A tablet ready for Christmas
Toshiba is really trying to make an impression on us, its customers, by coming up with new and attractive devices relying on the fact that we know it to be a very respectable company, which it is. But can we really only refer to this and trust it blindly? Of course not and this is why we are testing these devices, in order to get the right idea about them.
HDMI port available
We took a very close look at the Toshiba Regza AT1S0 tablet for our analysis and you can read below the results and impressions. The tablet is rather a shrunken version of the Toshiba Regza AT100, but there are still some differences between them. For example, the AT100 offers support for full-sized ports and has a removable battery, details which lack on our analyzed model. On the other side, this tablet has a HDMI out and we can only appreciate the effort.
Unlike the trend, the tablet has a more boxier design although when we really compared the thickness with other models we saw that the difference is not that big anyway. The numbers show it is the thicker and weightier, but judged yourself if the difference is important. Comparing it with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus that weighs 345g, the tablet weighs 379g. The Kindle Fire and the Iconia Tab A100 are both over 400g so we shouldn’t bother about this anymore.
5MP rear camera
The tablet is supposed to give a better hand grip because of the multigroover back casing, but it actually it easily slips from your hands so be careful with it. On the black front of the tablet the camera is immediately spotted and when held horizontally, the camera is on the right. The top right edge – in landscape – hosts the volume rocker, the power/lock button and the screen orientation switch. On the left, under a plastic cover lay a miniHDMI port, a miniUSB port plus the microSD card slot and as you can see they are all “mini”, but at least they exists.
Behind the 2 megapixel front-facing camera, on the rear you’ll find a 5 megapixel one. We are not very keen on the camera’s positioning because during the benchmark our fingers were all the time on the lens and the actual use of the camera was pretty awkward. If it only were positioned a bit higher it would have been better.
Android Honeycomb OS
The Regza AT1S0 runs on Android Honeycomb 3.2.1 and the company decided to add some apps too, like Quickoffice HD, Need For Speed Shift and Hardwood Games SE. The actual downloading of apps is not really at hand because there is no search function and you have to know the category of the app in order to find it. The apps are available from the company’s App Place store.
Screen contrast is impressive thanks to the Resolution+ technology and the IPS screen is capable of good viewing angles and also very good color reproduction and contrast level.
Tegra 2 CPU
The hardware on the Regza AT1S0 is actually impressive, giving good performance. It packs a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of flash memory storage, the 7 inch capacitive touch screen has 1, 280 x 800 pixel resolution and there are also accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope as well as 802.11 b/g/n network adapter and Bluetooth 3.0 support.
We were curious to see how the Ambient Noise Equalizer works and used it by playing some music on the tablet with the TV turned on. Unfortunately, we didn’t notice any difference and felt quite disappointed.
However, the overall performance of the Toshiba Regza AT1S0 was good, no annoying delays or other flaws, but it was not better than the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.