How Casual Mobile Games Will Still be as Popular as 3D Games in the Future

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In the past few years, it’s really amazing to see how mobile gaming industry has developed into a completely new promising land of business, especially for mobile game developers. I remembered a few years ago when playing some of my favorite mobile games on my old feature phones. From adventure games, action, sport, role playing, simulation and even simple puzzle games – YEAH, i’ve already played them all on my simple cell phones in the past.

However, many of these games were mostly simple Java-based games with 2D simple graphics. Of course, there were many mobile games that also utilized 3D impressive graphics like Asphalt 1 – 4 series or Resident Evil. But they didn’t look as impressive as mobile games that you see today.

But all of that has changed a lot ever since the first-gen smartphone from Apple, iPhone, came out. Since iPhone and its app market - App Store - became really popular, many mobile game developers started taking this business seriously by bringing more advanced mobile games with more detailed 3D graphics and even advanced visual effects into their games.

This significant improvements and developments that happened on mobile games actually came at no surprise given that the release of iPhone – which followed by the launch of App Store (iTunes) and iPad -, changed this industry entirely, from a small scale of ecosystem into a huge profitable business, especially for mobile game developers.

And then, since the arrival of many other smartphones and tablets from other brands (Android and Windows) -, this industry had improved a lot, not only in the ecosystem itself, but also on the revenues that are gained by developers.

What makes it amazing is, not only has this helped push mobile game developers to bring their games to the next level, but this also attracts many console game makers to port their titles into smartphone and tablet - from EA with its Dead Space, Rockstar Games with its GTA series and last time i heard, one of the most popular PC and console games – Bioshock from Irrational Games (2K Games) – is about to arrive on iOS devices later this year (hopefully will be followed by the release on Android devices as well). This shows how mobile gaming industry has now been taken to a far new level, even alongside console and PC game markets - given how profitable it has become.

And all of that is possible to achieve given that smartphone or tablet’s hardware today are now way more powerful and adequate to handle 3D games with even more detailed graphics and stunning visual effects, compared to the less-powerful feature phones in the past. And thanks to that, now mobile game developers have much bigger space and power to develop their games without any limitations, especially in terms of game size/scale, graphics and visual effects.

If you compared the mobile games on feature phones in the past (like PES 2009, Asphalt 1 – 4 series or Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, etc) with today’s mobile games on smartphone and tablet (such as: PES 2012, Asphalt 8, Splinter Cell: Conviction or Modern Combat 4), you can see how the improvements made by developers on the graphics and visual effects of these games are really significant. Now mobile games today have much gorgeous 3D graphics and even stunning visual effects that we usually see only on console and PC platforms (like sun glare, reflections on the road or mirror, shadow on object, etc).

And a few months ago, NVIDIA just announced its latest mobile chipset called Tegra K1, an extremely powerful processor shipping with 192-core Kepler GPU – which can be found only on Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA’s own Shield Tablet (or at least for now).


The more impressively is, according to many benchmark tests, not only does this Tegra K1 manage to top all the mobile chipsets on the market to date, but it is also capable to deliver the same level of the graphical performance as desktop’s GPU – which is outstanding given that Tegra K1 is only a tiny mobile processor, compared to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX GPU on desktop.

With all of these massive improvements and developments that have been around in mobile industry in the past few years, i believe it’s just a matter of time before we finally see mobile games in the future have nearly the same quality 3D graphics as on the console or PC platforms.

So don’t be shocked if Call of Duty or other popular PC/console titles will finally arrive on iOS and Android in the near future given that the hardware of smartphones or tablets will be more than ready to execute these heavy games even in lag-free performance, with those detailed graphics and visual effects running smoothly in the game.

2D Casual Games Will Still be as Popular as 3D Mobile Games

Interestingly, despite all of these significant improvements in this industry, casual 2D games amazingly still has huge followers until today. As a matter of fact, casual game ecosystem actually becomes even bigger and bigger ever since smartphone and tablet came out.

On Android and iOS, there are many popular 2D simple and casual games that many of you are already familiar to see and even play on your smartphone or tablet - from simple platforming games, card-based games, puzzle games, simulation games, intuitive (touch and tilt) games and not to mention, role playing games.

Speaking of role playing games, or popularly known as RPG, i actually just stumbled upon one interesting role playing game yesterday when i was reading some of my favorite game websites around the net. I don't remember exactly where i found it but the thing that made me really interested about this game was actually its gameplay. This game is called Miramagia if i'm not mistaken.

To perfectly honest, I have many favorite role playing games that i used to play on my old-generation SNES or Xbox consoles, which some of them have been released also on smartphone and tablet. However, from many of those RPG titles, i think Miramagia has something new and fresh to offer that i haven't seen on any other RPG titles (visit Magic Game Miramagia to check out more about this game).

Compared to many other role playing games that are more prominent with their hack-and-slash combat gameplay, Miramagia interestingly combines simulation (farm), magic and role playing gameplay into one solid game. For your information, this game is actually an online role playing game or more popularly known as mmorpg (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game). So you must firstly get connected to internet in order to be able to play this game.

How Casual Mobile Games Will Still be as Popular as 3D Games in the Future

In this Miramagia, you and many other players all across the world can join together in this wonderful world full of magic and do a lot of awesome things according to your chosen character. So in this game, not only can you grow colorful plants on your farm, but you can also do other things like, learning powerful spells, chatting with your own fellow neighbors, playing or helping your family and friends, meeting new people in your neighborhood or town, making your village the prettiest in Miramagia or even raising your own dragon (which kind of reminds me with the movie "How to Teach Your Dragon").


Anyway, the great thing about this game is, Miramagia is not only available to play on your internet browser, but you can also dive into this awesome role playing game with your Android smartphone or tablet. So if you don’t really have time to play games with your laptop or PC, you can also experience being in Miramagia by only using your Android device. Isn’t that awesome? Of course, besides Miramagia, there are also many other awesome online role playing games that you probably would like to play on your Android or iOS device.

I think this game just shows how simple casual games like Miramagia will always have such a massive fan base on any platform – even on smartphone/tablet -, despite using only 2D simple graphics with no advanced visual effects whatsoever just like games in FPS, third person or adventure genres that usually put the top priority on the graphics and visual effects of the games, of course with great storyline as well.

So this is the main reason to believe why - despite all the massive developments and improvements made by developers on their mobile games, in terms of graphics and visual effects -, 2D simple casual games like Miramagia will still be as popular as 3D games and can even gain as many downloads as 3D heavy games on Google Play Store or Apple App Store, or probably even more.

And this is very possible to happen given that the market for casual games is usually bigger than the market of 3D hardcore games because the vast majority of gamers on smartphone and tablet are mostly not hardcore gamers just like on console platform. So there will be a huge chunk of market share in this industry that is free for grabs for those creative developers that can make attractive and compelling mobile games for those non-hardcore gamers.

Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja or Cut the Rope are just some of the examples how popular mobile games don't really require some heavy detailed 3D graphics and stunning visual effects just like on Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8 or Dead Trigger.

Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 Gaming Performance Review

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As you might have known already, Google Nexus 7 used to be the center of attention especially in tech industry as this tablet was the first (if i’m not mistaken) tablet shipping with Tegra 3 quad-core processor inside. And it suddenly made this Google-branded tablet one of the best gaming tablets on the market that time.

And that was not so surprising given that Tegra 3 quad-core processor – homemade by NVIDIA – was a really powerful chipset especially for handling most of the graphics-related tasks on the device, like gaming for example. That’s mostly thanks to the 12-core GeForce ULP GPU that came packed on that Tegra 3 chipset. Any games that you throw on this Google tablet will perform great even in full high graphics, with all the advanced visual effects running smoothly with no lag whatsoever.

And that’s probably the reason why many tablet manufacturers were so attracted to bring this powerful chipset into their own homemade devices – from Sony with its Sony Xperia S, Asus with its Asus Transformer series, HP with HP Slate 7 Plus, Acer with its Iconia Tab family, Lenovo with its IdeaTab tablets and a couple of other counterparts. And apparently, Toshiba also wants to get a share of this Tegra 3 tablet category with its own Android devices.

Earlier, i’ve already showed you 2 tablets from Toshiba which i thought were great for gaming, if not the best. And those are Toshiba Excite 10 SE and Toshiba Excite 10 AT305, both using the same Tegra 3 processor, the same 10.1-inch display with 720p resolution and even the same 25Wh battery capacity.

