Toshiba Tablet AT330 Android tablet
Toshiba has definitely produced something different with the Tablet AT330, but this gigantic device fails to hit the mark
- Thin design
- Full sized SD card slot
- Decent battery life
- Software not optimised for 13in screen
- Mediocre camera
The Toshiba Tablet AT330 is the biggest Android tablet on the market. It's relatively well designed and offers reasonable performance but all that extra screen real estate goes to waste on apps that were never designed for such a large display. Ultimately, using the AT330 is awkward, frustrating and unsatisfying.
Price$ 699.00 (AUD)
A 13in Android tablet. Yes, that's what Toshiba's Tablet AT330 is. The biggest Android tablet on the market with a whopping 13.3in touchscreen, the AT330 (called the Excite 13 in other markets) is well designed and offers reasonable performance. However, all that extra screen real estate goes to waste on apps that were never designed for such a large display, creating an ultimately awkward and unsatisfying user experience.
Gigantic but thin
There's no mistaking just how big the Toshiba Tablet T330 is.
There's no mistaking just how big the Toshiba Tablet T330 is. At almost 344mm wide and nearly 212mm tall, this is one giant Android tablet. Despite its size, Toshiba's designers do deserve some credit. The AT330 is just 9.81mm thick, which is barely 1mm thicker than the company's regular sized 10in (AT300) tablet.
The Tablet AT330's overall design is positive, too. The formula is based on the company's 7.7in (AT270) and the 10in AT330 tablet, particularly the latter. We quickly grew fond of the grippy, aluminium panel on the back. This surface, filled with tiny, indented circles, means the AT330 won't easily slip out of your grasp. The metallic silver finish also contrasts nicely with the glossy back front, though the latter is a fingerprint magnet and is quite reflective.
Unfortunately, the build quality of the Toshiba Tablet AT330 can't match that of the company's smaller and impressive AT270. The bezel surrounding the display on our review unit clearly creaked when any force was applied and the edges physically depress, too. There's also a thin gap between the edge of the plastic in this area which easily attracts dust and particles after just a few days of use.
The sheer size of the AT330 also makes it a tough device to hold and we found no comfortable way to balance it in our hands. The extra screen size comes at a huge cost of weight, too. At almost 1kg (997.9g to be exact), the AT330 is by far the heaviest Android tablet on the market. Although this has been designed for use in and around the home, the weight will still pose an issue for many users.
Toshiba has at least utilised all of that extra space for plenty of ports on the Tablet AT330. On the right side you'll find a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, a micro-USB port for connecting to a computer, a micro-HDMI port for connecting to a television or projector and a full-sized SD card slot. The latter is a welcomed feature, as most other Android tablets tend to use the smaller microSD card slot for expandable memory.
There's also a round power connector on the right side, so the AT330 ditches the giant, bottom-mounted dock connector of previous models. While the connector itself is smaller, the cable includes a notebook-like power brick that adds further weight and bulk to the already large package. The upside to this connector is that it charges the AT330 in less than two hours.
On the left side of the Tablet AT330 is a power/lock screen button, while the a screen rotation lock slider and volume controls are located at the top. While these top mounted buttons provide good tactility and are comfortable to press, their position makes them hard to access. On the bottom of the tablet are two speakers that pump out relatively decent sound for a tablet.
The display lacks the vivid colours and striking brightness we've come to expect from AMOLED screens.
The Toshiba Tablet AT330 has a 13.3in LED-backlit touchscreen with a resolution of 1600x900. The display is bright, clear and responsive to touch, but it lacks the vivid colours and striking brightness that we've come to expect from AMOLED screens. It also displays dimmer blacks than many rival devices.
The 1600x900 resolution gives the Tablet AT330 a pixel density rating of 138ppi (pixels per inch), slightly less than the AT300's 149ppi. This is significantly less than Apple's new iPad (264ppi) and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (224ppi). Text is certainly readable but if you look closely you'll notice plenty of visible aberrations on the edges of letters. The extra screen real estate is definitely an advantage for watching movies and videos, but the overall quality isn't great.
Ice Cream Sandwich
Toshiba has dumped a standard interface on the AT330 with little thought or regard for user interaction.
The Toshiba Tablet AT330 runs an almost completely stock version of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS. This user interface is almost entirely void of any software customisation by Toshiba, aside from some video and audio enhancements that although work relatively well, don't add a significant deal to the overall package.
There are a wealth of included apps on the Toshiba Tablet AT330 that otherwise normally wouldn't come with Ice Cream Sandwich. These include Amazon Kindle, the ThinkFree Office Suite, a File Manager, the WildTangent Games app store, Norton Security, the PrinterShare app, Toshiba's Service Station app for software updates, the Skitch drawing app, a sound recorder, the Splashtop remote desktop app and the TuneWiki social media player. Toshiba has also pre-loaded Reckless Racing and Shadowgun games, both nice inclusions.
