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Toshiba Excite 10 review

6.9/10 AVG.
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6.9/10
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The Toshiba Excite 10 currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Toshiba Excite 10, or Toshiba AT305, is a tablet that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 10.1-inch screen. It features dual cameras, Wi-Fi, plenty of pre-installed apps, and NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor. It can be fitted with a SIM card and used to make calls, but doesn’t come with many call management features since it isn’t primarily a tablet. The Excite 10 can also be used for file sharing via Bluetooth or to watch videos through any compatible TV via the built-in HDMI port.

There are both front and rear cameras with which you can also capture videos in 3GP, 3GPP, and MP4 formats. You will only get modest picture and video quality though and should not expect the sensors on the cameras to serve as a proper point-and-shoot replacement. All of the above-mentioned features are packed inside a case that weighs just a hair under 600 grams, which is lighter than the Apple iPad.

All in all, the Excite 10 offers most of the features that people look for in a tablet. Still, it somehow fails to impress. The tablet competition is pretty stiff nowadays and it simply doesn’t bring anything exciting to the table. It gives solid performance with its components but the experience could have been much better with an improved screen or better audio quality. It can only be recommended for users who won’t complain about the hefty price tag while enduring the sub-par performance of the screen.

Need to Know: Toshiba Excite 10

1. User expandable storage up to 32GB. (The Good)

2. Relatively lightweight and easy to hold and use. (The Good)

3. Lacks support for external keyboard dock. (The Bad)

4. Battery takes too long to charge. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Verge

The competition in this screen size is steep, thanks to solid offerings from Asus, Samsung, Acer and others. The Excite 10 is a nice option, but it doesn't offer anything that sets it apart. Its screen isn't great, and though its performance is solid it's equalled by devices like the Transformer Pad...

- David Pierce, The Verge
The Verge

The competition in this screen size is steep, thanks to solid offerings from Asus, Samsung, Acer and others. The Excite 10 is a nice option, but it doesn't offer anything that sets it apart. Its screen isn't great, and though its performance is solid it's equalled by devices like the Transformer Pad...

- David Pierce, The Verge
Computer Shopper

Aside from its somewhat subpar video-capture capabilities, the Excite 10 is in every way an excellent, well-performing slate. We were especially impressed with its stellar sound system—after turning on all the special SRS enhancements, that is. Without them, sound reproduction was at best medi...

- William Harrel, Computer Shopper
Engadget

Toshiba hasn't exactly positioned the Excite 10 as a high-end tablet, and its $450 starting price is par for the course for a mid-range product. We'd choose the Excite 10 over the $530 Excite 10 LE in a heartbeat, as it offers much better performance and Ice Cream Sandwich in a package that's only s...

- Sarah Silbert, Engadget
PhoneArena

Above all, we have to admit that we truly love the direction that Toshiba has gone with this tablet, as it seemingly obliterated all remnants of the Toshiba Thrive from last year that has floated around in our heads. Donning a vastly better looking design combined with some muscle flexing hardware s...

- John V., PhoneArena


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Toshiba Excite 10's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, SD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
25WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 25 WHr battery. Toshiba's performance ratings are 7 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Excite 10 Specs

Overview
Release date May 31, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 25 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 7 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.8 x 26.2 x 0.9 cm (7 x 10.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 599 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Toshiba AT305

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The Verge

Super-thin 7-inch tablet with solid performance but its screen isn't great

from The Verge

The competition in this screen size is steep, thanks to solid offerings from Asus, Samsung, Acer and others. The Excite 10 is a nice option, but it doesn't offer anything that sets it apart. Its screen isn't great, and though its performance is solid it's equalled by devices like the Transformer...More

The competition in this screen size is steep, thanks to solid offerings from Asus, Samsung, Acer and others. The Excite 10 is a nice option, but it doesn't offer anything that sets it apart. Its screen isn't great, and though its performance is solid it's equalled by devices like the Transformer Pad and Transformer Prime, both of which also offer the excellent keyboard dock. Of course, there's also the iPad, which continues to rule the tablet world thanks to an incredible screen and an unparalleled selection of great tablet apps. The Excite 10 is a nice device, certainly Toshiba's most compelling 10-inch tablet so far, but I'm left wanting more.