But today, i want to show another tablet – from the same manufacturer of course – and i also believe this one is going to be a great gaming tablet. The tablet that i’m about to show today is Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275, and yes - it is a 7.7-inch Android tablet rocking the Tegra 3 chipset under the hood.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this device, including its gaming performance as well as what games that would work smoothly in full graphics on this tablet, then here you go, my personal review of Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275.

Introduction

From what i’ve seen on many reviews on YouTube, Tegra 3 tablets are mostly great for gaming. And that’s no exception with Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275. Similar just like any other Tegra 3 slates that you see today on the market, there’s no single doubt that this Toshiba tablet will be a great gaming tablet, especially in term of performance. And that already makes it a worth considering for most of tablet shoppers out there given that gaming has become one of the most favorite things to do on tablet - besides watching movies/TV shows, browsing the web, reading contents, listening to music, etc.

Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 Gaming Performance Review
Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275
Compared to Google Nexus 7 side-by-side (2012 edition), there is one thing that this Google-branded tablet really excels that Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 doesn’t – and that is in battery life department. Google Nexus 7 is powered by 4325mAh battery capacity, which ensures an all-day-long battery life for the users. Meanwhile, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 only gets 15Wh or around 2500-2700mAh power battery, which is a half lower than the one inside the Google’s tablet. So as the results, this Toshiba tablet might not be so great as a gaming tablet given its shorter battery life compared to Google Nexus 7, although it’s not gonna be that bad either.
Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 Gaming Performance Review
Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275
However, that doesn’t hold back this Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 from being a great gaming tablet. This tablet is still a decent quality tablet for that matter. It’s still more than capable to handle most of the older games released in 2013 or before that year – like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7: Heat, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, N.O.V.A 3, Dead Trigger, ShadowGun DeadZone, Horn (which is a great open-world RPG) or Dead Space – all in buttery smooth performance and in full highest graphics. And this is more than enough for most of users especially the ones who love gaming. But we’ll talk more about this later.

Besides for gaming, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 will likely be good also for taking photos or videos. And that’s thanks to its 5MP and 2MP cameras provided on the back and front respectively, as well as an autofocus and LED flash, which could really help a lot for taking low-light photos or videos. And if you love browsing the net, you’ll be glad to hear that this 7.7-inch device also ships with 3G cellular support, meaning that you’re able to surf the net even when you’re not in hot spot area.

But the questions remain, with all of these amazing stuff provided by Toshiba on this tablet, does Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 have what it takes to be a great media-consumption or even gaming tablet? Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other 7-inchers on today’s tablet market? Is it worth it to buy this device?

Well, hopefully we’ll get the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around guys!

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  • 3G
  • Mini-SIM
  • Weight 332 g (11.71 oz)
  • Released July 2012
  • 7.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1280 x 800 pixels, (~196 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • Multitouch for up to 10 fingers
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Protection
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Chipset
  • ULP GeForce 2 GPU
  • Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • SRS sound enhancement
  • 16/32/64 GB Internal storage
  • microSD Memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • GPRS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • EDGE
  • HSDPA, HSUPA
  • USB
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Bluetooth
  • HTML, Adobe Flash Browser
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • Colors Dark gray metallic
  • Non-removable Li-Po battery (15 Wh)
As far as the performance goes, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 features a quad-core Tegra 3 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz per core, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, which reminds me with other Tegra 3 devices like Google Nexus 7 (2012) or HP Slate 7 Plus, although this Toshiba tablet indeed has a higher clock speed than these 2 rivals.

Meanwhile, on other sectors, there are a 7.7-inch display sporting the resolution of 720p (1280x800 pixels) with pixel depth of -196 ppi, a 5MP camera on the back with LED flash and autofocus, a 2MP camera on the front to do selfies, 3G cellular support, microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the 16/32/64GB of internal storage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, a 15Wh power battery (equal to 2600mAh battery) and a couple of other basic standard features, excluding the FM radio.

Overall, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is still slightly better than Google Nexus 7 (2012), but not better than HP Slate 7 Plus – given its small battery capacity. But thanks to the 3G cellular support provided on this tablet, it makes this tablet worth considering than those 2 rivals.

Screen

It’s a good decision by Toshiba to only use the 720p resolution on the 7.7-inch display of this tablet, which is a ‘perfect match’ or adequate for the Tegra 3 processor inside this tablet. So with this type of medium-resolution display, this processor is more than capable to deliver its best performance to this tablet without squeezing a lot of juice from its battery (which is really small, only around 2600mAh battery). And that is achievable because there are not many pixels that must be executed by the Tegra 3 chipset on this tablet along with its 12-core GPU, thus decreasing its power usage drastically, even when doing some heavy tasks.

User Interface

When it comes to UI or User Experience, there’s actually nothing to write home about on this tablet. As a matter of fact, most of Toshiba Excite tablets comes with the UI that comes close to the stock UI of Android OS, with the standard homescreen (that you can fill with widgets, app shortcuts, etc), app drawer, notification and setting windows and many other things that you’re already familiar to see and use on your Android device. So there’s nothing new on this tablet, which is great because it won’t give such a heavy burden to the processor of this tablet, making it perform much even faster and smoother without draining a lot of power from its battery, thus giving much longer battery life to the tablet.

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In term of performance – overall performance -, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is actually pretty similar with other Tegra 3 tablets with 720p resolution display, say, Google Nexus 7 (2012) or HP Slate 7 Plus – which both sport the same Tegra 3 SoC and 720p display. However, given that the Tegra 3 inside this Toshiba tablet has higher clock speed than Google Nexus 7 and HP Slate7 Plus, then the performance of Toshiba Excite 7.7 will be much faster than these 2 rivals.

So for any basic tasks that you throw on this tablet – like watching HD movies, browsing the web, reading contents like books or magazines, operating the UI, using live wallpaper, editing documents or playing games -, there’s nothing ground breaking about this Toshiba tablet. And that means, it will execute all of these tasks in buttery smooth and lag-free performance, even when multitasking many apps at once with or using live wallpaper on the homescreen (and this usually is the one to blame if tablet runs laggy – the live wallpaper!).

And this is not so surprising because any tablet that is powered by Tegra 3 quad-core processor usually has fast and powerful performance, even when doing heavy graphics-related tasks – as seen on Google Nexus 7, HP Slate 7 Plus or any other Tegra 3 devices. The good news is, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is only sporting 720p resolution on its 7.7-inch display, allowing this tablet to perform faster with no lag whatsoever given the low amount of pixels that must be executed by the processor.

It goes the same with the gaming performance of this device. Similar just like Google Nexus 7 (2012), Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 will also be great for that matter. Thanks to its 12-core GeForce ULP GPU inside this tablet, not to mention the 1GB of RAM and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz per core, this tablet really flies when playing games. It handles most of the older games perfectly and smoothly even in full highest graphics, allowing users to enjoy their favorite games at the fullest with all the graphics and visual effects that are provided by the developers.

Games like Modern Combat 4, Dead Trigger, N.O.V.A 3, Asphalt 7: Heat, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, GTA Vice City, GTA III, Horn, Dead Space, ShadowGun DeadZone or Real Racing 3 – all will certainly run smoothly on this tablet, and the most importantly, in full graphics.

However, given that Tegra 3 quad-core processor is already considered as ‘outdated’ for today’s tablet gaming, then there will be some limitations over which games that would work perfectly in full graphics on this device. So for the latest most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5, i’m very positive that these games won’t run smoothly in full graphics on Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275. But there’s always the option that you can use to set their graphics to even the lowest level in order to make them perform smoothly on this tablet.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

There is one sector that Google Nexus 7 (2012) is really superior at, while Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 not. And that is in the battery department. Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is powered by 15Wh or around 2600mAh power battery inside, which is smaller than the 4325mAh power battery under the hood of Google’s tablet. So in term of battery life, this Toshiba tablet will not be as great as Google Nexus 7 and probably could survive only around a few hours (possibly 4 to 5 hours) for playing games intensively– i mean, like playing games in the row without stopping or without resting the screen at all -, especially the games with heavy graphics.

However, for the most parts outside playing games, this tablet is still more than capable to deliver a satisfying battery life to the users - probably around 10 hours for enjoying multimedia contents like watching movies, reading books/magazines, surfing the web, listening to music, checking emails, checking out photos -, and that’s an all-day-long battery life for sure. The good thing is, Toshiba doesn’t do a lot of customizations on the UI and features of this tablet, so there’s no significant heavy load going on in the background (RAM).

