When Apple revealed the iPad 2 to the world back in March many of us couldn’t believe just how thin it was, for a while it held the accolade of being the thinnest tablet out there, however at the annual Google I/O conference Samsung showcased the Galaxy Tab 10.1 which was even thinner than Apple’s tablet – since then we have not seen anything thinner, that was until the Toshiba AT200 showed up late last week.
We spoke about the Toshiba AT200 in some detail here and told you that it was in fact thinner than the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 – now we thought we would look at dimensions and weight in some more detail. All of these tablets feature dual-core processors and 10.1-inch displays, therefore this comparison should be quite interesting.
Let’s start with the iPad 2, this groundbreaking tablet measures in at 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm and weighs 601 grams (WiFi model) or 613 grams (WiFi + 3G model), this is a vast improvement over the original iPad and Apple pushed the fact that it was thinner than its last tablet heavily – perhaps this is why Samsung worked so had to make the Tab 10.1 even thinner.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is lighter than the iPad 2 at 565 grams (with both WiFi and 3G connectivity), it is longer than the iPad 2 at 256.7 mm, but shaves of over 10 mm in width at just 175.3 – in terms of thickness it is 0.2mm thinner than the iPad 2, this gave Samsung’s tablet some bragging rights, however Toshiba has now spoiled this by revealing the Toshiba AT200 to the world.
In terms of dimensions the Toshiba AT200 is smaller and lighter than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2 in every way (almost). It measures in at 256 x 176 x 7.7 mm and weighs just 558 grams. As you can see it is 0.7mm wider than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 – but we don’t think that this measurement really matters a great deal, what matters is the fact that it comes in 0.9 mm and 1.1 mm thinner than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2 respectively.
Now before people say to us “just because it’s thinner, it doesn’t make it better” we will clearly state that we know this, what is interesting is just how thin such advanced devices are becoming and how companies such as Samsung and Toshiba are competing with Apple’s strong reputation – we would love to hear your opinion on a few matters.
Firstly, how thin can a tablet become before it has an adversed affect on build strength? Secondly, do you think Apple’s next tablet will be thinner than the AT200?