Toshiba has long been a recognized name as a maker of quality laptops and this experience has definitely been an advantage as their latest foray into the mobile computing world demonstrates. From its AT100 to their latest AT300 tablets, the company has set its eyes on becoming a leader in the booming tablet market. And they’re not far off. Toshiba’s AT series may lack some of the technical prowess or prestige of big ticket items like the iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tablets but it offers tablet users a more cost-effective alternative without sacrificing aesthetics or functionality.
Toshiba’s AT100 was powered by a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core with GeForce graphics that was pretty standard for Android Tablets of the time. Next was the AT200 with a slightly more powerful dual core 1.2 GHZ processor and 1GB RAM. The AT200’s processor certainly lacked some serious juice as the tablet was no match for computing power hungry apps. However, it was decent enough for browsing the internet or viewing some videos or images. The sleek silver AT300 contains an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocking in at 1.3 GHz. This is a quad-core processor that is designed for optimum gaming and graphic performance.
The AT100 is a little bit on the bulky and heavy side coming in at a hefty 725g and 15.7mm thick. However, its extra bulk gave the impression of a solidly built product while a snake-skin back pattern made it easier to grip. Toshiba’s next offering the AT200 saw a major makeover that made it become the slimmest tablet in the market. The AT200 was a mere 7.7mm thick or almost half the earlier model. It was also easier to hold for longer periods of time, weighing at 535mg. One drawback that designers might not have anticipated with its new sleek figure is its rather sharp edges that were a constant concern among owners. The engineers at Toshiba no doubt noticed this and rectified it by designing the AT300 with safer round corners. It also came with a slightly different profile, a shade thicker at 8.95mm. Weighing at 590g, it’s a tad heavier than the AT200 so expect it to spend more time on your lap or at the table.
Toshiba’s AT series of tablets all sport 10.1 inch screens and come with 1280×800 resolution. The AT100 came with a “Resolution+ Technology” feature that was advertised to make videos and images pop. Sadly, adjusting the screen brightness only produced washed out images that continued to disappear under glaring lights. The AT200’s screen was a visible improvement producing clearer HD images that offered good viewing angles. Again, it was plagued with the same problems with images disappearing under glaring lights. But this was not due to the tablet’s display but was attributed to the screen’s glass which was quite reflective. Toshiba’s AT300’s screen was a step ahead providing clear and crisp images. Unlike its earlier counterparts, images and videos were clearly visible even under bright light conditions.
The AT100 is equipped with a 2MP Front-facing camera and a 5MP rear-camera. The front camera is mainly used for video chat apps while the 5MP rear camera is for capturing video and photo images. The 5MP camera does a decent job at capturing images but does not come with enough settings for enhancing or editing images. The AT200 also comes with the same 5MP rear-camera, 2MP front-facing camera configuration. Image quality still suffers from the same nagging problems that plagued the AT100. Toshiba’s latest offering the AT300 didn’t do any better. It still sports the same front and rear cameras. In retrospect, 10 inch tablets were never a perfect platform for shooting photos or images. But it doesn’t hurt to have a decent camera when a picture-perfect moment comes either.
AT100, AT200, AT300 Image Courtesy: Toshiba-Europe