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Toshiba’s Excite 7.7 was an Android tablet made to go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7. When we were handed one to review, we fell in love with its 1,280 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 chipset and a battery life of over 10 hours. It failed, nevertheless, as many do, with its bad cameras, choppy audio performance and a top-heavy launch cost that would hold off lots of buyers. But now, time has passed, the rate has actually fallen and plenty of you may have made the financial investment. So it’s to you that we ask, how’s it going? Why not tell us exactly what, if somebody asked you, would you change?
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Toshiba’s Excite 7.7 was an Android tablet designed to go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7. When we were handed one to review, we fell in love with its 1,280 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 chipset and a battery life of over 10 hours. It failed, however, as so many do, with its poor cameras, choppy audio performance and a top-heavy launch price that would put off many buyers. But now, time has passed, the price has fallen and plenty of you might have made the investment. So it’s to you that we ask, how’s it going? Why not tell us what, if someone asked you, would you change?
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In its sophomore attempt at cranking out Android tablets, Toshiba has unleashed the Excite set, a trifecta of thin tablet terror, upon Terran zone. The smallest of the Thrive-topping triad isthe Tegra 3-toting Excite 7.7, a close competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. It’s mobile, sports a beautiful AMOLED display and packs lots of refining power. Regrettably for customers, there typically aren’t too lots of tablets this little with this wonderful a display, which implies it’ll be much simpler for Toshiba to be seen. Concerning the US on June 24th, the WiFi-only model of the 7.7– additionally known as the AT270– will be readily available for $ 500 with 16GB and $ 580 for 32GB. It’s not the most flattering price, but the Tegra 3 and brilliant display help alleviate the discomfort your billfold may experience. But is it worth it? You know just what to do: head on past the break for our detailed review. Continue reading Toshiba Excite 7.7 reviewToshiba Excite 7.7 evaluation initially appeared on Engadget on Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink|| Email this |
In the tablet market, big as it is, one notion generally holds true: thinner equals better. Toshiba, for example, surely tried to equate a svelte silhouette with a premium product in its super-slim Excite 10 LE. And indeed, its 1.18-pound body and solid Honeycomb experience add up to tablet that puts Toshiba’s earlier Thrives to shame. That $ 530 model is definitely priced like a high-end tablet, but it’s accompanied by a new, lower-priced Toshiba slate, the Excite 10.
For $ 450, you get a tablet with a tad more meat on its bones, but that increase in weight and thickness comes with some more powerful specs: a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM — not to mention Ice Cream Sandwich. While you can probably guess which of these slates makes a stronger contender (hint: the one without the “LE”), figuring out the Toshiba Excite 10′s place in the grand hierarchy of tablets takes a little more exploration. Luckily, that’s what we’re here for, so join us past the break as we do our best to get through the review without a single “excite” pun.
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Spring has come, and like new buds springing forth from the loamy earth, so too are new gadgets constantly being released into the real world. Today’s first helping of new gear comes from Toshiba, who has just fleshed out their Excite line of Android tablets with three new entrants: the Excite 7.7, Excite 10, and the plus-sized Excite 13.
These three new Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tabs share most of the same fundamentals — they all sport NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor for example, as well as 1GB of RAM, a pair of rear and front-facing camera (5 and 2MP, if you’re interested). Also appearing throughout the line are the usual complement of WiFi and Bluetooth radios, which are nestled within tidy aluminum frames.
As their names imply though, each tab sports a distinctly-sized (and Gorilla Glass swathed) display that Toshiba presumably hopes will help them squeeze into a handful of niches. Take the Excite 7.7 for instance — Toshiba’s super-portable offering is the thinnest of the lot with a 0.3-inch waistline and is also the only to feature a AMOLED display.
That portability and power will definitely cost customers a pretty penny though, as the 16GB model will hit shelves on June 10 with a hefty $ 499 price tag. Customers looking to step up their memory game can expect to fork over a total of $ 579 should they opt for the 32GB variant. Heads up folks, the Excite 7.7 also has a microSD card slot, so you can probably score 32GB of storage for a little bit less.
The Excite 13 sits on the other end of the size spectrum, and Toshiba pegs the big guy as being a real winner when it comes to media playback thanks to that sizable 13.3-inch 1600 x 900 display and its array of four speakers. Also onboard are a Micro HDMI port for some quick TV connections and a full-sized SD card slot for additional storage. It’s also worth noting that while it may seem like the homebody of the group, it isn’t terribly tough to lug around at 2.2 pounds.
Should Toshiba’s claims pan out, the Excite 13 shouldn’t leave too many users in the lurch with a dead battery — they report that they’ve been able to squeeze an awfully appropriate 13 hours of use out of the thing. Expect the 32GB model to go for $ 649 and the 64GB model to retail for $ 749.99 when they launch alongside the Excite 7.7 on June 10.
