Toshiba Excite 10 SE review

A cheaper, lower specced AT300

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Interface and performance

On the Toshiba Excite 10 SE it's the usual Android 4.1 experience, but with a few modifications primarily in the form of a custom media player, an app store with a portal called App Place and a file manager.

Elsewhere it's all very familiar, with identical widgets and apps to those on any Android tablet, and a keyboard that rises quickly when a text box is touched. Annoyingly, .com and @ lack dedicated buttons, but the emoticon :-) does have one. We also had a few problems with the keyboard covering the very text boxes we were trying to fill in.

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We also noticed that the Excite 10 SE took around a second for what we typed to appear on the screen - and the same goes for touching in a text box before the cursor and keyboard appears.

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The touchscreen is generally responsive enough, though there's a slight lag in how it responds to touch; get ready for a short drag of a centimeter or so before the item you're dragging actually starts to move. The same applies to swipes, clicks and every other kind of touch.

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The Toshiba Excite 10 SE is certainly no upgrade on the Toshiba AT300 in this regard - and it's not a patch on an iPad 4 - though in general use it doesn't make as much difference to usability as it should.

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There's no Flash compatibility on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so the Excite 10 SE won't play some web videos, but its 1GB of RAM enables impressive multitasking; we had around 15 apps, browsers and pages open without anything being affected. Boot-up takes less than 30 seconds, and the Toshiba Excite 10 SE can be set to go to sleep after as little as two minutes of inactivity.

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Browser

The internet browser is the Toshiba Excite 10 SE's high point. Despite the slight latency in the touchscreen's sensitivity, browsing the web on the Excite is mostly a joy. Wi-Fi proves fast and web pages appear sharp, with precise text even when zoomed in.

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Although the likes of Chrome, Opera and Firefox can be installed as apps, it's the vanilla Android browser that ships with the Excite 10 SE.

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Occasionally it visits mobile versions of websites (such as the BBC) without asking, but it's inconsistent (we got the full glory of TechRadar.com), though there is a "Request Desktop Site" option in the drop-down menu.

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Chrome is included as a default on all Android tablets, alongside Gmail and Google+, but instead of it being on the front screen, it's tucked away in the A-Z list of apps accessed via the six-button grid icon in the top-right-hand corner of the screen.

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We managed to have several tabs open simultaneously in the standard browser without any issues, with new pages opening in seconds and embedded video loading and playing instantly.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive Capacity16 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAT300SE
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourPrecious Silver
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Brand NameToshiba
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)625 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 256 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height10.5 mm
Width261 mm
Depth180 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesAT300SE
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelAT300SE-101
Product NameAT300SE-101 Tablet
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberPDA0DE-002005EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

STUNNING ULTRA-THIN DESIGN

The Toshiba AT300SE combines extensive features with a slim and lightweight design, measuring just 10.5mm and weighing a mere 642 grams. The elegant design sits comfortably in the hand, making it ideal to use on the move or at home.

Package Contents
  • AT300SE-101 Tablet
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year