Feeds
80%
Toshiba AT300 Android tablet

Toshiba AT300 10in Android tablet review

Hello Tosh, got a new Tegra?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

To date Toshiba’s Android tablets have barely made a ripple let alone a splash in the fondleslab market but the new AT300 may change that. A replacement for the AT200 – that I failed to get excited about earlier in the year – the new device is cheaper and, thanks to its Tegra 3 underpinnings, considerably more powerful.

Toshiba AT300 Android tablet

Tegra tweaked: Toshiba's AT300 Android tablet

When it to comes to screen resolution, Toshiba clearly thinks most of us are happy with 1280 x 800 and 149dpi. It may have a point. Most of my videos are encoded at 720p and I doubt I’m alone in that. So while I like the idea of 1080p tablet displays, I'll be damned if I'm paying extra for the privilege.

When it comes to brightness, viewing angles and richness of colour, the LCD screen gives a bit away to the latest IPS panels. To be fair, the display not what you could call poor and doesn’t compare at all badly with my Google Nexus 7.

Toshiba AT300 Android tablet

Sturdy build

In all areas, the AT300 is a bigger beast than the super-slender AT200. At 599g it’s 41g heavier too. Even so, it’s still thinner and lighter than Apple’s latest iPad and Acer’s A510. It’s built to a higher standard than the Acer too. In fact, the build quality is altogether excellent due in large part to the aluminum band that forms the edge of the device. While the AT200 was just a bit bendy the AT300 has no more flex to it than a one inch thick sheet of cast iron.

Unusually, the AT300 packs a full-sized SD card slot complete with tray – so you can leave a card in place with no fear of accidental or premature ejection. With 32GB SD cards costing less than £15, I heartily applaud this feature. The operating system in play here is 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich in entirely vanilla form and the scuttlebut has it that a Jelly Bean update is due pretty soon.

Toshiba AT300 Android tablet

Full-size SD card slot on the side

A little surprisingly, the AT300 doesn’t use the lowly Tegra 30L chipset found in the Nexus 7 and Asus Transformer Pad but the faster incarnation used in the Transformer Prime, which also has a more sprightly 520MHz GPU.

Toshiba AT300 Android tablet

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Next page: Soft sell

More from The Register

next story
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.