Toshiba sent us out the Excite Pure 10.1 tablet the other day and I have been surprised by just how well it performs and how nice a device it is to use. It’s aimed at the midtier for tablet buyers, better than the usually quite poor €150 tablets but still lagging the big boys over the €400 mark.
The Excite Pure is €299 on the Irish market and for that you will get a 10.1″ display at 1280X800 in 16:10 format with 10 finger touch. On top of this you get Tegra 3 with 1GB of RAM and built in 16GB, it also has a 1.3MP front and 3MP rear camera. Oddly the US version of this device does not appear to have a rear camera.
The Toshiba Excite Pure is a two-toned tablet, with a black border around the front screen and a silver casing on the back. When held horizontally, the device’s dual headphone/microphone jack, volume control and microUSB slot are on the left side along with a plastic cover that opens to reveal a microHDMI output and microSD slot.
The Pure has stereo speakers on either side of the tablet, with a front-facing camera and power button on the top of the slate.
The EP has as stated above a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 AutoBrite display with 10-finger multitouch support. The is a far lower resolution than the more expensive Nexus 10 and indeed the Excite Pro, both of which offer 2560 x 1600 pixels but none the less excellent.
Watching trailers in 1080p on the EP there was no problem making out both the high-speed action scenes and finer details. The video quality is on par with the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, albeit with a bit more saturation.
Sunlight viewing was generally okay and on overcast days its more than usable outside. Viewing angles are also quite good.
The Excite Pure features two sterio speakers at 0.7w each and also has DTS Premium Voice Pro which means you will hear speech incredibly clearly.
The OS & Performance
Running Jelly Bean 4.2.1 this is your typical pure version of Google’s Android OS and for the most part runs very smoothly.
Gaming on the Excite Pure was mostly excellent with some games falling foul to last generation Tegra 3 internals and stuttering a bit. In general though unless you are going to be playing some of the more graphic intensive games all the time you will have no problem here.
The Excite Pure has a 1.3MP camera for video calls and its quality is okay, nothing to write home about and also a 3MP camera on the rear. Images from the rear camera are fine so long as you have good light but lets face it no one should be using a tablet to take important pictures….yes I’m looking at all you iPad users out there…..
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Battery life is reported in official specs to give upto 13.5 hours of use but in real life you should get between 7 and 8 hours which is not too bad at all.
Toshiba Excite Pure Specifications
- 25.7 cm (10.1”) AutoBrite (1280×800) display (16:10) with ten finger touch support and Resolution+
- NVIDIA® Tegra™ 3 mobile processor
- 1GB RAM, with 16GB eMMC
- Wireless communication: Wireless LAN 802.11.abgn, Bluetooth® 4.0, 3G support
- Connectivity: 1x micro-USB 2.0, 1x HDMI® micro, 1x 3,5 mm combo jack, micro SD™ slot (SDHC/SDXC support)
- WebCam: 1.2MP (front) and 3MP (rear)
- Sound: 2×1.0cc stereo speakers 0.7 W
- Colours: Precious silver with textured dot pattern
- Dimensions and weight: 260.7×178.9×10.2 mm, from 600g or 1.1kg with optional Toshiba Keyboard Cover
For €299 you are getting quite a lot of bang for you buck especially if you are on a budget. We have used budget tablets from €99 euro to €200 and all have been horrible disappointments including the acclaimed Nabi 2 which also features Tegra 3. So I would have no problem recommending the Excite Pure 10.1 to people and would recommend it for kids also, especially above tablets like the Meep and Nabi as they will break and have no Play Store.
Our thanks to Toshiba and The Keogh Partnership for providing the Toshiba Excite Pure 10.1