Toshiba AT200 review

16 Apr 2012

A super-slim, super-light tablet that doesn’t do enough to stand out

Price when reviewed 
329
4

The tablet market is maturing nicely, with Apple’s mighty iPad secure at the top of the hill, and a host of more affordable, but perfectly competent Android tablets gathered on the lower slopes. The latest addition to that growing crowd is the Toshiba AT200 – a tablet running Android 3.2 (with an update to 4 promised in the near future) – with a 10.1in 1,280 x 800 display and 16GB or 32GB of storage.

If those specifications make it sound so-so, it’s anything but in the flesh. In fact, the marketing and sales photos we saw before laying our hands on one just don’t do it justice. This tablet looks great: the rear is tastefully finished in a grey, brushed-aluminium, and a thin smoked-chrome inlay around the edge lends it a sophisticated look.

Toshiba AT200

And it’s as slim and light as they come, measuring 7.8mm from front to back and weighing 508g. That’s lighter than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (565g), the iPad (652g) and the Motorola Xoom 2 (599g). Toshiba claims it’s the world’s thinnest tablet and we wouldn’t disagree.

In terms of specification, it’s a little less cutting-edge. Under the screen lives a dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor – which is slower than the Archos 101 G9 – and this is complemented by 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX540 graphics. There’s a decent supply of ports and sockets, with a 3.5mm headphone jack on the left edge next to a micro-HDMI output, microSD slot and micro-USB connection, but no SIM slot for 3G connection.

Despite the slightly slower specification, performance during testing was fine. Angry Birds Space stuttered a little, but the demanding Shadowgun and Reckless Racing played with hardly a hitch. The AT200 completed the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark in 2,108ms – behind the likes of the quad-core Asus Transformer Prime, but still acceptable.

Detail

Price ex VAT 16GB, £274 (£329 inc VAT); 32GB, £315 (£379 inc VAT)
Price inc VAT £329
Warranty 1 yr return to base
Overall rating 4
Performance 4
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5

Physical

Dimensions 255 x 7.8 x 175mm (WDH)
Weight 508g

Display

Primary keyboard On-screen
Screen size 10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,280
Resolution screen vertical 800
Display type TFT
Panel technology LED TFT

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz 1MHz
Integrated memory 32.0GB
RAM capacity 1MB

Camera

Camera megapixel rating 5.0mp
Front-facing camera? yes
Video capture? yes

Other

WiFi standard 802.11n
Bluetooth support yes
Integrated GPS yes
Upstream USB ports 1
HDMI output? yes
Video/TV output? yes

Software

Mobile operating system Android 3.2