Toshiba JournE Touch tablet review

It's thin and tablet-like – but what's it for?

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Toshiba's JournE Touch is a 7-inch touchscreen with an ARM 11 processor driving the latest version of Windows CE (CE 6.0 R3) and it starts up in ten seconds.

It has b and g Wi-Fi, but not n (to keep the price down – a comment that we found ourselves making more than once) and we found both speed and reception inferior to a notebook on the same network.

There's a speaker on the back, concealed in the textured grip and a headphone socket on the side.

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There are two USB ports; one standard and one mini USB, so you can connect it to your PC to copy files across, plug in a memory stick full of music, photos or videos to supplement the 1GB of on-board flash or connect a wireless broadband dongle to get online.

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There's no accelerometer and the screen doesn't rotate (automatically or manually - although some apps will be able to rotate the screen).

The interface is very simple; there are icons for every app, with help and settings tucked away at the end of the list.

Tap in the corner to choose a wireless network to connect to; the other corner shows the current time and battery level, with an icon for opening the keyboard (although it usually opens automatically when you can type something into a field).

Currently there's a limited list of apps, most of them online tools. Some are familiar: YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and Picasa. Others are less well known; Radeo, a streaming radio service and FrameChannel, a content aggregation service.

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There's an RSS reader, and MSN Messenger for instant messaging and voice calls to other Messenger users – easy to use, with the limitations of the on-screen keyboard. You can play MP3 and WMA tracks (with or without DRM); the interface for music, video and photos is the same icon-based folder navigation with simple forward/back and play/pause controls.

The Weather Channel app is basically a weather widget. There's a simple calendar app where you can create reminders, but this doesn't link to any internet calendars, and a 'fridge door' for leaving messages on – this lets you type notes or record rather muffled voice messages, but it would be much better if you could draw or write in the notes.

Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Portable Media Player
Flash Memory Capacity2 GB
Battery Built-inYes
Wireless LANYes
Product FunctionsAudio Player, Photo Viewer, Video Player
Maximum Audio Battery Time7 Hour
Maximum Video Battery Time2 Hour
Product FamilyJOURN.E TOUCH
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital (SD) Card
Brand NameToshiba
Image FormatsJPEG, BMP
Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, WAV, AAC
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Video FormatsAVI, MPEG-4, 3GP, FLV, WMV
Display Resolution320000 Pixel
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Height133 mm
Width189 mm
Depth14 mm
Product ModelPX1530U-1ET1
Product NameJOURN.E Touch 2GB Flash Portable Media Player
Manufacturer Part NumberPX1530U-1ET1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Connect to your interests instantly with just one touch. Slim, stylish and completely portable, the JOURN.E TOUCH is the first Home Multimedia Tablet for all the family to share. Use it in the kitchen, living room, bedroom - anywhere you want. Connect to friends while watching TV, organise family to-do lists while the kettle is boiling, even take it with you to the supermarket as a shopping list or on holiday for entertainment.

Weight (Approximate)427 g