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Toshiba Excite 7 tablet bores with basicsThe 7-inch tablet suffers from a dull display, plastic-y build, and underwhelming performance.
Hey. I'm Xiomara Blanco for CNET and this is the Toshiba Excite 7 tablet. Now this is a pretty basic budget tablet with nothing too special about it. It's designed is similar to other Toshiba Excite tablets with the plastic body that has a textured back panel and thick black bezels on the front. The bumpy back works better to help grip the device on the smaller 7-inch than it does on the larger Excite tablets. But the overall look and feel of good device is rather inexpensive. Most of the ports are located on the top edge of the tablet with the headphone jack that also works with microphones, volume rocker, micro SD card slot and micro USB port. The power button is on the right edge and the stereo speakers are located on the bottom. The speakers are awkwardly located in the place that's easy to block and unlike the rounded back, the front edges are rigid and can slightly dig into your palms if holding the tablet towards your body. The 3-megapixel back camera products fancy photos and washed out colors and the same can be said for the 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The Excite 7 has a 1024x600 pixel resolution, which is well below today's top tablets but even for a budget tablet at its starting price, it's still a bit low. Pixels are obvious, colors are dull and despite the fact that it has good viewing angles, glare is a frequent nuisance. The Excite 7 has audio-enhancing features built-in. But the speaker still sound tiny and flat no matter what type of audio they're playing. The Toshiba Excite 7 has a 1.6 GHz Quad Core CPU, one gigabyte of RAM and gigabyte or 16 gigabytes of internal storage. Performance wise, they're the most pretty run smoothly but crashing apps and lagging was the frequent occurrence especially if multiple apps were opened. The touch screen also had a hard time recognizing swipes and gestures on various occasions. Gaming performance is smooth as long as a lot of other apps aren't open and as expected, larger games take a long time to load. There are many [unk] tablets below $200 that offer basic specs and average performance. The Toshiba Excite 7 is $169 starting price doesn't overshadow its laggy performance, inconsistent touch screen and dull display. When it comes to budget tablets, these days you can find something better in the same price range. For CNET, I'm Xiomara Blanco and this has been the Toshiba Excite 7 tablet.