Sony Tablet P Review and Gaming PerformanceHi my beloved readers, welcome back to this website guys!

Earlier, i’ve already showed you 1 of tablets from Sony, Sony Tablet S, Sony’s impressive slate that has all what it takes to be an iPad killer.

It has great build quality, elegant design, rich-content features, awesome User Interface, great gaming performance and pretty much everything.

Sony Tablet S may not have the same aluminum-plated material just like the iPad, but it is still on par with Apple’s slates in many ways, even in design sector.

In 2012, besides releasing Sony Tablet S, this tech giant also has one other tablet under the same generation with that 10.1-inch tablet.

However, unlike Sony Tablet S, this tablet amazingly adopts a really unique concept design that you probably have never seen before in your entire life around the tablet market.

This one is called Sony Tablet P, a unique foldable 5.5-inch tablet that is running on Android platform.

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Sony Tablet P is actually not the first device in the world that adopts this concept design.

If you’re into handheld gaming, then you will know that this Sony’s foldable tablet is using the same design just like Nintendo DS, which are the same 2-screened foldable devices.

But we’ll talk more about its design in a minute.

Well, if you’re attracted to know more about this Sony’s unique tablet, especially its gaming performance, then you definitely should check out my personal review of Sony Tablet P below.

But as usual, before reading the entire review, be sure to read my brief introduction of this tablet first.

Okay then, without further ado, here you go, my personal review of Sony Tablet P. Enjoy!

Introduction

When it comes to performance, then Sony Tablet P is definitely nothing compared to its sibling, Sony Tablet S.

And that’s not surprising given that they both are very different devices, with Sony Tablet S being the “normal” Android tablet, while Sony Tablet P becoming the unique one.

However, despite just being a unique tablet, this foldable Android tablet has many things to offer to users.

Sony Tablet P Review and Gaming PerformanceSony Tablet P may not have the same powerful Tegra 3 just like on its older brother, Sony Tablet S, nor its medium-resolution display, as well as its huge battery.

However, this is actually the reason why Sony releases this foldable tablet in the first place. Sony wants Sony Tablet P to be positioned as a unique tablet on the different market of Sony Tablet S.

So the only thing that Sony cares when releasing this tablet is its unique design, without people thinking about the internals inside this tablet.

But the question is, with this unique and appealing design, does Sony Tablet P have all what it takes to be a great gaming tablet? Well, we’re about to find out about that in the review.

Design

By looking at the design of this tablet, especially its concept, then there is nothing new on Sony Tablet P.

Nintendo actually adopts the same 2-screen foldable design on its pride Nintendo DS, with the same touch screen just like Sony Tablet P.

But the one thing that makes Sony Tablet P better than Nintendo DS is definitely its ecosystem, and the most importantly, its games, the sector that really matters on Nintendo DS.

Given its Android platform, Sony Tablet P has a much bigger ecosystem of apps and games that have the strong back up from all the major developers in gaming world, like EA, Gameloft, Madfinger Games, Rockstar Games and even Rovio with its popular Angry Birds franchise.


Not to mention, games on Sony Tablet P also look more superior than on the Nintendo DS that mostly are about intuitive 2D/2.5D gaming, compared to Android games that have variety of gaming genres like 2D platform, 3D platform, strategy, RTS, simulation, sports, intuitive, and even hardcore FPS or third-person RPG.

Sony Tablet P Review and Gaming Performance

However, in the real world situation, Sony Tablet P is not as popular as Nintendo’s handheld device.

In fact, Sony Mobile never continued the sequel of this device until now, even though Sony Tablet P is still available around the market to date.

Even so, Sony Tablet P is still a great quality tablet in many ways.

It has gorgeous design, fast processor, great camera and the most importantly, a great gaming performance, if not the best. And it’s still, for me personally, it’s still a better gaming device than Nintendo DS.

I think Sony Tablet P is really lucky to have been made with Android OS, instead of Sony’s usual proprietary OS.

