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Toshiba AT100 review

Fast Android 3.1 tablet has full-size USB and HDMI ports and Tegra 2, but also extra bulk

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • It's not the Folio 100
  • Fast processor
  • Removable back cover
  • Full-size USB and HDMI
  • Good movie playback
  • Great battery life

Against

  • Weak screen
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Screen cracked
  • Average design

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There's a predicament with the Toshiba AT100: it has a certain appeal for advanced users who'll appreciate the GeForce graphics and speed, but the bulky size is a major problem.

We liked


On the plus side, the Toshiba AT100 is fast. In benchmarks, this tablet smoked the competition. That finding didn't really play out in average daily use, because Android felt about the same speed as always.

Yet, if Toshiba stays with the device and doesn't pull a TouchPad-style about-face, we may see games and other apps that take advantage of the faster speed and the GeForce graphics.

One brilliant move was to make the USB and HDMI ports full size. You can just unplug your Xbox and snap in the Toshiba AT100 when you want to watch on an HD TV. The tablet enables you to plug in a regular keyboard and mouse – this ease of adding peripherals is a win.

Battery life is another bonus. You'll find that the time you can use the tablet depends greatly on how you use it, but Toshiba claims about 11 hours of use, and we didn't see any great disparity with that claim when we used the AT100 for typical tasks including checking email and web browsing. Playing a movie continually will suck the battery power up quickly, though.

Toshiba includes a few choice apps, including QuickOffice and several card games. The Toshiba apps, when they worked, added some value for finding ebooks and catching up on the news.

We disliked


We've harped on about the hefty size, and that's the most critical black mark. There just isn't a sense of pick-up-and-go mobility with the Toshiba AT100, and it seems too bulky and heavy to lug around every day.

The screen isn't outstanding. Images looked a bit dull and washed out, without the colour depth of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Apple iPad 2. You can hardly see the screen in direct sunlight.

The camera doesn't add any extra features beyond the Android basics. Despite the GeForce graphics on the tablet, Android apps tended to run at roughly the same speed as on other Android tabs.

Verdict


In the end, the Toshiba AT100 is a good choice for those who really need the full-size HDMI and USB ports and can envision a day when games run faster on the GeForce graphics.

For a specific use, including customisations and future upgrades, the Toshiba AT100 offers some extra flexibility. Maybe you want to be able to claim your tablet has the highest score in several benchmarks.

Yet, the hefty size and weight (plus the passable screen quality) is the main reason we prefer other recent tablets.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time7 Hour
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAT100
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor Model250
ColourRubber Black Metallic
Operating SystemAndroid 3.1 Honeycomb
Brand NameToshiba
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)765 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Memory StandardDDR2-667/PC2-5300
Height15.8 mm
Width273 mm
Depth177 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesAT100
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelAT100-100
Product NameAT100-100 Tablet Computer
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberPDA01E-00101CEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

THE PERFECT SUM OF ALL ITS PARTS

The Toshiba AT100 provides a unique multimedia experience. Toshiba's Resolution+ make photos and movies sharper by converting to near HD quality. A 25.7cm (10.1'') HD touchscreen and NVIDIA Tegra 2 processing provides seamless multitasking and stunning graphics. Extensive connectivity gives you direct access to a full-sized HDMI, two USB ports and a SD card reader. With up to 7 hours of power you can keep going all day. Watch HD movies. Play games. Surf the web. The Toshiba AT100 is yours, make it your own.

Maximum Memory1 GB
Package Contents
  • AT100-100 Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year