Toshiba Tablet AT270 Review : Good Tablet but Overpriced
With the arrival of Nexus 7, other competitor should be careful to think about their pricing policy. Google’s tablet is manage to provide the best Android experience with less than $200. So, i’m quite excited when my Toshiba AT270 arrive at the office. Packed with similar 7″ screen, will this tablet manage to take on Nexus 7? Let’s find out the answer in my review.
Before we’re gone too far, Toshiba AT270 is also known as Excite 7 in some place. As it name implies, this device carry on 7″ screen that coated with 7.85mm thin chassis. On the other side, Nexus 7′s chassis is currently measured at 10.5mm. That should be a great feature for those of you, thickness maniacs! Just like it’s other product, Toshiba manage to keep their quality on this one. AT270 is coated with aluminum panel on the back, which provide me with amazing grip sensation. It is very comfortable to hold, even with one hand. Not to mention that the combination between aluminum and black colors are quite irresistible.
Although Toshiba AT270 carry on thin dimension, it has more than enough ports and features that you need from a tablet. On the right hand side, you should be able to locate the 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB port, and microSD card slot. On top side, lies power, screen orientation, and volume buttons. Right on the bottom part, you should be able to locate the speakers mufflers and the charging dock, which is thinner than the tablet itself. For me, it is look little bit awkward, but i think that Toshiba don’t have the time to invent smaller port? Only their engineering team know the answer. Overall i’m quite impressed by how they design the AT270 tablet.
In terms of display, Toshiba Excite AT270 7″ touch screen is able to provide 1280 x 800 pixels resolution display with amazing quality. Thanks to the Super AMOLED technology. Colors are vibrant and the brightness is delivered in the perfect amount. Off course it won’t be an equal competitor to iPad Retina Display, but i’m quite pleased with the text quality. However, the pixels density test reveals it all. While Toshiba AT270 score 196ppi, Nexus 7 able to claim the victory with 216ppi. So, it’s up to you to decide guys, which one that you prefer.
Toshiba AT270 is currently run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the stock version. A feature that will make every Android purist jump on their feet. There are numerous of pre-loaded app like Amazon Kindle, Printer Share, File manager, Office Suite, Toshiba Service Station, and Norton Security. Most of them are useless. Thankfully, you can easily remove it with the help from built-in task manager.
I’ve experience good system performance using AT270. No wonder why it is happen since the tablet is powered by quad-core Tegra 3 CPU that clocked at 1.5GHz and 1GB RAM. Again, it is quite similar to Nexus 7. I must say that this tablet is able to eat all the heavy graphics-demanding game that i thrown at it. From GTA III to Shadowgun, Toshiba AT270 manage to provide me with crystal clear graphics and performance that is so smooth as silk. No lag on the system interface and running app.
Toshiba AT270 camera is also work fine for me. The photos i’ve taken is more than enough to fulfill my Facebook and Picasa account. I’m not a great fan of Android photography, so camera is never been a problem for me. When it test the battery life, this tablet is manage to survive for 9 hours with WiFi mode turned on and continuous video playback. That should be more than enough for those of you who love to play games or watching movie on your tablet.
So, what’s stopping me from taking this tablet instead of Nexus 7? The price tag guys. I think that AT270 will instantly become a joke as soon as Nexus 7 released. With similar system specs, you need to pay $539 to grab Toshiba AT270! Seriously, even the 16GB Nexus 7 is not worth that much. So, unless you have lot of money to spend on such tablet, i won’t recommend you to grab this one.
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