Double screen smashes tablet mould
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.