Sony Tablet P, the dual 5.5″ touchscreen Android tablet, available in stores

Its unusual form factor distributes the weight in a way that never feels unwieldy. Dual 5.5″ touch screens, latest Android™ platform, 4G capable, Sony Entertainment Network with Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and games for PS Certified devices It also helps that the folding design means you can prop it up on any flat surface

In an official statement Sony has said that it will be bringing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. to its tablet portfolio this spring – which is the first time the company has actually named a time frame for the update.

Before, Sony would only confirm a ‘coming soon’ but at an event in London, a spokesperson for the company said that ICS would be hitting both the Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P in the spring and at the same time.

The clam-shell design reminds you of a glasses case, to some extent. Within are two 5.5-inch capacitive touchscreens, a 1GHz, dual-core Cortex A9 processor and 1GB of RAM.

The bottom of the tablet has a removable cover, under which the battery sits along with the microSD card slot. A 2GB card is supplied by the way, but you can fit as much as 32GB, should the mood take you.

The top cover is also removable, and it is under here that you’ll find the 3G SIM card socket. This is a nice addition, and if you don’t read the manual, it will take you a while to work out where it is.

On the external surfaces there are a few basic buttons and sockets. Sony has opted for a propritary 12v power connector and this can be forund on the right-hand side of the device. Next to it is a power button and there’s a USB 2 socket too. There are also volume controls in the form of a rocker switch that’s fairly hard to press.

Sony cleverly installs Crash Bandicoot on the Tablet P. This is a good idea, because it’s quite a nice showcase of how the dual screens can work. On the lower panel, you see controls for maneuvering Crash about the screen, while gameplay happens on the topmost screen.

The controls are certainly responsive, and you can slide your finger or thumb around, which gives you a more subtle control over the game.

Although touchscreens aren’t the best way to interact with games, the gameplay experience is pretty satisfying and the tablet works reasonably well, and you could certainly learn to get used to it during games.

For gaming it’s great, if you can get used to the touch interface. For video and music the device works well.

Performance-wise, we have no major complaints. It works as it should and it feels snappy and powerful. It’s upgradable in terms of SD card storage, so you can get lots of media on here for your travels.

The Wi-Fi runs great though, though a higher capacity battery won’t do you wrong if you are an addicted gamer or a youtube freak.

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