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Toshiba Excite 10 LE Review

By on April 19, 2012

The race to come out with the lightest and the thinnest tablet is on at a feverish pace and in this regard Toshiba has launched the Excite 10 LE, which the manufacturer calls the thinnest 10-inch tablet in the world.

With a thickness of just 0.77cm, the tablet is beautifully thin and is almost 2mm thinner than the latest version of the Apple iPad and 1mm thinner than Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Features of Toshiba Excite 10 LE

At just 535grams, the Excite 10 LE is a featherweight tablet, which can be easily lugged around. The hard drive on the tablet has capacity of 16GB and other features on the tablet include cameras at the front and rear, Bluetooth, WiFi and in-built stereo speakers. It also has ports for HDMI and micro-USB along with slots for micro-SD cards, which makes connecting the tablet with other devices very easy.

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Though it may be thin and very light but the Toshiba Excite 10 LE is solid all around. The performance put out by the Excite 10 LE is exceptionally fast while downloading applications, opening and running them or when starting up the device. It never felt like it took an unreasonably long time to get things started or done.


To fit all the required features and components into such a thin chassis, Toshiba choose a angular shape for the Excite 10 LE, which makes it slightly uncomfortable to hold but what saves the day is the weight of the tablet which makes it very easy to carry it around without it feeling awkward.

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All the buttons on the Toshiba Excite 10 LE have been compressed into its sides and they haven’t been clearly marked for reasons of space. So, for the first time user it becomes quite difficult to navigate around using the buttons. The placement of the buttons does make the Toshiba Excite 10 LE look very streamlined and when you get a hang of which button does what, using them becomes a breeze.

Operating System

The Toshiba Excite LE 10 uses Android’s Honeycomb 3.2 operating system (OS) which will be soon upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) OS.


However, the performance of the battery on the Toshiba Excite 10 LE leaves a lot to be desired. This has become a common problem on many recently-launched tablets. Even Apple’s new iPad has a battery which runs out of juice pretty quickly. The fully charged battery on the Toshiba Excite 10 LE lasts eight hours but it takes a longish six hours to charge it.

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So, it’s very important to put the tablet on charge overnight and if you forget to do it and try to charge it for an hour just before leaving for office, chances are the tablet will run out of power by the time you are on your way back. No doubt, a battery lasting eight hours is pretty decent for a tablet, but waiting six hours for it to be fully charged is slightly frustrating.

The Toshiba Excite 10 LE can charged through a custom-made connection which can be plugged into the base of the tablet’s latitudinal edge. The other end of the chord can be plugged into adapter you use for the computer. The Excite 10 LE can also be charged through the micro-USB port, but this option charges the battery at an even slower rate.


After the battery was fully satiated, the Toshiba Excite 10 Le was in its element and performed quite well. In our test we mainly used it to read books by accessing the Kobo application and playing the Angry Birds Space on the 10-inch screen. The resolution of the screen is superb and colors in the book and the game were beautifully rendered. The response time of the touch screen was very quick and there wasn’t even a hint of lag while going through the pages of the book or while playing the game.

Looks do matter when it comes to devices like tablets and smartphones and in this regard, the Toshiba Excite 10 LE is a graceful device but overall the looks aren’t that pleasing, if we compare it to another of Toshiba’s tablet, Thrive. The sleek finished-in-black Thrive has a nicely-textured backside, while the Excite 10 LE boasts of a gunmetal look, which many people may not like.

Price of Toshiba Excite 10 LE

The Toshiba Excite 10 LE is available at a starting price of $549.

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