I mean, even though there will never be any sequel of this device, its Android platform, as we all know, is still growing until now along with its ecosystem and its apps.

Therefore, even if Sony decides to stop supporting this device (with software updates), you can still get the chance to play many latest Android games with this Sony Tablet P.

The story would have been different if Sony had used its own proprietary OS, instead of Android OS.

There would be no more games and the support from many app/game developers given that this device had no potential to grow in the future, especially in terms of sales and ecosystem of its proprietary OS.

At the end of the day, you would be left alone in the dark without the chance to play the latest mobile games.

Okay, back to the topic. Despite using the same concept design just like Nintendo DS, we have to agree that the design of Sony Tablet P definitely looks more superior than Nintendo’s handheld console, doesn’t it?

I really really like the rounded shape around the surface of this device when the lid (screen) is closed, definitely makes this tablet look so elegant and premium, even as premium as iPad.

I bet this device would sell like hotcakes if there was an Apple logo on it. Millions of iFans would line up and build tends at Apple stores (lol).

Overall, i really love the design of Sony Tablet P.

Even though it didn’t gain any ground on tablet market, i still think Sony has done a marvelous job on the design of this tablet.

It looks and feels premium, even more premium than iPhone.

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  • Mini-SIM
  • Released 2012, September
  • 5.5 inch Dual TFT capacitive touchscreen, 1024 x 480 pixels, 16M colors (~206 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9Nvidia Tegra 2 T20Chipset
  • ULP GeForce GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb, upgradeable to v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, capable to take 720p@30fps videos
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 4 GB Internal storage,
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Li-Ion 3080 mAh battery
On the spec sheet, actually there is nothing wrong with this device.

It got a fast processor, a good display, a great camera and the most importantly, a great gaming performance.

However, unlike its older brother, it’s really obvious that Sony has made some sacrifices on this foldable tablet.

For example is its processor.

If Sony Tablet S comes with the beast Tegra 3 quad-core processor, then Sony Tablet P is only packing the dual-core Tegra 2.

The good thing is, this tablet is only using a low-resolution display, so i believe Tegra 2 dual-core is already enough to power this device in a great and stable performance.

Besides, by using Tegra 2 and low-resolution display, it will make the device run much faster and last very longer in battery life, as proved by Acer Iconia Tab A500 that could last in 2 days in heavy usage, thanks to its Tegra 2 dual-core and a low-resolution 1280x800 pixel display.

So you can expect the same thing on Sony’s tablet, it even could last much longer than Acer A500, due to its lower-resolution 1024x480 pixel screen, which is lower than the one on Acer A500.

Anyway, Sony Tablet P comes with a 5.5-inch display sporting the resolution of 1024x480 pixels, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, GeForce ULP GPU, 3080mAh battery, 5MP camera on the back that is able to take 720p videos, VGA camera on the front, Android 3.2 Honeycomb (which can be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich) and many other standard features.

Not to mention, this tablet also comes with SIM card slot that supports 2G connectivity, which is still really good, of course depends on which carrier you’re using.

So with all of this package, including its premium and unique design, i think Sony Tablet P is no doubt one of the best Android devices out there.

It may not have the very latest hardware just like the current rivals.

But if you see its design, there is nothing like this tablet on the market.

So if you’re getting this tablet just for the shake of showing off to your friends and family, then there is nothing wrong with that as Sony Tablet P is still a good quality Android device.

Screen

For today’s tablet market, the display with resolution of 1024x480 pixels is now considered as low-resolution display, even the lowest on tablet market.

But the good thing is, Sony Tablet P is a foldable device with 2 screens.

So each screen is 5.5-inches and each has 1024x480 pixel resolution, which is still on par with most of 5.5-inch Android smartphones out there. So the screen of this tablet is still amazing and still looks sharp.

And if you love enjoying media contents, like movies, books, web pages or games, they will all look great and sharp on this tablet. No doubt about that.

However, the downside of using this type of screen is that, given that its display is split in 2 screens, it’s probably pretty annoying when browsing the web or reading books because there will be some thick bezel in the middle area of the screen.

