Sony's entrance into the tablet category should be applauded. Unlike it competitors, Sony has created genuinely unique devices, considering how its customers will use tablets rather than just slapping a big touchscreen down and calling it a day. But while its Tablet S is among our favourite Android tablets, the Tablet P is a novelty at best, destined only for mocking retrospectives.
The Tablet P's dual-touchscreen design is both its genius and its ultimate downfall. Like a giant Game & Watch, the Tablet P has two vertically aligned displays that interact with each other in a number of ways. Sometimes they work together, spreading the image of an app across the combined real estate on offer. Other times, they work to complement one another, where the top screen is the output screen and the bottom screen is for user controls. You find the latter layout in the Gmail app and the Sony-designed games.
The problem, though, is that third-party-developed apps have no idea of how to make use of this design. Many apps display across a single screen only, while other apps sit between the two screens, using half of the top and half of the bottom. There is a "zoom" button that appears when a third-party app is launched that offers the option to use a single screen or switch to full screen, but we found this to be imprecise, too, where some apps stretched to beyond the edges of the screen. A good example of this is the Dropbox app, which expanded so far past the viewing area that username-input boxes were unusable.