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Toshiba JournE Touch tablet review

It's thin and tablet-like – but what's it for?

Our Verdict

For

  • The size
  • The weight
  • The screen quality

Against

  • The browser
  • The user interface
  • The keyboard (intensely)

Five or six years ago when the web started to become popular, hardware manufacturers promised lightweight slates for browsing the web far more cheaply than laptops.

In those days 'far more cheaply' meant £6-700, lightweight meant chunky and browsing the web wasn't that exciting.

Now the web is indispensible - and a lot more powerful; cheap means netbook or smartphone prices and hardware is more powerful and much smaller. The 7-inch JournE Tablet is thin and light, it costs €249 (£220) – but is it more than a web pad?

Although Toshiba believes it will appeal to a very different market from the abortive Crunchpad (and the Joo Joo replacement), the interest in the Crunchpad and the endless speculation about an Apple tablet is a mixed blessing for the JournE.

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The Crunchpad was supposed to be a cheap and simple web tablet, but many users want iPhone-style apps on a larger screen as well as web browsing. Slim down the OS and lose the keyboard and you get a smaller, lighter machine like this – but will it do enough for you to want it?

We take a look at the first version – on sale any day now.

Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Portable Media Player
Flash Memory Capacity2 GB
TouchscreenYes
Battery Built-inYes
Wireless LANYes
Product FunctionsAudio Player, Photo Viewer, Video Player
Maximum Audio Battery Time7 Hour
Maximum Video Battery Time2 Hour
Product FamilyJOURN.E TOUCH
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital (SD) Card
ColourBlack
Brand NameToshiba
Image FormatsJPEG, BMP
Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, WAV, AAC
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Video FormatsAVI, MPEG-4, 3GP, FLV, WMV
Display Resolution320000 Pixel
Battery RechargeableYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
USBYes
HDMIYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Height133 mm
Width189 mm
Depth14 mm
Operating SystemWindows CE 6.0 Professional
Colour SupportColour
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelPX1530U-1ET1
Product NameJOURN.E Touch 2GB Flash Portable Media Player
Product LineJOURN.E TOUCH
Manufacturer Part NumberPX1530U-1ET1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Connect to your interests instantly with just one touch. Slim, stylish and completely portable, the JOURN.E TOUCH is the first Home Multimedia Tablet for all the family to share. Use it in the kitchen, living room, bedroom - anywhere you want. Connect to friends while watching TV, organise family to-do lists while the kettle is boiling, even take it with you to the supermarket as a shopping list or on holiday for entertainment.

Platform SupportedPC
Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Weight (Approximate)427 g