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Good tablet for the price
, 21 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Sony 5.5 inch 3G Tablet P (Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 4GB Memory, Android 3.1) (Personal Computers)
The price of this Tablet, no doubt shortly to be discontinued by Sony in the UK (although another version seems imminent in Japan) has been dropping like a stone over the last few weeks - at time of writing in August 2012. The Sony P Tablet was only launched in November in the UK at a list price of £499.
I've been using a tablet computer since the first iPad launched and my main tablet is, and will remain, an iPad 3 - or `new iPad'. However at its current price point I decided to invest in this Android device.
First let's deal with the negatives: 1. This is very much a two-screened device. There's a fairly large frame around each screen, and crucially along the hinges where the two screens meet. While looking at web pages across both screens works fairly well, watching video, or reading an e-book (with the exception of the Sony Reader app) doesn't work too well.
2. Only 4Gb of storage is built in.
3. Ongoing support from Sony might be limited.
4. The inbuilt mono speaker is awful. Some apps seem to get more volume out of it but for many the volume is simply too low to hear sound.
5. The charger is bespoke, and the tablet won't charge through a USB. Additional chargers are expensive and there isn't a recommend charger for use in the car although the power on plug looks fairly standard so it might be possible to track down a car charger with the correct voltage.
But there are a number of advantages with the tablet:
1. It's small and light, about half the weight of an iPad but feels even lighter. Pretty much you can take this tablet anywhere, and going through airport security it can stay in your bag.
2. As noted under negatives, the screens used together have a black border between the them. This isn't quite such a problem as might be anticipated. Using the screens for web browsing works well and Sony and partners have a number of key apps that take advantage of the two screens. So the mail software, the calendar, and the basic text editing software all work well with typically app controls or a keyboard occupying the second screen.
3. Of particular note in terms of apps that use the two screens is the Sony reader e-book software. This displays text, or pages, on each screen, when the tablet is held in portrait fashion just like reading a paper book. Plus as Sony have long been producing ebook readers their ebook store is well stocked.
4. As you'd expect for a premium-priced device, build quality is very good, the screens are bright and clear, and the tablet is good at multi-tasking.
5. I haven't owned a tablet before that's 3G enabled as well as having WiFi. Much to my surprise this is useful on the go with no wifi and the tablet switches between wifi and 3G seamlessly.
6. As a iOS user, while some of the apps don't have the Apple polish, the built in GPS (not something that comes with a wifi iPad) and the navigation software is brilliant.
7. Memory can easily be extended by buying a 32Gb microSDHC card which are now very cheap.
8. The tablet ships with Android 3.2 but can be upgraded via the Sony website to 4.0 - ice cream sandwich.
So overall if you need an ultra-portable tablet, this is for you. In fact you probably own one already. If you have an 10 inch screen tablet already you'll likely want to continue to use that for most purposes but this tablet is good on the go and some things work very well - email and ebook reading in particular. The 3G is really good when out of wifi range and finding a 3G tablet at a good price is difficult. And this tablet is different, its not . . . tablet like in shape. For the price I'd recommend it, so four stars.
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