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Toshiba is set to add another choice to the small slate market: the company will soon sell the Excite 7.7 tablet running on the latest version of Google Android. Here’s a first look video and early impressions of the 16 GB tablet with Wi-Fi.

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Toshiba is set to add another choice to the small slate market. The company will soon sell the Excite 7.7 tablet running on the latest version of Google Android. I received an early review unit and have spent a little time with the device, which is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 I bought earlier this year. The slates share the same 7.7-inch AMOLED screen technology with 1,280 x 800 resolution, have 16 GB of internal storage and have dual cameras. The biggest difference is in the process: Toshiba chose the peppy Tegra 3 from Nvidia to power its small slate.

I’ll follow up with a full review, but here’s first look and some initial impressions of the device. I definitely like Android 4.0 on a tablet much better than the prior version — which is what my Galaxy Tab still runs on. The slate is light and thin, making it very portable. The Wi-Fi-only connection is my preference as there’s no monthly contract.

But on the potential downside are a proprietary charging cable and the relatively high price of $499. As I mention in the video look, at that price Toshiba’s small slate is competing with larger devices that offer a greater range of functionality and potential. The Asus Transformer Prime — also with a Tegra 3 chip — is one that comes to mind, as does Apple’s iPad.

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  1. Kyriakos Brastianos Thursday, June 7, 2012

    Is the same price with Samsung tab 7.7 so except the better processor the question is which one gives the better experience? Is it able to make GSM phone calls like the Samsung Tab?

  2. Hello Kevin. Does this version suffer from backlight bleed, as seen on the 10 inch model? Also, is this still set for release on June 10?

  3. Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for your review one question what about the battery life, Also you mentioned that the Camera is not that good but how bad is that, is it something that one can live with considering that this is a tablet and not photograohic device? also it would be great to compare this with the tab 7.7 to understand which one is best to buy.

  4. John Morris Sunday, June 10, 2012

    Yes, it is pricey…but WOW it is so beautiful. I just love the back being aluminum. This is the best looking tablet I think I’ve seen. I wish it was 7 inches and had cellular instead of 7.7 and only wifi. I have the original 7 inch samsung g tab and it’s so slow now…but 3g and fits in my pocket perfectly.

  5. John Morris Sunday, June 10, 2012

    Oh, and thanks for this review

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