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Sony Tablet P on sale today, more expensive than iPad 2

The funny-looking Sony Tablet P is on sale today in the UK, but is it too expensive?

The Sony Tablet P is on sale today in the UK, available to buy from Dixons. But at a penny under £500, the price may well put you off.

The Tablet P has an unusual clamshell design, and boasts two 5.5-inch, 1,024x480-pixel touchscreens, as well as a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and a 5-megapixel camera stuck on the back.

It's running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, which is the tablet-specific version of Android, but is no longer the most recent version now Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has arrived on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

When the Tablet P is folded in half it looks like a long cylinder with a rounded back. Sony thinks the dual-screen stylings will make the tablet easy to hold on its side for reading ebooks, and it's PlayStation-certified too, so you'll be able to purchase and download a series of classic PlayStation games, using the lower screen to control the action using on-screen controls.

The high price is a definite downside though. We suspect the reason Honeycomb tablets haven't taken off is that they're not noticeably cheaper than the much-hyped iPad 2, which costs just under £400 if you opt for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model.

And while the Sony Tablet P is intriguing, it's £100 more expensive than Apple's offering, and is unlikely to appeal to Android fiends either, as the software it's running is increasingly out of date. Fans of Google's mobile OS will be holding on for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, which will arrive running Ice Cream Sandwich.

Did Sony miss a trick with this tablet? Or would you love to have one occupying your pockets? Tell us in the comments below, or on our Facebook wall