Toshiba Folio 100

18 Apr

Toshiba has put a lot of investment into the Android operating system to make it easier to use as a tablet, with touches including a polished file manager, onscreen shortcuts to switch off the 802.1 In WLAN radio, and Toshiba’s own Media Player.
Theoretically, you can also access media from DLNA servers, but whenever we tried to play videos it crashed. That’s a shame, as it should be possible to stream videos directly onto your HDTV via the HDMI port.
Toshiba includes a selection of handy apps with the Folio electronic gadgets : Fring for VoIP calls, Documents To Go Basic (for editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint docs), and Opera Mobile. Where the Folio falls down, though, is in its lack of support for the Android Market. Instead you must use the Toshiba Market Place, where “top apps” include K9Mail, Kitchibi and Andoku ֊ hardly big names.
So you won’t be able to properly utilize the powerful NVidia Tegra 250 platforms, which proved capable of rendering a stadium beautifully in the bundled Backbreaker game. But we hit another problem: this game requires you to tilt the Folio to move the player, highlighting the screen’s poor viewing angles.
Yet another frustration comes when switching on the Folio electronic gadgets from standby, which takes two to three seconds; instant-on is meant to be a selling point of tablets. In recompense, battery life is a plus: it lasts for up to 30 days on a charge, and more than five hours of active use over three days.
The biggest problem of all, however, is the physical buttons’ lack of responsiveness. Toshiba gets many things right with the Folio electronic gadgets, but it gets too many fundamental things wrong. If you must have a 10in Android slate, choose the Archos instead.


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