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This review is from: Sony 5.5 inch 3G Tablet P (Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 4GB Memory, Android 3.1) (Personal Computers)
I fell in love with the design of this tablet when I first saw it in Tokyo last year. Having picked one up at launch and lived with the system for a while, I can say it's a solid attempt and injecting variety into a very bland market, but for Sony the experiment seems to have failed.
On the plus side, it's a lovely looking gadget. It feels very solid, and looks great open or closed. The two screens are bright and sharp, and where split screen apps are utilised, they look great. Sony has done a wonderful job of customising Android for its devices, and the OS has never looked better.
The main problem is the gap created by the bezel. There are very few split screen apps, so you have to work your way around this ugly black bar that sits in the middle of the screen. Reading websites is a real chore, as you have to stretch the browser to read lines that are often split in half by the two screens. Games are pretty much unplayable, and video takes the only option it can, and uses a single screen, reserving the second for controls.
As the unit has failed to really find an audience (I also own an iPad, and it quickly became apparent which I wanted to use more often) app support has been pretty much non-existent. I did write to a few app authors who were prepared to make changes, but in the end I lost patience with the device itself and sold it.
As with a lot of Sony products, this one launched into an aggressive market and was promptly abandoned by Sony to sink or swim. Since even Sony won't support the device properly, it's destined to go the way of the Sony Rolly - unique, bold but ultimately forgotten. A real shame.