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3.0 out of 5 stars Battery life poor, 30 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Toshiba Excite Pro 10.1-inch Tablet (NVIDIA Tegra 4 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB Memory, Android 4.2) (Personal Computers)
I'm reviewing this at the £169 I paid. **Remember to update the tablet to 4.3 as soon as you get it**

Pros
*Practically stock Android 4.3 - can't stress this enough - much better than Nook/Kindle/Samsung tablets
*Minimal bloat, ThinkFree office and PrintHand are useful
*Very fast (almost as smooth as my Nexus 5, miles better than an iPad 2 - *** AFTER CONTINUED USE, PERFORMANCE DEGRADES ***)
*Screen is excellent (Almost on par with an iPad Air)
*USB OTG allows connection to a DSLR or USB flash drive etc
*Micro SD - storage expansion
*Cameras front and back are fine - similar to an iPad 2, but with flash.
*What sound the speakers do put out, is good quality.

Cons
*Speakers are quiet, and placement is stupid (Worse than iPad 2, same as Nexus 5)
*Proprietary charger
*Build quality isn't great - plastic, but solid. Much better than anything else in the same price bracket.
*Port cover is flimsy
*Harman/kardon logo on the front is a sticker (haven't tried to remove for fear of leaving a residue)
*Toshiba update process is clunky - took almost an hour to go through the 4 updates necessary for a usable tablet.
*Screen colours are slightly washed out - almost pastel like (orange especially)

Notes
*The tablet does get hot (more so than an iPad 2) - nicely warms your hands rather than burns, so not a con.
*Nova launcher seems smoother than the stock launcher
*Disable the video enhancement - I noticed stutter with it enabled

For the money, this tablet is fantastic - remember that it launched at well over £300
At £169, there is nothing close.

-------- EDIT --------
After living with the tablet for a fortnight, I'm reducing the rating to 3*

The battery life is poor, struggling to make 4 hours
The UI is very stuttery compared to an almost 3 year old iPad 2

If you can live with the battery life, then sure, £169 is a good price
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2013 17:43:15 GMT
AJ says:
At £169.99 I do not think there is anything that gets near this tablet.

Posted on 31 Dec 2013 11:34:51 GMT
I removed the rubbish Harman/Kardon sticker on front mate... doesn't leave any residue, honest.

Posted on 7 Jan 2014 16:29:40 GMT
I've checked my System updates and there is no android update to 4.3.
Are you based in the UK? I'm in Ireland. I would expect the update to be rolled out at the same time for both areas.

Thanks,
G

Posted on 11 Jan 2014 00:14:46 GMT
Sakib Khan says:
mate is the battery life still poor, mine doesnt seem to last very long either

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 21:52:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2014 22:04:04 BDT
Some of the points in the review are misleading.

I would have put the build quality in the Pros section, not the Cons.

"Port cover is flimsy" is not a Con. I've had it for about 6 months now and it has not broken and doesn't look like it will any time soon, so it is good.

Having a proprietary charger is not a Con. Would you have preferred a USB charger instead? If it was USB then it would take literally all day to charge. So try and be a little more fair.

Toshiba update process is hardly a Con either. It is done once and then forgotten about.

The other points are fair. I would have added as a Con that it gets hot when running some games and the tablet also slows down when it gets too hot in games, which was hinted at in the review. The GPU is also far too slow and cannot handle the high resolution very well. Very surprising for NVidia, who are known for their fast GPUs.

The good points outweigh the bad and i gave it 4 stars overall.
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