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, similar just like my impression of Google Nexus 7 (2012), there’s no single doubt that Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is a good gaming tablet, if not the best - in term of performance of course. And not just for playing games, this Toshiba tablet will also be good for many other things, like watching movies, browsing the web, listening to music, reading contents, editing documents or even just checking emails, which is more than enough to convince tablet shoppers out there to purchase this device.

Not to mention, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 will also be good for taking photos or recording videos. And that's thanks to its 5MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera that is already equipped with LED flash and autofocus supports.

When it comes to quality, then there’s nothing to brag about on the camera of this device, especially compared to other 7-inch rivals like iPad mini, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Samsung 7-inch slates or even Xiaomi Mi Pad. However, it’s good to see that Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is well-prepared in its camera sector with a complete set of features, especially with the autofocus and LED flash, which is really vital these days especially for those who have hobby in capturing photos/videos in low-light condition or at night.

Unfortunately, there is one downside found on this tablet. And that is in its battery department. Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is only powered by 15Wh battery capacity or around 2600mAh (with the assumption that 24Wh = 3250mAh). And this is considered as really small for a 7.7-inch device like tablet. So in term of battery life, this tablet might not be as strong as other 7-inch rivals out there, especially the ones with Tegra 3 SoC – like Google Nexus 7 (4325mAh) or HP Slate 7 Plus (4000mAh). And this will impact directly to its battery life when playing games, which probably will breath its last breathe around 4 to 5 hours, or probably less than that, given its power-hungry Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

But other than that, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is still a decent Android tablet. it’s great for watching movies, browsing the web, reading books/magazines, listening to music, checking emails, taking photos/videos, editing documents and the most importantly, playing games.

To end this review, i’ll try to answer some of my questions i asked previously above in ‘introduction’ section:
  1. Yes – of course. Thanks to the Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is more than good as a media-consumption and even gaming tablet, if not the best. And the good thing is, this tablet is sporting the 720p resolution on its 7.7-inch display, which looks pretty sharp for enjoying multimedia contents.
  2. Yes – this tablet is still relevant to be positioned alongside other 7-inch rivals on today’s tablet market. However, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 should be compared with other mid-end tablets like Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7/8.0, HP Slate 7 Plus, Kindle Fire 7 HD, OG iPad mini and any other 7-inchers in mid-end tablet category, not the high-end one.
  3. I’ve got to say, no. And that’s mainly because of its small battery capacity. I mean, compared to other Tegra 3 tablets – like Google Nexus 7 (2012) or HP Slate 7 Plus – the battery capacity inside this Toshiba tablet is really small. And moreover, Tegra 3 quad-core processor is considered as a power hungry processor, with 4-core CPU handling the entire performance. So as the results, the battery life of this tablet will not be as great as Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus, which both pack much bigger battery inside. However, put its battery life aside, Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 is still a decent media-consumption and even gaming tablet.
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Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 Gaming Performance Review

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Earlier, i just showed you one of Toshiba homemade tablets under the flag Toshiba Excite series. That tablet was Toshiba Excite 10 SE, a 10.1-inch tablet powered by Tegra 3 quad-core processor – which i thought could be a good gaming tablet, given its good gaming performance and good battery life. However, there are some parts that are lacking on that device. And one of them is in its camera department, carrying only 3MP and 1.3MP cameras back and front without any LED flash – which is becoming really vital these days especially for those who love taking photos at night or in low-light areas.

The good thing is, for the most part, this tablet still excels in everything that it comes with. It has a pretty sharp 720p display, it has a solid battery life, it has a fast processor and great gaming performance, it has fluid experience (thanks to Toshiba’s less aggressive efforts on its UI customizations), it has microSD card slot (which is really important for most users out there) and pretty much about this tablet is just good, if not the best.

And that’s great because Toshiba is not really as popular as other tablet makers like Samsung, Sony, Asus and of course Apple. But this company shows how its years of experience in laptop making business has helped Toshiba a lot especially in jumping to the entirely new industry.

Anyway guys, after showing you the first tablet from Toshiba, now i want to move on my review to another tablet from the same company. This one is still in the same category as Toshiba Excite 10 SE, a 10-inch tablet running Android platform.

As a matter of fact, the tablet that i’m about to show you today interestingly has a lot in commons with Toshiba Excite 10 SE – from the screen sector, the battery capacity, the connectivity support, the RAM and even in the performance department. This one is called Toshiba Excite 10 AT305. And yes – this tablet is also powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, along with its 12-core GeForce ULP GPU.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know more with this Toshiba tablet, as well as its gaming performance and not to mention what games that would perform smoothly in full graphics on this device, then here you go, my personal review of Toshiba Excite 10 AT305.

Introduction

On paper, there’s actually nothing to write home about on this tablet. Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 still inherits many parts that have already been seen on Toshiba Excite 10 SE. First of all, in the performance sector, it has a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at the same 1.2GHz per core, 1GB of RAM, accompanied with 12-core GeForce ULP GPU. And this already makes this tablet a great gaming tablet, if not the best. But we’ll get more on that later in the ‘gaming performance’ sector below.

Meanwhile, in the screen department, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 features a 10.1-inch display sporting the 720p resolution (1280x800 pixels) with pixel depth of -149 ppi, which is nothing new compared to the Toshiba Excite 10 SE. But this is great because this 720p resolution is a perfect match to the quad-core Tegra 3 processor inside this tablet, making sure that its performance will be fast and powerful, the experience will be smooth and lag-free, the gaming performance will be great (if not the best) and the most importantly, its battery could last much longer even in heavy usage - given the low amount of pixels that must be executed by the Tegra 3 processor on this tablet.
Anyway, from the similarity of spec sheet between this tablet and its sibling - Toshiba Excite 10 SE, there’s actually one sector that sets these 2 tablet apart. And that is their cameras. If Toshiba Excite 10 SE only comes with 3.15MP camera on the back and 1.2MP camera on the front without LED flash, then it’s the other way around with Toshiba Excite 10 AT305. This tablet looks more superior in this department with its 5MP and 2MP cameras on the back and front, along with the LED flash and autofocus supports, allowing this tablet to take much better shots than its sibling, especially in low-light condition.

But there are some questions remain. With all of these powerful hardware specs, as well as the bumped up cameras, does Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 have what it takes to be a good media-consumption and even gaming tablet? Does this tablet still stack up against other 10-inch rivals on today’s tablet market? Is it worth it to get this tablet?

Well, hopefully we’ll get the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around here guys!

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  • No SIM
  • Released May 2012
  • Weight 599 g (1.32 lb)
  • 10.1 inch LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen
  • 1280 x 800 pixels, (~149 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • Multitouch for up to 10 fingers
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Protection
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Chipset
  • ULP GeForce 2 GPU
  • Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 16/32/64 GB Internal storage
  • SD/microSD Memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • No EDGE
  • No GPRS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • HTML, Adobe Flash Browser
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • GPS
  • Black/Silver Color Options
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • HDMI port
  • Non-removable Li-Po battery (25 Wh)
  • Up to 168 hours of Stand-by
  • Up to 10 hours of Talk time
In term of hardware specs, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 is actually pretty similar – in fact, almost just the same – with its own sibling, Toshiba Excite 10 SE. They both have the same 10.1-inch display with 720p resolution (1280x800 pixels), the same Tegra 3 quad-core processor with even the same 1.5GHz clock speed, the same 1GB of RAM, the same 12-core GeForce ULP 2 GPU, microSD card slot for up to 32GB and they both even have the same 25Wh battery capacity (or equal to 3250mAh).

However, there are some sectors that set them apart – from the 5MP and 2MP rear and front cameras respectively on Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 (as well as the LED flash and autofocus) and the outdated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (as opposed to the Jelly Bean on its sibling). But pretty much everything on this tablet is similar with Toshiba Excite 10 SE.

Screen

Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 features the same exact 10.1-inch display rocking the 720p resolution with the pixel depth of -149 ppi – similar just like its sibling Toshiba Excite 10 SE, in fact, most of other 10.1-inch tablets out there. So there’s nothing to write home about on its display. It looks pretty sharp for most of basic tasks that you throw on this tablet, although you’ll always need to do the pinch-to-zoom gesture a lot, especially when reading books/magazines or browsing the web.

However, this is a great decision by Toshiba because by using this medium-resolution display, the Tegra 3 processor inside this tablet won’t be burdened with a lot of pixels to execute on this display, making it perform much even faster and last much longer in battery life.

