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.

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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:

AC adapter

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.

1.2] Specifications

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

16/32/64 Go

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.

1.4] Autonomy

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

2.1] Launcher

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: ...

TuneWiki: ...

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).

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You hands what is best in 2012. With the Asus Transformer TF700T Infinity Pad, Asus offers a finish "aluminum" excellent, flawless integration of Android, an intelligent docking station that allows literally "tranformer" its tablet netbook, a screen that finally brings HD Android, NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip certainly the best SoC for Android tablets ... and a price / quality ratio better than the New iPad.

More Details Plusieurs months after testing the Asus Transformer Prime TF201, Asus finally released the Asus Transformer TF700T Infinity Pad. Indeed, the name may seem a bit long and barbaric, yet it must still be interested. Indeed, the Prime Julien had placed in the top 5 tablets earlier this year - can you do the same with Infinity? Response in HP hstnn-ib75 Battery test!

You can not take away the intrinsic qualities that Julian had found her little sister, the TF201. They are very similar. However, the Asus Transformer Pad TF700 Infinity is indeed different in many ways.

A tablet HD

Today on the market shelves HD, we find Acer and Asus. The two companies have been able to respond effectively to New iPad - and Retina screen - one side with the Acer Iconia Tab A700 and the Asus Transformer Pad other Infinity TF700. Both are powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core (1) and all display a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels for a 10.1-inch size 16/10.

IPS + technology is still impressive, especially on 10.1 inches. However, Asus has changed supplier between the two models. Now, Samsung is providing the slab - with PLS technology.

But what is this? The PLS (Plane to Line Switching) is simply the IPS made by Samsung. It shows viewing angles very open, a contrast ratio of around 1000:1 (a very good figure, but below the TF201 - 1200:1) and a color rendering correct. Correct in the sense that the rendering "perfect" is not one of New iPad, however the colors are correctly transmitted.

On the HP HSTNN-DB73 brightness in normal mode - we arrive at a brightness of 400 cd / m², which is insufficient outside but ample indoors. For the exterior, you can always "switcher" Super IPS + mode up to 620 cd / m². At this level, it is much better. But honestly, I do not go out very little format "10 inch", preferring the format 7 inches (Nexus 7 for example).

Finally, the Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, one of the arguments most important purchase of this tablet. Indeed, it can directly confront the traditional Android tablet (1280 x 800 pixels on the Prime for example) and the New iPad (2048 x 1536 pixels, the famous Retina display). Anyway, let's practice. Finding immediate: we see the difference ..

Full HD screen is much more comfortable to read, but not only: icon, web browsing, video, image, game ... All these elements seem much more precise and detailed. However ... it is still necessary that the elements are "HD-ready". Many developers have not made that effort, the result can be poor in some applications even if Android is normally designed to avoid this type of behavior.

In short, this is a good HD screen forward for Android, but it still registers behind the New iPad. Indeed, residues aliasing letters, make icons ... "task" compared smoothing "perfect" New iPad Retina. Asus's fault, but also Google will have to push developers to think "HD".

Finally, the angular density, this tool compare the "ease of use" between different devices.

A reference distance vision (I normally use my object), the Transformer Infinity is doing very well with a density of 224 ppi density and thus angular pp. 69 °. She also gets to score well in other conditions, for example, watch a movie or read a text.

From first glance, the differences are not immediately to hand. It is immediately charmed by a very good finish (hand) and approved again and again, the concept "Transformer Pad" which includes a dock battery / keyboard / touchpad, which increases autonomy without forget to bring a USB 2.0 port (HOST) and a card reader SD / SDHC.

Work on the dock of the Prime! Good colors are not the same, it's a little task.

However, if you look closer ...

If you followed the problems WiFi and GPS the TF201 ... Tell you it was just a bad nightmare. Asus has completely revised the aluminum chassis. Taiwanese brand opts for longer concentric circles, s but for a smooth coating aluminum for WiFi - they added plastic strip two centimeters. In short, I repeat: connectivity is no longer a concern.

Make no mistake ...

For the rest, seems Asus did he make any missteps. The Infinity features Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich interface without "home" but with a software package that complements the basic package. I invite you to read again the test Julien, this aspect 'software' is identical.

DIVX playback even 1080p high profile does not worry, it will still opt for a third-party application such as MX Player for example.

Thanks to Tegra 3, this Asus (as above) has a range of video games more consistently. NVIDIA has managed to create a small eco-system "Tegra Zone" causing many publishers to play the game of graphic optimization.

Autonomy side, there HP EliteBook 8540p Battery has been a little over 8 hours, against 10 hours on the previous model. This loss is due to the change in the definition of the screen, however it is a waste "maitraisée" Asus has not increased the thickness of the tablet Conversely New iPad. In short, a loss "logical" not afraid.

You hands what is best in 2012. With the Asus Transformer TF700T Infinity Pad, Asus offers a finish "aluminum" excellent, flawless integration of Android, an intelligent docking station that allows literally "tranformer" its tablet netbook, a screen that finally brings HD Android, NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip certainly the best SoC for Android tablets ... and a price / quality ratio better than the New iPad. In addition, TF700T has less than 1/4 of the defects TF201 - it was out too quickly ..

I suggest you consult the following table to compare the prices of three models: Infinity, the Acer Iconia Tab A700 and the New iPad.

You've probably noticed that the Acer A700 has the best quality / price on this market segment, however the finish is not the same and you will not have the ability to use a docking station / keyboard Battery / touchpad. See for yourself!

However ... however ... Windows 8 coming soon. So, if you want more the concept of "Transformer" that "Pad", perhaps it would be worthwhile to wait for the Asus Tab Vivo range. Tablets "Transformer" running Windows 8 or Windows RT.