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Sizing up Toshiba's trio of Excite Android tablets

by Blogger on ‎06-29-2012 09:48 AM - last edited on ‎07-20-2012 02:18 PM by Administrator

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Toshiba's revamped the styling and focus of its Android tablet line. Last year's Thrive 10 and 7-inch models had competitive specs as well as rugged design treatments and in the case of the 10-inch version, a removable battery.

 

For 2012, Toshiba refreshed its 10 and 7-inch models now branded under the Excite line of Ice Cream Sandwich enabled devices and they've also introduced the 13.3-inch variant that is the biggest Android tablet we've seen to date.

 

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Toshiba believes that there is an Android tablet for every user. They've covered the popular 10-inch line with the  Excite 10 AT300. Shedding the bulky rubber exterior of the last generation, the Excite 10 features a good array of ports as well as the latest NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor, 1GB of RAM and front and rear facing cameras.

 

Users will also enjoy easy syncing and sharing with external devices through built-in ports, including Micro USB, Micro HDMI and a full-size SD card slot.

 

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The specs of the Excite 10 have been replicated on the new 7-inch Excite 7.7 tablet. The big difference here is the new AMOLED screen used on the 7-inch tablet that really makes photos and video pop. A great device for those who want their tablets compact and easy to carry.

 

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Extremely thin and light at just 0.3 inches and light at less than one pound, the Excite 7 personifies the portable powerhouse. Pricing starts at  $499.99 for the 16GB model.

 

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The big surprise of this year's Toshiba lineup is the 13.3 inch Excite model that offers the same innards and features as its smaller siblings but in a bodacious  package.

 

The Venti-sized tablet supposedly targets home users who want something bigger to read, surf the web or play games with. It is essentially the same size as a 13-inch notebook without the keyboard. It takes some getting used to for sure and if you find your current 10-inch tablet hard to hold with one hand for prolonged periods of time, this will only become trickier with the Excite 13. Thankfully, Toshiba is adding a nice aluminum stand for free with every purchase.

 

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The giant tablet measures 0.4 inches thin and weighs 2.2 pounds. It also features a 13.3-inch AutoBrite LED Backlit display, boasts a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio and 1600x900 resolution, making it perfect for watching HD movies and videos.

 

A four-speaker sound system with exclusive sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS. While many apps scale nicely on this expansive display, we're sure that some, specially smartphone apps,  will look a little bit strange as developers never considered a screen size of this magnitude for Android.

 

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The Excite 13.3 starts at $649.99 for the 16GB model. All three of the new Toshiba Excite tablets are expected to start selling this weekend. Which size do you fancy?

 

Photos by Gadjo C. Sevilla

 

 

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