User Interface

On the software side, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 still inherits the same standard Android UI that almost comes close to the stock UI of Android OS – similar just like other members in Toshiba Excite family. So you’ll find the standard homescreen (that you can fill widgets, app shortcuts, live wallpaper or anything), the same looking app drawer (with pretty much the same looking app icons, especially the Google pre-loaded apps), the same on-screen bottom navigation, the same notification and setting windows and many other similar things. And that’s good because by using this stock UI, it will perform much even faster and smoother, thus saving a lot of power from its battery.

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As far as the performance goes, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU on board. This type of specs is actually pretty similar with most of Tegra 3 tablets i’ve seen around the market – like Google Nexus 7, HP Slate 7 Plus or Sony Xperia S -. However, given that the Tegra 3 processor inside this tablet is clocked at 1.5GHz per core – which is higher than most of Tegra 3 tablets -, then its overall performance will likely be much faster and smoother than many of its counterparts out there.

And this means, for any basic tasks that you throw on this tablet, it will perform smoothly with no lag whatsoever – like watching HD movies/TV shows, reading contents like books or magazines, surfing the web, editing documents, checking out photos, using live wallpaper or even playing games. And thanks to the 1GB of RAM on this tablet, you’ll have the power to multitask many apps at once.

Meanwhile, as for playing games, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 will also be similar with other Tegra 3 tablets out there with 720p display – like its own sibling Toshiba Excite 10 SE, Google Nexus 7, HP Slate 7 Plus or Sony Xperia S. However, given its higher 1.5GHz clock speed, this tablet will likely perform much even faster and smoother especially when playing graphics intensive games like Modern Combat 4, N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA Vice City, Dead Trigger, ShadowGun DeadZone, Asphalt 7: Heat, Horn, Real Racing many other heavy 3D games released in 2013 or before that year.

However, when playing the latest and most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5, it’s really obvious that this tablet won’t be able to run all the graphics and visual effects of these games at the fullest. But this is still acceptable given that other Tegra 3 tablets also have the similar problem when handling these 3 latest games. But if you’re really eager to play these games on this Toshiba tablet, it’s well recommended for you to set their graphics to medium or even low in order to perform smoothly on this tablet.

But inspite of that, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 is still a decent gaming tablet, if not the best. It’s still more than capable to perform great when playing heavy 3D games released in 2013 or before that year, it has a huge 10.1-inch display – which gives much better gaming experience given its huge screen real estate -, and the most importantly, this tablet allows gamers the access to enter to the Tegra Zone – which provides a wide range of games that are well-optimized specifically for Tegra-powered tablets, including this Toshiba Excite 10 AT305. So you’ll get more games that not only have better graphics, but also games that have more visual effects that can’t be seen on other non-Tegra tablets. And this is such a privilege for having this tablet.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Toshiba Excite 10 AT305, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

Similar just like its sibling - Toshiba Excite 10 SE -, this tablet is also powered by the same exact 25Wh battery or equal to around 3250mAh battery capacity. This battery may not last as long as other Tegra 3 tablets like HP Slate 7 Plus or Google Nexus 7 (2012), which both have higher than 4000mAh power battery inside. But this is still pretty good and in fact, able to deliver an all-day-long battery life to users.

However, this will also come down to which type of user are you. If you are just a moderate user and will likely only use this device in your spare time – or when you’re taking a break from your busy work -, then you can expect this tablet to last probably in one solid day, of course in one full charge. On the other hand, if you’re a power user and are gonna use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then its battery life will drop drastically to just around 5 to 7 hours or around those numbers.

My Personal Opinions

So my final words about this tablet are, i personally think that Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 is still a decent quality tablet, especially as media-consumption or even gaming device. It has a fast powerful processor and 12-core GPU, 1GB of RAM, 720p resolution on its huge 10.1-inch display, fluid experience and the most importantly, great gaming performance, if not the best. And thanks to the higher clock speed of this tablet (1.5GHz per core) compared to other Tegra 3 tablets on the market, i believe this could really help a lot in making this tablet perform much even faster and smoother than most of its counterparts.

Besides for gaming, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 interestingly will also be great for taking photos or recording videos. And that’s because this device is equipped with 5MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera, along with the autofocus and LED flash support, which lets users take decent shots even at night or in low-light areas. And this is such a huge plus point of having this tablet.

Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 is not only great for gaming or taking photos, but it’ll also be great for most of basic media-consumption tasks like watching movies/TV shows, surfing the web, reading contents like books or magazines, listening to music, editing documents, checking out photos or even just for checking emails, this tablet will perform great in every task that you throw on this tablet.

Even so, there is still one downside that keeps bugging me on this tablet, and that is its battery capacity. As mentioned above, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 is only powered by 25Wh battery or equal to 3250mAh power battery, which is really small for a 10-inch tablet like this.

Moreover, there are many sectors on this tablet that will likely squeeze a lot of juice from its battery, like the higher clock speed (1.5GHz), the quad-core processor (which could be power hungry given its 4 set of cores) and definitely its huge screen (most 10-inch tablets usually have a huge battery capacity over 4000mAh – 9000mAh). So this could really decrease the experience of using this tablet a lot, meaning that you will always need to recharge this device every couple hours when doing some heavy intense usage without resting the screen at all – like watching movies or playing games.

But put its small battery capacity aside, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 is still a good choice of tablet, especially if you’re in the search for a media-consumption tablet or even gaming tablet. It has pretty sharp display, it has fast powerful processor, it has great gaming performance, it has complete set of cameras, it has Tegra Zone access and the most importantly, it’s made by Toshiba. Although this company is not such a popular brand in tablet market, Toshiba still has had years of experience in laptop making business, right? So that should count a lot when deciding to get this tablet.

So to end this review, i’ll try to answer some of my questions i previously asked earlier above:
  1. Yes – definitely. Thanks to its Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 is more than good as a media-consumption or even gaming tablet. And it’s good to see that this tablet is only sporting 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, meaning that this display won’t squeeze a lot of juice both from the processor and the battery (which is only 3250mAh).
  2. No – given that most of the hardware found inside this tablet are already considered as ‘outdated’, this tablet won’t stack up against other 10-inch slates on today’s tablet market. However, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 still deserves to be positioned in mid-end tablet market, alongside Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 10.2, HP Slate 10 HD and many other 10-inch tablets with 720p resolution.
  3. Unfortunately no – it’s not that worth it to get this tablet right now because there are many other 10-inch rivals that are just way better than Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 but are priced not very far from this Toshiba tablet. And besides, there is no 3G cellular support on this tablet, making it not really worthy in the price range above $230. However, if you manage to snatch this tablet below $230, then you just made a pretty good deal.
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Toshiba Excite 10 SE Gaming Performance Review

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As the use of smart touch screen devices becomes really fundamental these days and more and more people start migrating their old cell phones to these modern high-technology gadgets, now many smartphone and even laptop manufacturers are not hesitant anymore to jump to the new bandwagon – a more profitable land of business - a tablet market.

If Apple iPad used to be the one and true king in this tablet making business – with meaningless threats from Android camp -, now there is no single king in this market - there is no definite choice for customers. Now more and more Android tablet manufacturers have started to take this business seriously. Not only have they improved the build quality and design of their homemade tablets, but they have also made a lot improvements and tweaks on many sectors of their tablets - like the software, UI, features, battery life and the most importantly, the performance.

Now it’s not only Samsung that deserves to get the most attention from this market and of course, tablet shoppers.There are also Sony, LG, Asus, Acer, Archos, Xiaomi and a couple of other Android counterparts, not to mention the other new comers in this business that deserve to gain a huge chunk of market share in this industry.

Interestingly, one of those new comers in this market happens to be Toshiba, which we all know already, is not really active – in fact, never got involved whatsoever with even cell phone making business, let alone smartphone or tablet markets. But that doesn’t mean that this laptop maker will suck at making tablets.

Well, that’s not true because there are many other laptop manufacturers that have a massive success in this tablet market - despite not having any experience in cell phone or smartphone making business in their journey – like Asus, Acer and several other counterparts.

Anyway, in the past couple of days, there has been a lot of my reviews that talked mostly about Tegra-powered tablets – from the Lenovo IdeaPad series, Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7, Xiaomi Mi Pad, Motorola Xoom and T-Mobile LG G Slate, with all of these devices powered by either Tegra 2 dual-core or Tegra 3 quad-core SoC (system-on-chip).

Today, I still want to keep the momentum going by talking more about Tegra tablets. But this time, it’s going to be Toshiba tablets that should get your attention for the next few days because i have some of them prepared for my next reviews. But the first one from Toshiba that i’m about to show you right now is a 10.1-inch tablet called Toshiba Excite 10 SE, a Tegra 3 tablet sporting the 720p resolution display.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know more with this Toshiba homemade tablet, including its gaming performance and what games that would work great and in full graphics on this device, then here you go, my personal review of Toshiba Excite 10 SE.

