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Hands-on With The Toshiba Excite 7.7 Android 4.0 Tablet
Posted 08 June 2012 - 09:05 AM
It seems this should be compared to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 since that is the newest version of Samsung's 7-inch Android tablet (also with Android 4/ICS), and is getting better ratings in reviews than the preceding 7 "Plus" model. Also, it does not have a cellular radio which seems to also be more comparable to this Excite model. Or is the price difference too great? It seems so to me - will not even consider an iPad-priced Android (won't consider iFads either for that matter ;-) ).
Posted 22 July 2012 - 11:06 PM
I want this tablet, it just seems like Toshiba pulled out all the stops for their new line of tablets. I think this is more deserving of the Nexus name than the Nexus 7 as well. A few reasons why it may costs twice as much as the Nexus ($250 for 16gb Nexus, $500 for 16gb, Excite. 1) AMOLED display is going to cost more, plus its slightly larger. 2) it has Gorilla glass 3) it's packing an SD slot. Its USB is also USB OTG allowing use of external peripherals like a mouse or a hard drive. 4) proprietary charging port 5) build quality, it has an aluminum back, not rubberized plastic. from the front glass to the back panel, and everything in between, its better 6) profit - its well known that Google is either breaking even or losing money on each Nexus. Toshiba has to make its money somewhere 8) rear camera. its crappy, but its there. the only things i would like are an HDMI port like the Excite 10, or MHL support, an unlocked bootloader, and Android 4.1 would be nice. On another note concerning the price, people regularly buy phones with much smaller, lcd based displays, tiny batteries, far less memory and cpu power, and pay the same price. either that, or they sign a contract to save a few hundred bucks but pay it all back over the 2 years. An example is the HTC Evo 4G LTE, which sells for $550 off contract. phone service is a separate bill. A Galaxy Nexus sells for more than a Nexus 7. The price for this tablet is steep, but it is an excellent device that has no real competitor at the moment in the world of 7" tablets
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