10 or 7 inch device for half of the price. Examples are the Acer Iconia Tab A100 (299€) or the Prestigio MultiPad PMP5080B (199€).

In Review: Sony Tablet P WiFi + 3G (previously Sony S2) SGP-T212DE
In Review: Sony Tablet P WiFi + 3G (previously Sony S2) SGP-T212DE

Specifications

Sony Tablet P / S2

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
5.5 inch 16:10, 960x976 pixel, 2 x 5.5, split screen, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
2 GB NAND Flash, 2 GB 4GB
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: headphone, Card Reader: microSD, microSDHC (internal, beside battery), microUSB, loop for wrist strap
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 2.1+EDR Bluetooth, UMTS/HSDPA, A-GPS
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14 x 158 x 80
:: Weight
0.369 kg Power Supply: 0.09 kg
:: Battery
12 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3080mAh 3.7V SGPBP01
:: Price
599 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 3.2
:: Additional features
Webcam: 5.0MP rear (2592x1944), 0.3MP front, 24 Months Warranty

 

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That's supposed to be an Android tablet?
That's supposed to be an Android tablet?
It was necessary to get both screens as close as possible, though.
It was necessary to get both screens as close as possible, though.
This makeshift bump is a foot that prevents toppling
This makeshift bump is a foot that prevents toppling
to the greatest possible extent. The reason: The upper lid's weight.
to the greatest possible extent. The reason: The upper lid's weight.
Underneath the upper cover, users will find
Underneath the upper cover, users will find
the SIM card slot (wifi + 3G version).
the SIM card slot (wifi + 3G version).
The small power adapter weighs 90 grams,
The small power adapter weighs 90 grams,
the cable adds 53 grams.
the cable adds 53 grams.
The removable battery is in the bottom (SGPBP01).
The removable battery is in the bottom (SGPBP01).
The battery has to be removed in order to insert the micro SD card (2 GB included in scope of delivery).
The battery has to be removed in order to insert the micro SD card (2 GB included in scope of delivery).
The Tablet P's big strength is the split screen.
The Tablet P's big strength is the split screen.
Scrolling and swiping over the TFTs works quite well despite the gap.
Scrolling and swiping over the TFTs works quite well despite the gap.
Contents could look a bit strange under certain circumstances.
Contents could look a bit strange under certain circumstances.
For example, the "bar" is above the video at YouTube.
For example, the "bar" is above the video at YouTube.
The clip thumbnails look a bit fragmented.
The clip thumbnails look a bit fragmented.
The media player is perfect: Movie up, button down.
The media player is perfect: Movie up, button down.
The hinges protrude a bit clumsily out of the case.
The hinges protrude a bit clumsily out of the case.
The Tablet P is the perfect tablet for on the go when folded.
The Tablet P is the perfect tablet for on the go when folded.
It looks more like a Nokia Communicator from 2001.
It looks more like a Nokia Communicator from 2001.
But we must admit it's nice to hold.
But we must admit it's nice to hold.
It fits perfectly in the pocket.
It fits perfectly in the pocket.
The plastic case accommodates
The plastic case accommodates
two 5.5 inch multi-touch screens inside.
two 5.5 inch multi-touch screens inside.
They have a resolution of 1024x480 pixels each.
They have a resolution of 1024x480 pixels each.
The TFTs close tightly on each other when folded.
The TFTs close tightly on each other when folded.
A small gap prevents direct contact.
A small gap prevents direct contact.
The IPS screen has very good viewing angles.
The IPS screen has very good viewing angles.
The glare type disturbs outdoor use with reflections.
The glare type disturbs outdoor use with reflections.
The Tablet P is smaller than the 7 inch BlackBerry PlayBook when folded.
The Tablet P is smaller than the 7 inch BlackBerry PlayBook when folded.
But it bids a bigger screen when opened.
But it bids a bigger screen when opened.
The Tablet P doesn't achieve the screen size of a 10 inch device,
The Tablet P doesn't achieve the screen size of a 10 inch device,
but it scores with its small format.
but it scores with its small format.
We tried it out.
We tried it out.
Splitting happens pixel by pixel, i.e. areas aren't "covered", but are continued directly on the lower TFT.
Splitting happens pixel by pixel, i.e. areas aren't "covered", but are continued directly on the lower TFT.

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Pro

+Brilliant colors / good contrast
+Wide viewing angles
+Pocket size
+Innovative: Handy, but large TFT
+Stable case
+Good Tegra 2 processing power
+Memory expansion via microSD
+3G module
+Long battery life and low weight
 

Cons

-High-gloss screen surface
-No video out
-Not all applications work on the split screen
-Top shell inadequately mounted

Shortcut

What we like

Small enough for the pocket, but nevertheless a 7 inch display diameter.

What we'd like to see

A better mounting of the removable skin. A shorter charge time of the battery.

What surprises us 

Using two touch screens as if it were one.

The competition 

No one else has the foldable design. Small, handy tablets would be the HTC Flyer 7", the Dell Streak 7" and the Acer Iconia A100 7".

Rating

Sony Tablet P / S2
11/25/2011 v2
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
40%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
42%
Weight
100%
Battery
92%
Display
88%
Games Performance
25%
Application Performance
40%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Add Points
90%
Average
74%
87%
Tablet *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2011-11-29 (Update: 2013-06- 6)