Toshiba Excite 7.7 Review
Sometimes, it's rather difficult to establish a presence when so many other manufacturers have saturated the market with their offerings. Interestingly, that's the predicament that we find Toshiba in, as they're slowly trying to build up their brand recognition amongst the competitive Android tablet market. Fortunately, they're steering themselves toward the correct direction, which is evident by the Toshiba Excite 10 that we reviewed recently. Donning nearly the same hardware as its sibling, the Toshiba Excite 7.7 just might satisfy those consumers looking to pick up a tablet that's a bit more compact.
The package contains:
- Proprietary USB cable
- Wall charger
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety Guide
Essentially, the Toshiba Excite 7.7 is a miniaturized version of the Excite 10, seeing that it employs the same exact design. For a compact tablet, it's undeniably solid with its overall construction – aided by its rigid aluminum casing. With it, the tablet sports a clean finish that doesn't retain much debris. Furthermore, it has all of the lovable qualities of a premier tablet to make it stand out – like being svelte (0.3” thick) and lightweight (13.4 oz). No, there's no differentiation with this one, but nevertheless, it's absolutely one of the better-made 7-inchers out there.
Sporting the same set of buttons and ports as its bigger brother, we find a physical power button, orientation lock, volume rocker, microphone, microUSB port (data only), microSD card slot, proprietary docking port, and stereo speakers all around its edges.
In terms of cameras, there's nothing out place as we find a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel snapper in the rear, both of which can shoot videos in 720p.
Complementing its chiseled looks, one of the main standouts of the Toshiba Excite 7.7 is its brilliant 7.7" WXGA (1280 x 800) AutoBrite AMOLED display. Coining the "AutoBrite" moniker, it's essentially one and the same as the Super AMOLED display found with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. Obviously, it's highly detailed enough to make out even the finest of things easily legible from any distance. Additionally, much like any other AMOLED display, our eyes fall in love with its vibrant color tones, wide viewing angles, high contrast, and perfect black color production. However, we still find ourselves shielding it in direct sunlight.