Introduction

As i mentioned above, when it comes to tablet market, then the name Toshiba sounds really unfamiliar to hear in this business. As a matter of fact, this company never get involved whatsoever in the cell phone market, let alone smartphone market. However, thanks to its years of experience in laptop making business, Toshiba’s decision to jump to this new industry seems like a good one.

Despite not being so popular as a tablet manufacturer nor shipping millions of devices every quarter just like Apple or Samsung, Toshiba still manages to deliver some devices that are worth considering for many tablet shoppers out there. Toshiba Excite 10 SE is one of the good quality tablets made by this company.
Toshiba Excite 10 SE
Toshiba Excite 10 SE
Compared to any other regular Android tablets on the market, Toshiba Excite 10 SE basically looks and works just the same as its counterparts. It is a 10.1-inch tablet running on Android platform with the same looking UI of Android OS (where you can fill the homescreen widgets, app shortcuts or anything). Given that this tablet was released back then in December 2012, then the 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display doesn’t seem like something that is worth bragging in front of its rivals, especially when many flagship models that time already migrated to 1080p - or even 2.5k display (*cough* Google Nexus 10 *cough*).

However, that’s not the thing that should get the spotlight on this device. The biggest highlight found on this tablet is definitely in its performance department. Toshiba Excite 10 SE is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU. And this type of specs used to be considered as one of the best hardware specs on the market that time.

With Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, then it means Toshiba Excite 10 SE will be so great for gaming. However, that’s not the only reason why Toshiba decides to out this tablet to the market. Besides for gaming, Toshiba Excite 10 SE will also be great for some other things, like watching HD movies, browsing the web, reading contents, editing documents, taking photos/videos or even just checking emails.

The good thing is, Toshiba Excite 10 SE is only sporting the 720p resolution display, meaning that its performance will be lag-free and smooth, its processor will be able to deliver its best without any single cough, and this tablet could provide you an all-day-long battery life for multimedia usage – thanks to the 25Wh battery capacity or around 3300mAh inside this tablet.

But the questions still remain, with all of these great goodies provided by Toshiba on this tablet, does Toshiba Excite 10 SE have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet? Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other 10-inch rivals, like the old-gen iPads (or even iPad Air), Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 10 or Asus Transformer Pad series? Is it worth it to buy this tablet?

Well, we’re about to find out the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around guys!

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  • No SIM
  • Released December 2012,
  • Weight 639.6 g (1.41 lb)
  • 10.1 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1280 x 800 pixels, (~149 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • Multitouch for up to 10 fingers
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Chipset
  • ULP GeForce 2 GPU
  • Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • microSD Memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 16 GB Internal storage
  • 3.15 MP rear-facing camera, 2048 x 1536 pixels, autofocus
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • No GPRS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • No EDGE
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • No Radio
  • USB
  • HTML, Adobe Flash Browser
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Colors Black/Silver
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • Non-removable Li-Po battery (25 Wh)
  • Up to 12 hours of Talk time (multimedia)
In term of spec sheet, Toshiba Excite 10 SE seems like a pretty interesting offer compared to other devices in low-end tablet market. It features a 10.1-inch display rocking the resolution of 720p or 1280x800 pixels (with the pixel density of -149 ppi), a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz per core, 1GB of RAM, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, 3.15MP rear-facing camera with autofocus support, 1.3MP camera on the front, microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the 16GB internal storage, 25Wh power battery (or equal to 3250mAh battery), Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and a couple of other standard basic features, excluding the 3G cellular and FM radio.

Screen

In the screen department, there’s nothing ground breaking on this tablet. It features a 10.1-inch display sporting the resolution of 720p or 1280x800 pixels (with the standard -149 ppi). So in real life situation, this display still looks pretty sharp and crisp on this tablet, but of course not as sharp as other 10-inch rivals with 1080p or 2.5K (2560x1600 pixels) display. So for enjoying some media contents, the display of this tablet still delivers a pleasing experience to you, although the pinch-to-zoom gesture still needs to be deployed a lot, especially when reading books/magazines or browsing the web. But overall, having the 720p resolution on a 10.1-inch display still looks ‘okay’ for this tablet.

User Interface

On software side, Toshiba Excite 10 SE actually looks and works pretty much the same with other Toshiba Excite tablets out there. It comes with the standard Android UI that comes close to the stock UI of Android OS and it doesn’t bring some aggressive customizations from the manufacturer. So if you’re already familiar using Android device in the past, then you will feel at home when using this tablet. It still has the same standard Android homescreen that you can fill with widgets or app shortcuts (or even picture of your pet or live wallpaper in the background), the same looking app drawer, the same notification and setting windows, the same bottom on-screen buttons and many other things that you’ve come to love on Android OS.

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In term of performance, Toshiba Excite 10 SE excels in this sector really well. And that’s not surprising given that this tablet is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor with the clock speed of 1.2GHz per core, accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU. With this type of specs, there’s no doubt that this Toshiba tablet will scream in performance, even when handling graphics-related tasks, thanks to that 12-core GPU.

Actually, this tablet is gonna be pretty similar with other Tegra 3 tablets sporting the 720p display, like Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus. So it will perform smoothly for any kind of basic tasks that you throw on this tablet – such as: watching HD movies, browsing the web, reading contents like books or magazines, editing documents, checking out photos or emails or even playing games.

Talking about the gaming performance of this tablet, it’s not gonna be that hard for me because i’ve already seen a lot of Tegra 3 tablets out there - especially the ones with 720p display - capable to handle most of the graphically demanding games in buttery smooth performance, even in full highest graphics. So you can expect the same with this Toshiba tablet. Toshiba Excite 10 SE is gonna be a great gaming tablet, if not the best.

As for the games that would work perfectly in full graphics on this device - similar just like Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus -, this Toshiba tablet is also capable to perform smooth when handling games like Modern Combat 4, Dead Trigger, N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, GTA Vice City, GTA III, Asphalt 7: Heat, ShadowGun DeadZone, Real Racing 3, Temple Run 2, Horn and many other games (released in around 2013 or before that year) – all in smooth performance and the most importantly, in full highest graphics.

However, for the latest and the most graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5, i have doubts that these games would run smoothly in full graphics. Thankfully, the developers of these games already provide the options to set the graphics of these games to even the lowest level, allowing tablets with medium-grade hardware to be able to play these games in smooth performance by sacrificing the entire graphics and especially visual effects in these games.

Overall, i’m really impressed a lot with the gaming performance of this tablet, which is actually similar just like my impression of Google Nexus 7 and HP Slate 7 Plus, given their same type of hardware specs (720p display, Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU and 1GB of RAM).

However, if you are a real tablet gamer and you always want to be able to play the latest graphically demanding games in the future, i suggest you switch to other tablet with more powerful GPU and processor, like HP Slate 7 Extreme, Xiaomi Mi Pad, NVIDIA Tegra Note, NVIDIA Shield Tablet (with Tegra K1), Google Nexus 7 (2013), Kindle Fire HDX, iPad Air and many other tablets.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Toshiba Excite 10 SE, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

In term of battery life, Toshiba Excite 10 SE is well-prepared in this department. This tablet is powered by 25Wh battery or equal to 3250mAh battery capacity, which is good enough – but not that ideal – to keep the engine going for a solid day, of course in one full charge. But this will also depend on which type of user are you. I mean, if you are not a power user or just a moderate user, and will only use this tablet in your spare time – or when taking a break from your busy job or work -, then you can expect to see this tablet last around 1 full day.

However, if you are a power user and will always use this tablet for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like for watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row without stopping -, then its battery life will drop drastically to just around 4 to 6 hours, which is still considered as pretty good for a 10-inch tablet. The quad-core processor of this tablet – which is power hungry given its 4 set of cores - should be the one to blame if this tablet could only last much shorther than 4 hours. But i believe with just a medium-resolution 720p display used on this tablet, it’s not gonna take a lot of power from its battery, which means the battery life of this tablet will likely be pretty good overall.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, i think it’s not that hard to recommend this tablet to you, especially if you’re currently looking for a great gaming tablet with 10-inch display. Even though this tablet doesn’t come from such a popular brand, the overall quality of this tablet is still on par with many other rivals in mid-end tablet market. Besides, Toshiba has already had years of experience in laptop making business. So it probably could really help a lot in ensuring its quality, especially in terms of build quality and of course performance.

