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Toshiba has tablet and it's cool

Dale Davies |
It seems that all major IT players are guided by just one idea: to dethrone iPad. Let's see what Toshiba tablet Folio 100 has to offer besides very fast Froyo platform.

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Fast, easy and enjoyable to use, the Toshiba Folio 100 offers a rich multimedia experience, with an intuitive touchscreen interface designed to run on top of the Android 2.2 (Froyo) platform. Toshiba Folio 100 features a wide range of connectivity options, an SD card slot, HDMI connector, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while the integrated 1.3MP front-facing camera also makes video-chat simple. A Mobile Broadband model with 3G support will also be launched later in the year, providing access to the web from any location.

The 25.7cm (10.1 inch) capacitive touchscreen makes navigation quick and easy, and multi-touch enables users to zoom and swipe their way through menus, documents and applications. Folio 100 offers full compatibility with Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

Only 14mm thick and weighing just 760g, the Toshiba Folio 100 has a powerful NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, which means a great balance between high speed and battery efficiency. Up to seven hours of battery life enables users to enjoy a full day of use on a single charge. Instant-on functionality ensures the device is operational within 30 seconds of being switched on. Each model offers 16GB of memory for music, videos, and photos, with storage easily expandable thanks to SDHC memory cards with up to 32GB.

Easy-to-navigate interface makes it simple for users to enjoy content, access social networks or play multimedia, with the minimum of fuss. The Android platform is an easy-to-use operating system familiar to many, with Toshiba's software taking advantage of Android's simplicity.

Folio 100 provides vivid on-screen video, as well as additional support for the external playback of high definition video on HD ready TV screens. The integrated card reader offers great versatility to load content without occupying internal memory, and DLNA support allows users to stream music, video and images between devices around the home, and an optional HDMI-dock also comes complete with a remote control, allowing the Toshiba Folio 100 to be used at the centre of the living room as a home entertainment device.

The new Toshiba tablet comes with preinstalled applications, allowing users to work, shop, network and browse the web very easily. An Opera Mobile web browser, FBReader e-book reader, Document To Go office suite and Evernote are all included as standard features. Video calls are supported by Fring, an application that uses the embedded 1.3MP front-facing webcam to allow users to communicate with colleagues and friends.

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