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.