Toshiba AT200-101

9/6/2012 9:36:26 AM

Ratings: 4/5

Price: $210


Description: Toshiba AT200-101

Toshiba AT200-101

AT200 was first launched at IFA, where Toshiba said it was the thinnest tablet. Based on the fact AT200 is 7.7mm in thickness, this claim is true in 6 months later. However, AT200 does not bring back the thinnest feeling as some other tablets we've evaluated. The edge is not slim, there is black center strip at the silver edges, making them seem thicker.

Despite the slim body, these flat edges have a lot of ports and slots. Headphone jack and Micro USB, HDMI and SD slots are at the left corner of the surface, so there is no gate or port blocking the way when the lid plug everything into. However, there is no SIM slot and 3G version. On the right, there are power button, volume switch and slide switch to lock the orientation of the tablet. There’s also a 5MP camera at the back, but picture quality is normal and it is not as good as iPad version.

The bottom of the tablet has a big proprietary connector. It can be used for a docking station, but it’s not available at this time. Tablet comes with proprietary USB cable, which can be used with 2 ampere chargers for speed charging or connecting to a PC for data transfer and slower USB charging. Micro USB connector can also be used for charging, it’s quite handy if you take along Micro USB wire for your phone.

In our test of video games, the tablet played a repeated video, it achieved an impressive result with 8 hours 40 minutes, which can compete with the best 10-inch Android tablets. Toshiba did not disclose the battery capacity of its technical characteristics, but Toshiba obviously had a large cell in the AT200 slim design. Tablets seem smart, though dim metal panel at the back looks good, Toshiba did not need to put too many things into it – which did not belong to table class.

Bright 10.1-inch wide screen with reflective cover increases the contrast. However, the vivid colors and contrast of the screen is not the best. On the Android home screen, you hardly see it, but after research the testing images for a while, we feel that the other devices like Motorola Xoom 2 have the advantage in image quality. It is a small difference, because AT200 does not use high-quality IPS screen as the competitors. AT200 also has the most powerful tactile feedback we've ever felt from a tablet, every keystroke on the screen make clear sound.

TI OMAP 4430 dual-core of AT200 is similar to the chipset used on competitive Motorola Xoom 2 and has clock speeds of 1.2GHz. In the SunSpider JavaScript test, it reaches 1941ms - nearly Xoom 2. This tablet has been launched with Android 3.2.1 and has no exact time to upgrade to Android 4.0, although some competitive tablets have received such updates.

Toshiba almost did not change Android default setting. They added some weird applications, but nothing significant. However, we like the application tray, which has My Apps tab, so you only see the applications you have installed. It defaults with this tab whenever you select the application tray.

There is just a few wrong with AT200, but also little things to excite about it. It is a good tablet with practical design, and cheaper than its nearest rival. If you like Android, Xoom 2 provides better screen, IR transmitter to control AV and a waterproof cover with the price of $ 26. However, unless you have some Android applications that you can’t live without them, you should definitely pay $ 45 more to buy iPad.

Description: Toshiba AT200-101

Toshiba AT200-101


Comment: We like slim but practical AT200, but it’s not good enough to be prominent in the crowd.

Tablet: TI OMAP 4430 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB drive, PowerVR SGX540 graphics, LCD 10.1-inch wide touch, Android 3.2.1, 256x176x7.7mm, 535g, one-year RTB warranty.

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