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Sony Tablet P Review

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No arguing it’s becoming a theme throughout the Sony Tablet P, the camera interface is broken down to one part being a gallery, while the other is simply the viewfinder. On the top screen, we’re given an interface that mimics the look of a camera roll, which gives us a preview of shots that we’ve taken. Conversely, the bottom screen is reserved for the simplistic looking viewfinder interface. Although it’s not deep with its selection, some will find the available camera options to be useful for fine-tuning shots for the correct situation.

Camera interface - Sony Tablet P Review
Camera interface - Sony Tablet P Review
Camera interface - Sony Tablet P Review
Camera interface - Sony Tablet P Review
Camera interface - Sony Tablet P Review
Camera interface - Sony Tablet P Review
Camera interface - Sony Tablet P Review
Camera interface - Sony Tablet P Review

Camera interface


Somehow, we’re not all that taken by surprise with the poor quality images that its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera produces. Of course, we’re talking about a tablet here, so we’re obliged to be forgiving. However, we can’t get over the disappointing results, as details are extremely soft looking, while its color reproduction tends to be a bit distorted – especially under indoor settings with artificial lighting. And you can forget attempting to use it in low lighting, because it’s remarkably grainy and noisy in appearance.

Outdoor samples made with the Sony Tablet P - Sony Tablet P Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Tablet P - Sony Tablet P Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Tablet P - Sony Tablet P Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Tablet P - Sony Tablet P Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Tablet P - Sony Tablet P Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Tablet P - Sony Tablet P Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Tablet P - Sony Tablet P Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Tablet P - Sony Tablet P Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Tablet P - Sony Tablet P Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Tablet P - Sony Tablet P Review

Outdoor samples made with the Sony Tablet P


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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


Even worse, its 720p video capture lacks the look of being regarded as high definition – that’s mainly due to its soft details and heavy artifacting. Diminishing its quality even further, its audio recording is a tad bit on the hollow side. So again, please, really, stay away from recording videos with this.

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Multimedia:

Refreshing on so many levels, the custom music player found with the Sony Tablet P is both eye catching and functional. Actually, it’s the same one found with the Tablet S, but it has been enhanced again to make use of the two screens – where one allows us to interact with our catalog, while the other plays the song. Unfortunately, the good fortunes don’t extend to its audio quality, as its audio output is one of the weakest on any device we’ve heard.

Before fathoming about watching videos on the Sony Tablet P, our brain was already thinking about how it would execute the experience – and unfortunately, there’s no right way going about it. Specifically, the video is only viewed on the top screen, since the bottom one is reserved for its controls. Initially, we were disappointed to find it lacking the ability to be viewed in full screen, but the more we thought about its distracting bezel, it made us realize this is the best route. Looking over our test video encoded in DivX 1280 x 720, it moves swimmingly with no issues plaguing it whatsoever.

Music player - Sony Tablet P Review
Equalizer - Sony Tablet P Review
Watching videos - Sony Tablet P Review

Music player

Equalizer

Watching videos


Sadly, there’s no physical video-out function with this one, just like the Sony Tablet S. However, Sony’s Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services are available to give us a decent dose of multimedia fun. And as an alternative, the tablet offers DLNA functionality to share our multimedia content with other devices wirelessly.


Software:

Honestly, there aren’t a whole lot of preloaded third party apps on the Sony Tablet P, but the few ones that are available include Evernote and Foursquare. Naturally, we find the usual Google branded suspects, but aside from that, AT&T’s presence is known in apps like AT&T Connection Manager and myAT&T. Above all, we’re extremely saddened to not find or have access to the YouTube app with Honeycomb – meaning, we have to rely on the web browser to get our fix of YouTube.

Evernote - Sony Tablet P Review
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Evernote

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posted on 21 Mar 2012, 08:02 8

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


for the love of God phone arena its a tablet stop putting down the cameras!!!! NOBODY in their right mind will casually see something and be like oh s**t i have to take a pic of that with my tablet!!!!!! and on the choppy performance, its honeycomb not ics or gingerbread what do you expect?

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 08:47 3

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I agree with you, I really do BUT my problem with this tablet is the performance. I love the design but tablets have been out for some time & to have performance issues is clearly not tolerable.

If I was a Sony exec I would not release anything that doesn't perform correctly. I know it's a tablet so I will excuse the camera, but the choppiness & battery life I can’t excuse. The 2 major things all tablets must excel in are performance of its OS & battery life. If Sony could have had these 2 things right the score would have been maybe an, 8 to a 9. What is the point of having a mobile device with poor battery? What good is it? Sony should know best about portable battery life because they have the PSP & PS Vita. Also they make great cameras with their Cybershot line so why not implement even their basic tech to their tablets/smartphones because then their cameras would be average at best if not above average.

