Two screens aren’t better than one, says Wall Street Journal Technology Editor Walt Mossberg, in his negative review of Sony’s new Tablet P tablet. Sold in AT&T stores, Tablet P is a 7-inch-long, narrow, hinged device with no exposed display. When the user opens it, twin screens are revealed. Content can appear on one of the two screens, or be spread across both. “It sounds cool, but the Tablet P has some crucial drawbacks,” writes Mossberg. “The most important one is that, to take advantage of its full viewing area by using both screens as a single display, you must put up with a thick, black, plastic bar across the center of whatever you’re viewing. That disruptive scar is the inside of the hinge, where the dual screens meet.” To be fair, Sony has modified or created some apps so they take advantage of the dual screens, without the annoying black bars, he says. But at launch, there were only about 40 such specially adapted apps. “Portability is a virtue, and some companies are working on flexible screens that could bend without exposing a hinge,” he says. “But in my view, the Tablet P doesn’t cut it.”

 

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