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Sony Tablet P looks great from all angles (photos)

The dual-screen Sony Tablet P has two screens for the price of a larger, more practical one.

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90 degrees

Opened, the top screen can be rotated 90 degrees, giving the Tablet P a laptop feel, if your hands and fingers are small enough, that is.
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Flat

When flat, the P feels more like a traditional tablet, aside from that annoying space between the two screens.
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Closer

One thing's for sure: the resolution and contrast of each screen is impressive.
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Side

From here you can see the power button, power adapter jack, closed Micro-USB door, and the volume rocker.
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What's going on on this side?

It's the same side, just closed now.
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Flat part 2

From here, depressing the admittedly difficult-to-see black buttons unlocks the top plate, allowing access to both the battery and microSD card.
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Where are my glasses?

No, your glasses aren't inside. I know it looks like a glasses case, but in this form, the Tablet P actually fits pretty easily inside my large front pockets.
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Rear camera

The 5-megapixel rear camera is as impressive as the Sony Tablet S' rear camera.
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Headphone jack

Given the paltry-sounding speaker, you'll probably want to make use of this quite often.
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Single screen, single panel

The best way to view comics on the Tablet P, though the single screen is small for a tablet.
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Second best

This angle isn't bad, but it does feel a bit cramped and fails to utilize the entire screen.
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Not ideal

Hmmm, not the ideal digital comics experience.
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Definitely not ideal

Yeah, I'd rather read comics on my smartphone. It may be a smaller screen, but the aspect ratio is at least optimized to better handle panels.
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Scrunch

The Tablet P's wide aspect ratio means games look scrunched on a single screen.
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Not an improvement

Not an improvement over the single-screen experience. I'll (reluctantly) take scrunched over segmented any day.
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Games: Optimized!

Games from the PlayStation Store are optimized for the P's dual screens. I just wish there were a lot more.
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Movies: Optimized!

Controls on the bottom. Movie on the top. While the movie doesn't fit the screen's aspect ratio, at least it's not stretched.
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Music: The best optimization!

The Sony music app is pretty slick-looking and is probably the best example of what a well-implemented app can look like.

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