DGSi has quietly put the Toshiba Folio 100 tablet, which is the model directly before the Thrive AT100, on sale on its Ebay outlet for a mere £199.97 icluding delivery, which is half of the price of the AT100.
But before you enter your Paypal details, just remember that Dixons (and Currys and PC World) had to pull the Toshiba Folio 100 last year after recording an abnormally high number of returns although we did mention at the time (that was in November) that DSGi introduced the Vega almost at the same time for £239.
Since the launch of the Folio 100 last year, there has been a number of developers who have come up with updates but you will have to be fairly technical. Should you choose that way, you might even get Honeycomb running on the tablet.
While both the AT100 and the Folio 100 come with the same SoC, an Nvidia Tegra 2 clocked at 1GHz, have the same amount of onboard storage (16GB), HDMI port, Bluetooth, USB and have the same screen size (10.1-inch), there is a significant gap between the two.
The AT100 has twice the amount of memory (1GB), a higher resolution (1280x800 vs 1024x600), Honeycomb rather than Froyo, two cameras rather than one, the presence of onboard GPS, and the lack of Android Market on the Folio 100.
What has changed since then is the arrival on the market of Android-based tablets, like the Hannspree Hannspad and the Kogan tablet, which cost around £150 that have significantly altered the market dynamics.