After the moderate success of the Toshiba Thrive, original Excite tablet, and the slightly thinner Thrive 7, Toshiba is continuing to expand the Excite line with 3 new stock ICS tablets. These
new devices pack in the latest tech, including quad core processors, and run the size range from 7.7" to 13". Yes, 13". Not content with the current tablet sizes, Toshiba has decided to
differentiate themselves with a larger tablet experience for Android fans. That's not to say they weren't different before. The Thrive had some pretty stand-out features over other tablets when
it launched last year, including a full-size SD slot and a back cover that could be swapped for other colors.
This latest crop of tablets comes with all the port options that made their previous tablets a success, but the new designs are much thinner and of better quality. All three tablets have forgone the flimsy plastic and rubber backing in favor of aluminum. In addition, the screens are protected by Gorilla Glass. All of the tablets are equipped with a Micro SD slot, Micro USB, Micro-HDMI, but the 10" and 13" models also come with a full-size SD slot. All three models will also run stock ICS.
The Excite 7.7 is the smallest of the pack, but also includes a very fine 1280 x 800 AMOLED display similar to that on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. It also weighs only 0.84 lbs, and measures just 0.35" thin. Inside is the Tegra 3 quad core processor, clocked at 1.3 GHz, 1GB of RAM, and your choice of 16 or 32 GB of storage. The rear camera is a 5MP shooter, while the front is 2MP.
The 10" model features the same spec sheet as the other two devices, but opts for a 1280 x 800 LCD display. It weighs in at 1.32 lbs, but is just as thin at 0.35". Storage options range from 16 to 32 to 64 GB. Battery life is rated at 10 hours.
Though 13" may be a bit large for some tastes, you can't help but look at it. This monster tablet also has the same internals, but the display is 1600 x 900 LCD. As expected it's a little heavier at 2.2 lbs, and slightly thicker at 0.4". Storage options are, again, 16, 32, or 64 GB. Battery life is rated at 13 hours.
The Excite 10 is slated for a release of May 6th, while the other two tablets will be up for sale on June 10th with pricing as follows:
While larger tablets are usually more expensive, the price difference in the 7.7" and 10" models is due to the AMOLED display in the former. So, what do you think? Would you go in for a 13" tablet, if it weren't nearly $700? Is 13 just too big?