What does make up for this in a big way is this phone’s performance. The 1GHz Snapdragon chipset absolutely rips through Windows Mobile 6.1 in a way we’ve never seen before. All the standard windows menus and apps open instantly and most third-party programs load very fast as well, with a particular highlight being web browsers – we’ve never seen webpages rendered faster on a mobile device.
Unfortunately, even this aspect of the device is not without fault. We regularly encountered crashes and slow-downs and there was such a derth of native apps (and no app store) that out of the box it was difficult to take advantage of this speed. Another problem was battery life. That 1000mAh unit is just not big enough; only just giving us a day of ‘normal’ use, i.e. a bit of web browsing, listening to music, video watching, as well as several hours of standby. If Toshiba could have crammed in 1500mAh cell we think it would make all the difference.
Still, the combination of a large screen, slim form factor, and lightening fast performance means we can actually see past this handset’s poor camera, crummy custom interface, sheer bulk, and poor battery life. In fact, we reckon if you’re the type of person that likes to tweak the OS, install custom interfaces, and generally completely revamp and tinker with your phone then the TG01 could be a great hardware base on which to do so.
The Toshiba TG01 is a peculiar device that will appeal to some as greatly as it appalls others. It’s a massive handset but it lacks a decent camera, or even a headphone socket. It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 with a very poor custom interface, and is consequently a pig to use for general phone activities. However, its enormous 4.1in, high-resolution screen, slim profile, and lightening fast performance, courtesy of its Snapdragon processor, means some will find it to be the perfect hardware platform to tweak to their own needs.