The Bottom Line
Nov 19 2013 - Toshiba's Excite Pure is one of the most affordable 10-inch android tablets on the market but it makes a few too many compromises to make it a great value. Toshiba did manage to keep things like a micro HDMI and microSD card slot for better expansion. The problem is that it lacks many features like a rear camera, high resolution display or even competitive battery life that can be found in less expensive 7-inch tablets.
- Low Cost For 10-inch Tablet
- Micro HDMI and SD Card Slots
- Below Average Battery
- Lower Resolution Display With Low Brightness
- No Rear Camera
- 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core (Cortex A9) Processor
- 1GB Memory
- 16GB Storage
- 10.1" WXGA (1280x800) Multitouch Display
- 1.2 Megapixel Front Camera
- NVIDIA Tegra Graphics
- 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Micro-USB 2.00, Micro HDMI, MicroSD Card Slot, 3.5mm Audio Jack
- 10.3" x 7" x .4" @ 1.39 lbs.
- Android 4.2
Review - Toshiba Excite Pure
Nov 19 2013 - The Toshiba Excite Pure is the company's entry level tablet which means that it may not have as many features as other 10-inch tablets but it is a bit more affordable. The tablet overall is a bit on the large and heavy side considering more and more tablets are moving to thinner and lighter profiles. It features a textured plastic back with a cross hatch pattern. It doesn't have a premium level of feel or build quality but it seems sturdy enough.
Powering the Toshiba Excite Pure is the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. This was the first quad core processor to really be introduced into the tablet market and it offers a decent level of performance but it has since been eclipsed by newer processors including NVIDIA's Tegra 4. It should handle most applications without an issue but the dated design does mean that some new demanding Android games may have frame issues.
The 10.1-inch display uses a much lower 1280x800 resolution that was common to the original tablets or budget class 7-inch tablets that cost almost half as much as this one. It would have been nice to see a higher resolution. Sadly, the display is also much dimmer than much of the rest of the competition which means that it can be almost impossible to use in conditions such as bright outdoor light. At least viewing angles and color did not suffer greatly.
While most 10-inch tablets feature front and rear cameras, the Toshiba Exist Pure only comes equipped with a forward facing camera for use with video chats. Given how poor many of the rear facing cameras are in tablets, it is not necessarily a bad decision on the part of Toshiba especially since they are looking to have reduced costs. While they did drop the camera, they thankfully did not do the same with peripheral ports as they did feature a micro HDMI port for connecting to an external display and a microSD card slot for easy storage expansion. The only annoyance is that both of these are under a plastic cover on one edge.
For the battery, Toshiba manages to put a 25WHr capacity unit within the tablet. They claim that this can run upwards of twelve hours of video playback. In digital video playback testing, the tablet was only able to achieve just under seven hours which is far below its estimated claims. It falls well short of the actual twelve hours that both the Apple iPad Air and the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 can achieve.
Priced at $299, the Toshiba Excite Pure is one of the most affordable 10-inch Android tablets on the market. It does face some competition from Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 10 which has the same rough price tag but offers better build quality, a rear facing camera and longer running times. It does face a few of its own problems though including a processor that is not as fast and seems to cause lag on the interface from time to time. Those looking to spend a bit more could go up to the Google Nexus 10 which offers a much higher resolution display but it doesn't have the same level of ports and also suffers from below average battery life. The real issue for a tablet like this though is from smaller and more affordable 7-inch tablets that are more compact yet offer better screens such as the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX or the new Google Nexus 7.