After several unsuccessful attempts on the tablet market, Toshiba is back with two new models: AT300 (Excite or 10) with a diagonal of 10 inches and the Satellite Pro M300 Series with a screen of 7.7 inches (grip the AT270) . Far as the manufacturer had us as one justification "we are present, perhaps people will like." With a price located at around 400-449 euros for AT300, Toshiba weapons he needed to conquer the market?
Three versions of the tablet are: AT300-100 32GB WiFi only, AT300-101 16GB WiFi only and AT300-105 16GB WiFi + 3G.
Before starting this test, some useful links:
Toshiba AT300 in CDiscount
Toshiba AT300 in Amazon1] Presentation of the tablet
No this is not the case of a graphics card or motherboard, but that of the Toshiba tablet. The AT300 receives most in terms of accessories:
A proprietary cable -> USB
Not in French textbooks
Attention, the cable to charge the tablet Satellite Pro U400 Series is not designed to transfer data. To do this, you must use another microUSB cable that is connected elsewhere on the shelf. This is both an advantage because it allows the exchange of files while charging the battery, but a drawback for this indication is simply not found in the box we ... Only the online manual provides the answer.
The famous cable to recharge the tablet equivalent to five or six microUSB cable bonded to each other, suggesting that you turn on a washing machine ... but it is not a tablet.
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.5 GHz
GeForce 2 graphics chip
1 GB of RAM
10.1-inch LCD display with a resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Gorilla Glass Screen
MicroSD card reader
Pixel density: 149 ppi
5 megapixel camera sensor
2-megapixel front camera
Dimensions: 262 x 178 x 9 mm
Weight: 599 grams
The design of the AT300 is relatively commonplace: a rectangle with rounded edges, but how toy toy playschool. Despite this rather strange feeling, there is a upmarket compared to previous models. However, the tablet is thicker than the AT200, but it is quite decent.
The front Toshiba Satellite U405 Series shows the 10-inch screen with rather thick black edges. They thus do not make unintentional clicks, but for a 10-inch size, others are better and the grip is a little worse.
but everything has an explanation! In fact, the tablet has a connectivity issue. On the left side, there is thus a 3.5mm jack, a microHDMI a microUSB (USB Host) and an SD card reader. Concerning microHDMI, an option to choose the mode to best suit your television: edges trimmed ...
On the other side, we find the ON / OFF button which even if it is placed in this position will not lead to unwanted clicks. Just below, a function expensive iOS users: a button to lock the orientation. Although practical, 16:9 that this feature is not used much on an iPad. On the underside, the need to increase or decrease the volume.
The towers of the shelf and the back are a mixture of plastic and brushed aluminum, which provides excellent visual quality. On the back of the tablet, there is a way coating honeycomb gray slightly different. Pleasing to the touch, it inspires confidence globally to firmly hold the tablet. However, this coating dust adore, where a big session on our photos Photoshage necessary to avoid denaturing the product Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Battery too.
Anyway let's get back to the rear, which incorporates a 5 megapixel camera. Like all the slates, it benefits from treatment to make beautiful pictures with colors and blurred west total. On the front, the front sensor appears in the middle and provide an expected experience in video chat.
Mini-conclusion of this first part, the tablet did not convinced by his accessories or design. In contrast, the connection is perfect and it is a real advantage seems to have required some compromise.
The Toshiba tablet is generally in the middle for autonomy (about 7 hours in normal use). Instead, it is a face behind Acer A510 [our test], which is almost the same price. The AT300 is too average and does not stand out enough on this point.
2] Interface and software additions
Android 4.0 is the appointment and as almost all tablets in the operating system, the desktop Latitude 120L Battery (or launcher) is not changed. So you find the widgets, icons and folders. A glimpse of bloatware is displayed on the main office to share with you the contracts Toshiba bound.
Toshiba has indeed left the big game in terms of unnecessary applications that are obviously non-removable:
Icon Ebay: a nice shortcut to the site when there is a application!
McAfee: thank you have installed a trial version of 7 days, so useless ...
Recorder: Why integrate an application as basic?
Toshiba Places: ...
Twitter: a great smartphone application on a 10-inch screen, bravo!
Toshiba Places is like a brainstorming size: there are ideas everywhere, but the realization is sloppy. This service aims to provide music, videos, applications, games, books ... In short, a sort of competitor to Play Store, but optimized for the tablet Studio 1737 Battery. You simply launch the application you realize that this is the last time you clicked. Content is unclear, uninteresting and the whole train. Sometimes it's better not to put anything that hurt, because this would have allowed the AT300 to differentiate night contrary to his image!
But do not worry ...Toshiba Portege M800 offers us excellent applications in parallel. This is a tablet rather uneven in terms of software, which deserved more attention by us to really differentiate the product from the competition.
For notifications, it is the same thing: Toshiba has nothing changed. We will not complain, since Android does very well. On "face" Settings, you can easily enable / disable audio-video enhancements and a balanced diet.
Small feature of the AT300: Swype tablet offer. This keyboard has the familiar mode where you have to draw to write the words. On a 10 inch screen, it asks you to big movements, but do not worry optimized Swype keyboard.
It will thus be possible to reduce its size so that it takes about 1/3 of the Dell Vostro A860 screen. It was the impression of having a similar experience to iOS keyboard. Note that the keyboard can have three horizontal positions: left / center / right, but it is not possible to change its vertical position, which is a shame in use portrait. Apart from this detail, the keyboard has charmed us by its recognition and ergonomics.
It is rare to speak of a test suite in a tablet, but ThinkFree (which is normally paid) is really a positive point on this tablet, despite the note on the disadvantage Play Store. Found a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation (Powerpoint-like), a file manager and reader PDFs.
Features are numerous, but they are mostly well designed, which is not always the case with competing solutions. Both easy to use, yet comprehensive, ThinkFree also deserves a place on your Android tablets.
On the hardware side,Toshiba Satellite M305 Series has really made great efforts. By adding audio and video enhancements, the manufacturer is different where competitors do not venture enough. At the video, you will be able to choose how content is displayed on the external display (via microHDMI). You will indeed often noted that parts are missing, which is not necessarily practical. By Toshiba fixes the problem and proposes a real experience for use on a third-party support.
Regarding changes to the audio, you can capture els see above. Changes are noticeable to the ear and provide the final rendering than an Asus Transformer Prime and Nexus 7 (tablets only we had the time).
Toshiba also improves its tablet with a function rather strange the "Vibrate in touch." Basically, every time you click somewhere the AT300 will vibrate. The problem is that it sometimes does not matter where it seems to have a tablet vibrates continuously. This feature is enabled by default, Vostro 1015 Battery deserved not to be.
3.2] Media Player
The MediaPlayer is undoubtedly the best application of the tablet. It incorporates the principle offices launcher and offers different categories: music, videos, photos and the ability to connect to different servers. With extensive connectivity of the tablet, and you'll be able to read the contents of the SD card or on an external USB drive.
We will not attempt to justify NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core but + 1 always answer this for video playback even 1080p. In terms of content on the network, the tablet was very easy. WiFi connected, the AT300 had no problem to read smoothly.
Who said photo on 10-inch Dell Inspiron 1410 tablet, we mean a user who looks stupid (not something else) in the street. With the AT300, you will have the chance to have more shots means or failures. So why continue to integrate sensors photos for a result worthy of the early 2000s features on phones? (No, this attack is not only against Toshiba, do not worry).