Toshiba Excite Pure tablet

Toshiba has introduced a range of new Android tablets including the Excite Pure. Read our Toshiba Excite Pure hands-on review.

Priced at £249, we're already a bit miffed about the Excite Pure. It might sound like a budget tablet when compared to the cheapest iPad and others on the market. However, when you consider that there are plenty of tablets for way under the £200 mark the Excite Pure sits in a lonely mid-range.

If, by chance, this is the right price for you, here's what you get. You'll get a design more or less exactly the same as Toshiba's more expensive tablets, the Excite Pro and Excite Write. It's a combination of glass and textured plastic that doesn't particularly excite, unlike the tablet's name.

Toshiba Excite Pure tablet rear

There's also little to get excited about when it comes to the specifications – things are pretty bog standard with a 10.1in screen offering a 1280x800 resolution and a user-unfriendly glossy finish.

An out of date but still reasonably capable Nvidia Tegra 3 powers the Excite Pure with 1GB of RAM on-board. There's 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for expansion which is a bonus.
The Excite Pure is running the latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean and there's a Micro-HDMI port which is a rare addition. Other connectivity is your standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and microUSB.

Toshiba Excite tablet keyboard case

You're unlikely to get much out of the 3Mp rear and 1.2Mp front camera. The latter is arguably more useful for video calling. All of the Excite tablets will be compatible with a fairly good looking keyboard case.

Battery life could be the Excite Pure's hidden talent with Toshiba touting an excellent iPad matching 10 hours. We'll test this out fully when we get our review sample.

Verdict

With no real redeeming features, after our first look we're far from bowled over by the Toshiba Excite Pure. It's somewhat no man's land price means that it would make sense to pay a little more for a premium tablet or go towards the budget end of the market.

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