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The Verge

Super-thin 7-inch tablet with solid performance but its screen isn't great

from The Verge

The competition in this screen size is steep, thanks to solid offerings from Asus, Samsung, Acer and others. The Excite 10 is a nice option, but it doesn't offer anything that sets it apart. Its screen isn't great, and though its performance is solid it's equalled by devices like the Transformer...More

The competition in this screen size is steep, thanks to solid offerings from Asus, Samsung, Acer and others. The Excite 10 is a nice option, but it doesn't offer anything that sets it apart. Its screen isn't great, and though its performance is solid it's equalled by devices like the Transformer Pad and Transformer Prime, both of which also offer the excellent keyboard dock. Of course, there's also the iPad, which continues to rule the tablet world thanks to an incredible screen and an unparalleled selection of great tablet apps. The Excite 10 is a nice device, certainly Toshiba's most compelling 10-inch tablet so far, but I'm left wanting more.

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Computer Shopper

Light and comfortable to hold, sleek-looking design, and good-looking screen

from Computer Shopper

Aside from its somewhat subpar video-capture capabilities, the Excite 10 is in every way an excellent, well-performing slate. We were especially impressed with its stellar sound system—after turning on all the special SRS enhancements, that is. Without them, sound reproduction was at best mediocre. Also impressive was the support for full-size SD cards. Not only does this increase the tablet's storage-space possibilities, but it also makes it easier to transfer data between digital cameras and computers....

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Aside from its somewhat subpar video-capture capabilities, the Excite 10 is in every way an excellent, well-performing slate. We were especially impressed with its stellar sound system—after turning on all the special SRS enhancements, that is. Without them, sound reproduction was at best mediocre. Also impressive was the support for full-size SD cards. Not only does this increase the tablet's storage-space possibilities, but it also makes it easier to transfer data between digital cameras and computers.

Toshiba slates are also among a select few that offer dedicated USB and HDMI ports, allowing you to connect them to peripherals and HD monitors and TVs, as well as connecting to a power source through the dedicated charging port at the same time. Some other slates, such as Samsung's Galaxy Tab models, require a bit of a juggling act and reliance on expensive proprietary adapters. Most others, such Asus' Transformers, provide only HDMI and force you to connect to USB devices via the charging port. Acer's Iconia Tab A510 is the only other recent model we can think of with both dedicated ports.

Considering that tablets are not really video-shooting devices, we can overlook this shortcoming in the Excite 10—somewhat. Our only other complaint is the small 16GB storage capacity for the $449.99 price, but this slate's other features, such as the ability to use 128GB SD cards, make up for that.

Overall, we found the Excite 10 a quite capable tablet with a great screen and sound. If you're dead-set on an Android tablet and can handle the price, we have no trouble at all recommending it. Still, if you're waffling between Android and Apple, bear in mind that the Apple iPad 2 is available at the same (albeit non-expandable) 16GB storage capacity for $50 less.

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Engadget

Smooth performance but has poor camera and display suffers from backlight bleeding

from Engadget

Toshiba hasn't exactly positioned the Excite 10 as a high-end tablet, and its $450 starting price is par for the course for a mid-range product. We'd choose the Excite 10 over the $530 Excite 10 LE in a heartbeat, as it offers much better performance and Ice Cream Sandwich in a package that's only slightly bulkier. And compared to Toshiba's earlier Thrive tablets, not to mention most other competitors, the Excite 10 has an attractive, streamlined design....

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Toshiba hasn't exactly positioned the Excite 10 as a high-end tablet, and its $450 starting price is par for the course for a mid-range product. We'd choose the Excite 10 over the $530 Excite 10 LE in a heartbeat, as it offers much better performance and Ice Cream Sandwich in a package that's only slightly bulkier. And compared to Toshiba's earlier Thrive tablets, not to mention most other competitors, the Excite 10 has an attractive, streamlined design.

As it becomes easier to find a good sub-$500 slate, it's also becoming more common to see quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processors on the spec list. That's all good news for you, dear readers, and the Toshiba Excite 10 has many of the makings of a great Android tablet. The thin and comfortable design, full-size SD card slot, clean build of Ice Cream Sandwich and Tegra 3 power all add up to a good user experience, but shortcomings like backlight bleeding and occasional performance glitches hold this tablet back from earning a glowing endorsement. While $450 is not chump change, the Excite 10 might be worth it if you have your heart set on a 10-incher running Android. However, for the same price, you can get Android tablets from Acer and ASUS that provide longer battery life and equal -- if not better -- performance.

