Toshiba Excite 10 Review
Call it taking the safe approach, Toshiba decided on giving us a stock Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich experience with the Excite 10 – meaning, there’s nothing different about it versus other recent ICS tablet offerings. Sure, we’re still presented with that always expected high-level of personalization, but it would’ve been nice to see some additional widgets just to give the experience a tiny bit of personality to differentiate itself from the pack. Conversely, we’re certain that there are people out there that simply prefer a vanilla experience that won’t burden its performance.
Hardly a shocker to us, the Excite 10 is easy on the fingers when it comes to typing with its on-screen keyboards, which consists of the stock and Swype keyboards. More than spacious thanks to its screen size, it’s accompanied with a peppy responsiveness to keep up with our rate of input.
Considering that we’re presented with a stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience, we’re treated to both the standard email and Gmail apps. Although they share the same familiar two-panel interface, the standard email app allows us to execute pinch gestures to zoom – whereas in Gmail, it’s stuck on a fixed view.
In terms of preloaded apps out of the box, there are an abundance of third party ones – these include Amazon Kindle, Amazon MP3, Backgammon, Crackle, HW Euchre SE, HW Hearts SE, HW Solitaire SE, HW Spades SE, Kaspersky Tablet Security, LogMeIn, Netflix, Quickoffice, Rdio, WildTangent, and Zinio.
Processor and Memory:
Without a doubt, we’re comforted to know that the tablet is powered by a feverish paced quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and coupled with 1GB of RAM. Using the same CPU that’s used by its contemporary in the Asus Transformer Prime, the Excite 10 effortlessly performs nearly all tasks without a hitch – though, every now and then, we do experience just a tiny bit of lag. Nonetheless, it’s able to maintain its fluidity with its operations to instill in us that it’s a powerhouse. And of course, the benchmark results go on to confirm our expectations.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Toshiba Excite 10||4046||10675||47,7|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1||2341||5167||20,6|
|Asus Trasnsformer Pad 300||3872||9551||47,1|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)||2711||4995||18,7|
Available in either 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, they’re priced respectively at $449.99, $529.99, and $649.99. So if you do the math, you get the most bang for the buck with the 32GB model. Then again, its capacity can be supplemented thanks to its full-sized SD card slot.
Internet and Connectivity:
Honestly, you really can’t go wrong in the web browsing department when you’re packing a mighty fast quad-core processor underneath the hood. Rightfully so, the Toshiba Excite 10 fits the bill as it’s able to provide us with smooth operations with all of its navigational controls. Throw in its ability to play Adobe Flash content without flinching, we’re encompassed with a very rewarding experience throughout it all.
Currently, all three models of the Toshiba Excite 10 are 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi only tablets – with no word on whether we’ll see ones with cellular connectivity. Connected to a hotspot that’s approximately 30 feet away, the tablet seems to have a decent connection to it – and in our time using it, we didn’t experience any major fluctuations or disconnects. Additionally, it features aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and mass storage support with its microUSB port.
1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Once again a tablet gets a low score because of its camera.
7. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I just opened the review and came down to the bottom of the page to the comments as it was highly expected that again i will find a comment about the rating and that too based on the camera and yupp.. i found your comment..
So this review is going to be the same as the other reviews out there with a regular con in the tablets section that the camera is not good enough.. Maybe PhoneArena should do something or otherwise they will soon lose their respect and followers especially for the review of Tablets
2. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
whos gonna go around with a tablet and take photos whenu got ur phone? plus it looks weird too.. taking fotos with ur tablet ll
4. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Most people use their tablets for hours a day. When a good picture op comes up, the camera is right there. Its more convenient than anything else if you are already holding the tablet. Not to mention the fact that the viewfinder and picture review can't be beat.
Its also great if you want to take a picture to sell on craigslist or ebay. The ebay and craigslist apps on tablet are much easier to use than on a phone.
I've been using tablets for more than a year and taken tons of picture with them.
9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
When people are buying a tablet do you really think the first thought that comes to their mind is "Boy I sure hope this tablet takes good photos and video recording!" No they are thinking about how large the display is and how smooth the OS is. Toshiba has finally done it with a good smooth tablet and to give it a score of 7 just because of it's photo quality is just flat out silly.
5. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
once again phonearena rates a good product low because of there love for the IPAD and IPHONE
6. hfd1113 (Posts: 7; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)
It is difficult for humans to be objective. I have the Excite 10, and I have used most of the others. As with so-called smart phones, their is not a lot of difference between tablets.
8. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I like the way Toshiba let inside it a clean copy of Android ICS other than the buggy and the laggy OS that is given to us by many of the companies, i would prefer a clean Android anytime over the customized OSes by various companies
Get a clean Android and then install a launcher of your own choice if you really want some very much customization otherwise the Stock Android is way more for any average user and you can't hate it at all
10. ktk27 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)
Actually, the rating of the camera is one of the first things I look at in the review. I would not spend $450.00 for a lousy camera. I know many people who use their tablet everyday to video something - dancers in particular find them useful to video performances, practice, routines and new moves. No one feels weird using the tablet in that manner. If you don't want to use it, fine, don't. Other people will find that a really good camera is essential. And a lousy camera is a deal breaker. Different strokes for different folks.
12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
You wouldn't find it odd if PhoneArena gave the same score to this tablet if it was the other way around? Had a great camera but piss poor performance?
If you want a great camera, buy a camera. I want a tablet with smooth performance and a large display for video, internet purposes. Not for a camera.
13. DawsonLee (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)
I do think that persecuting a tablet for it's poor camera is unjustified, some effect maybe but not one to make a tablet as good as this worth only 7.0 pts. Anyway, i do believe that PA has used a TF101 picture to mark the Asus Transformer Prime on the 1st page?