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Toshiba Excite 10 SE: Excite? Hardly.With its budget design and Tegra 3 processor, this is clearly not a tablet for people who love the cutting edge...and it's not even that much of a bargain.
Hi. I'm Scott Stein and what I have in front of me, it doesn't really have a name that quite fits what it is. It's Toshiba Excite 10 SE. I'm sorry, it's not a tablet that you're gonna be really excited about just because we're at the time that it's a little transitional with Android tablets and you also have a tablet that is a budget version of what Toshiba has released previously. Originally, there is the Toshiba Excite 10 LE, which was a slim sleek tablet, then there is a Toshiba Excite 10 that was a little thicker. Those are both of metal. This one is made out of plastic, does not have Gorilla Glass so you can definitely feel it is a budget type quality throughout and a lower price. But this isn't as low as you'd like it to be. It's about $349, which is a good deal higher than competing tablets with pretty similar specs, including the Asus MeMo Pad Smart 10 that I reviewed recently. This is a Tegra 3 processor, 1 gig of RAM and 16 gigs of on-board storage. And you do have a micro SD card slot for expansion but you lose a few things that were in the previous versions of Toshiba tablets including micro HDMI, which has kind of a nice feature and the cameras have been done down a bit to 1.2 megapixel in the front and 3 in the back as opposed to 2 and 5 previously. That's a kind of a big leap. And you know, other than that, it's really kind of a cosmetic shift. Also previously, there was a full SD card slot as opposed to micro SD and full SD is a little more convenient. It's still a functioning tablet and it feels solid yet not really that impressive. The 10.1-inch screen has a 1280 by 800 display, which used to be good back in 2012. But now and you're dealing with a lot of tablets that have super high resolution displays. The iPad, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, and the Nexus 10, you're really seeing a new standard being set in large tablets. And I think this type of resolution you'd now expect in a 7-inch and the price just isn't sweet enough for what it's got inside. Between Google I/O around the corner and the fact that there are new Tegra processors coming out later this year, Tegra 4 in particular which looks promising. Incidentally, this runs Android 4.1.1 and that's what we tested this on. Whether it gets Android 4.2 is not exactly clear yet and that's been sort of on a device by device basis when it comes to which ones get upgrades. But take that to consideration and the fact that it's not really running the latest version of the OS and it is not the most recent processor gives it that feel of a middle generation and kinda tweener product. Is this really the Toshiba Excite 10 SE? I feel it gets the Toshiba okay SE. It is a product that is a tweener, it's really between the more exciting processors coming down the road and it's not quite budget enough. It's not gonna do terribly but I am not all that thrilled about something that's not running the most exciting latest version of Android and it's not running the fastest processors possible and does not have the highest resolution screen. I'm Scott Stein and that's a look at the Toshiba Excite 10 SE.