Toshiba’s think­ing big

This new tablet is a whop­per, but is also smart, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley-ni­chol­son

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gadgets -

iPad and de­liv­er­ing some­thing that looks like a thin TV.

This tablet is so big, users are ad­vised to set it down and use two hands to reach both sides of the screen. Thank­fully, this ar­range­ment is of­ten handy and a smart way to avoid pulling out a lap­top com­puter.

The AT330’s size is clearly its defin­ing fea­ture, but Toshiba is not re­ly­ing on its size alone to win an au­di­ence. This tablet is well made, with an at­trac­tive, tex­tured metal rear, a slen­der but solid 9.8mm form and plenty of con­nec­tions.

Around its perime­ter, users will find two speak­ers, a screen lock switch, space for a full­size SD mem­ory card, and both HDMI and Mi­cro USB ports to con­nect other gad­gets.

It’s more than most slate com­put­ers of­fer and adds flex­i­bil­ity to this tablet.

The abil­ity to slip a still-warm SD card into the side of this tablet, to show off fresh pho­tos, is handy, though there are also built-in cam­eras front and back.

This tablet is also no slouch in the power depart­ment. It uses a 1.4GHz quad-core Nvidia Te­gra chip, 1GB RAM and Google’s fresh An­droid Ice Cream Sand­wich soft­ware to de­liver apps speed­ily.

Even so, it’s the mas­sive HD+ screen that makes the big­gest im­pact on its use. The screen has a 16:9 as­pect ra­tio — the same as a widescreen TV— and this makes for com­fort­able TV and movie view­ing.

It’s handy in other ap­pli­ca­tions too. There is plenty of room to scan your email list on the AT330’s screen, and it’s easy to file Gmail into fold­ers when you can se­lect emails with your left hand and their des­ti­na­tions with your right. Sim­i­larly, this screen de­liv­ers plenty of room for touch­ing up im­ages, read­ing books, in­spect­ing your cal­en­dar, and hav­ing sev­eral wid­gets stretch across one home­screen.

Nat­u­rally, the key­board on this tablet is also as large as a reg­u­lar desk­top model, mak­ing typ­ing sig­nif­i­cantly eas­ier.

Hav­ing such a large tablet has its down­sides too. This com­puter weighs 1kg — fine for a back­pack but too much for a hand­bag. It also fea­tures just 16GB of stor­age, 12GB of which are avail­able for use, and a pro­pri­etary bat­tery charger rather than the more com­mon Mi­cro USB.

Tablet com­put­ers don’t come much big­ger or as easy on the eye. Users look­ing for a desk­top re­place­ment should ap­pre­ci­ate its big, bold dis­play.

Star per­former: AT330 makes typ­ing easy,

and its 13.3-inch screen makes it ideal for TV or movie view­ing.

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