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Toshiba Excite 7.7 review

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7/10
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The Toshiba Excite 7.7 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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 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 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
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
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 x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7.7 inches
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
Yes
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
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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