Toshiba Excite 10 LE vs. Toshiba Thrive

Looking to make up for the incredible thickness of the Thrive, Toshiba is introducing to us one of the thinnest tablets to be ever released, the Toshiba Excite 10 LE. Does it also have something else to offer besides the change in dimensions? Find out after the jump.

Performance

It was a shift from the NVIDIA Tegra 2 on the Thrive to TI OMAP 4430 on the Excite 10 LE. Although the new processor is solid especially as it is paired with a RAM of 1 GB, the tablet failed to make the most out of it because of software problems. It would not be surprising if you experience some lags from time to time.  CPU benchmark results were poor so as the web browser speed. It’s sad to say that the Excite LE is not an upgrade (or a downgrade) over the Thrive in this department.
 
 

Looks


 
 

Display

The screen resolution stayed the same at 1280 by 800 pixels. It is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass so you don’t have to worry about it being scratched easily. The screen is responsive too although some say they encounter some problems on the bottom bar. You can also notice some alligator skin-like pattern on the screen which could be a turn-off to some. But in terms of brightness, color accuracy and viewing angles, the Excite 10 LE is an improvement over the older Thrive.
 
 

Operating System and Apps

It is surprising that Toshiba did not go with Ice Cream Sandwich with this one. The Excite 10 LE is another Honeycomb tablet that carries the problems of the operating system (such as unresponsiveness, lags and other performance issues). You might have to wait a couple of months more before the ICS update comes. There is no customization on the UI like Samsung would do adding TouchWiz to their Android devices. You have bloatware though and there are four of them: Media Player, Register, Netflix and Quickoffice. The built-in apps found on the Thrive like App Place, Book Place, Start Place and File Manager remain. App Place is Toshiba’s own app store but unlike on the Nook Tablet, you can freely connect to the Play Store if you want more choices. Nevertheless, you might not find a lot of good Honeycomb apps that would take advantage of that large display.
 
 

Connectivity

Only Wi-Fi models are available so you have no other option except maybe to use a broadband dongle via USB port. The Toshiba Thrive, in contrast, can connect to HSPA networks. As mentioned, web browsing speed is not that good because of software performance issues. The tablet includes a microHDMI slot, Wi-Fi hotspot support, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and the usual team of sensors (accelerometer, gyro, proximity and ambient light).
 
 

Storage

Options for storage include a 16 GB model and 32 GB model. There is no 8 GB model like the Thrive. You can expand the disk space by adding a 32 GB microSD card.


 
 

Prices

Toshiba Excite 10 LE

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AmazonToshiba Excite 10 LE AT205-T32 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (Magnesium Silver)

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AmazonToshiba Excite 10 LE AT205-T16 10.1-Inch 16GB Tablet (Magnesium Silver)

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Toshiba Thrive

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AmazonToshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 GB Android Tablet AT105-T1016

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AmazonToshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 32 GB Android Tablet AT105-T1032 Black

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AmazonToshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 8 GB Android Tablet AT105-T108

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Summary of Specs

Toshiba Excite 10 LEToshiba Thrive
Processor, RAM1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4430, 1GB1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GB
Dimensions10.1 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches10.7 x 6.9 x 0.63 inches
Display10.1" Capacitive IPS LCD, 1280 x 800 pixels10.1" Capacitive IPS LCD, 1280 x 800 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid Honeycomb (upgradable to ICS)Android Honeycomb
Storage16 GB/32 GB8 GB/16 GB/32 GB
Camera5 MP rear, 2 MP front5 MP rear, 2 MP front
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0HSDPA 7.2 MB/s, HSUPA 2 MB/s, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0


 

Verdict

The Toshiba Excite 10 LE is thin and light with a number of ports. That is all we can say about this tablet. If you are wondering what the LE stands for it is actually “lowered edition.” Because of this label, we expect it to have a lower price but sadly it didn’t. If you have a Thrive and you like it, then the Excite might appeal to you. Other than that, you might have to consider other tablets which can give you more at roughly the same price.

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