Toshiba Tablet (AT200) Android tablet
Toshiba Tablet AT200 review: The AT200 is the world's thinnest and lightest 10.1in tablet
- Super thin and light
- Attractive design
- Expandable memory
- Questionable build quality
- Chunky charger
- Honeycomb OS
The Toshiba AT200 tablet is the thinnest and lightest 10in tablet we've ever reviewed. However, it has a few niggling design flaws and is let down by outdated Android software that makes it hard to recommend.
Price$ 579.00 (AUD)
Let down by Honeycomb
The Toshiba AT200 runs the now outdated Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" platform. Like every other manufacturer who releases an Android tablet with outdated software, Toshiba has promised the AT200 will receive an update to the latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version in the coming months.
Promises aside, Honeycomb simply has too many niggling issues in its current form. Swiping between home screens is jittery and not smooth. The browser feels like it chugs along at times and can be best described as erratic. Sometimes it's butter smooth, other times scrolling feels like trying to walk knee-deep through mud. Then there's the apps. Minimal Android apps have been designed with a tablet in mind, so most of them simply expand to fit the larger display of the AT200. There's also no easy way to quickly determine if an app in the Android Market is designed to work on a tablet.
To be fair to Toshiba, these issues are commonplace with most Android tablets, so this isn't a blight on the AT200 in particular. However, we simply can't recommend any Android tablet running Honeycomb — AT200 or otherwise — when newer, more efficient software has been released.
The AT200 uses a largely "vanilla" version of the Honeycomb OS, but Toshiba does include a few extra apps. The Australian model of the Tablet ships with Norton Mobile Security software, the ThinkFree office suite that enables the creation of Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents, and the Toshiba Media Player that handles a wide range of video, audio and image files, and can stream music and videos to a DLNA-enabled TV. Toshiba also includes a PrinterShare app that enables wireless printing, though oddly, the app appears to be designed for Android phones rather than tablets, and only fills about a quarter of the screen. Perhaps the best inclusion is Toshiba's File Manager app, which easily allows you to access both the AT200's internal memory and the microSD card slot.
Performance, cameras and battery life
The Toshiba AT200 doesn't push the boundary when it comes to specifications, but performance is adequate and certainly not a weak point of this device. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM keep most apps ticking along smoothly, and the device boots up quicker than most other Android tablets we've reviewed.
The AT200 has 16GB of internal memory and comes with dual-cameras, but the absence of 3G connectivity is a downside. Images snapped with the AT200's camera aren't great, but they are of a significantly better quality than many other tablets on the market. The front camera is of poor quality, but works well enough for video calls through third party apps like Skype and Tango.
Toshiba claims the AT200 has a battery life of up to eight and a half hours but we could only achieve around six and a half hours during our heavy use tests. With moderate use, however, the AT200 should definitely push closer to a more respectable eight hours.
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