So this bezel will interrupt your experience when reading text on browser or books.

User Interface and Features

Similar just like its sibling, the UI of Sony Tablet P is similar with the one on Sony Tablet S.

They both have the same TimeScape UI with those sophisticated looking visual effects and presentations a la Sony.

There are also some great usual features like multi-window mode (which allows you to float multiple apps on the screen at once), notification window, setting window, the same music player UI (which is showed as pile of album covers on the floor or surface), and many more.

However, given that this tablet is a foldable device with 2 screens on top and bottom, this Sony Tablet P comes with some specific distinctive User Interface all over its pre-loaded apps.

For example is music player or video player.

So to illustrate this, everytime you’re watching movies or listening to your music, the top screen will be used as the presentation screen (where the movie or music is played), while the bottom screen will be for the controller of movie/music player, similar like when playing games where the top screen is for the actual gameplay screen, while the bottom is for the controllers or joystick.

Besides these movie and music players, this specific UI can also be found on other pre-loaded apps and features of this tablet.

Performance

When it comes to performance, Sony Tablet P is probably similar with other Tegra 2 tablets out there, like Acer Iconia A500, Acer Iconia Tab A100/101 and many more.

So this tablet will be fast and smooth for that matter.

However, the great thing about this tablet is that, Sony Tablet P is only packing a lower-resolution 1024x480, which is lower than the ones found on Acer A500 or A100/101.

So as a result, the performance of this tablet will be much even faster and smoother than those Acer tablets.

Not to mention, the battery life of this tablet will also be much longer given that its Tegra 2 dual-core is not that power hungry (as proved by the battery life of Acer A500 that could last almost 2 days in heavy usage, despite using 3260mAh battery) and also its low-resolution display that doesn’t ask too much power from the processor.

In real-life situation, this Sony’s foldable tablet also runs really fast and smooth, thanks to its Tegra 2 dual-core clocked at 1GHz per core and powerful ULP GeForce GPU.

So for doing some basic things like: checking emails, using live wallpaper, watching movies, reading books, browsing the web or even playing games, this tablet is more than capable to run these tasks without any problems or lags whatsoever.

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Similar just like Acer A500, the gaming performance of this Sony’s tablet is also really good, if not the best.

Thanks to its dual-core Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz, 1GB of RAM and ULP GeForce GPU, Sony Tablet P is more than capable to handle many games across Google Play Store in buttery smooth performance and in high graphics.

However, it’s worth noting that, given that Tegra 2 processor inside this tablet is now considered as “outdated” (although still powerful), and was released a few years ago, then there will be some limitations to which games that will run perfectly on this tablet.

So for many graphically demanding games released in 2012 or before it, like Dead Trigger, ShadowGun, Samurai Showdown, Need for Speed SHIFT, Need for Speed Undercover, Gangstar Rio, Gangstar Miami Vindication, Max Payne, Asphalt 6, Modern Combat 2, GTA Vice City, N.O.V.A 2, Real Racing 3 and many more, this tablet is still capable to run these games in smooth performance.

I’m not sure whether they are all in full graphics or not, but i know that Modern Combat 2, Gangstar Rio, Gangstar Miami Vindication, ShadowGun, Dead Trigger, Samurai Showdown, Need for Speed Undercover and SHIFT, Max Payne, Asphalt 7 and Real Racing 3, can all run in full graphics.

Meanwhile, for games like N.O.V.A 3, GTA Vice City and Dead Trigger 2, these games can be played on this tablet, but they may not run in full graphics.

And for the very latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or the next-gen games in 2014, i have doubts this tablet is capable to run these games in full graphics.

I even don’t think Sony Tablet P can run Asphalt 8: Airborne perfectly and smoothly given that Tegra 3 quad-core on the 1st-gen Google Nexus 7 is not strong enough to play this game in smooth performance, even in medium graphics.

