Toshiba releases 'world's thinnest' Android tablet
Sales limited to a single retailer
Toshiba's 'world's thinnest, lightest' tablet, the AT200 - aka the Excite in the US - goes on sale over here next week.
The 7.7mm-thick, 10.1in 1280 x 800 tablet, announced in September 2011, runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, on a 1.2GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor. It has 1GB of DDR 2 memory and either 16GB or 32GB of Flash storage.
The tablet uses 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi for network connectivity, has micro HDMI for TV linkage, and Micro SD for storage expansion.
The AT200 goes on sale on Wednesday, 15 February for £399 (16GB) and £449 (32GB), but it'll only be available from Carphone Warehouse. ®
I really don't get how these tablet manufacturers keep doing things as stupid as releasing things with outdated OSes (or some other obvious flaw), limiting sales to certain retailers, and thinking they can charge nearly the same as an iPad... and then they wonder why the iPad still dominates the market.
It looks to me like they want to fail.
Not required, I'm sure their legal department have already climbed from their coffins and are just waiting for the sun to drop below the horizon.
But it's a Toshiba, so whats wrong with it?
What's wrong with widescreen? Do you want a square tablet?
You will get less letterboxing watching a 1.85:1 or 2.39:1 picture on a 16:9 display than you will on a 4:3 display - that's basic mathematics. Moreover, the entire TV industry is now geared to making 16:9 displays and the vast majority of new monitors are also 16:9. As a result, it is increasingly common for TV shows and websites to be designed for the widescreen format. So, tell me again how 4:3 is a better aspect ratio for tablets when the media you are likely to view on them is made with 16:9 formatting in mind?
Oh, sorry, you already answered that one, didn't you? "4:3 is better because Apple do it that way!"