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Companion devices come in all shapes and sizes, from big-screen smartphones through tablets to netbooks and ultraportables, but Toshiba is hoping that by borrowing a little of each they'll find a gap in the market. The Toshiba AC100 looks like a netbook but runs Android, an OS we're more familiar with on smartphones or, more recently, tablets. The company reckons a traditional keyboard and NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor should make the AC100 the best multimedia, browsing and communication ultraportable around, but is Android being asked to do more than it's currently capable of? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. The production AC100 has certainly been tightened up from the flexing, creaking prototypes Toshiba showed at the ultraportable's launch. Although you can still see some chassis-bend if you hold the notebook by the very corner with the screen open, there's no bowing of the keyboard tray as you type and the keys themselves are firm and nicely clicky. We've used plenty of ultraportables over the years, but the AC100′s slender construction was still enough to impress coming out of the box; significantly tapered edges and a mere 0.87kg weight make for an impressively portable machine.
There's no denying that over the last couple of years we've witnessed a shift in the tech landscape. There's been the rise of the iPhone, the birth of the netbook, introduction of Android and, most recently, the coming of the tablet. All have contributed to creating a world in which our devices are increasingly portable but, in the confusion of manufacturers scrabbling to keep up with the trailblazers, some pretty odd devices have been chucked up.In our opinion the AC100 is such as device. It's neither a netbook, tablet or smartphone but tries to be a little of all – and doesn't quite pull it off.Tohsiba designed the AC100 to be a mobile internet device (MID) for those after a portable web browsing experience but, while there's no doubt fundamentally the AC100 succeeds on this front, there are some issues.Most noticeably for us is the poor implementation of Android 2.1 – which the AC100 runs. We love Google's Android operating system on a smartphone, but without touch functionality it feels like a fish out of water, with poor usability being the outcome.But it's not all bad, and great build quality and portability make the AC100 a device that will certainly appeal to some.