The Toshiba Folio 100, a well equipped 10-Inch Android tablet, which I thought was pretty promising when it was announced at the IFA, has a hard stand on it’s first sale days in Europe. As different sources report, British electronics retailer Dixons removed it from the shelves due to “very high returns rates”. Dixons says that the Folio 100 was suffering from “a number of issues”. Complaints can be heard about low display quality, a fragile case and many software bugs.

Toshiba FOLIO 100
Toshiba FOLIO 100

Golem, a influental german tech news site, tested the Toshiba Folio 100 and they disadvise people from buying Toshibas Android tablet. Golem reports that the case has a pretty cheap plastic look & feel and that the background light is visible around the display bezel. They further report that the capacitive display lags sometimes, especially after turning the device and that it has a lousy vieving angle. Golem also states that the software keybord is buggy. Sometimes wrong keys are activated. Last but not least, they say that the Toshiba Market Place is not a real replacement for the original Android Market and Apps in there  have not been chosen or optimized to run on the big display. Many Apps are missing and others do not run run as they should.

See Golem’s video report (in german) here:

These are very unfortunate news. It is disappointing, that a big company like Toshiba creates an Android tablet for 400 Euros that is not really comfortable to use. Not only the display seems to be poor, also it seems that they did not work long enough on the software integration.

This sad story is not only about Toshiba, it is also about the current state of the Android OS. It is not ready for Android devices with different screen sizes and hardware parts yet. I hope Android developers will take the necessary steps pretty soon. This episode also teaches us, that a good device is not only made by combining fast processors with touchscreens. User needs should be met as good as possible, not only in terms of specifications, but in the best possible combination and integration of hard- and software…

If you made your own experiences with the Toshiba Folio 100 Android tablet, feel free to post them in the commentary…