I just feel like they dropped the ball on this tablet. The idea was great idea, the design is sharp but the execution was VERY poor. I just don’t know how or why Sony would release anything that is not on par with an Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Even the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 with its 1GHz Humming bird processor delivered better in performance & battery life. I feel like the premium look of this tablet was wasted with its poor implementation of the OS & the inexcusable battery life!

If something is made to looks premium, then it should also work & perform like it’s premium right? That’s where Sony failed!

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 08:13 2

2. buggerrer (Posts: 282; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


Tablet Pee!

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 10:46 4

4. sorcio46 (Posts: 392; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Tell me iPhonearena, why?
"we’re able to get to the 10 hour mark on normal usage before it’s completely tapped out" is an "Horrendous battery life" ?

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 23:18 1

7. xtremesv (Posts: 180; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


I'd like to know the answer to that also. So the "magical" iPad has "horrendous" battery life, uh?

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 14:58

5. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Actually i liked this tablet. Both design and the idea.

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 12:54 2

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I don't like it!! It looks nice but it's not all about how it looks is it??
What's the use of the two screen??? And it's separated by a huge beezel!!! That's disgusting!!

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 12:01

8. yourfather (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


It seems like a fine concept, it's just that there could be less bezel, and from what the pros/cons say, it has terrible battery life, well that could be improved upon. I think, though, that maybe in a year or so, after the bugs are worked out of it, I might just want to buy this. :)

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 12:02

9. yourfather (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


It seems like a fine concept, it's just that there could be less bezel, and from what the pros/cons say, it has terrible battery life, well that could be improved upon. I think, though, that maybe in a year or so, after the bugs are worked out of it, I might just want to buy this. :)

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 08:08

10. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Another junk droidblet. $199 on Woot in a month

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 15:26

11. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Im shocked at the price. I just didnt see this being more than $350, maybe $400 no contract. This will drop in price quick.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:58

12. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


It's a tablet, so I'm sure you'll have problems if you try to type assuming it's a phone.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 05:54

13. DawsonLee (Posts: 25; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)


You know, it's a piece of masterpiece by Sony, might just buy it for the "Wow" factor, provided the price is right~

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 08:39

14. yourfather (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


Yeah, I would probably be purchasing one of these in the future, after all of the bugs are worked out of it. For now, I'll let the early adopters buy it, and let some time pass. But it does seem like a good product, however, there are a few design flaws that could be worked out. :)

posted on 29 May 2012, 16:00

15. elf.elf.baby (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 May 2012)


I would really like to know if the Tablet P changes orientation from dual landscape to dual portrait. Anybody know? My main use of this would be to have email open on the upper screen, or leftside screen, go thru a bunch, one by one, still on upper, click a link in each, and see the result in a browser in the lower screen, or rightside screen. Anybody tried this?
I have this feeling that email is going to hog both screens...

Thank you.

posted on 30 May 2012, 08:11

16. umarlone (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 May 2012)


very very nice and a pleasant thing.

posted on 30 Jun 2012, 19:04

17. fenwar (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I've had one of these for a couple of weeks now and despite its many flaws, I love it.

Don't underestimate how much of a killer feature that hinge is. it allows a multitude of comfortable viewing/holding angles and when sat on a table top it is effectively a tiny netbook. Depending on the size of your fingers you may not quite be able to touch type but Hacker's Keyboard configured to fill the lower display works extremely well. The hinge also makes it ultra portable (although not quite pocket sized) and allows me to prop it next to wherever I happen to be and keep tabs on whatever live sport I happen to be watching - :)

elf.elf.baby - if you're still wondering, it does auto rotate (and this is easy to toggle), the built in email app then uses a straightforward "list on the left, open item on the right" view. I haven't found a way to have two apps on separate displays, although task switching in android is so seamless it's not a problem.

Top 3 negatives possibly overlooked in the review above - does not charge off USB; rubbish speaker; non-rounded corners are uncomfortable to hold.

It's probably not for everyone, but it suits me down to the ground.

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Sony Tablet P

Sony Tablet P

OS: Android 4.0.3 3.2
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Display5.5 inches, 1024 x 480 pixels (206 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual core, 1000 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size7.09 x 6.22 x 0.55 inches
(180 x 158 x 14 mm)
13.12 oz  (372 g)

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