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Sony Tablet P

Sony Tablet P

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65 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
65

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Tablet P proves that a split-screen tablet could work, but the device needs more attention, especially when it comes to software.

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65 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
65

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

65
 

User Reviews

50
nathanl1192
This device is poor. It's uncomfortable to use, it's really poorly designed,...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
30
Gizmodo
I really like that Sony was trying to do something different with the tablet form factor, but instead of getting best of both worlds, they got worst of both. The screen isn't much bigger than a phone's but it's vastly less portable and it can't make phone calls.
 
60
CNET
The Sony Tablet P's clamshell design makes it very convenient, but its expensive price and the awkward implementation of its dual screens make for an undesirable tablet experience.
 
40
PC Mag
The Sony Tablet P does not make good use of its interesting dual-screen design, offering up both a sub par gaming experience with no physical buttons and an awkward Android tablet experience.
 
60
Engadget
Despite a premium price tag ... it doesn't follow up with a commensurate user experience. ... the portability of the device may find some fans, but your money would be better spent on either a smartphone with similar screen real estate, or sacrificing that portability for a more app-friendly tablet.
 
50
SlashGear
If Sony could do this again with more developer support, the latest and greatest specs and OS, and cut down on the bezel this could be a real winner. For now it seems tossed together and a halfway finished experience.
 
70
TechRadar
If your current tablet has been scratched to ruins, you should definitely consider the Sony Tablet P. Its unique folding design makes it easy to carry and protects the dual screens, and the compact build makes it great for carrying around, getting online and social networking.
 
50
AllThingsD
The Tablet P has some crucial drawbacks. The most important one is that, to take advantage of its full viewing area by using both screens as a single display, you must put up with a thick, black, plastic bar across the center of whatever you’re viewing.
 
50
Bloomberg
The tablet market is filled with so many iPad wannabes that there’s a strong temptation to award extra credit to any manufacturer brave enough break from the pack and take risks. But the Tablet P is so deeply flawed it leaves the user with one inescapable question. What were they thinking?

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