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Toshiba JournE Touch tablet review

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

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Screen resolution of the Toshiba JournE is 800x480; so even though it supports MPEG 4 as well as H.264, you can't watch HD.

However, it is good for YouTube and similar services. There's an optional cradle with an HDMI port for plugging it into your PC, which will be one of the simplest ways we've seen of getting YouTube and internet content on your big screen.

Coming soon

There's an icon for Toshiba's own content service, which will offer apps and content; this will be free for the first month while Toshiba gets feedback from the first users but this isn't up and running yet, and Toshiba hasn't finalised the payment system.

We don't know how many apps there will be, because although there are thousands of developers with experience on the Win CE platform, Toshiba hasn't decided whether it will be an open marketplace that anyone can offer apps for or whether it will only allow apps it certifies.

The JournE team is working on adding key applications including an e-reader which will rotate the screen into portrait for page layout; it will handle PDF and EPUB but Toshiba can't say if it will work with Adobe Digital Editions.

These will be free updates that Toshiba says will be available over the air, and will be easy to install. When we first turned the JournE on it insisted on an update; this downloaded and installed easily, so that shouldn't be off putting.

Does the web work?

For a web tablet, the JournE has some way to go. Initially it comes with a mobile version of internet Explorer 6 similar to the one in Windows Mobile 6.5, with pan and zoom, and Flash Lite support.

Most web pages will load correctly, but more advanced web apps won't always work (certainly not Google Wave and we couldn't get the Office 2010 web apps to run). Toshiba will offer another browser, which it hasn't named yet (which will also be able to rotate the screen) and it's working with Adobe and Microsoft to put Flash and Silverlight on the JournE which will make it far more capable; CE 6.0 R3 supports Silverlight but Toshiba is still testing the integration.

BBC iPlayer isn't supported; presumably Toshiba is in negotiations because again, there won't be an answer "for a few weeks".

Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Portable Media Player
Flash Memory Capacity2 GB
TouchscreenYes
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
ColourBlack
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
USBYes
HDMIYes
Height133 mm
Width189 mm
Depth14 mm
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelPX1530U-1ET1
Product NameJOURN.E Touch 2GB Flash Portable Media Player
Product LineJOURN.E TOUCH
Manufacturer Part NumberPX1530U-1ET1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
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