The Toshiba TG01 was the first smartphone handset to come with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and was - indeed still is - the largest touchscreen smartphone around.

Yet for all its amazing looks and that 4.1in (800x800-pixel) screen, when the Toshiba TG01 finally launched, it failed to ignite.

The vagaries of the Toshiba TG01's touchscreen and the quirks of the Windows Mobile OS mean that even with the reputedly slicker Windows Mobile 6.5 onboard (it originally shipped with 6.1 Professional), it's still to win us over.

Given that the Toshiba TG01 costs £39 a month on a two-year Orange tariff, we'd expect solid, business-grade performance and to be able to enjoy its incredible looks as a boon. As it is, the beautiful screen and stunning video playback are the most successful elements.

We also like the Toshiba TG01's vertical scrolling interface that allows you to flick through menu items as though they're on a loop. Unfortunately, it takes ages to get the thing spinning and once you've got the hang of how hard to press or how vigorously to flick, the item you wanted it to stop at has sailed by. It's a bit like roulette really.

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Of course, were you to decide the Toshiba TG01 was the smartphone for you, you'd have time enough to get to grips with this setup, but we found it inconsistent and, too often, when we did successfully select an item, we were then taken to a decidedly pedestrian Windows Mobile application in order to enter network setup details or other dull data.

That may sound dismissive, but either the Toshiba TG01 is a glamorous, just works smartphone for the fashionista or it's not - and we can't see a need-to-get-things-done businessman or woman having time to faff about with a sometimes unresponsive, sometimes very nippy menu.

Of course, you could use a stylus (Toshiba supplies one but no slot for it - there's no room given the 9.9mm thickness of this phone), but you'd ruin the Toshiba TG01's gorgeous screen.

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Toshiba TG01: Specs

  • 130x70x9.9mm
  • 129g
  • GSM, QUADBAND: 850/900/1800/1900
  • GPRS Class 12
  • EDGE, UMTS 2100, HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 2Mbps
  • 4.1in WVGA, 800x480 pixels
  • 3.2MP camera
  • MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, WMA, eAAC+, MIDI, SP-MIDI, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV
  • ROM: 512MB/RAM: 256MB
  • up to 32GB microSD card
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile with full Flash support
  • Bluetooth 2.0 EDR + Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • micro USB
  • Built-in GPS & A-GPS
  • SMS, MMS, Email, Microsoft Direct push email, Instant Messaging
  • JavaMIDP 2.0
  • Qualcomm QSD8250 1GHz
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Li-ion 1000 mAh battery
  • Toshiba Touch User Interface, Motion sensor
  • 130x70x9.9mm
  • 129g
  • GSM, QUADBAND: 850/900/1800/1900
  • GPRS Class 12
  • EDGE, UMTS 2100, HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 2Mbps
  • 4.1in WVGA, 800x480 pixels
  • 3.2MP camera
  • MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, WMA, eAAC+, MIDI, SP-MIDI, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV
  • ROM: 512MB/RAM: 256MB
  • up to 32GB microSD card
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile with full Flash support
  • Bluetooth 2.0 EDR + Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • micro USB
  • Built-in GPS & A-GPS
  • SMS, MMS, Email, Microsoft Direct push email, Instant Messaging
  • JavaMIDP 2.0
  • Qualcomm QSD8250 1GHz
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Li-ion 1000 mAh battery
  • Toshiba Touch User Interface, Motion sensor

OUR VERDICT

The Toshiba TG01 a truly amazing device on which to watch an HD video trailer or the latest glammed up pop video. The sound is good too, but for one-person entertainment rather than talking to anyone at the other end. And this is the Toshiba TG01’s problem: super-stylish but nothing to say (or at least nothing the person on the other end will be able to hear).

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