Running Android 2.2, powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2, this tablet has a 10.1-inch 1,024 x 600 multitouch display and the usual networking options: Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, wireless 802.11 b/g/n and, like the iPad, 3G connectivity in some of its models. Unlike the iPad—the inevitable standard reference—the Toshiba Folio has already a webcam, a mini HDMI port, USB 2.0 (it can be both client and host) and SD/MMC card reader built-in.
Its battery life is quite disappointing, however: Only 7 hours with 65% of web, 10% video playback and 25% stand-by, compared to the typical 11 to 12 hours of video playback you can get on the iPad. At 760 grams, and 281mm x 181mm x 14mm, it’s also heavier and larger than Apple’s tablet.
On the software front, Toshiba has included Opera Mobile, Toshiba Media Player, FBReader, Fring, Document to Go, and Evernote, all preinstalled. If you want more applications or music you will have to use Toshiba’s Market Place, “a service that offers easy access to various download choices for multimedia content, services and apps.”