Sony Tablet P split-screen Android fondleslab
Review Now here’s an odd one. Sony has created what looks like a monster Nintendo 3DS but is actually an Android Honeycomb tablet computer. So you get a sort of flattened tube that folds out to reveal two screens. Will it work? Should it work? Read on…
Android fondlecrab: Sony's Tablet S
This is actually one of two new tablets from Sony, the other is the Tablet S, which is a more conventional model with a 9in screen. The Tablet P however, is something else altogether.
It’s certainly portable, and you could just about get away with fitting it into the inside pocket of a suit, but it’s still a chunky beast, measuring 79 x 158 x 26mm when closed, though it’s comparatively lightweight at 372g.
Pocketable when folded up
There’s a USB port on the side covered by a plastic cover but it’s only for syncing – you’ll need a separate charger to power up. When you open it up via the two hinges on the side, it reveals two 5.5in touch screens, each offering 1024 x 480-pixel resolution and respectably sharp.
They’re nice and bright and offer good viewing angles too, plus you can change the angle of the top one, so it you want to type some e-mails, for example, you can lay the bottom screen containing the keyboard flat on a table, with the top screen directly facing your eye line, as you would with a laptop. The keyboard isn’t quite big enough to allow for all-fingers touch typing, but it’s fine for two-finger pecking.
Good viewing angles in any position
In theory it sounds like a fair enough idea to split the screen to make the tablet more portable (and the protection it offers to the screens when closed shouldn’t be underestimated), but in practise it can be a pain.
Next page: Doing it by halves
The difference is/was...
The best thing about the courier-concept - and still unmatched - was the software as demonstrated in the videos. I would gladly pay up to 1000€ for a courier, because the software demoed in the concept-videos would make my life easier.
The Sony P is just another Android-tablet, and made worse by the poor execution of the dual-screen-thingie...
I have a Android Tablet, but it isn't just a Courier and that makes me unbelievably sad...
AND THIS IS MEANT TO CHALLENGE.......
Ho Ho Ho Ho and a Merry Christmas to all of you who still believe in elves and Santa!
Ho Ho Ho
mmmmm; shiny thing ; )
"it’s not yet clear just who the market is for something like this"
Presumably the same person who will buy a £1000 coffee machine from the John Lewis catalogue, which I like to think of as nature's way of balancing out the existence of the Argos one.
Or how about....
Or how about a keyboard on one half and a screen on the other?.... Yes, I'm leaving.
Two Screens, Two feeds?
I wonder whether the two screens can display two different web sites. Imagine having one open for a social site content posting and another for source site content to be posted.
Or, open two sites or books and sor of like OLE, hilight or quote text in one site and have your social feed automatically updated.
Or, compare two articles, two books, two whatevers.
If it were bigger and aimed at engineers, it might be useful in the CAD world... source image, and new image. Almost like a digital Tricky Tracer...