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PhoneArena

Solid aluminum body and fast quad-core processor

from PhoneArena

Above all, we have to admit that we truly love the direction that Toshiba has gone with this tablet, as it seemingly obliterated all remnants of the Toshiba Thrive from last year that has floated around in our heads. Donning a vastly better looking design combined with some muscle flexing hardwar...More

Above all, we have to admit that we truly love the direction that Toshiba has gone with this tablet, as it seemingly obliterated all remnants of the Toshiba Thrive from last year that has floated around in our heads. Donning a vastly better looking design combined with some muscle flexing hardware specs, there’s enough to like about the $450 priced Toshiba Excite 10. Indeed, it’s an exciting offering from Toshiba’s camp, but we’d still settle for a $500 Asus Transformer Prime any day of the week – mainly because the difference in price is justified by its killer design, convertible aspect, and better overall performance. Then again, some people won’t mind saving the $50 by settling with the Toshiba Excite 10 – so it’ll all depend on the circumstance.

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Laptop Magazine

Vibrant display, excellent performance, and thin design that's easy to grip

from Laptop Magazine

With its vibrant display, excellent performance, good port selection and expandable memory, the $449 Excite 10 is a much better value than the $529 Excite 10 LE. We also prefer this tablet's design to chunkier slates like the Ionica Tab A510. However, the mediocre camera and below-average battery life keep this slate from being a top pick....

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With its vibrant display, excellent performance, good port selection and expandable memory, the $449 Excite 10 is a much better value than the $529 Excite 10 LE. We also prefer this tablet's design to chunkier slates like the Ionica Tab A510. However, the mediocre camera and below-average battery life keep this slate from being a top pick.

If you have less money to burn, the $379 ASUS Eee Pad TF300 gives you quad-core power for $70 less, while the more versatile $399 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 doubles as a remote and lasts much longer on a charge. Overall, though, the Excite 10 is a pretty good choice for those who demand expandability without the bulk.

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CNET

Huge expandable memory slot, has fast Tegra 3-induced performance, a comfortable design, and Android 4.0 capabilities

from CNET

The Extcite 10 comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions, starting at $450. That's the same price as the 32GB Acer Iconia Tab A510 and $70 more than the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 with 16GB. Releasing the Excite 10 at $450 with only 16GB of storage, clearly puts it at a price disadvantage compared to the other Tegra 3 tablets....

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The Extcite 10 comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions, starting at $450. That's the same price as the 32GB Acer Iconia Tab A510 and $70 more than the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 with 16GB. Releasing the Excite 10 at $450 with only 16GB of storage, clearly puts it at a price disadvantage compared to the other Tegra 3 tablets.

While it sports overall sound design and fast performance that matches the aforementioned tablets, its one standout feature is the high, 128GB expandable storage option. If storage is important to you, the Excite 10 is one of the best (and one of the most portable) options out there; however, with 128GB SD cards starting at about $150, the costs will begin to pile up. You'll have to decide for yourself whether those costs are worth it.

Whether having potentially monstrous levels of storage is worth the extra money is up to you.

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Mobile Tech Review

Thin, light and premium materials with fast quad core Tegra 3 and runs ICS

from Mobile Tech Review

For those looking for a straight Android tablet rather than a convertible netbook style tablet, we can easily recommend the Toshiba Excite 10. It has the fastest CPU currently available in tablets and the latest OS. It's very fast and stable, and it's thin and light. As a premium product its mate...More

For those looking for a straight Android tablet rather than a convertible netbook style tablet, we can easily recommend the Toshiba Excite 10. It has the fastest CPU currently available in tablets and the latest OS. It's very fast and stable, and it's thin and light. As a premium product its materials and design stand ahead of the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 and Acer Iconia Tab A510. Happily, the metal back doesn't interfere with WiFi and GPS performance as it does on the metal-backed Transformer Prime. Toshiba's biggest challenges are its confusing product names and keen price competition, but we suspect some folks are willing to pay more for a thinner and lighter premium tablet.

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Android Police

A very functional, fast tablet that feels fantastic in the hand

from Android Police

Despite its downsides, the Excite 10 is actually a very nice tablet. It has a premium look and feel, solid performance, and some pretty fantastic and useful software tweaks. Of course, it's a bit on the pricey side compared to the competition, and the amount of light bleed on my review unit is ab...More

Despite its downsides, the Excite 10 is actually a very nice tablet. It has a premium look and feel, solid performance, and some pretty fantastic and useful software tweaks. Of course, it's a bit on the pricey side compared to the competition, and the amount of light bleed on my review unit is absolutely absurd. If this is an issue across all units, then Toshiba really needs to step up its quality control game, because this type of carelessness is unacceptable.

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