When tablets were clamshells: Sony Tablet P throwback review (Video)

Say the word “tablet” today and you probably picture something like this. Even back in 2011 –the origin year for today’s deep dive into nostalgia– the word conjured up a big slab, not an oversized eyeglass case. But the latter is just what we got with the Sony Tablet P, a bizarre foldable mobile device that better resembled a palmtop computer than any “tablet” I’d ever seen.

It was weird – but that’s just why I liked it. The Sony Tablet P was the first review device I ever requested (and the first of many I never received). Three years later, thanks to eBay, I finally got the chance to go hands-on with the strange amalgam of pocket netbook and jumbo clamshell. And, well … it sure is something.

Wanna hear more? Join us for the latest Pocketnow Throwback review. And if you were one of the few owners of the Sony Tablet P (proud or otherwise), share your own experience down in the comments!

Sony Tablet P Throwback Review

Hungry for more techno-nostalgia? Check out our Throwback Reviews of the Dell Venue Pro, HTC G1 and Sony CLIE PEG-NR70 … and tune in to the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, where we talk old times, all the time. 

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA. Read more about Michael Fisher!