Review: Toshiba Excite AT305T16 Tablet

The Toshiba Excite AT305T16 is one of the newest tablets from Toshiba. It’s a 10.1” tablet with storage options up to 64GB, and with a powerful quad core processor it’s got its eyes set on the iPad 3 as its main rival. That’s a tall order to say the least, as Apple have yet to be seriously competed with in the tablet race. However, the Toshiba Excite may be able to change this, so let’s se what it can offer. Key Specs For The Toshiba Excite AT305T16 RRP: $369-$649 Release Year: 2012 Operating System: Android 4.0 Display Size: 10.1 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Cameras: 5 MP, 2 MP Battery Life: 10 hours Toshiba Excite: The Pros Fast: With the quad core Tegra 3 processor on board, this tablet is fast. Seriously fast. It’s one of the fastest tablets on the market, competing with other high end devices like the iPad 3 and Asus Transformer Prime. Speed like that is great for gaming, and makes the user experience smooth with great load times and no lag. Multitasking: Another benefit of the processor in the Excite AT305T16 is the boost it gives to multitasking. If you’re big on multitasking – using your tablet for lots of different things at once like playing music while viewing photos and searching the web – then this will meet your demands. Quad core processors are fast becoming the standard for tablets, and this is precisely why. Even with several tasks going on at the same time, you won’t experience any slow down or lag with the Excite. It’s a seriously smooth device offering high-end performance to intensive users. Full SD Card Slot: Unlike nearly all other tablets, including the iPad 3, this tablet comes with a full SD card slot. Having this allows you to expand the memory of the tablet by up to 32GB, which in itself is a great thing and isn’t offered by all that many other tablets. But the full-size SD card slot also has the much bigger benefit of allowing you to take an SD card out of your camera or video camera etc. and place it directly into the tablet to view your photos and video. That means you don’t need to bother with the additional hassle of transferring files from your standard SD card onto a microSD card before you can put them onto your tablet. This is ready to go without any hesitation. 16GB / 32GB / 64GB Options: Whether you need lots of memory, or only a small amount to meet your needs, the Toshiba Excite has you covered. It comes in three different options – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. High-end users on a big budget are well catered for by the 64GB option that competes with the iPad 3 for storage space. For those on a tighter budget or who really don’t use much storage space on their tablets, the 16GB option is great. The 32GB option is a great half-way point between these two needs, reducing costs without limiting storage space too much. Gorilla Glass: One of the most sought-after features of tablets these days, Gorilla Glass is a very tough, damage resistant glass used on tablet screens. It’s pretty much the best kind of screen material to have, offering the greatest amount of protection to the vulnerable touch screen. You don’t need to worry about scratching the screen on this tablet. Solid Build: The aluminum construction of this tablet gives it a really solid frame. This device feels like it’s built to last, and has the compact sturdiness that you’d expect from an expensive high-end product. Good Wi-Fi Signal: Another important feature of a tablet is how well it picks up Wi-Fi signals. The Toshiba Excite is great on this front, with solid signals even at quite a distance. Battery: The battery in this tablet is pretty good. Under heavy usage it should last 7+ hours, and with moderate use it should last all day without needing to be recharged. GPS: GPS is becoming a more and more sought-after feature of tablets, and the Toshiba Excite handles this well. The GPS in this tablet is quick and responsive, offering accurate positioning in well under a minute. Image Quality: The image quality of the Toshiba Excite is excellent. Images look crisp and sharp, and colors are nicely balanced so that they’re neither too cold or too warm. Toshiba Excite: The Cons Light Bleed: This device suffers from a lot of light bleed – a problem widespread and not confined to a relatively small number of faulty units. Some people don’t care about light bleed, but others do. This is especially true when you’re paying a lot of money, as quality expectations are much higher. The light bleed on this is probably the worst of the high-end tablets, and is clearly visible on images with dark backgrounds. Proprietary Charger: Although it’s not exactly the end of the world, it’s still annoying that the Excite uses a proprietary charger. This makes charging the device more awkward that it needs to be, as a microUSB charger would do the job just as well without the need for special equipment that only clutters up your house! Pre-Installed Apps: The pre-installed apps on the Toshiba can be annoying. There are quite a lot of them, which obviously take up space slow the machine down slightly. The good news is that a lot of them can be uninstalled. The bad news is that there are some which can’t be uninstalled. With those the only option is to disable them. Is The Toshiba Excite Worth Buying? Overall, this is a really excellent tablet and certainly a decent alternative to the iPad 3. If you’re an Android fan but don’t want to lose out to the smooth operation of an iPad 3, this could be the choice for you. The only major let down is the light bleed. If you’re someone who really takes issue with light bleed, then you’ll probably want to look elsewhere. But otherwise, don’t hesitate to buy this tablet.


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