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VIDEOVIEW: Toshiba TG01 Windows Phone Hardware Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 12.06.09 - 18:25:02 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 20186x
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The Toshiba TG01 is the company's latest Windows Phone which is released soon across Europe and Japan. Size- and hardware-wise it's quite unique for a Windows Phone. At a size of 70 x 129 x 9.9 mm and a weight of 129 g it features an enormous 4.1" WVGA (800x480)touchscreen and it's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU at 1 GHz. The TG01, which runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (a Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional upgrade will be available later free of charge), supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, aGPS and an accelerometer. The autofocus camera features 3 megapixel and the device is backed-up by 512 MB ROM and 256 MB RAM which can be expanded by SDHC compatible microSD cards up to 32 GB.

Quite interesting is the fact that the device neither sports a D-Pad (not unusual for today's Windows Mobile phones) nor physical call send/end keys but on the front, you will only find a home and back key.

In Europe, the Toshiba TG01 will be available in either black or white while in Japan, a silver version will go on sale as well.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by pgamble on 13.06.09 - 13:09:41

Hi Arne

Thanks for this. Look forward to next one.
This device poses so many questions that Toshiba haven't answered to date.

Does it have an FM Radio ?
Does it record video in VGA and 25 or 30fps (with TD2 and TP2, it seems WM devices are at last catching up here) ?
What is the stills quality like ?
MicroSDHC doesn't look as if it is accessible with the battery in which I guess means it's not hot swappable ?
What's the build / finish like ? Are the buttons wobble free and do they respond well ? Does the rear of the case seem solid - removal and refitting ? Does the device squeak in hand when held ?
Is the soft reset accessible without the back off ?
Is the earpiece volume loud and clear ? The TP2 was good ... the TyTNII on the quiet side (for me at least).
Is the loud speaker / handsfree clear and resonance free at max volume and how loud is it ?
I would probably want to use Mobile Shell 3. Given that the call buttons are virtual ... will they only be visible if using the Toshiba UI ? That could present an issue.

I guess the biggest concern is the battery and this may kill the device's success before it really gets launched.

With a normal profile (if there is such a thing) - 1 hour talk time per day; push mail (so data up all the time); RSS, weather, pop mail sync for 40 mins a day, 1 hour of active video playback or gameplaying, 1 hour of other app use - office etc .... perhaps ... would it last a day on a charge ?

Finally ... it doesn't look quite symmetrical. The actual screen looks slightly lower than central on the front - is that an optical illusion. Obviously most devices have the screen higher than central or possibly completely central.

Having had things not quite work out with the TP2 - couldn't get used to the bouncing left side of the screen when tapping because unlike the TyTNII, there are no supporting raised bits on each side of the keyboard to keep the mechanism rigid when closed - I'm not looking at a non keyboard device like this or the F1.

I have slight reservations about the F1 because of quality concerns (build) with the M900 .... so the TG01 was high on the list.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

Paul.

Posted by Jfrigger on 13.06.09 - 14:37:30

This devices looks good, but it's quite a bit tooo big.

i hope my TG01 Sampledevice will come next week... :-)

greetings julian from www.portable-devices.net

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