Photo face-off: Sony Vaio P (new) vs Sony Vaio P (old)

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While the sensible thing to do after unboxing the new Sony Vaio P is to either turn it on or charge it, the first thing I did was grab my glossy first-generation Vaio P to see how it compared with its matte-covered successor.

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In addition to having a track pad and mouse buttons on the bezel, the new Vaio P's hardware is matte and the lid is more rounded. It's also a teeny tiny bit longer. Another thing you'll notice is that color of the new keyboard is the same as the lid (not noticeable here since I chose the black model, but very noticeable with the white, green, pink, and orange models).

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The I/O ports and switches are identical on both versions, just shuffled around a bit. The power switch on the old P, for example, is now a power button located above the new P's keyboard.

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And although it looks like it would be, the batteries are not interchangeable between the two generations. So if you have the extended battery for the old P (as I do) and kept it when you sold the old device so you could get the new one, you now have something to sell on eBay.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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