Monday, June 20, 2011

Toshiba AT100 / Thrive

Best Android tablet for: anyone who wants a full-size HDMI port

AT100 is not Toshiba’s first tablet, but something of a laggard follow-up to the T100X released 15 years ago. This tablet featured a 9.5 inch greyscale LCD with 40MB of space and 4MB of memory. Designed to be a replacement for note-taking, the T100X ran on Microsoft’s Windows 3.1 operating system and included special software to let you jot down your thoughts with a stylus. The AT100, however, is a very different animal to its predecessor, although not quite so different from other tablet life forms currently available.

Like many current model Android tablet devices, Toshiba’s AT100 has a 10.1 inch screen with a fairly standard 1280 x 800 resolution. There’s also the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor – the same chip we’ve seen on countless 10 inch tablets this year – and Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass is coating. Again, something we’re seeing in competing tablets.

There’s no 3G in this incarnation of the tablet, although Toshiba says it’s coming. Wireless-wise, the AT100 supports WiFi b/g/n, DLNA and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP – features that are, once again, common to many other 10 inch tablets.

There’s not much to mark Toshiba’s interpretation of Google’s Android tablet OS apart from other Honeycomb devices, either. A few extra applications, such as a file manager and a video application to take advantage of unit’s DLNA capabilities are provided, but generally it’s the same stock Honeycomb version that Google designed.


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