Toshiba AT200 in-depth review -

Look and feel

The thinnest tablet in existence as of now. And it sure is impressively slim and light for a 10-incher

Ease of use

Android Honeycomb is as functional and customisable as ever, while the capacitive touch-screen is perfectly responsive. Getting your media onto the tablet's SSD is a pain though

Features

The five-megapixel rear camera and two-megapixel front-facing lens are dependable, and you get 16GB or 32GB of storage. No 3G connectivity though - this baby's Wi-Fi only

Performance

A dual-core processor keeps the AT200 running smooth, although we did witness a couple of app crashes

Battery life

You'll get six hours of media playback, or even longer when browsing the web or fiddling with apps

 Toshiba AT200 Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,5/30/2012 2:39:39 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

9

out of 5

Look and feel

7

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Slim build, vibrant 10-inch display, good connectivity

Cons:

Exchanging files isn’t easy, lack of exciting software

Toshiba's AT200 tablet, also known as the Excite, has popped out at a rather awkward time. With Apple's new iPad filling the shelves, a tablet has to be something uber-special to grab the attention of the masses, and the AT200 does have one impressive boast - it's officially the world's thinnest tab.

 

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Size zero hero

That 7.7mm frame of the AT200 makes it more slender than the new iPad, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and every other slimline tablet we've seen. More importantly, at 535g it's light enough to comfortably clutch one-handed when you're rammed into a train or tube on your way to work, or simply browsing the web from the comfort of your sofa.

 

The slender design does mean the AT200 flexes in the centre when pushed or pulled. It's not a worrying weakness, but as always we'd recommend using a case when carrying the tablet around.

 

Toshiba AT200 review

 

We definitely like the look of the AT200, with its narrow black bezel and brushed aluminium rear. The Android Honeycomb OS uses on-screen Back, Home and Menu buttons, so the front of the tablet isn't cluttered with physical buttons. The sides are packed with plenty of ports, however - Micro USB and Mini HDMI connections sit alongside a microSD memory card slot, so you can expand the 16GB of built-in storage and carry hundreds of movies and music albums around.

Apps, games, movies

Of course, actually getting your media onto the AT200 is a bit of hassle. We tried connecting to our PC via the included docking cable and our own USB cable, and while the tablet charged happily, we couldn't exchange files with the device. We had to fill a microSD card with movies and music before inserting it into the AT200.

 

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Thankfully, grabbing apps and games is a lot easier. Connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot and you can download a huge selection from the Android Market (now known as Google Play), after setting up an account. A dual-core processor running at 1.2GHz keeps everything ticking over nicely, although we did suffer a couple of app crashes.

 

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Movie fans will enjoy taking in films on the go. The 10.1-inch screen gives you an excellent viewing space, with decent viewing angles. It's bright enough to keep you from squinting in well-lit rooms, although you'll still struggle in direct sunlight. We kicked back and watched some HD movies, which looked great thanks to the crisp, colourful panel, and you'll get around six hours of video playback from a single charge.

Web surfer

If your main goal is killing time online, the Toshiba AT200 is a fine way to do it. Webpages load quickly and look great on the vibrant screen. Scrolling up and down may not be as smooth as on the iPad, but you'll never have to sit around waiting for the page to refresh because you scrolled too fast. Flash video works perfectly well in-browser, so you can watch The Apprentice on the BBC iPlayer website instead of having to download the app.

 

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While you're unlikely to take any masterpiece photos with the five-megapixel rear-facing camera, it serves well for spontaneous mementos. Our pictures came out clear and colourful, although there is an annoying stutter between hitting the virtual shutter button and capturing the photo. You can also shoot video. More useful is the front-facing two-megapixel camera, for Skyping friends and family. You'll be captured in fairly sharp detail, so check there's no lunch remnants between your teeth before making a call.

 

Toshiba AT200 example photo

An example of a photo taken with the Toshiba AT200's camera

 

The verdict

The Toshiba AT200 is an impressively slender machine, but that isn't all it's got going for it. The bright, colourful 10.1-inch screen is a great way to take in a movie or surf the web, and a decent battery life means you won't have to recharge every night. You may not get the brilliant crispness of the iPad's Retina display, or the formidable apps that tablet boasts, but the AT200 is a dependable and fun gadget.

 

You can pick up the Toshiba AT200 from the Carphone Warehouse - £329 for the 16GB version and £379 for the 32GB model. Both models come with a free case.

Chris Barraclough