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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