Toshiba Excite 13
A bigger tablet
There aren’t many tablets with a display as close to perfection as possible. Some are really excellent, while others are just from decent to OK. Producing a perfect touchscreen for a tablet is, in conclusion, a really hard task to accomplish. Manufacturers of smartphones are not as stressed, though. The general rule is: the device needs to fit in the user’s palm. For a tablet it all depends on the consumer’s needs. Toshiba and its $650 Excite 13 want to prove that bigger is certainly better. But is that so? Find out from the review we prepared.
1,600 x 900 pixels resolution
The design of Toshiba’s latest Excite 13 tablet is beautiful as ever. On the rear there is a silver-gray plastic. The texture on its surface is meant to make the gadget easy to hold onto. The con of having a device made of plastic is that it will always look cheap. Which this model sure does. Measurements are the following: 13.5″ x 8.25″ x 0.4″. So based on that, this tablet will not exactly fit in a, say, purse. Its 2.2 pounds of weight don’t seem like much. But during the test we performed, the gadget began to feel heavy after about 15 minutes of playing games. Taking pictures with its cams will take a toll on your arm if you’re not the athletic type.
The screen of the Excite 13 is capable of responding to 10-finger touch. It has a border made of a black band which is decorated with glitter. But the latter is not that visible to be called tacky. The pixels exhibited by the tablet’s touchscreen are a total of 1,600 x 900. When we watched clips that fit the display’s 16:9 aspect ratio, quality was excellent. Colors had plenty of vibrancy and crispness was great. Also, viewing angles were nothing short of wide. But if you watch a video which does not have that 16:9 aspect ratio, it won’t be rendered that well. We experienced blurry-looking YouTube clips during tests performed for this review. A big con for many consumers.
Powered by Android 4.0 ICS
The Toshiba Excite 13 uses an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Which is great news, considering how older version of the OS are still used even today. The settings menu also saw new stuff. Like Audio Enhancement toggle, ab Enable Balanced Power option and other such features.
Applications are also featured. They are mainly from Google. You get a good amount of them: Gmail, Play Store for Books, YouTube, Maps with Navigation and so on. The tablet sports task management features, too. Which are: native e-mail, calculator, sound recorder and many others. On the extra side, the user receives several gifts, like PrinterShare, Adobe Reader, Book Place, Netflix and a whole other bunch of surprises.
Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU
Both cameras have a lot of settings, modes and so on. On the whole, the quality of the photos and videos we saw was pretty fine. The modes in particular were so much fun to play with.
A quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 is the heart and soul of the gadget. We thought it offered lots of good performance. There were some lags, but in the general this type of processor did not suck. The GeForce graphics was also of the best quality. The quality of audio was great. When we turned the volume to its maximum, we could hear some harsh sounds, but that was all.
The battery was better than expected. We did have to charge it in the middle of the day, but we expected as much since the screen is large.
The Toshiba Excite 13 is a tablet with lots of pro qualities and impressive specs. But you’ll have to take the high price into account and the weight.