A better look at Toshiba’s 13-inch tablet compared to traditional-sized devices


It seems there is a market for everyone, including those that believe 10.1-inch tablets are just too tiny. Toshiba has been working on the AT330, which is a 13-inch monster. But how big is that, exactly?

We know 13 inches sounds big, but it is hard to tell if it is too big or not just by looking at images and videos. And there are no other Android tablets out there of this size. So we do not exactly know how a 13-inch device must look and feel in the hands.

The guys from Techblog have a few images for us, better giving us an idea of what this titan is like. In the images, the Toshiba AT330 is compared to a Toshiba Excite 10 LE and a Toshiba AT270. These are sized at 10-inches and 7-inches, relatively.

Most of us have felt a 10-inch device, as well as a 7-inch one. So we are familiar with the feel of said screen sizes. But as we can see here, a 10-inch tablet simply looks like a baby compared to a 13-inch tablet. And many of us believe that 10 inches is already too much. But Samsung is also aiming the larger tablet market with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6.

Of course, some people might love it, as it also offers TV capabilities. Not to mention its awesome specs, which include a Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0.1, 32 GB of internal storage, a 13-inch 1920×1200 display, a 5 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front shooter.

As for me, it is simply too large. I prefer 7 to 9-inch tablets. And would not know what to do with such a large Android device. But what do you guys think? Would you consider buying a 13-inch tablet?

[Source: Techblog Via: Talk Android]

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  1. You don’t know if its too large until you’ve tried it.

    1. That’s what she said?

  2. I don’t think I’d have ANY problem with the SIZE of the screen since I would actually be using it for serious work. However, I do have problems with some of the other specs, especially the resolution, cameras, and RAM, since by the time this could be brought to market it would be out of date. It would also have to have a separate battery powered keyboard available at reasonable price.

  3. Sorry for this off-topic comment, but you guys need to check you this clip, titled

    So Dad, how do you like the new iPad I gave you?
    It’s a gem for android fan.

  4. If it had a great docking station like the Transformer, definite yes.  My favorite device is still my OG Tab (until the Memo comes out), but I’d still love to have something like this device for gaming and work applications.

  5. This would have been a good time for the author to mention using squares of screen sizes for better comparison.  For example (assuming the height to width ratios are similar), 13 squared is 169, 11.6 is 135, 10.1 is 102, and seven is 49.  So a 13-inc tablet is 169/102 or about 66% bigger than a 10.1 tablet and 3.5 times the size of a 7-inch tablet.

  6. The 13″ tablet looks sweet.  I’d have to hold it to know for sure, but it seems like that’d still be small enough to fit in any bag I’d be carrying. I want the biggest screen I can get in a tablet that is still portable.

    Now, price and battery life are just as important as screen size. So, it won’t sell at all if they price it too high…

  7. I would love a 13″ tablet if it was from Asus.

  8. With 1920 x 1200 resolution (really? (it’s not 1920 x 1080?)) this could be killer to carry with my laptop IF it had any sort of ability to act as a USB extended laptop screen.

    I also like it as it is now large enough to display full size a page of text from a technical manual.

    And Aeires is right about it needing a docking station or keyboard of some kind.

    1. They do it so they have more pixels for the bottom bar, I think.

  9. 5-7 inches is nice for an ‘on the go’ tablet.  10 is too big for something to keep with you ‘on the go’..but not big enough to be enjoyable while lounging.  13 is a good size for a ‘home’ and ‘travel’ tablet.

    1. You’re definitely right about the 7″ tablets. They’re perfect for games (and typing email to a lesser extent) because your thumbs can reach the center of the screen. As long as you have a phone capable of WiFi tethering, you’re set.

      Tablets bigger than 10″, though, seem too big to be practically portable. I can carry a 10″ tablet in my bag, use my 7″ on the commute, and then slide the 10″ into its dock at the office, but a 13″ tablet might not make it into my bag.

      If android 5.0/jellybean brings more robust USB device support and a fully functional office suite (capable of offline use also), then a 13″ tablet begins to look a lot more attractive, but I still wouldn’t want to carry it so much.

      note: In y opinion, we should all be insisting on phones and contracts that have WiFi tethering (if possible). Having one just makes all these decisions about devices that much easier. It takes the carriers out of the picture entirely. No one needs a SIM for every device, and the upcoming $200 7″ tablets are going to make this all the more apparent.

  10. You’re right…. 13″ does sound pretty big. 

    1. thats what she said…

  11. No no, that is far too big.

  12. I like the 1920×1200 resolution (same as my laptop), but these days, you want at least iPad 3 resolution (264 PPI).  But 13″ at this resolution is only 174 PPI.  Shrink it to 7″ (323 PPI) or 8″ (283 PPI).

  13. dayumm that’s a big beast! I could not handle all that tab.

  14. Give it a keyboard dock and release it in the US before June and I’ll preorder one immediately.  But since those thing aren’t going to happen, looks like I’ll be ordering a Transformer Infinity.

  15. Lacking in screen resolution for its size. Fail!

  16. Its mainly about the weight, if you can keep the wait the down then a bigger screen is better, but if you we can have a asus transformer with keyboard then a 11 – 12 inch screen would be fantastic But only in the weight does not increase.

  17. Definitely a laptop replacement

  18. You can almost hug that beast. And playing games suddenly turns into workout.

  19. Intrigued… love my Xoom – have tried out a Kindle Fire but found it restrictive… would definitely be interested in trying out 13″ when it is released into the wild. Can’t say if it is too big or not purely based on the number.

  20. I think there’s a decent demand in the academic/educational market. It’s a pain to read textbooks and scientific articles on a 10.1 inch screen. Being able to look at a figure while reading relevant text without constantly flipping or scrolling pages would greatly enhance our experience. There’s a reason why most textbooks and academic articles are printed on letter-size or larger papers.

  21. I would definetely consider it depending on the price. I think my 10″ Asus Transformer is great and I wouldn’t go smaller as I’m a fan of larger screen sizes, hence the HTC Amaze as my phone instead of having a tiny screen idevice

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