Toshiba TG01 exclusive to Orange UK out on July 10th 2009

I’ve always thought of Toshiba as a manufacturer of laptops, so when I first saw this news post about the Toshiba TG01 in the Orange News Room, my initial reaction was of complete surprise.

Having watched the lovely Connor from Orange UK demonstrating the phone (below):

it turns out that with a 4.1″ WVGA screen and a 1Ghz CPU, it makes it the fastest phone with the widest screen in the UK at present, yet surprisingly, it only weighs a featherlight 129g and is a mere (some say impossible) 9.9mm in depth. It has Windows Mobile 6.1 installed although this is upgradeable to 6.5, and before I forget – it even has a 3.2 MegaPixel AutoFocus camera.

ITPro‘s Maggie Holland gave the phone a 4 page review and reckoned that if this was Toshiba’s first generation smart phone offering, then we should really look forward to in their 2nd generation. Will Park at IntoMobile did a video hands-on review on Youtube and the phone did look incredibly sleek next to his iPhone 3g, but the current User Interface menu (not Toshiba’s User Interface by the way in this review) seems to be more than complex, although Windows Mobile 6.5 seems to have simplified the interface in this review by Noah at

The Toshiba TG01 will be FREE for those happy to take out a 24 month contract at &pound 39.15 per month. This will give you

  • 1200 any network call minutes
  • Unlimited texts
  • Orange Maps
  • Inclusive anytime internet browsing
  • Free 8-GB MicroSD card

Not unlike the contract offered for the HTC Hero and yet another LONG tie-in.