Overview, Design and Features
Toshiba is no stranger in the tablet scene as it has consistently unveiled new devices over the past two years. Some of the models introduced in 2011 are the AT100 and AT200, which are powered by Android Honeycomb and have 10.1-inch displays.
Earlier this year at CES, Toshiba lived up to its promise of delivering the world's thinnest tablet (at that point in time) with the launch of the Excite X10. The Excite X10 is a 10.1-inch tablet with a sleek profile of 7.7mm and a lightweight form factor of 558g.
Besides revealing retail units for the mass market, Toshiba also took the chance to show off some prototypes and concept products, which include a waterproof table that charges wirelessly in water. Three months later, Toshiba took the wraps off a trio of tablets - the Excite 7.7, 10 and 13.3.
In case you don't know, the Toshiba REGZA AT270 is the Excite 7.7 model (as marketed in North America). The only differences are that the REGZA AT270 comes with increased onboard storage capacity and an built-in 3.5G module. Here's a quick look at the specs of the Toshiba REGZA Tablet AT270: -
Key highlights of the Toshiba REGZA Tablet AT270 (3G)
Design and Build
Sporting a duo-tone aluminum chassis, the Toshiba REGZA Tablet AT270 reminds us of the first generation ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, which has a bronze-black combination. While it is not obvious from the front, the back of the AT270 consists of two different shades of grey. The presence of dimples on the textured back also helps you to have a good grip of the AT270 in your hands although we prefer the feel of the Google Nexus 7.
Measuring just 7.85mm thin, the AT270 is one of the thinnest tablets in the market with the Apple iPad mini taking the crown at 7.2mm. The AT270 barely edged out its closest competitor, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7 which boasts a side profile of 7.89mm. Frankly speaking, the difference is almost negligible to the human eye.
Preloaded on the AT270 is Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, an OS which is increasingly dated as a result of Google's rapid release cycles. At point of publication, the latest Android OS is 4.2, and will ship with the new Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices. Toshiba has declined to specify a firm time frame as to when the Jelly Bean update will arrive on the AT270.
By default, the virtual keyboard on the AT270 is the hugely popular Swype where you swipe your fingers across the keyboard to string words faster. You also have the option to switch back to the stock Android keyboard.