Besides the games, most of these pre-loaded apps are underwhelming, though Toshiba's Media Player is definitely worth a second look. In addition to acting as a player for video and music files and a photo viewer, the app also allows you to stream multimedia content to compatible DLNA devices like televisions.
The default Ice Cream Sandwich software runs relatively well on the Tablet AT330 but the software hasn't been optimised for this huge display and that's ultimately the achilles heel of this tablet. There isn't a single app on the AT330 that has been designed with a 13.3in screen in mind. Most apps are simply blown up to fill the screen, creating an even more awkward experience than usual.
Apps are one thing but default functionality is another. Toshiba has seemingly dumped a standard interface on the AT330 with little thought or regard for user interaction. An example is the default keyboard, which still requires you to tap a '123' button to access numbers despite so much extra screen real estate. Most of Android's common tablet issues also remain, though these are issues with the platform itself rather than the Tablet AT330 hardware. The browser often lags when scrolling or zooming in on pages, especially image-heavy sites, and the screen takes too long to rotate when you change the orientation.
Performance is reasonably impressive but could be improved. We experienced some occasional lag when attempting basic tasks, like changing settings and scrolling through widget-heavy home screens, though all the games we played ran smoothly. We didn't experience any lag while gaming and both the graphics and frame rates are impressive.
Poor cameras, decent battery life
The AT330 has one of the worst cameras we've ever seen on a tablet.
The Toshiba AT330 appears to have exactly the same camera as the AT300 and that's bad news. It's one of the worst cameras we've ever seen on a tablet and almost all of the photos we captured suffered from a lack of focus, lots of image noise and a complete lack of detail.
In fact, the 5-megapixel rear camera hardly takes better quality images than the front-facing 2-megapixel camera, though at least the latter is useful for video call apps. Any photos or video captured with the camera can be stored on the AT330's 16GB of internal memory, or an SD card (not included).
Toshiba includes a software based SRS sound enhancer on the Tablet AT330 and it significantly boosts the volume of the larger speakers at the bottom of the device. There's a wide range of audio settings available to tweak including wide surround, volume boost, voice clarity enhancement and an automatic volume adjustment. There's also a video enhancement setting, but we didn't notice too much of a difference when it was switched on.
The Toshiba Tablet AT330 has reasonable battery life. In our tests, it lasted for up to seven hours before needing a recharge. Considering the large size of the screen, this is a reasonable result.
The Toshiba Tablet AT330 is available now through major Australian retailers for $699.
Join the newsletter!
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Apple iPhone X
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
cloudandco Smart Cane
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Toys for Boys
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Bose SoundLink Micro
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Xbox One X
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 LG 65E7T Ultra HD OLED TV review: The South Korean thoroughbred is still first past the post
- 2 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 3 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 4 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 5 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
Latest News Articles
- Samsung announces a new ruggedised Tablet optimised for business users
- Samsung Introduces the New Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0
- Alcatel PLUS 12 Takes Portable Productivity to New Heights with First 2-In-1
- Tech Timeline: The iPad first goes on sale
- New 9.7-inch iPad teardown reveals it's basically an original iPad Air with minor tweaks
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- CES 2018: Belkin go big on wearables accessories and wireless charging
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- CES 2018
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTNetwork ArchitectQLD
- TPSenior Project Manager - ApplicationsQLD
- CCAIX System Administration ? UNIXVIC
- FTPower BI DeveloperOther
- FTDevOps Engineer, Continuous Delivery, Cloud AutomationOther
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW
- TPProject ManagerACT
- FTFront End DeveloperOther
- FTWintel LeadOther
- FTWindows Messaging and MS Exchange LeadOther
- FTFront End DeveloperNSW
- FTCRM Business AnalystACT
- FTTransition Manager - 12 Month ContractOther
- FTReporting AnalystQLD
- FTApplication Support AnalystOther
- FTPortfolio Management & Governance ConsultantOther
- FTSenior Business AnalystOther
- TPSenior Business Analyst - TechnicalNSW
- TPTraining ManagerVIC
- TPSenior Java Developer / IntegratorQLD
- CCIntel ArchitectNSW
- FTSAP Functional & Technical Analyst- SD, BPC, HCM, AR,Time & PayOther
- CCSecurity Business AnalystVIC
- CCHFC Project Officer (Governance Support) - 6 mth contract - Nth SydneyNSW
- FTSales Manager - Global ISP Cloud Solutions ProviderVIC