The Sony Tablet P: A Tablet that Fits in My Purse

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I have been trying out an adorable tablet over the weekend: The Sony Tablet P ($549). I got it in for review last week. On Friday, I charged it up, set it up (it’s an Android tablet so that only required I log into my Google account), and tossed it in my purse.

I have other tablets. But I don’t usually carry them around on weekends. The iPad doesn’t fit in my purse.Bringing it along, requires I carry another bag or tuck it under an arm. My smaller (10.1” screen) Samsung Galaxy Tab fits in my purse but displaces other things I also like to have. On weekends, I usually just bring my phone. So when my husband and I made an impromptu Costco run on Saturday, I was pleased to discover this little tablet in my purse. It has two 5.5” screens so when it’s open, the overall screen size is similar to my 10.1” Galaxy Tab. But when you snap it shut, it folds in half so it’s small enough that it got lost in my purse and I’d forgotten it was there. I pulled it out, opened it up – it’s like a tiny dual-screen laptop the shape a small clutch – and there was my shopping list displaying along both screens. But when I called up the on-screen keyboard, that took over the bottom screen, giving me a roomy place to type. I’m not the biggest fan of on-screen keyboards but this one is nice and roomy.

“I think I like this,” I said to my husband who was eyeing me jealously as I ticked items off my digital shopping list with the organization prowess of a Swiss Quartermaster. I snapped it closed and dropped it back in my purse when I ticked the last item off my list. He put his phone back in his pocket, outdone. The Sony P weighs less than a pound so it made my bag somewhat heavier but it takes only about as much room as a small cosmetic purse.

Later that day, my daughter tried to show me a silly video on the tiny screen of her phone. (Could someone give me more patience for watching endless, not-that-funny videos, please?) So I pulled out the Sony Tablet P and suggested we watch it on that. She instantly lost interest in her video and reached for the Sony P. “I want that,” She whined. So I put it away, narrowly escaping her juvenile video entertainment.

It saved me twice in less than a day. Not bad.

The little cutey runs Wi-Fi and 4G. So you can stay constantly connected without switching purses. The downside? That $549 price tag.

Christina Tynan-Wood writes the Family Tech column for Family Circle, and is the author of "How to Be a Geek Goddess." You can find her at GeekGirlfriends.com.