April 19, 2011
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A tablet that went under my radar until this weekend’s Newegg leak was Toshiba’s Antares Honeycomb Tablet. Overall, there didn’t seem to be any stats to be excited about in the Antares tablet besides the 8GB offering coming it at only $449.99. However I overlooked the information that it had a user replaceable battery. This is a big deal to me, and shows how Toshiba is taking what they learned from building laptops, and aren’t going to go down the same path that Apple has blazed in the tablet space, which it seems so many Honeycomb manufacturers have followed. I’m surprised with how having a non-swappable battery just became commonplace with my Archos 101, but I never questioned its lack of swappable batteries. Now that I see it is a possibility to have that freedom once more its almost hard to consider any other Honeycomb tablet. Lets take a look at the specs to see what else this tablet has to offer.

Toshiba Antares Honeycomb Tablet

  • Android 3.0
  • 10.1″ 1280 x 800 WXGA LED Backlit, Wide viewing angle display
  • Tegra2 dual core 1.0GHz
  • 1GB Ram
  • 8GB ($449), 16GB($499), 32GB($579)
  • 5MP rear camera with 720p video capture, 2MP front facing camera w/ microphone
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth
  • Physical Rotation Lock Switch
  • USB Host port, full size HDMI port, Mini-USB port, full sized SD-card reader, 3.5mm Headphone, Docking connector
  • Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Light Sensor, GPS, Compass
  • User Swappable 2300mAh Battery (approx 7 hours video playback) with removable/customizable Battery Cover
  • 10.75” x 6.97” x 0.62”, 1.6lbs

Most of the stats are pretty much average for the upcoming offerings, but the user swappable battery, and customizable battery cover for personalization really add flair to the tablet. The amount of options that come with all the interface ports also gives this tablet some credibility. With my Archos 101 I’m used to having a full sized USB port at my availablity, so going to a tablet that lacks that fuctionality would be a loss for me. The option of a full sized SD-card reader is also a nice addition that would be fully welcome. The only negatives I can think about thisdevice is the thickness of it, and, at 0.62″, its probably the thickest of all the tablets I’ve heard of recently. But I start to wonder is 0.62″ really that bad? Considering I was planning on getting a Galaxy Tab 10.1″ that is only 0.34″ thick it sounds very negative, but it might be totally manageable. I’m somewhat skeptical of their estimate of 7 hours of Video playback, but its very tempting to find out. Toshiba you just made my Honeycomb Tablet decision even harder! Jump over to the Toshiba Tablet site to check it out.

Galaxy Tab 10.1, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, or Toshiba Antares? What do you guys think?

Darryl Doak
Darryl is our in house device reviewer. His love of Android has lead him on the personal quest to find the phone and tablet that suit him best. This all started with the T-Mobile G1, moving onto the Motorola CLIQ XT(stock Motoblur 1.5 & Cyanogenmod 7.0), myTouch 3G, Samsung Vibrant, Samsung Transform, Samsung Intercept, Archos 101 Gen 8 Internet Tablet, Google Nexus S 4G, and now he's the very happy owner of a myTouch 4g, Evo 4G and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The next stops he's planning on making are to the Evo 3D, and Motorola Photon 4G. But the hunt never really stops. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/darryldoak
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