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Toshiba Excite 7.7 review

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The Toshiba Excite 7.7 is just one of several Android-powered tablets from Toshiba. It comes in a 7-inch form factor, uses anNVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, offers up to 32GB of onboard storage, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by default. It’s presents a formidable proposition on paper. But just when it seems like nothing could ever go wrong with the Excite 7.7, Toshiba goes and ruins things.

A lot of reviewers have gone on record to say that the 7-inch form factor offers the “sweet spot” in terms of tablet usability and portability. In this regard, the Excite is as sweet as any tablet can be, with its 7.7-inch 1280x720 AMOLEDtouchscreen display. It also carries several other hardware niceties like 1GB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card support, and microUSB connectivity. Its main camera is equipped with a 5-megapixel sensor, while the secondary one which sits up front is a 2-megapixel one. All of these hardware features are kept inside a lightweight aluminum case that measures just 8mm thick. For something so sleek, the Toshiba is a beast.

The problem with this tablet is that Toshiba was determined to put a $500 price tag on it. When it was first launched with this pricing, most people cried fowl. And then when the $200 Google Nexus 7 came out, well, you do the math.

The Excite 7.7 is a feature-packed Android tablet that is truly worthy of praise as far as its hardware and software attributes are concerned. But when you factor in its retail price, that’s when things start to turn sour for this device. It’s definitely worth consideration, but not if its priced north of $300.

Need To Know: Toshiba Excite 7.7

1. The 7.7-inch 1280x720 AMOLED touchscreen display makes the Excite 7.7 among the best in its class in terms of display quality. (The Good)

2. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as default operating system means the Excite 7.7 is brimming with software features. (The Good)

3. Far too expensive when compared with its direct competition. (The Bad)

4. An upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or later versions of Android is unlikely. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
7.7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Guys

The Toshiba Excite 7 shows its shortcomings most when you stack it up against other, sexier devices. Is it boring and uninspired? Yeah, maybe. Would it be worth saving a little bit more and going with a Nexus 7? Isn’t it always? We venture say, however, that mom and dad wouldn’t be upset...

- Scott Webster, Android Guys
Digital Trends

Toshiba’s Excite 7.7 tablet delights with a compact size, plenty of power and a gorgeous AMOLED screen, but can’t compete on price.

- Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends
Android Police

This tablet has a killer display, excellent performance, and an extremely comfortable form factor - so, what's wrong with it? Sadly, the price will be the downfall of this amazing little machine. This is, hands down, one of the best tablets I've ever used. However, with the $200 Nexus 7 on the horiz...

- Cameron Summerson, Android Police
PhoneArena

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 com...

- John V., PhoneArena
GottaBeMobile

The Toshiba Excite 7.7 is one of the first Android tablets good enough to leave my iPad untouched. The small size and good build quality make for a tablet that is perfect for carrying whenever I leave the house. The ability to play great looking games on the Toshiba Excite 7.7 is a big plus for use...

- Josh Smith, GottaBeMobile


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Screen Size
7.7"

The Toshiba Excite 7.7's screen size is 7.7 inches with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

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

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.1.1 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

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 GB

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

Battery
15WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 15 WHr battery. Toshiba's performance ratings are 7 days standby time, 6 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Excite 7.7 Specs

Overview
Release date June 30, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.1.1 Jelly Bean)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 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 15 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 6 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] 13.5 x 20.6 x 0.8 cm (5.3 x 8.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 349 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7.7 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
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 MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
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, WMV
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, WMV
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 AT275

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Critic Reviews


Android Guys

A stock Android experience with entry-level hardware

from Android Guys

The Toshiba Excite 7 shows its shortcomings most when you stack it up against other, sexier devices. Is it boring and uninspired? Yeah, maybe. Would it be worth saving a little bit more and going with a Nexus 7? Isn’t it always? We venture say, however, that mom and dad wouldn’t be upset with you if you brought one home for them.

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The Toshiba Excite 7 shows its shortcomings most when you stack it up against other, sexier devices. Is it boring and uninspired? Yeah, maybe. Would it be worth saving a little bit more and going with a Nexus 7? Isn’t it always? We venture say, however, that mom and dad wouldn’t be upset with you if you brought one home for them.

