Toshiba AT300 Review

 

Toshiba AT300
Toshiba AT300
Toshiba AT300

Feature set summary for Toshiba AT300 review

Plenty of storage – a full 32GB onboard, plus a five-megapixel snapper, plus a front-facing two-megapixel model for video calls.

 

Style and handling summary for Toshiba AT300 review

The AT300 is fatter than its forerunner, the AT200, but because it’s wider it actually looks slimmer. Build quality is nice, with just a tad of flex in the brushed aluminium chassis.

 

Battery power summary for Toshiba AT300 review

Pretty average for a tablet of this size – you get about six hours if you’re watching video.

 

Performance summary for Toshiba AT300 review

With a quad-core CPU lurking under the bonnet, there’s plenty of power for 3D games and the processor ensures a good degree of futureproofing. Mind you, the Asus Nexus 7 has the same amount of power at half the cost…

 

User friendliness summary for Toshiba AT300 review

The operating system, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, runs beautifully, and the touchscreen proves responsive, making it simple to find your way around the net, through menus and to play with games and apps.


Toshiba AT300 Review Scoring Summary

Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Performance
Battery Power
Overall Score 3G.co.uk grey star

 

Pros :
Quad-core processor, responsive, sizeable touch-screen, decent storage 



Cons :
Hard to see in sunlight, equally powerful Nexus 7 is far cheaper 

 

Verdict:

The Toshiba AT300 proves itself a capable device that offers enough power from its quad-core processor tablet for games and app fans. The screen is responsive, and its blandness is given a boost by Resolution+

Full Review and Specification for the Toshiba AT300

Toshiba’s last release was the thinnest tablet in the world – the Toshiba AT200. This moniker helped it to stand out in an increasingly busy marketplace, even if it wasn’t as impressive as the new iPad or the Asus Transformer Prime. Now Toshiba has brought out the slightly chunkier AT300 – it’s more powerful, but is that enough?

 

Looks familiar


As soon as you see the Toshiba AT300, it’s obvious it is very familiar to its forerunner the AT200, even though it has a bigger 10.1in display. There is a black edge around the screen, and the reverse is in a smart silver brushed aluminium. It looks good, even though there is some flex in the body – we’d want to put it in a padded cover for taking out and about.

 

There’s a docking port along the bottom edge of the device (if you want a charging dock you’ll need to buy it separately). There’s also a micro USB port for transferring files to and from a PC, a Mini HDMI port to connect the device to the TV and an SD card slot should you wish to expand the already generous 32GB of onboard memory.

 

Next to the power button is a lock key, which prevents the display switching between portrait and landscape – it can also be used to mute the sound.

 

The operating system is Ice Cream Sandwich Android, which has not really been fiddled with by Toshiba. This is an excellent mobile OS, with lots of space for shortcuts and loads of widgets (now it is possible to expand and shrink them fit on your desktops). There’s speedy access to recent apps, as well as a useful notifications tab that lets you know when emails and other important messages have arrived.

 

The device is light and comfortable to hold for some time, if you’re playing games, for instance, and feels slim because it has a wider girth. However, a neat 7in device – the Google Nexus or AT200 maybe – might be preferable if you’re out and about a lot.

 

Screen star


The display measures 10.1 inches – it’s roomy and very responsive. Browsing the web is a joy – but it’s when messing around with apps or playing with games that it really comes into its own. Even the most fast-paced games ran beautifully thanks to the screen, which responded to all our swipes and pinches.

 

The display is not as bright as it could be, which is an issue when viewing in direct sunlight. Out of the sun, though, it shows off films and TV programmes well – colours stay true even when you tilt the device, and the screen glass is solid enough to avoid distortion if it is pressed. 

 

The screen also gets a boost from Toshiba’s Resolution+ setting, which makes photos and films more vibrant. Skin tones are warmer and outdoor snaps show bright, with lovely blue oceans and skies in our holiday pictures. There’s plenty of space to store all these movies and photos – with 32GB of onboard storage, with the option to expand via the SD memory card slot.

 

Power games


The powerful quad-core chip will delight games fans – it can handle any game you throw at it. Even complicated 3D games ran beautifully smoothly – and it’s futureproof too. Mind you, you can pick up the Asus Nexus 7, which has the same amount of power – for half the price.

 

Battery life is important if you’re always taking your device out and about – the battery life for the AT300 is pretty average – you’ll get about six hours of video viewing, so you might want to carry a charger with you.

 

Snapper


There’s a five-megapixel snapper onboard, which also boasts LED flash. Snaps came out a tad fuzzy when shown on the monitor or TV, but they’re okay. If you want to make Skype calls, there’s a front-facing two-megapixel snapper.

 

Our conclusion


The tablet market is remarkably full – but the Toshiba AT300 does boast quad-core power and a really responsive 10.1-inch touchscreen. It’s a good choice for apps and games fans. The display is not as bright as that on rivals such as the Apple iPad, but Toshiba’s Resolution+ feature makes a difference – plus there’s plenty of onboard storage.

 

 

Toshiba AT300 Specification

GENERAL

Type of device

Tablet

Operating System

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Dimensions

261x179x9mm

Weight

590g

Form factor

Touchscreen

Input

Touch Screen

Processor speed

N/A

CPU

nVidia Tegra 3

Graphic chipset

 

Status

Coming Soon

DISPLAY

Screen size

10.1 inches

Screen type

N/A

Resolution

1280x800

Display type

16 million colours

Memory

RAM

1GB

Internal storage

32GB

Memory card slot

 

Camera

Camera

5 megapixels

Secondary camera

2 megapixels

Special camera features

LED flash

Sound

3.5mm Jack

 

Music player

Yes

Audio recording

 

Radio

 

FM Radio description

 

Video

Video recording

 

Video player

Yes

Video calling

 

Video streaming

 

Additional Features

Browser

Android

Games

Android

Voice control

 

Voice dailing

 

Other

 

Messaging

SMS

 

MMS

 

Email

 

IM

 

Connectivity

Band

N/A

Wi-Fi

 

Bluetooth

 

USB

 

NFC

 

GPS

Yes

Network

EDGE

 

GPRS

 

HSDPA

 

4G/LTE

 

Other

Colors (Standard)

Black and silver

Handsfree speaker phone

 

Customisable ringtones

 

What's in the box

Charger

Website

uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com

Battery

Standby

N/A

Talktime

N/A

Battery life multimedia

6 hours


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By Simon Thomas on 19th August, 2012


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