Toshiba Excite Pro Review – an Expensive Tablet with Sluggish Performance

Heidi Speare August 25, 2013 0

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Toshiba works hard to be compatible on the tablet market and satisfy its customers with a tablet that will meet their requirements. This company has tried its best to produce a tablet that will have an expendable storage capacity, dual cameras, micro HDMI ports and Harman Kardon speakers. However, there are some flaws that this tablet has and despite its powerful processor, it’s too expensive. For a price of $500 you will buy some other Android based tablet like the Nexus 10 or Kindle Fire HD 8.9 that will give you a better experience. However, let’s cut to the chase and begin with our report because someone might fall in love in Toshiba Excite Pro’s design and features.

Design

This tablet has a nice design with a textured plastic backside. It offers a comfortable feel while you are holding it because of its back texture and rounded corners. When you are using it in landscape, you will find the power button placed on the top slightly towards the tablets middle. You will feel a slight difficulty when you will need to press it without looking on it, but you will get used to it. Toshiba Excite Pro measures:

  • Width: 10.3 inches
  • Height: 7 inches
  • Depth: 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 1.39 pounds

If you look at the left edge of this tablet, you will find the volume rocker, headphone jack and the microSD slot. Alongside these ports, there is also a micro HDMI port and micro USB port. On the back, there is an 8-mpix camera along with a LED flash. There are also the previously mentioned Harman Kardon speakers which are placed on the right and left side. It weighs equally to the other 10-inch tablets but with its definitely thicker than most of them. All in all, Toshiba Excite Pro has an amazing design.

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Features

We mentioned that the Excite Pro is an Android-based tablet. It ships with 4.2.1 OS version and features few customizations by the company. One of them is the camera app called Tru Capture. This application leans toward business users because it takes improved pictures with white background like notebooks, magazines or whiteboard.

Probably you will capture a glare spot from the lights in the room while you want to take a photo of the presentation board. Toshiba addressed this and gave an option that requires two pictures:

  • Head-on picture with the glare
  • Picture from angled position that won’t show glare

After you complete this task, the app will combine these two pictures into one and won’t show the glare. We are sure that some will take advantage of this app but I know that I’m not one of them.

The autocrop feature does all the work for you. It predicts how you want to crop your taken image and zooms in quite relevant info. It’s not that accurate like it has been shown but you can always adjust the crop lines manually.

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Hardware

Under the hood, there is a 1.8 GHz quad-core Tegra 4 processor that comes from Nvidia alongside with a 72-core GPU and 2GB of RAM. For a $500 price, this tablet comes with 32GB of upgradable storage that supports up to 64GB. The thing that bugs me the most is its MicroUSB slot that is used only for transferring files and not for charging. It has a small power AC adapter that is used for charging the battery. It comes with a support for Wi-Fi 802.11 (a.b.g.n), GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.

Performance

This is where the Excite Pro falls short. We’ve been wondering how a tablet with a great processor can give poor performance results. We experienced a complete shut down while we were performing some usual tests. I’ve felt that it’s overheating and probably this was the main reason for the shutting down. I didn’t force it to do some difficult tasks except playing a game. It didn’t give fast results while I was navigating through the interface experiencing some unresponsive reaction to my swipes for couple of seconds.

Its 2,560 x 1600 pixel resolution offers sharp details like any other tablet but the screen colors are causing some problems giving low quality. It offers lower maximum brightness than the other tablets which makes it really difficult for using it outside, exposed to sun glare. You will use the 1.3-mpix front-facing camera only for video calls and even then, it will give you poor quality. However, the main rear camera gave pretty good pictures and it handles picture and video colors great.

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Overall

It comes equipped with many features but to be honest, you can do so much better for a $500 price tag. The sluggish performance and poor colors could be easily forgot if this was a low-price tablet but under these circumstances, you will want something great if you are about to spend all that money. If you want to buy this tablet you will get a sharp screen, expandable storage capacity and a nice 8-mpix camera and you have to deal with overheating, freezing screens while playing a game or streaming some video. You must get over the shutting down without any reason and this high price you must to pay for low performance.

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