After a long wait, last year’s Sony Tablet P is finally making its way to the US next month. The folding tablet will be released by AT&T on March 4, and it will cost $399.99 on a 2-year contract. But is this tablet still worth your attention?
The form-factor may be intriguing for the general consumer, though it could be possible that this device simply took too long to be released. With its folding capabilities as the only differentiation, this device features a spec sheet that would have been on par with the competition if it were released a year ago. It simply does not seem that enticing anymore, unless your thing is portability and data connectivity. This device will have 4G HSPA+ capabilities (not LTE), which is something that may still be convenient for some users.
Sony Tablet P Specifications
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb
- Dual 5.5-inch displays (1024×480)
- 1 GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 5 MP rear-facing camera / 0.3 MP front-facing camera
- 4 GB of internal storage / microSD slot (expandable up to 32 GB)
The market is filling with Tegra 3 tablets (options like the ASUS Transformer Prime are already available), and there are many more to come. The Transformer Prime may not have data connectivity, but performance will be leaps and bounds above that of Tegra 2. Not to mention that most people don’t feel very comfortable about contracts.
If you happen to fall into that category, you can also get this tablet off-contract for $549.99, which is fairly high for tablets. Such customers have the option to sign up for the prepaid plans, which are different from contracted customer prices.
Users who have signed up for two years only have two options: 3 GB for $35 or 5 GB for $50. Prepaid customers can also pick from a $14.99 250 MB plan, as well as a cheaper $30 plan for 3 GB or 5 GB for $50.
We will have to wait and see how this one performs. While there are definitely some much better options out there, the portability and data connectivity may be something that you find yourself considering in this tablet. You won’t find many other devices with the functionality of a tablet and portability that matches that of a smartphone.
Do any of you think you will be picking up the Sony Tablet P?