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Digital Trends

It is a fantastic tablet that hits the mark in almost every way

from Digital Trends

Toshiba hasn’t skimped on the Excite 7.7. It is a fantastic tablet that hits the mark in almost every way. The battery life isn’t the best, but everything else about this tablet is great, especially its screen and build. It’s one of the lightest and best-feeling tablets we&rsquo...More

Toshiba hasn’t skimped on the Excite 7.7. It is a fantastic tablet that hits the mark in almost every way. The battery life isn’t the best, but everything else about this tablet is great, especially its screen and build. It’s one of the lightest and best-feeling tablets we’ve used. The Excite 7.7′s only sin is its price ($500), which was a bit high a few weeks ago, but now seems prohibitively expensive when you consider that the Google Nexus 7 is priced at $200 and matches most of the Excite’s high-end features. In a bid to fight against Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the iPad, Google has inadvertently gone to war with every Android tablet on the market. Bottom line: if you can afford the Excite 7.7, it’s a great tablet and has some advantages over the Nexus 7, but Toshiba may find that it’s difficult to sell a tablet for $300 more than its direct competitors.

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Android Police

The price will be the downfall of this amazing little machine.

from Android Police

This tablet has a killer display, excellent performance, and an extremely comfortable form factor - so, what's wrong with it? Sadly, the price will be the downfall of this amazing little machine. This is, hands down, one of the best tablets I've ever used. However, with the $200 Nexus 7 on the ho...More

This tablet has a killer display, excellent performance, and an extremely comfortable form factor - so, what's wrong with it? Sadly, the price will be the downfall of this amazing little machine. This is, hands down, one of the best tablets I've ever used. However, with the $200 Nexus 7 on the horizon, it's almost impossible to recommend a similarly spec'd and sized tablet at more than double the price - you could buy two 16GB Nexus 7s for the price ofone16GB Excite 7.7! As much as I love nearly everything about this device, it pains me to say it, but, this is an incredible tablet that no one will buy. It literally makes me feel sad that Toshiba priced this little guy out of the market the way it did.

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PhoneArena

Solid construction, Vibrant AutoBrite AMOLED display, and fast performance

from PhoneArena

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...More

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.

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GottaBeMobile

Slim design, perfect size, beautiful display and powerful Tegra 3 processor

from GottaBeMobile

The Toshiba Excite 7.7 is one of the first Android tablets good enough to leave my iPad untouched. The small size and good build quality make for a tablet that is perfect for carrying whenever I leave the house.

The ability to play great looking games on the Toshiba Excite 7.7 is a big plus for users who want a small tablet capable of being the only tablet they need to carry....

More

The Toshiba Excite 7.7 is one of the first Android tablets good enough to leave my iPad untouched. The small size and good build quality make for a tablet that is perfect for carrying whenever I leave the house.

The ability to play great looking games on the Toshiba Excite 7.7 is a big plus for users who want a small tablet capable of being the only tablet they need to carry.

Tablet shoppers looking for an Android tablet should keep the Excite 7.7 at the top of their shopping list. The decision is harder for users comparing the iPad and the Excite 7.7, because the Excite 7.7 is $80 mor than the new iPad.

The iPad arguably offers a better value for users who want unfettered access to apps and accessories, but the Excite is worth looking at before purchasing a new tablet.

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The Verge

Fast and reliable with gorgeous display but really expensive

from The Verge

The Excite 7.7 makes a pretty compelling case, at least on paper: its screen is fantastic, its performance solid, its body attractive. The price is the limiting factor here, and it's probably a deal-breaker. At $499, it's twice the price of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and more than double the pric...More

The Excite 7.7 makes a pretty compelling case, at least on paper: its screen is fantastic, its performance solid, its body attractive. The price is the limiting factor here, and it's probably a deal-breaker. At $499, it's twice the price of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and more than double the price of the Kindle Fire, easily the most popular 7-inch tablet out there right now. The Excite 7.7 has some distinct advantages over those devices, but I'm not sure it's twice as good to justify twice the outlay. If you're in the market for a premium 7-inch tablet, though, and were initially put off by the Verizon contract you'd have to sign to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, look no further: the Excite 7.7 will serve you every bit as well and with none of the paperwork.

