Toshiba’s second tablet shrinks its 10 inch brother down to an almost-pocketable 7 inch size. Does it work, or does it just fall short?
Literally a 7 inch remake of Toshiba’s first Android tablet, the AT1S0 includes much of the technology seen on the 10 inch AT100, albeit in a smaller form. We’re not kidding when we say that this thing shares technology with its big brother, as much of what’s inside each is identical.
For instance, both feature the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, a rear 5 megapixel camera, front 2 megapixel camera, black plastic textured back, and take advantage of Google’s older version of Android – 3.2 Honeycomb. Our review model featured 16GB of internal storage, once again similar to what was in our review AT100.
The screen size is different, however, with Toshiba taking advantage of a 7 inch LCD in this model instead of the 10 inch one found in the AT100. Interestingly, Toshiba kept with the 1280×800 HD resolution, essentially offering a reasonably high quality panel in a small 7 inch form-factor.
Connectivity options are also different between both models. While the 10 inch AT100 features a full-sized USB 2.0 port, HDMI, mini USB, and combined headphone and microphone jack, the 7 inch AT1S0 includes a microHDMI, miniUSB, and a microSD card slot for expandable memory, all covered by a little compartment door.
The combined headset port is still here too, but it sits at the top of the tablet. Likewise, WiFi and Bluetooth are both included, as is Toshiba’s proprietary docking and charge connector.
There aren’t many buttons to speak of on the AT1S0, but those that do all sit on the left side of the tablet, including the power button, volume switch, and a rotation lock button.
Unlike it’s 10 inch brother, the battery cannot be replaced in this model, meaning that just like every other tablet device out there, you can’t switch over to a fresh battery when you’re running low.
If you’ve seen Toshiba’s first Android tablet, you’ve seen this one, as Toshiba has kept with the same style from top to bottom.
In that model, Toshiba went with a thick black border around a 10.1 inch touchscreen, with black plastic holding the rest of the tablet together.
Here in the AT1S0, it’s pretty much the same, albeit on a smaller scale. On the front, you’ll find no buttons to speak of, thanks to Honeycomb’s buttons being part of the software.
Much like Toshiba’s 10 inch AT100, the rear textured surface helps to make the AT1S0 that much easier to carry. While the materials in use here aren’t of the same quality we see on the iPad – no aluminium or other metals on offer here – the ridged plastic means your fingers don’t slip and slide down the back of the tablet.