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Dixons drops Tosh Folio tablet

A high return rate has convinced Dixons to pull the plug on sales of the Toshiba Folio 100 Android tablet only days after it was introduced in the UK.

The device had been expected to pose of bit of competition to Apple's all-conquering iPad with better specs and lesser price.

And at £329, it did manage to attract a few customers but many of these were disappointed by a number of shortcomings, including the inability to load Flash - a feature that would have distinguished it from the Flash-phobic iPad. Customers also complained about the the lack of access to the Android Marketplace with others bemoaning a lack of "pinch to zoom", according to reports.

The Rogister reckons Dixons raised the price of the tablet to £999 to prevent further sales.

Dixons had a 21-day exclusive deal on the Folio 100 and, following the complaints, has removed it temporarily from its web site pending further investigation.

Toshiba UK issued a statement saying that it "is aware of reports regarding customer returns of the Folio 100, and is currently working with Dixons Retail to provide a solution. An update on availability will be provided in due course."