Toshiba Tablet AT1S0
Toshiba Tablet AT1S0 review: A solid 7in Android tablet, but not a great one
- Good screen
- Reasonable battery life
- HDMI port
- No 3G model available
- Build quality isn't great
- Poorly positioned camera
Aside from a terrible name, the Toshiba Tablet AT1S0 does come with some decent features for its size. It has a HDMI-out port, a standard mini-USB port and a microSD card slot. However, there is no 3G model available, build quality is less than stellar and the screen isn't as vibrant as alternatives. Overall the Tablet AT1S0 is a good tablet, but it's far from a great one.
Price$ 399.00 (AUD)
Toshiba Tablet AT1S0: Software, performance and battery life
The Toshiba Tablet AT1S0 runs the 3.2 version of Google's Android software. It's a "vanilla" version of the 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 the AT1S0's internal memory and the microSD card slot.
Performance is about what we've come to expect from an Android tablet: a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM means the Tablet AT1S0 powers along quickly. We encountered the odd app force closing, the home screens jitter when swiping through them and the Android Market is sluggish and still lacks a wide variety of apps designed specifically for tablets. However, these are all issues with the Android platform as a whole rather than the Tablet AT1S0 itself. A software upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich can't come soon enough, though Toshiba hasn't confirmed if or when the AT1S0 will receive the update.
The Toshiba Tablet AT1S0 has two digital cameras on board: a front-facing, 2-megapixel camera, and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear that takes still photos and records HD video. It's refreshing to finally see a tablet use a decent quality quality front camera, especially given that apps like Skype work quite well with Android tablets. The rear camera is less impressive, with the single LED flash over-saturating photos and excess image noise affecting most of our test shots. It's also positioned badly, as our fingers covered the lens whenever we held the tablet with two hands.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the Toshiba Tablet AT1S0 is the fact there is no 3G connectivity available, so this is a Wi-Fi-only device. Though many users will be perfectly happy to tether their smartphone, or use the AT1S0 at home on their wireless network, 3G remains far more convenient.
Battery life is good for at least a full day: with sparodic use we managed to get almost two and a half days use out of the Tablet AT1S0 before the battery needed a recharge. Keep in mind that battery life will depend on a number of factors including use, screen brightness and whether or not you're connected to Wi-Fi.
Toshiba clearly wants the Tablet AT1S0 to be competitive — the company initially announced the RRP of the 8GB model as $449, before dropping it to $399. Although we still feel this is overpriced, its certainly more competitive than most other Android tablets on the market.
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