By Claire Reilly

Apple is gearing up to begin selling the new iPad in Australian stores this week – describing it as a “category defining” product, with “invisible” technology that turns it into a “magical pane of glass that can become anything you want it to be”.

Nothing like keeping it simple.

While any tablet released this week will understandably meet some stiff competition in the iPad, Toshiba has decided to brave the storm by releasing its first Windows-enabled device, the WT200 Tablet.

Toshiba has said the tablet is “ideal for business” but has fallen short of heaping it with the curiously-worded epithets that Apple has bestowed upon the new iPad. Perhaps that is just as well – while the WT200 may not catch the eye of Apple fanboys, it may well succeed in scooping up a proportion of the market that is over all things Apple.

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Here’s what Justin White, product marketing manager at Toshiba Australia had to say about the company’s newest gadget.

“The WT200 Tablet is like having a portable office at your fingertips,” said White. “It offers seamless compatibility with an in-office desktop environment and gives users access to all the essential applications, software and security that business users need on the move.

“Organisations can be assured that data is kept secure with the highest levels of data network security through the built-in TPM (Trusted Platform Module), making it the perfect secure mobile device for corporate and government organisations.

“One of the attractions for users is the pre-installed Microsoft Windows 7 Pro platform that enables quick connectivity.  The Toshiba WT200 Tablet also has the added benefit of built-in 3G for easy online access and a range of ports so users can work effectively in or out of the office.”

The tablet is set to be available in Australia “at the end of March through resellers and in selected retail stores in April,” and will have an RRP of $999.

Here’s a list of the WT200 Tablet’s specifications, provided by Toshiba:
-10.1-inch Wide View Angle HD screen with a 1366×768 display.
– Windows 7 OS (compatible with future Windows operating systems).
-Weighs less than 800 grams, 14-millimetres thick.
-10 finger multi-touch support.
-SD Card slot, Micro HDMI, USB 2.0, Mini USB 2.0, Microphone & headphone Combo port.
-64GB Solid State Drive.
-3-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 1.3-megapixel front camera with LED.
-2700mAh Lithium-Ion battery.

The Toshiba WT200 Tablet.

A rear view, showing the "Frozen Silver" finish.