Have you heard of TransferJet? We won't begrudge you if you haven't. It's a fairly obscure bit of technology that hasn't managed to work its way into many consumer products, despite first launching to the public back in 2008. So, consider this whole article a bit of indulgent dreaming when we tell you about Toshiba's newly-announced micro-USB adapter that can add TransferJet capabilities to Android phones. What does that mean? Well, it means 560Mbps transfers between devices with a tap. To put it another way: you could easily send 250MB worth of data from one handset to another in the time it takes to read this sentence (or about 70MB/sec).
When it comes to Android tablets, Toshiba hasn't really been the "brand to buy," so to speak. It's not that they put out bad hardware, because that's simply not the case - the Excite 7.7 is one of the best Android tablets I've ever used. It's that they don't promote - or more importantly, support - devices after release.
Case in point: today, the company has announced a new member to its Excite line, the 10" Excite SE. This makes the third 10" tablet in its Excite line, with the Excite 10 and Excite 10 LE coming before. While the latter of those is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm chip, the former is using the quad-core Tegra 3.
Just over a week ago, Aaron and I (Cameron) each received a review unit of the Excite 7.7. While I will largely be taking the reigns on this one, Aaron wanted to throw in his thoughts as well. Thus, while the bulk of the review was written exclusively by me, you'll also see his (clearly labeled) thoughts at the bottom of every section.
Cameron: I have to be honest: after using the Excite 10 and coming away feeling "meh" about it, I didn't have high hopes for its little brother. However, after spending the past week with the Excite 7.7, I have been blown away time and time again.
Back in early April, Toshiba announced a trio of new tablets set to launch under the Excite line: 7.7, 10.1, and 13.3-inch models. The first of the bunch, the 10.1-inch Excite 10, is now available in its 16GB and 32GB variants, both on Amazon and directly from Toshiba for $450 and $520 respectively. If that's just not enough storage for all you digital hoarders, though, you can pre-order the 64GB version for $650.
- 10.1-inch 1280x800 display with Gorilla Glass
- Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 4-plus-1 processor
- 12-core GPU
- 1GB DDR3 RAM
- 16/32/64GB storage
- Full-size SD card slot
- microUSB and microHDMI ports
- 5MP rear shooter with flash, 2MP front camera
- Android 4.0
Hit the link below to order/pre-order yours.
Go big or go home. That must be Toshiba's new mantra where tablets are concerned, as it just announced a trio of Ice Cream Sandwich-packin', Tegra 3-powered additions to its Excite tablet line: a 7.7-inch, 10.1-inch, and 13.3-inch model.
The 7.7-inch model, appropriately named the Excite 7.7, sports a 1280x800 AMOLED display, the quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and Ice Cream Sandwich. At just 0.3-inches thick and 13.4 ounces, the Excite 7.7 is a powerhouse in a tiny package.
Stepping it up a notch (in terms of size, anyway), comes Toshiba's 10.1-inch offering, the Excite 10. This one is the more "traditional" tablet (if there is such a thing), sporting a 1280x800 display resolution, 10-finger multi-touch support, the Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and ICS.
Are you sick of all the measly little 10.1-inch Android tablets floating around the retail scene? Is portability the last thing on your mind when purchasing a new "mobile" device? Would you rather use up your screen real estate for watching TV than doing something productive (or even playing a game)? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Toshiba's monstrous new AT330 may be the tablet for you.
The AT330 is an upcoming behemoth in the tablet world, sporting a massive 13.3-inch display, the quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0, 5MP are 1.3MP cameras, and a built in TV tuner with retractable antennae.
So you want a decent Android tablet (not one of those cheap knock-offs), but you don't want to break the bank, and an affordable seven-incher isn't quite what you had in mind. How about a 10.1-inch Toshiba Thrive for $250? Sure, it's not a Tegra 3-packing Transformer Prime, but at less than half the price of the TFP, it's still hard to beat. In fact, this is one of the best prices that we've ever seen on a premium Tegra 2 tablet.
Since it has been a while since we've talked about the Thrive, here's a reminder of what's under its hood:
- 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS display
- 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- 5MP rear shooter, 2MP front camera
- Weight: 1.7lbs
- Thickness: 15mm
- 5MP rear camera, 2MP front
- Full-size USB and HDMI-out ports, plus miniUSB port
- SD card slot (with SDXC support)
- Android 3.1 (Android 4.0 upgradeable)
So there you go.
We got a look at the Excite 10 LE's at CES when it was called the Excite X10. Now, Toshiba is bringing the thinnest and lightest tablet* to the US market. The Excite 10 LE is identical to the Excite X10 aside from a couple of letters being rearranged. The slate still packs a "multicore" OMAP processor under a 10.1" LED screen. Unfortunately, the device will be launching with Honeycomb (3.2), but is "upgradeable to Android 4.0."
Here's the spec sheet:
The Excite 10 LE is set to land on March 6th.
We trotted on over to the NVIDIA boot at MWC in Barcelona this morning, and happened upon the newest tablet offering from Toshiba, the AT270. Officially unnamed at this point, the device is packing a 7.7" SAMOLED 1280x800 display, a Tegra 3 processor, Wi-Fi, and 32GB of storage (it's unknown if this is the standard amount). It's also running Android 4.0.
Playing with the device was a fairly pleasant experience - though an attendee using the AT270 right before us managed to lock up the device on the unlock screen. So, it's definitely still in the development stage. However, Ice Cream Sandwich performed well, and everything generally seemed pretty snappy.
We're live at CES on the show floor this morning, meandering around countless booths to bring you all the Android-related news you can handle. One of our first stops in the Las Vegas Convention Center was the Toshiba booth, where the company demoed three brand-new Android tablets, which they refused to tell us anything about - aside from their display sizes (and the fact that they are coming at some point this year).
Up for display (running on a photo slide behind glass, unfortunately) were 13.3-inch, 7.7-inch, and 5.1-inch tablets, all of them fairly similar in design to the Excite X10.