Toshiba Excite 10 SE is definitely great for playing games. There’s no doubt about that. As a matter of fact - similar just Google Nexus 7 (2012) or HP Slate 7 Plus -, Toshiba Excite 10 SE is also capable to handle most of the graphics intensive games released in 2013 or before that year – like Modern Combat 4, N.O.V.A 3, Asphalt 7: Heat, Horn, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Dead Trigger, ShadowGun DeadZone, GTA Vice City and many more – all in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics. But, as mentioned above already, for the latest games like Asphalt 8, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5, this tablet will suffer a lot when handling these games in full highest graphics.

Besides great for gaming, Toshiba Excite 10 SE will also be great for many other things – like watching HD movies (given its HD display), reading books or magazines, browsing the web (although you’ll always need to do the pinch-to-zoom gesture a lot), listening to music and even taking photos or videos (although the quality of its rear 3.15MP camera will not be on par with other 10-inch flagship devices like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S or Sony Xperia Z/Z2.

So to end this review, here are my answers of my previous questions i already asked above:
  1. Yes – thanks to the 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, 1GB of RAM and a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, this tablet is more than great for playing games. The good thing is, Toshiba Excite 10 SE is only sporting 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, making sure that the Tegra 3 processor and its GPU won’t have to squeeze their power to the limit just to execute all the pixels on the screen. So this tablet will perform really fast and smooth, plus lag-free, especially for gaming.
  2. Yes – despite using some outdated hardware (processor and GPU), Toshiba Excite 10 SE is actually still relevant to be positioned on today’s tablet market, but not alongside 10-inch flagship models like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S, Sony Xperia Z/Z2, Google Nexus 10 or Asus Transformer series (with 1080p display). Instead, this tablet will be comparable with other 10-inch tablets in mid-end market, like Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 10.1, etc.
  3. Yes – but in one condition. And that is if you manage to get this tablet in the price range below $200. I mean, if this tablet is still priced at $250, then it’s not that worth it because Toshiba Excite 10 SE is not a 3G-enabled tablet. Besides, this tablet doesn’t come from some popular brand. So that should count in placing this tablet in mid to even low-end market.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE Gaming Performance Review

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As we all know already, Android tablets made by Sony - under the flag Xperia series – have always been great in the whole aspect. Even though this company never had some huge sales number just like Apple’s iPad or Samsung’s tablets, it’s amazing to see how Sony has always been consistent when it comes to delivering great quality tablets for its consumers. You can clearly see that even from the first-ever-generation Sony Xperia S, a 10.1-inch tablet running Android that used to be considered as the real challenger for older-gen iPad (or the iPad that was released around the same year as Sony Xperia S).

This first-gen Sony Xperia tablet packs some high-grade specs that used to be considered as powerful around the market - from a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, an HD display, an elegant looking design, a premium material, fast and smooth experience and pretty much everything about this tablet is just amazing. And then, there was Sony Xperia P, a handheld tablet that has 2 flippable touch screens – similar just like Nintendo DS handheld. Sony Xperia P comes with slightly lower specs than Xperia S – like Tegra 2 dual-core processor and lower resolution screens. Even so, this flippable tablet is still a great and premium quality tablet.

And last year, Sony brought the world’s first water resistant tablet – Sony Xperia Z -, the same 10.1-inch tablet but it’s way more impressive than its predecessor, especially in term of specs. However, despite having some high-grade specs – including its IP57 certification for dust-proof and water resistant - unfortunately there are many complaints and bad reviews about the display of this tablet from various tech sites and users.

The good news, a few months ago, Sony brought a fresh air to many of its loyal consumers by releasing the next generation Sony Xperia Z2. Through this tablet, Sony is trying to address the problems or complaints found on the predecessor and make it up on this sequel. As the results, Sony manages to deliver the better version of Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

As a matter of fact, for my personally, i think Sony Xperia Z2 is the perfect version of its predecessor. It now has way better display quality (with great viewing angle, more vivid and realistic colors), better sound speaker quality (despite being a water resistant tablet), better camera and of course, more powerful specs.

Just like the predecessor, Sony also releases 2 different variants of this next-gen tablet – the WiFi-only version and the other one with LTE connectivity. However, given that these 2 models come with the same exact spec sheet (like the same Snapdragon 801, the same 3GB of RAM, etc) – of course with the exception of its cellular support -, then i’m gonna wrap up these 2 tablets into one review.

Well, if you’re planning to buy this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet in the near future, but you want to know first about the whole thing of this tablet – especially its gaming performance, then here you go, read on my impression of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet in this personal review.

Introduction

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE
At a glance, this tablet looks a bit similar with the predecessor. As a matter of fact, this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet actually doesn’t leave far away from the initial design language of the first-gen Sony Xperia S (although Xperia Z2 now doesn’t have that unique thick shoulder found on the back of Sony Xperia S).

The most noticeable ones are they all have the same square and sharp looking design, they have the similar looking Xperia UI and visual presentations, and pretty much everything on all 10-inch Sony Xperia tablets look pretty similar one to another.


Besides having pretty similar design, something that never changes on these tablets is that, Sony Xperia tablets always come with some of the best hardware specs around the market. If Sony Xperia Tablet S and Xperia Z come with the specs that used to be considered as high-end specs, then it goes the same with Sony Xperia Z2.

This next-gen Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet actually kind of reminds me with the predecessor, especially in term of specs. It has the same 1080p display resolution, it has the same dust proof and water resistant certification (with more improved certification), it has that same 8.1MP rear-facing camera, it has the similar brand of processor (although Z2 comes with much higher level of processor), it has the same exact battery capacity, and pretty much everything on this tablet is just a straight upgrade from the predecessor.

As a gaming tablet, then there is no question anymore that this tablet will be beast for that matter. Thanks to Qualcomm’s latest flagship model of Snapdragon processor and more powerful GPU, you can basically play any game that you see on Google Play Store today, and the most importantly, in full graphics. But we’ll get more on that later.

But the questions are, with all of these upgrades compared to the predecessor, not to mention, some new goodies found on this tablet, does Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet have what it takes to be the true challenger for iPad Air? Does this tablet stack up against other flagship tablets like Samsung GALAXY Pro series or other 10-inch rivals, in term of performance? Is it worth it to upgrade your Xperia Z Tablet with this sequel?

Well, hopefully we’re about to find out more about that in this review.

Design

Compared to the predecessors – especially the previous-gen Sony Xperia Z Tablet -, there are actually not many changes made by Sony in design department. It still employs the same square looking design with sharp rounded corners, it still has that metallic trim all over its bezels (which makes it look really elegant and sturdy), and pretty much everything on this tablet actually doesn’t leave too far away from the initial design concept of its predecessor.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE Gaming Performance Review

However, there are 2 things that get upgraded on this tablet. And those are its weight and certification. Compared to the predecessor that weighs around 495g, now Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is 69g much lighter than predecessor. Not to mention, now the sequel is much thinner than Sony Xperia Z Tablet. Meanwhile, speaking of its certification, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet now comes with IP58 certification, making it a dust proof and water resistant device (under 1 meter for 30 minutes) - which is an upgrade from IP57 on the predecessor.

Overall, i’m totally impressed with the whole design of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. Actually, I’m already in love with the design of all Sony Xperia tablets – even from the first-gen Sony Xperia S Tablet with its unique back shoulder. I like the sharp looking design that Sony deploys on this tablet. I’m also amazed with how Sony manages to address some of the issues found on the predecessor and make it up on this sequel – like its display quality, its viewing angle, its certification, etc -. Not to mention, I’m also surprised to see that this tablet is now much thinner and lighter than the previous-gen Sony Xperia Z Tablet.

And i think, despite not having the highest and the most powerful specs around the market to date, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet still deserves to be positioned alongside other premium tablets across the market today – like iPad Air or Samsung’s 10-inch high-end tablets, thanks to it gorgeous looking design, solid build quality and of course, its performance. So if you’re in the search for a premium quality tablet, you’ll make no mistake if you decide to get this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

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  • 4G LTE
  • Micro-SIM
  • Weight 439 g (15.49 oz)
  • Released 2014, March
  • 10.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 1200 x 1920 pixels, (~224 ppi pixel density). 16M colors
  • Triluminos display
  • X-Reality Engine
  • Multitouch for up to 10 fingers
  • Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass Protection
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 Chipset
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat
  • microSD of Memory Card slot for up to 64 GB
  • 16 GB of Internal storage
  • 8.1 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus
  • 2.2 MP front-facing camera
  • HSDPA
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • USB
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • GPS
  • HTML5 Browser
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Colors Black, White
  • 3D surround sound enhancement
  • ANT+ supportch
  • IP58 certified: dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • TV-out (via MHL 3 A/V link)
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery
  • Up to 1240 hours (2G) / Up to 1200 hours (3G) of Stand-by time
  • Up to 13 hours of Talk time (multimedia)
  • Up to 188 hours of Music play
Compared to other high-end flagship tablets across the market to date – like Samsung GALAXY Tab/Note Pro 10.1, iPad Air or Microsoft Surface Pro -, then Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet may not stack up against those rivals, of course in term of display. However, for the most part, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet actually still deserves to be positioned alongside those big names aforementioned above.

