Toshiba Excite 10 LE unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

Toshiba entered the Android tablet market last year with the Thrive and unfortunately they didn’t impress. For 2012 they plan to add a little excitement (pardon the pun) with the new Excite line. We had a chance to see the Excite X10 (AT200) at CES, which is the world’s thinnest 10.1-inch tablet. Fast forward a few months and it’s been morphed to the Excite 10 LE (still the AT200) for the USA. It’s still the same amazing design, but now with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Toshiba still plans on adding three more tablets over the next couple of months, including the Excite 13.3, a 13.3-inch mammoth. I’ve only spent a short amount of time with the Excite 10 LE, but so far I’m very impressed. The magnesium alloy body feels great in the hands, not to mention the stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience. As I mentioned, it’s the world’s thinnest tablet at 7.7mm and is pretty light at 535 grams.

The Excite 10 LE features a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) LED backlit display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, your choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, microSD for up to an additional 32GB of storage, 8.5 hours of battery life, stereo speakers with SRS sound, micro HDMI, micro USB, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. It features a 30 pin proprietary port for charging and docks, but the good news is that the micro USB will also charge the device, which lets you carry one less cable when traveling. The one negative is it’s not cheap. The 16GB version goes for $529 and the 32GB goes for $599. Is it worth the extra change?

Our own Stacy Bruce will do a full review, but for now check out our quick hands on.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Mamoon Noorestani

    I wish it the 32GB version would’ve came for $470. This is a no-buy for me. It doesn’t come with very good specifications. The upcoming Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700T is a way better tablet than this Toshiba Excite 10 LE tablet. 

  • Shitballs

    The thrive outperforms, face value might suck, but it kills everything in it’s path #underratedunderdog 1.6 lbs is too heavy cause I have no physical strength.

  • Eric To

    I saw this in person the other day and it was ridiculously thin and light.  Had the edges of the tablet been tapered, I’d imagine that it would feel much thinner than the TF Prime (although the real difference is less than 0.01inch).

    Oh, Toshiba, so close to getting a good product out there.  When will secondary Android manufacturers realize they can’t change Ipad-eque prices, or hell, even Samsung/Asus-esque prices (these two can’t even always pull it off =p)