Interface and Functionality:

Taking the sure-fire approach of being accepted with open arms by a broad range of consumers, Toshiba opts to keep the vanilla Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich experience for this tablet – much like what we saw already with the Excite 10. Naturally, some will no doubt like having the stock experience, but in the back on our minds, it would’ve been nice to see Toshiba customize the UI a smidgen by throwing in its own set of widgets, but nonetheless, it still boasts the deep personalization that we’d expect to find. Therefore, if you’ve checked out other recent ICS powered tablets, this one should be a familiar one.

Mainly due to the tighter confines we’re left to deal with, typing up messages on its 7.7” display can be a bit challenging in landscape – even more if you have larger than normal digits. However, we prefer using the portrait option just because our thumbs are better able to encompass the entire layout, while still proving us with a responsive rate of input.

When it comes to the core organizer apps, the Excite 7.7 doesn’t deviate from the typical experience, as the calendar, calculator, clock, email, and Gmail apps all follow in form to what we’ve seen constantly in the past.

Knowing that the Toshiba Excite 7.7 isn’t attached to any wireless carrier, the only things we find out of the box are quite a few third party apps – these include Amazon Kindle, Amazon MP3, Backgammon, Crackle, HW Euchre SE, HW Hearts SE, HW Solitaire SE, HW Spades SE, Kaspersky, LogMeIn, Netflix, Quickoffice, Rdio, WildTangent, and Zinio.

Processor and Memory:

Much like some of its highly esteemed colleagues, the Excite 7.7 is a power packed tablet that’s running a snappy quad-core 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM. As expected, it seemingly flies with nearly all operations and rarely exhibits any form of slowdown or lag, which isn’t a surprise since this is the same CPU powering many other mighty tablets – like the Asus Transformer Prime. However, if that’s not enough for you, its benchmark scores seemingly confirm that it’s a juggernaut worthy enough to stand tall amongst the high-end Android tablet market.

Quadrant StandardAnTuTuNenaMark 2
Toshiba Excite 7.739461050754,1
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)2750514430,2
Asus Transformer Pad 3003872955147,1
Toshiba Excite 1040461067547,7

In addition to its 12.65GB of available internal storage out of the box, it can be supplemented thanks to its ever-useful microSD card slot, which can accept cards up to 32GB in size.

Internet and Connectivity:

Hardly a surprise considering all quad-core packing tablets we’ve reviewed have been stellar in their performances, the Excite 7.7 follows in tandem with its great web browsing experience. Not only do pages load and render perfectly, but the fun continues on with its buttery smooth pinch gestures and kinetic scrolling. Facing pages with heavy Adobe Flash content, it doesn’t stutter one bit with its performance, as it continues to maintain a responsive movement with everything.

As of right now, the Toshiba Excite 7.7 is available in Wi-Fi form only – with no official word if any domestic carrier will be selling it with cellular data connectivity. Besides packing 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, the tablet also features aGPS and Bluetooth.

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