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Toshiba TG01 review

£39 per month on 24-month Orange contract

Manufacturer: Toshiba

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

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.

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.

NEXT: our expert verdict >>

Toshiba TG01 Expert Verdict »

Toshiba TG01 Scores 4.8 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
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
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

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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