I mean, this tablet is equipped with Qualcomm’s latest gen flagship Snapdragon 801 processor, it has 3GB of RAM, it has great quality 8.1MP camera, it has much improved display and pretty much everything on this tablet is high-end quality. Not to mention, there are many sectors on this tablet that got upgraded and improved from the predecessor - like the display (which now has much better viewing angle and more realistic and vivid colors), it also has much better IP58 certification, and last but not least, this tablet is now much thinner and lighter than predecessor.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet features a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor – as opposed to the Snapdragon 600 on predecessor, 3GB of RAM – compared to 2GB of RAM on predecessor, Adreno 330 GPU, a 10.1-inch display sporting the resolution of 1200x1920 pixels (with -224ppi pixel density), 8.1MP camera on the front and 2MP camera on the back, 6000mAh power battery, Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS out of the box, IP58 dust proof and water resistant certification, and many other standard goodies.

So with all these improvements and not to mention, the new goodies found on this tablet, it’s just really hard for me to not recommend you this tablet especially if you happen to have huge budget that you can spend on a tablet. Even though the display on Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet may not stack up against other rivals like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Note/Tab Pro or even Google Nexus 10 – which already adopt display higher than 1080p resolution -, this Sony’s tablet still deserves to be positioned alongside these flagship tablets.

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The great thing about this tablet is that, even with that certification upgrade from IP57 to IP58 (which makes it much tighter and safer from water and dust), Sony manages to address some the issue that has been plaguing the predecessor and make it up on this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. And one of them is its display quality. Compared to the predecessor, now Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet has a much better viewing angle and color reproduction – which now looks more realistic than the display of previous-gen Xperia Z Tablet. And that’s great because that shows how Sony really listens to the complaints of its consumers and also tech reviews of this tablet.

Similar just like the predecessor, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is still packing the same 10.1-inch display with the resolution of 1200x1920 pixels – which translates into 1080p resolution -, and not to mention, still with the same exact -224 ppi pixel density. So when it comes to sharpness, then there’s nothing to write home about on this tablet. It’s still as sharp as the previous-gen Sony Xperia Z Tablet – although the display on this sequel is now more improved and looks much gorgeous than on the predecessor.

The great thing is, despite using that same exact display resolution, the processor inside this tablet now gets upgraded to a more powerful Snapdragon 801 processor – as opposed to the Snapdragon 600 on Xperia Z Tablet. So as the results, the overall performance of this tablet is definitely improved and way faster than predecessor, plus the battery life could also last much longer, thanks to Sony’s decision to keep using the same 1080p display on this tablet.

User Interface

When it comes to User Experience or User Interface, there’s actually not much to write home about on this tablet. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet still deploys the same looking UI just like on the predecessor – only with much newer Android 4.4.2 update as opposed to the Android 4.1.2 that comes pre-installed on predecessor -, with the same features and Sony’s homemade Android icons and custom skins. However, there are still some new goodies found on this tablet - like new pre-loaded live wallpaper (which now looks much brighter than the darker wallpaper of Xperia Z Tablet).

I think this new wallpaper allows this tablet to show off all the improvements made by Sony on its display. Thanks to this new wallpaper, the screen can show off all of its strengths. It now looks more crisp and the colors also look popping up and more realistic than on the predecessor. I think Sony has done such a marvelous job on the display of this tablet. Not to mention, on this latest-gen Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, this manufacturer also adds new technology to the screen, such as X-Reality Engine and Triluminos Display, which allows this tablet to deliver a widest color gamut to its display, resulting in more realistic and more popping up colors on the screen. And according to many reviews, the scree of this tablet is such a huge improvement over the predecessor.

And as i mentioned already above, thanks to the more powerful Snapdragon 801 processor inside this device – as opposed to the Snapdragon 600 on predecessor -, not to mention, Sony’s decision to keep using the same exact 1080p resolution on Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, now the overall performance of this tablet is much faster and smoother because the new and more powerful Snapdragon 801 is only tasked to deliver its power to the same 1080p display - which is more than adequate for this display resolution. So as the results, not only does it have much faster performance, the battery life of this tablet will also be much improved and could last much longer than the predecessor.

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I think, when it comes to performance, there should be no question asked anymore about its quality given that Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is now packing an even more powerful Snapdragon 801 processor. So as the results, its overall performance will be blazing fast, plus the experience of using this tablet will be smoother and much faster than the predecessor – especially given that this tablet still uses the same exact 1080p display just like the previous-gen model, although it brings huge improvements than the mediocre display on predecessor.

So if you love enjoying media contents, you’ll be glad to hear that your hobby will be well accommodated on this tablet. Either for watching full HD movies, reading books or magazines, browsing the web, using live wallpaper or editing videos/heavy documents, the Snapdragon 801 processor inside this tablet is more than capable to execute all of these tasks perfectly – all without any meaningful problem or lag whatsoever.

And it goes the same when playing games on this tablet. If the Snapdragon 600 processor on predecessor is already considered as really powerful and can handle all the graphically demanding games across the Google Play Store perfectly, then you can expect the same thing on Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. From the latest graphically demanding games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8: Airborne, N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA San Andreas or even the next-released games like Modern Combat 5, the next Need for Speed or the next Asphalt game, this tablet is more than capable to handle all of these games perfectly and smoothly, even in full graphics setting.

So if you’re planning to buy this tablet as the device for playing games, then you’ll make no mistake because Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is just a great gaming tablet. There’s no single doubt this tablet could handle all of the high performing games across the Google Play Store.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

When it comes to battery capacity, actually there’s not much change in this sector compared to predecessor as Sony decides to keep using the same 6000mAh power battery inside this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. Interestingly, despite using the same battery capacity, there are some improvements made by Sony on the battery life of this tablet.

According to GSMarena, in standby time, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet could last more than 1240 hours when 2G LTE is deployed, while activating the 3G connectivity on this tablet could consume more power from the battery, resulting only 1200 hours of battery life. The other improvements also happen in talk time and music play, with over 13 hours in talk time and 188 hours for music play – which are huge improvements over predecessor that could only last around 10 hours in talk time mode and 110 hours in music play.

I believe this has something to do with Sony’s technology on the screen of this tablet and also, the new more powerful but more efficient Snapdragon 801 processor. As mentioned above, on this sequel tablet, Sony made a lot of improvements on its display – which now looks great with much better viewing angle and widest colour gamut, plus more efficient and less power hungry than the display on predecessor.

Not to mention, on Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, this Japanese-based company also decides to use a more powerful but more efficient Snapdragon 801 processor – which brings a lot of improvements especially in power managements on this chipset.

So even if you’re type of power user and would like to use this tablet in heavy intense usage without resting the screen at all - like for example, watching full HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then you can expect to see this tablet last probably around 6 to 8 hours of battery life, which is great and ideal for a 10-inch tablet like this.

However, the battery life of this tablet could be improved much further if you only use it in moderate usage – like for playing some games, watching videos, browsing the web, reading books/magazines or listening to music, all in combined screen on/off time -, lasting probably around 13 hours or one solid day, of course in one full charge.

So if you’re currently in the search for a great media-consumption tablet, then you on the right track if you decide to buy this tablet. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of the best multimedia tablets across the market to date – no single doubt about that.

My Personal Opinions

So my final words about this tablet are, i’m totally impressed a lot with this tablet. Actually, the first thing i like from this tablet is Sony’s decision to improve its display quality. I like the fact that Sony addresses some of the issues and complaints of its consumers and tech reviewers over the mediocre display on Sony Xperia Z Tablet. And that’s great because it shows how this company really listens to consumers’ feedback and put a lot of efforts to fix or solve them through the future products.

