Dou­ble screen smashes tablet mould

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and a key­board will take over the bot­tom dis­play. The tablet’s web browser op­er­ates in the same way, with web­sites spilling from top to bot­tom screens, and the cal­en­dar app also takes on dou­ble duty. It stretches your monthly, weekly or daily plans over both screens for added de­tail and us­abil­ity.

The email app takes a dif­fer­ent tack, let­ting users view their in­box on the lower screen while open mes­sages are shown on top. Ul­ti­mately, it’s a good sys­tem that makes well-con­sid­ered use of the screens. Prob­lems start to creep in when you down­load apps Sony has not touched, how­ever.

You can view An­gry Birds over both screens by touch­ing an icon in this tablet’s lower taskbar but you re­ally should avoid it. Google’s An­droid app store also suf­fers, only show­ing limited icons on its top screen. Hope­fully these frus­tra­tions can be over­come with fur­ther soft­ware tweaks.

The Tablet P does of­fer some ex­clu­sive Sony ser­vices, with song and video-stream­ing ser­vices avail­able from pre­loaded apps, and a se­lec­tion of Plays­ta­tion-cer­ti­fied games.

Its hard­ware is also far from shabby, with a dual-core 1GHZ pro­ces­sor and 1GB RAM, con­nec­tiv­ity in­clud­ing 3G, wi-fi, Blue­tooth and DLNA, and two cam­eras, the rear model with a 5-megapixel res­o­lu­tion.

Strangely, this tablet does have a very small mem­ory at just 4GB, though users can add to it with a Mi­crosd card.

At $729 and with sev­eral dual-screen chal­lenges, how­ever, it could prove a tough sell.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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