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Toshiba Excite 7.7 Tablet Review

Posted: July 20, 2012
Toshiba Excite 7.7 Tablet Review
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The new Toshiba Excite 7.7 comes with a 7.7" screen, Android's latest Ice Cream Sandwich OS and a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor for only $499. So how do all the features play out? Matt Mira and Sara Underwood take a look on Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • At first glance, the Toshiba Excite 7.7 tablet looks like every other Android tablet with a black border and silver, plastic back.
  • It does have a good feel to it with the 7" form factor, which means you can hold it in one hand.
  • The is one of the three Excite models (including a 10" and 13" size).
  • The build quality is solid and definitely doesn't feel cheap.
  • The micro SD and micro USB slots are on the bottom.
  • The side features familiar buttons that feel pretty solid.
  • On the other side are down-facing speakers which don't get very loud and don't sound veyr good.
  • The screen is really good: it's an AMOLED screen with a 1280x800 resolution, which is pretty much the same exact screen as the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
  • We're a fan of these AMOLED screens because the color saturation is fantastic and the blacks are really dark.
  • We would even argue that colors look better on this screen than Apple's Retina Display.
  • This 7" model is actually more expensive than the 10" Excite because of this beautiful screen (the 10" model has a regular LCD).
  • The tablet was also fast, thanks to two major components: Android 4.0 and the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor inside.
  • That's a quad-core chip powering this guy and Ice Cream Sandwich flies on it.
  • Another big positive is that it's near stock Android 4.0, which means there are no stupid skins getting in the way of the OS.
  • All that said, there is still a lack of great apps for Android tablets.
  • While the tablet is fast, that doesn't matter if there isn't any good software.
  • The camera is pretty much exactly what you would expect: crappy.
  • It's a fast camera thanks to all the things we mentioned above but there must be some crazy data that a lot of people use on these cameras, because I don't know why they are on here.
  • You're going to get about 10 hours of battery life from this tablet, so you can go a day or two without having to charge it.
  • Another bonus from the AMOLED screen is that it doesn't hog battery power like LCD screens.

Price

  • $499

Rating

  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • This is a solid Android tablet.
  • The AMOLED screen is top notch and it's fast.
  • The price tag is pretty ridiculous for a 7" tablet, especially since the Kindle Fire and the new Nexus 7 are only $199.

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