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Toshiba TG01 Review

Toshiba TG01

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Toshiba TG01 Review
We´ll be pretty straightforward. Speaking of performance, the  Тоshiba TG01 is head and shoulders above its competitors. Its 1GHz processor allows lightning-fast navigation between menus and applications. The computing power of the TG01 becomes evident with more complex 3D apps. To prove the point, the manufacturer has preloaded the demo version of Need For Speed Undercover for Windows Mobile and we must say it runs without a hitch. Playing 3D titles won´t be a problem on this device, just as we expected. Now, what we need is someone takes care about gameplay, i.e. more titles for it.

We aren´t pleased with the in-call quality at all. During our tests, sound was extremely quiet on our end, so you will simply not be able to carry on a conversation in noisy places using this particular handset. The sound strength was decent on the other hand was decent and the relatively sharp voices failed to produce a lasting effect on us, because we were happy with what we could get. People who will buy the TG01 however, will hardly be pleased with this.

We are of the opinion that the 1,000mAh battery of the Toshiba TG01 is unable to maintain the phone working for a decent amount of time in between consecutive charges. According to the manufacturer, it should be able to keep your phone alive for 5hrs of continuous talk and 276hrs in standby. If you switch on the high performance phone mode however, you will certainly not get the above mentioned times between charges.


It´s obvious that brute force is not a guarantee for product quality even if this happens to be a high-end smartphone. Yes, 3D games run smoothly on the 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and watching movies on the huge 4.1-inch screen feels awesome, but these are pretty much all advantages of the phone. We cannot turn a blind eye on the discomfort we felt while using the handset due to its bulky size. It´s simply unfit for use with one hand and the level of personalization is superficial and doesn’t deliver anything really new. Throw the mediocre snapshot and the outright bad in-call quality into the deal and we have to admit we wouldn’t go for the TG01 ourselves. Still, if you feel irresistibly attracted by its gigantic screen and ultra-fast processor and ultimately, you decide to get yourself the TG01, just consider installing some other personalization pack for Windows Mobile, say Spb Shell.

When it comes to decent overall size, we need to draw the line somewhere and we do think Toshiba has crossed it with the TG01. We would have liked to see something a tad smaller, more functional and appealing to look at. We do hope the next device by the manufacturer is less bulky and made with more attention to details.

Toshiba TG01 Video Review:


  • Screen that is suitable for video playback in the utmost degree
  • Ultra-fast 1 GHz Snapdragon chipset
  • Integrated CorePlayer


  • Mediocre performance as an actual phone
  • Nothing new under the Sun
  • Home screen with unappealing design
  • Camera that is good for nothing
  • Battery doesn’t last long enough
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Andrewtst (Posts: 678; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

What a wasted to the 1Ghz processor.

posted on 14 Aug 2009, 14:40

2. kvenderley (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Aug 2009)

good processor, good way to make a big touch screen phone small/thin, but what a horrible phone.

posted on 14 Aug 2009, 17:18

3. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)

its kinda big......but awesome :)

posted on 14 Aug 2009, 23:38

4. Vandro (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)

Hopefully, Samsung learns from this and puts their Snapdragon-killing Hummingbird into a device with the features and WinMo optimization to match the underlying performance.

posted on 16 Aug 2009, 16:31

5. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

I hope that toshiba can fix some of the problems that phonearena review pointed out. Such great potential... I still want the CDMA one when it launches (crossing my fingers it goes to VZW and Sprint both). Or i will wait and see if HTC will make a Snapdragon WinMo phone soon... But Peter Chou said taht HTC will focus on mid-level smartphones for the rest of 2009 and 2010... I hope they still offer at least one high-end smartphone per quarter. One can only hope right?

posted on 25 Aug 2009, 16:49

6. MTLance (unregistered)

Wow is the Toshiba battery really that bad? And I thought my iPhone battery was bad enough because of daily charging or 2 days if in standby mod. Anyway Toshiba TG01 is a failed device.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 12:47

7. markaaa (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

I really do not know how to change my toshiba TG01 language from Italy to English
this hasn't made me explore the phone. please any one with useful information should reach me on my e-mail macctrilion@yahoo.com. I have try all possible means but, to no avil help pleaseeeeeee

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Toshiba TG01

Toshiba TG01

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display4.1 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (228 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.25 GB RAM
Size5.08 x 2.76 x 0.39 inches
(129 x 70 x 9.9 mm)
4.55 oz  (129 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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