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Sony Tablet P now available for $199

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It’s been about eight months since the dual-screened Sony Tablet P clamshell tablet was released in the US, and I’m still the only person I know in real life who has one. Whether it’s the unorthodox form factor, oversized bezel, wide space between the 5.5-inch screens, lack of US carrier support (AT&T never released the ICS update, even though other regions got it back in May), or high release price ($399 with contract, $549 without), the device simply never caught on.

In an effort to either turn the tides or get rid of unwanted inventory, Sony dropped the original off-contract price of the HSPA+ tablet to $349 back in June. The $200 reduction must not have made much of a difference in sales, though, because the company has just slashed the price to $199.97, making it a whole two pennies cheaper than the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD 7, and Nook HD.

Whether the new price helps Sony unload its remaining Tablet Ps remains to be seen, but we’ve already got a place for you to feel less alone if you decide to pick one up.

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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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14 thoughts on “Sony Tablet P now available for $199

  • Avatar of Everett

    Do you find yourself using the Tablet P or the nexus 7 as your primary tablet device?

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    • Avatar of Jenn K. Lee

      I actually don’t use either very much.

      I reach for my phone (EVO 4G LTE to be replaced with the Galaxy Note II once my local Sprint gets it back in stock) more than anything else, but if it’s a choice between the Tablet P or the Nexus 7, I’d choose the Nexus mostly because I like Jelly Bean better than Honeycomb. I still like the Tablet P since it’s different than everything else out there and it’s fun to use every once in a while.

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      • Avatar of Everett

        Thank you for your feedback. It is much appreciated it! The reason I asked was because I considered getting this vs the nexus 7 for my 3 year old niece.

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        • Avatar of Kris B

          Just had a laugh out loud moment there. I don’t know that I’d get a clamshell device for a 3 year old. Too much chance for pinched fingers.

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        • Avatar of Jenn K. Lee

          FWIW, my daughter is almost 3 and she’s not interested in either device. She’s all about iOS and her iPad. She really liked my international Galaxy Note, though, so I don’t think it’s that she doesn’t like Android; she just likes a physical home button. :)

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          • Avatar of Everett

            The main reason I want to get my niece a tablet is because she is always coming over and taking mine every chance she gets. LOL. For only being 3 she can do quite a bit; pull up games; watch netflix, youtube, and listen to her favorite music.

  • Avatar of Janet C

    I picked one up for myself a few months back for about this price, lightly used – based mostly on your earlier review! It has many compromises but I’m quite happy with how it fits easily into any of my purses and I can basically carry it with me full-time. It definitely draws some questions and odd comments at times!

    I really think that Sony mismarketed it. It was never intended to fit into a pocket and it doesn’t offer much to anyone who has room to carry a “full sized” tablet, but if you regularly carry a bag over your shoulder it seems like a remarkably good fit. If they’d done it up a bit and made it look like a clutch purse, maybe with a nice leather exterior and a snap, and advertised it in the right places…well, who knows.

    Then again, I used to carry an OQO 02 in my purse full-time, so I’m probably not normal. :)

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    • Avatar of Jenn K. Lee

      Haha. You may not be “normal” but you definitely have great taste in gadgets! :)

      I agree that the P was mismarketed. I also think the silver covers it came with were a mistake. The device looks so much better in black: http://pocketables.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11074

      Oh, and for Sony to charge $60 for replacement covers was just ridiculous.

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      • Avatar of Janet C

        Hah, thank you! I started off carrying a Nokia brickphone (remember those?) and never looked back…the siren song of constant connectivity kept calling to me.

        Those black covers really do make it look quite a bit more sophisticated. I’ve been doing craft projects with my daughters using leather lately (the last one was a replica Aztec sling for her history class) and am thinking about how I’d make my own case. Maybe a wraparound sort of affair attached with something like that clear bra-strap material stretching over each of the two screens’ side bezels, with a little extra leather flap and magnetic closure. Maybe some fun trim on the front. I’ll definitely take pictures if I do this.

        BTW, to anyone who does similar projects, never pay retail price for craft leather unless you need a specific type. It’s vastly cheaper to find leather pants or skirts at a thrift and cut them up, I figure I pay around $5 per square yard.

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  • Avatar of Trenton

    At that price I might have to pick one up. My Viliv N5 fell from a nightstand and needs a new screen (wish someone would make another device lie that with updated hardware) and my wife took my nook Tablet so this could fill the void to putz around on.

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    • Avatar of Janet C

      I’m a big fan of hardware keyboards, I suspect the same is true of you. I spent a few months almost buying an N5.

      I dislike touch keyboards, but my experience on the Tablet P is one of the better ones I’ve had. Using “Hacker’s Keyboard” gets you a full-featured keyboard layout that can be set to fill the lower of the two monitors, allowing you to use it in a “laptop” configuration with the hinge bent, though I often have it opened flat. The bezels are just a bit wider (and the case edges sharper) than I would like for comfortable thumb-typing, but it’s really not bad. I use it quite a lot as an SSH client (I’m a sysadmin) and it works fairly well for that.

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  • Avatar of D. Stroya

    Interesting, I’ll have to check out you review of it. I had no idea this thing existed.

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    • Avatar of Tray Rolin

      same^ had no idea this existed, not even sure when this came out. But there are a lot of underground gadgets that never get the spotlight even though there really good, so I’m not surprised.

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  • Looks like it’s no longer available. Definitely looks odd – seems it would be hard to hold and use in landscape mode. Are the hinges fairly tight?

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