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The latest contender to Apple’s tablet crown – the Sony Tablet P

Sony’s first steps into the tablet market continue with the release of the Sony Tablet P, just two months after the release of the Sony Tablet S.

The Sony Tablet P has a range of great features that make it a unique offering to the tablet market.

Firstly, it has not one but two 5.5 inch touch screens, both boasting 1,024×480 pixels. And they both carry out different functions, in the same way a Nintendo 3DS does.

The screens fold into to each other in a clam shell design, allowing for great portability. It is much more compact than any other tablet out there; with Sony claiming it fits comfortably into a woman’s handbag.

The design also gives greater ease of use when it comes to reading ebooks; just tip the device on its side and read like you would any other book.

Read more about the Sony Tablet S and Tablet P

Inside features

The Sony Tablet P is pretty impressive on the inside too. It has a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and is Playstation certified, giving users the chance to play original Playstation games using the dual screen.

But there are several drawbacks that may see customers shunning the device. Firstly, the price tag. At £499, it is almost one hundred pounds more than Apple’s Wi-Fi only iPad 2.

As Sony doesn’t have anywhere near the customer retention rate of Apple, it will struggle to entice customers with this price.

Android fans are also likely to be put off with the Operating System on offer. The Sony Tablet P runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, a tablet-specific version of Android.

But with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Sony Tablet P’s OS is already out of date.

With iPad customers unlikely to switch to a more expensive, non-Apple product; and Android fans likely to wait for an Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, the Sony Tablet P might struggle. But it is still a unique device – something us techies are always pleased to see.