Internet, connectivity and GPS:

is a major source of information these days and buying handset of the same or similar caliber means you probably need network access almost all the time. You will be able to get down to surfing the Net on the browser, that´s “favored” by many customers – Internet Explorer and you can do it right after you take the Toshiba TG01 out of the box. Now is the proper time to point out that thanks to the snappy processor, this is the first time we have seen Internet Explorer running smoothly, without any hang-ups, lagging or stuttering.

Surfing on Internet Explorer feels as easy as ABC!

Well, there is this trifling problem you know (as you might have guessed already, not that trifling at all). The Zoom band located right below the screen doesn’t work all that smoothly and when you finally manage to attain the maximum zoom level, well, you will end up pretty disappointed at what you have achieved. The problem is that the text on most pages appears way too small and is really hard to read, especially if you are shortsighted. There is a solution, called Magnified Display that will help you see things in larger size, although you would need to zoom in and out all the time, which as we have already mentioned, is not properly implemented in this particular browser. Internet Explorer delivers partial flash support and we have to say that this is perhaps the first time we have seen videos on the computer version of YouTube playing without annoying hang-ups on a cell phone. Content is played smoothly and you can even take pleasure watching videos online. However, we utterly failed at our attempts to play streaming video on other sites, such as Vimeo.

If you don’t mind the small text then using the integrated browser of the Toshiba TG01 won´t be an issue for you.

In case you happen to travel a lot, just keep in mind the Toshiba TG01 is a four-band GSM which allows you to use your device on any GSM network around the world, but you will have 3G network support in Europe and Asia only.

Certainly, the device comes equipped with a GPS receiver, but since out unit has been tailored for Orange, the only GPS software that comes preinstalled is Orange Maps. Installing other apps for navigation is, of course, no problem at all.

Camera and multimedia:

The Toshiba TG01 is equipped with 3.2-megapixel camera, which is not that much given today´s standards, but we have often had the chance to see that megapixel count is not the most important thing to affect the snapshot quality. We wonder if this is the case with the TG01.

The camera interface doesn’t offer many options, but is quite snappy, just like everything else on the device. You can take still pictures and videos at maximum resolution of 2048x1536 and 640x480 pixels respectively. Unfortunately, you need to use the dedicated screen button for focusing, because the camera shutter can´t do that. We tend to think this complicates the matter unnecessarily. 

Snapshot quality is way below the average. Colors look realistic, although overly saturated at times and the level of details is extremely low. Despite the solid amount of image noise, pictures taken indoors in properly lit places are of passable quality. The situation however becomes critical when there is not enough light, which can be expected, because the TG01 doesn’t feature a flash.

The situation is almost the same with video quality and captured content tends to be way too blurry. Audio tracks to videos sound loud, but unclear. All told, the camera of the TG01 is good for nothing – neither for taking still shots, nor capturing video.

Toshiba TG01 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution

Video playback:

It seems the only good thing we have said about the Japanese contender is the device is really fast. Still, we´ve found out one more thing it´s quite good at – video playback. Toshiba had the ingenuity to add CorePlayer to the list of preloaded software. We do like it, because it features awesome codec support. We are pretty happy with its performance, because the device plays DivX and Xvid videos at the native resolution of the screen. We encountered heavy hang-ups with MP4 files, so you need to convert them to lower resolution if you feel like getting a smooth playback. When we tried to play an HD video, CorePlayer said the maximum supported resolution was 1008x1008 pixels. The huge screen, of course, is awesome when it comes to watching videos and provides quite a pleasing overall experience. Unfortunately, the loudspeaker is rather weak to significantly contribute to the playback performance.

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