Performance and Battery:

During our time using the tablet indoors, we didn’t experience any major fluctuations with its Wi-Fi connectivity. In fact, it’s able to maintain a sufficient connection at 30 feet away from a wireless router.

Setting its display brightness to the automatic setting, we’re glad to report that it’s able to provide us with up to 1 ½ days of battery life with our light usage. Oppositely, we’re able to get by a single day with heavy usage – though, there is an “Enabled Balanced Power” option that better optimizes its consumption.

Conclusion:

No longer regarded as a newcomer in the Android tablet scene, Toshiba is doing a great job in building up its reputation with its new line of Excite tablets. Just like its names, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the diminutive Toshiba Excite 7.7, as it boasts top-notch hardware in a compact body. From its rigorous performing quad-core processor to its stunning “AutoBrite” AMOLED display, there are a lot of things that reels us into this tablet. However, we’re stopped dead in our tracks as we look upon the expensive $450 price point attached to this base 16GB Wi-Fi only version. At this level, it’s going to be a hard sell for most people, seeing that you can pick up things like the Asus Transformer Prime for $50 more – or on the other end of the spectrum, pay considerably less for something like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Nowadays, pricing is such an instrumental figure in making a device successful or not, but with this, we feel it’s doing more harm than good.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 4.0.3
Kernel Version: 2.6.39.3-geaeacad
Build Number: IML74K.01.000050418



Pros

  • Solid construction
  • Vibrant AutoBrite AMOLED display
  • Fast performance

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Poor photo/video quality
  • Extremely weak speakers

PhoneArena Rating:

6.8

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4 Comments

3. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Mark my words, the Nexus 7 tablet will get a crappy score too because of the lack of camera.

4. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

but why would anyone want to take pictures with a tablet holding it is just awkward it has a front facing camer a right?

1. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Before any says "Another tablet let down for it's camera", keep in mind that if a feature is included then they (the manufacturer of the device) should make it work properly even though cameras on tablets aren't necessary.

2. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Your right man but as we are always saying the camera in a tablet should take only 1/10 (or 1.5/10) of the overall score and not a third like in smartphones ! For me the right score for this review should be 7.5/10 and iPad 3 should be 8 for its crappy front facing camera (that is the only camera that it's used in a tablet to do videochat, cause it's completely madness to take photoes and videos with a tablet)
Excite 7.7
  • Display 7.7 inches
    720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDHC
  • OS Android 4.0

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