So it’s safe to say that Sony Tablet P will suffer as well when playing this arcade racing game with all of its graphics and sophisticated visual effects.

Even so, i personally think that Sony Tablet P is still a good gaming tablet.

The reason for that argument is because Sony Tablet P is designed with 2 foldable screen, where the top screen is used to display the gameplay, while the bottom one is for the touch screen joysticks and buttons.

So this kind of makes the experience of playing games on this tablet more fun and enjoyable than on other Android tablets.

And the great thing about this concept design is that, Sony Tablet P is also equipped with gyroscope that allows users to move around the screen when playing games.

So, for example, when playing FPS game like Modern Combat 2, the gyroscope will let you move the aim/cursor of your gun when aiming at enemies.

So you can just focus on moving the character and his actions (shoot, jump, etc).

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Sony Tablet P, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

It’s great to see that this Sony’s foldable tablet is already equipped with a great 5MP rear-facing camera that is able to take 720p videos.

And since we all know that Sony has been really great in developing camera on its devices, then we can expect the same thing on the camera on Sony Tablet P. So this tablet no doubt is able to take some great shots with its camera.

However, on the front side, this tablet is only packing a VGA camera, which has nothing to write home about, in terms of quality.

But still, i’m glad to see a great device like Sony Tablet P is equipped with 5MP camera.

I mean, not many tablets have rear-facing camera, right?

Battery Life

Sony Tablet P is packing a 3080mAh power battery inside.

This battery capacity is actually already enough to keep the tablet going in one full day. As a comparison, Acer Iconia Tab A500, which also is Tegra 2 device, comes with 3260mAh power battery and medium-resolution 1280x800 pixel screen, compared to the lower 1024x480 pixel display on Sony Tablet P.

And impressively, according to PhoneArena, this Acer tablet manages to last around 2 days, even in heavy usage, of course in one full charge.

So if that Acer A500 is able to last in 2 days, then you can also expect the same thing on Sony Tablet P. In fact, given its lower resolution screen compared to Acer A500, this Sony’s tablet will likely stay much even longer than Acer tablet.

So if you love enjoying any media contents like movies, tv series, books, web pages or games, then you can expect to see this tablet last around 2 days or even more in heavy usage.

But if you’re gonna use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks like watching movies in marathon or playing games in the row, then this tablet could probably last in 15 hours, which is still really great for a media-consumption device.

My Personal Opinions

So to sum this up, i personally think that Sony Tablet P is still a great media-consumption device, especially for gaming.

In fact, it’s just no brainer to say that Sony Tablet P is made for gaming, thanks to one of its foldable screens that is used as joystick touchscreen, not to mention the gyroscope to move around the screen (just like the function of mouse when playing FPS games).

However, despite being a perfect Android gaming handheld, there is still the downside on this tablet. And that is its processor, Tegra 2 dual-core.

Even though this processor used to be the “world’s first dual-core mobile processor” in the world, this Tegra 2 processor is now considered as outdated for today’s standards, especially for today’s Android games.

Therefore, for the latest graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, GT Racing 2 or the next-gen Android games (like Modern Combat 5, N.O.V.A 4, the next Need for Speed game, the next Asphalt game), i don’t think this tablet is capable to run these games smoothly in full graphics.

But that is the only weakness on this tablet.

For other sectors, like performance, features, display, camera, battery life, design (especially design!), Sony Tablet P is definitely really superior in these departments.

This tablet indeed is one of the best looking Android devices i’ve ever seen in my whole life.

It’s great for watching movies, listening to music, browsing the web, reading books and the most importantly, playing games.

But the final decision of getting this device will also come down to you.

If you happen to own a huge pile of cash, and you just want to have a device that is worth showing off to your friends or family, then Sony Tablet P is a perfect device for that matter.

However, if you’re in good shape financially, you can pick other regular Android devices with “normal” screen, like Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7, iPad mini 2 or LG G Pad 8.3. These tablets are just way better in gaming performance than Sony Tablet P, thanks to their monster specs.

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