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Engadget

Offers tantalizing features for gamers, but its price won't be a good fit for casual users

from Engadget

It's great to see manufacturers learn from the past, and Toshiba has certainly done just that with the Excite. It's a definite win over the first-gen Thrives in that it's thinner, lighter, more powerful and just plain better-looking, to boot. The slate will also be a good fit for mobile gaming ju...More

It's great to see manufacturers learn from the past, and Toshiba has certainly done just that with the Excite. It's a definite win over the first-gen Thrives in that it's thinner, lighter, more powerful and just plain better-looking, to boot. The slate will also be a good fit for mobile gaming junkies who don't want to lug around a 10-incher on the bus, train or any other form of travel. But with Tegra 3 comes a price: $500 for 16GB and $580 for 32GB may not appeal to most casual tableteurs. Overall, the Excite 7.7 may be worth the cost for a beautiful display in a portable form factor. The question is, does Toshiba have enough brand recognition in the US to best similarly priced tablets from Samsung, Acer and ASUS that offer comparable outputs in performance? Not yet, but at least it's on the right track with the Excite -- so long as it does something about that camera.

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Laptop Magazine

A powerful and highly portable quad-core Android tablet with an impressive AMOLED screen

from Laptop Magazine

The Excite 7.7 packs a lot of power and eye candy into a sleek design. The Tegra 3 chip helps this tablet outperform other 7-inch tablets, and the AMOLED screen offers great color saturation along with wide viewing angles. We also like having a microUSB port for syncing and microSD Card slot for...More

The Excite 7.7 packs a lot of power and eye candy into a sleek design. The Tegra 3 chip helps this tablet outperform other 7-inch tablets, and the AMOLED screen offers great color saturation along with wide viewing angles. We also like having a microUSB port for syncing and microSD Card slot for expandability. However, the Excite 7.7's price -- $499 for the lower-end 16GB model -- makes it twice as expensive as other 7-inch tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 ($249) and the Amazon Kindle Fire ($199), both of which offer longer battery life. The Excite 7.7 is one of the better small tablets we've tested, but it will need a price cut in order for us to get more excited.

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PC Magazine

Thin and light aluminum design, gorgeous AMOLED display and fast, reliable performance

from PC Magazine

The Toshiba Excite 7.7 manages to pack in most of the features of the even-more-expensive Galaxy Tab 7.7 for $200 less, although you lose the Tab's LTE radio and substantial battery life. That said, any 7-inch tablet priced at more than $350 is looking expensive nowadays. Both the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) and Amazon Kindle Fire ($199, 4 stars) will give you solid performance, polished interfaces, and access to largely the same selection of apps, although the Kindle Fire lacks access to the Google Play app market....

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The Toshiba Excite 7.7 manages to pack in most of the features of the even-more-expensive Galaxy Tab 7.7 for $200 less, although you lose the Tab's LTE radio and substantial battery life. That said, any 7-inch tablet priced at more than $350 is looking expensive nowadays. Both the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) and Amazon Kindle Fire ($199, 4 stars) will give you solid performance, polished interfaces, and access to largely the same selection of apps, although the Kindle Fire lacks access to the Google Play app market.

There is nothing wrong with the Excite 7.7; its thin and light aluminum construction, superb AMOLED screen, latest quad-core processor, and Android 4.0 make for a compelling package. But at $500, it runs up against the price of the entry-level Apple iPad, and the Excite 7.7 still can't match the iPad's vast selection of tablet-centric apps and Retina display.

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Business Insider

The display is killer, the processor packs a punch, and the device feels great in your hands

from Business Insider

If you don't mind spending the money, you'll be very happy with the Excite. I've only ever wanted to use an iPad, but this is the device that got me on board with Android. If you're already an avowed Android user, I'd recommend saving up your pocket change and buying this for yourself.

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If you don't mind spending the money, you'll be very happy with the Excite. I've only ever wanted to use an iPad, but this is the device that got me on board with Android. If you're already an avowed Android user, I'd recommend saving up your pocket change and buying this for yourself.

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