Meanwhile, the Excite 10 (not to be confused with the very similarly named Excite 10 LE) is nestled right in the middle and purely in terms of hardware, it’s more robust than the tab that preceded it. In order to make that happen though, Toshiba had to compromise a bit on the size. While the original Excite 10 LE featured a remarkably thin 0.3-inch waistline, the new Excite 10 sports an ever-so-slightly chubbier build at 0.35 inches thick (the decision to keep the Micro HDMI port and go for a full-size SD card slot probably didn’t help).
If you’re the sort that can’t bear to wait for shiny new gear, than the Excite 10 may be the tab to keep your eye on — it’s going to be released ahead of its brethren on May 6, with prices ranging from $ 449 for the 16GB model, $ 549 for the 32GB, and $ 649 for the 64GB.
When Toshiba first entered the tablet space, they specifically told us “we’re not focusing on thin and light, we’re focusing on usability.” This was true — both the Thrive and Thrive 7″ have a host of ports and the big guy even has a removable battery.
But it would seem that Toshiba is ready to switch up the strategy, as the company is today announcing the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet, the Excite X10 LE.
Not sure where the whole “LE” thing came from so let’s just ignore that. The X10 has a brushed magnesium alloy back panel and only weighs 1.18lbs with a waistline of 7.7mm. For some perspective, the Droid Razr is 7.1mm thick.
The slate runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but Toshiba and I talked tirelessly about this and you can rest assured the X10 will run Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of spring. Past that, you’ll have a 1280×800 10.1-inch AutoBrite display, along with a OMAP 4430 1.2GHz dual-core processor.
Portage seems to be Toshiba’s specialty, and even as such a thin slate, the X10 still makes room for the necessary connectivity. MicroUSB, HDMI, and microSD slots are all included, along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. On the back you’ll find a 5-megapixel camera capable of video capture in 1080p, along with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for video chat.
The Excite X10 comes in both 16- and 32GB flavors for $ 529 and $ 599 respectively.
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So much excitement. This is my first CES and while MG may be correct to think that some of my fellow tech bloggers find this trip a tad tedious, I’m pink with barely controlled glee just from being here. But I’ve been excited about CES for a few weeks now, ever since I went to meet with Toshiba and get a sneak peek at their latest tablet.
The Excite X10 is now the world’s thinnest 10-inch tablet, measuring in at just .3 inches thick and weighing just 1.2 lbs. But don’t forget that the iPad 3 is presumably just around the corner (along with quite a few Android slates this week), so anything can change. A brushed magnesium alloy finish graces its backside, with Corning Gorilla glass up front to prevent any scratching. It’s really a beauty.
Under the hood you’ll find a TI OMAP 4420 1.2GHz dual-core processor along with 1GB of RAM. As far as the OS goes, however, Toshiba was a bit iffy. The tablet will either ship in mid Q1 with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, or a bit later with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather wait a bit longer for Ice Cream Sandwich.
The 10-inch screen boasts a resolution of 1280×800, and is built with a special direct bonding technology that allows for such a thin profile. A 2-megapixel front-facing shooter is present and accounted for if you’re into video chat, and a 5-megapixel shooter can be found on the backside of the tab.
Toshiba’s all about the ports, and has been with each tablet offering it’s brought to market. With the Excite X10, you’ll have access to a micro USB, mini HDMI out, and micro SD card slot. Obviously full-sized ports are more accessible, but fitting these smaller connectivity points onto such a thin tablet is commendable nonetheless.
Toshiba is also rather good at leaving Android alone, and has thus implemented very little of its own software. That includes its own media player featuring DNLA compatibility (which has been revamped from previous versions and looks much cleaner), Toshiba’s File Manager, Netflix, and QuickOffice. Toshiba’s also added an app to let you screen grab which has been sorely missing in Android for longer than I care to think about.
Android tablets have been quite the flop in the past year (with the exception of the Kindle Fire, sort of), but I have a good feeling about 2012 Android slates if this is the type of stuff we’re going to see.
Pricing is still unclear for this guy, but with its premium status I’d assume it’ll face off against the iPad more so than the Kindle Fire.
(Note on images: Regza is the tablet’s Asian name, and won’t appear on U.S. units)
We’ve already heard a fair bit about Toshiba’s forthcoming 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet, but the company has only now finally confirmed a name — Excite, previously seen in a trademark filing — and a launch date (or month, anyway) for the tablet outside of Europe. You can look for it to roll out for an as yet unspecified price sometime in January — in Canada, at least (though we’d presume a US launch will be around the same time). It will come in both 16GB and 32GB versions, each of which pack a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 processor, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, a 5 megapixel cam ’round back, and a microSD card slot and a micro HDMI port. Toshiba also boasts that it’s the “world’s thinnest, lightest tablet,” with it measuring just 7.7 mm thick and weighing in at 558 grams (or 1.23 pounds).