To be perfectly honest, i can’t wait to see the rumored Xperia Z3 Tablet finally get unveiled by Sony (hopefully in the near months). I believe Sony will finally be brave to jump to 2K or 2.5K display (2560x1600 pixels) for that next-gen model. And that’s really important because many manufacturers already start adopting this type of display on their flagship devices (like Samsung, Apple, Asus, Microsoft, etc). And in order to keep its products relevant on today’s tablet market (high-end tablet market), Sony needs to jump to the 2K or 2.5K bandwagon for the next-gen Xperia Z3. And it’s a MUST!

Okay, back to Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. Besides the improvements made on the display, the other things to be liked on this tablet are the upgrade to Snapdragon 801 (from Snapdragon 600 on predecessor) and 3GB of RAM (as opposed to the 2GB of RAM on predecessor).

Even though this processor still deploys the same old Adreno 330 GPU (which is more than powerful to handle any graphics-related tasks), there are still some huge improvements on its performance compared to the predecessor. Now the overall performance of this tablet is blazing fast, and the experience is just much even faster and smoother than predecessor. Not to mention, thanks to the power management and technology employed by Sony on the screen, the battery life of this tablet is surprisingly improved and could even last much longer than on the previous-gen model.

I think i don’t need to keep talking about how great this tablet really is because Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is simply great. It’s great for watching full HD movies, reading books/magazines, browsing the web, listening to music, editing documents or even playing games. Not to mention, all the games that you see today on Google Play Store can be played perfectly and smoothly on this tablet – no single doubt about that.

So if you’re currently looking for a decent – or even a perfect – media consumption tablet in high-end category, then Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet can be a great choice for you. Even though this tablet is still using a 1080p display – compared to other flagship tablets that already use highest-resolution display -, for the most part, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is still a perfect and great tablet.

It has the latest Snapdragon 801 processor, it has huge 3GB of RAM, it has the latest Android software out of the box, it has great quality display, it has great camera, it has great and improved sound quality, it has much tighter IP58 dust proof and water resistant certification, it has great battery life, it has great gaming performance, and everything about this tablet is simply perfect. You’ll definitely make no mistake if you decide to get this tablet.

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Lenovo IdeaTab K2 Gaming Performance Review

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Despite being a not really popular tablet brand, it’s actually interesting to review some of Lenovo homemade tablets. Some of these Lenovo tablets may not have great gaming performance as other today’s rivals, however, given that most of Lenovo IdeaPad tablets are rocking the Tegra processors – either Tegra 2 or Tegra 3 -, then some of them are still worth considering even if you’re looking for a good gaming tablet.

Anyway, in the past few days, i’ve been showing you guys some of Lenovo-branded tablets on this website. Unfortunately, i didn’t manage to review all of Lenovo tablets on this site due to the lack of information – from spec sheet, video reviews and gaming performance reviews – of all Lenovo tablets around the net. But the good thing is, from some of Lenovo tablets that i managed to review on this site, many of them are good for gaming, if not great – like Lenovo ThinkPad, Lenovo IdeaPad K1 or Lenovo IdeaPad S2.

Today, i want to keep the momentum going by reviewing another Lenovo tablet powered by a Tegra processor. The one i’m about to show you today is called Lenovo IdeaTab K2, which of course the sequel - or successor, if you would -, of the previous-gen Lenovo IdeaTab K1, which i’ve already showed you a couple of days ago.

This tablet is actually still “on the same page” with the predecessor, especially on the screen size and its resolution, the type of processor, the amount of RAM and some other more. However, given that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is the sequel of the Lenovo IdeaTab K1, then it’s so obvious that this next-gen model will bring some bumped-up sectors here and there on its hardware.

Well, what do you think? Are you interested to know more about this device? If you are, then here you go, my personal impression of Lenovo IdeaTab K2. In this review, i’ll talk a lot mostly about its gaming performance and which games that would work perfectly on this tablet, not the whole thing about this tablet of course.

Introduction

The predecessor - Lenovo IdeaTab K1 – in my personal opinion, is actually a good quality tablet. I mean, even though it’s still using the ‘outdated’ Tegra 2 dual-core processor, there are still many things to be liked from this tablet – from its 720p display, its fast processor, its complete set of cameras (5MP + 2MP with autofocus and LED flash) and the most importantly, its huge 7400mAh power battery.
Lenovo IdeaTab K2 Gaming Performance Review
Lenovo IdeaTab K2
So if the predecessor of Lenovo IdeaTab K2 already looks impressive on paper, then hopefully we can expect the same thing on the sequel. And apparently, that is so correct because on this sequel, there are many sectors on the predecessor that get bumped up to the higher level – from its 720p display that now gets upgraded to 1080p (1920x1200 pixels) display, its Tegra 2 that now gets replaced with Tegra 3 quad-core processor, the 5MP camera that now gets updated with higher quality 8MP camera (although bigger MP doesn’t mean better photo/video quality, i know that) and some other parts that are better than on the predecessor.

Lenovo IdeaTab K2 Gaming Performance Review

Unfortunately, i haven’t managed to find out about the exact battery capacity that powers this device. I really hope that its battery is the same huge 7400mAh battery just like on the predecessor or even bigger than that because with the bumped up 1080p display and quad-core Tegra 3 processor, this tablet is definitely gonna need much bigger horsepower to keep its engine going for long long hours, especially for users who love watching movies/TV shows or playing games.

But the questions are, with all of these bumped up specs, does Lenovo IdeaTab K2 have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet? is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other members on today’s tablet market, like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Tab S/Tab Pro/Note 10.1, Google Nexus 10, Sony Xperia Z/Z2 or even its own sibling, like Lenovo Yoga series? Is it worth it to buy this tablet?

Well, hopefully we’ll get to know more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So you better stick around guys!

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  • 3G Network
  • 10.1 inch Display 1080p IPS Capacitive Touchscreen, 16 Million Colors & 1920 X 1200 Pixels
  • Proximity, Light, Accelerometer and auto turn-off sensors
  • Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • NVidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • HTML, xHTML, WAP 2.0, Flash Browser
  • 8 MP Camera with LED Flash, Auto Focus
  • 1.3 Megapixels
  • 1920 x 1200 pixel Video Recording Capability
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • GPS
  • Li-Ion Standard battery
  • Colors Black
From the hardware standpoint, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 definitely still deserves to be positioned alongside other rivals around today’s tablet market - like Sony Xperia Z, LG G Pad 8.3, Google Nexus 7 or Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 – especially in term of entire specs (like 1080p display, 8MP camera with LED flash, etc). But of course, this tablet is not “on the same page” with those rivals in term of performance.

Despite being a powerful quad-core processor with 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, Tegra 3 processor is already considered as ‘outdated’ for today’s standards and not on par anymore with today’s flagship mobile chipsets – like Snapdragon 800/600, Apple’s A7 or even its own siblings, Tegra 4 and Tegra K1. So when it comes to performance, this Lenovo tablet will not be as great as other 10-inch flagship tablets on today’s tablet market.

Lenovo IdeaTab K2 features a 10.1-inch display sporting the 1080p (1920x1200 pixels) display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 2GB of RAM, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, 8MP rear-camera with LED flash and autofocus, 1.3MP camera on the front-side, 3G cellular support and a couple of other basic features like Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and some other more. And that’s on the hardware side. On the software side, this device comes pre-installed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and stock Android UI with Lenovo custom skins and icons, but not as aggressive as Samsung with its TouchWiz on GALAXY devices.

Screen

As a media-consumption tablet, there’s no single doubt that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is a great device for that matter. And that’s thanks to its high-resolution 1080p display that looks really sharp on its 10.1-inch display. So reading contents like books/magazines, browsing the web, watching HD movies, checking out photos or operating the UI will be satisfying because everything that you throw on the screen will look sharp and crisp, decreasing the needs to do pinch-to-zoom gesture especially when reading books or browsing the web. The good thing is, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, which is adequate and a perfect match for that high-resolution display.

User Interface

Just like any other Android tablets with stock Android UI of Ice Cream Sandwich OS, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 also looks and works similar. It has the standard homescreen that you can fill with widgets, live wallpaper, app shortcuts, etc, and then there are also the standard notification and setting windows on the right and left top respectively, which can be activated by dragging the screen from the top side to bottom. The good thing is, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 comes with stock Android UI with less-aggressive customizations from the manufacturer, meaning that its performance will be fast and smooth, the available free RAM will be bigger and the battery life could last much longer.

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In term of performance, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 will scream a lot in that department. Thanks to the quad-core Tegra 3 processor inside this device – which is still considered as one powerful chipset even for today’s standards – clocked at 1.2GHz per core, accompanied with 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, this tablet is just more than capable to execute any basic tasks that you throw on this tablet, even all at once.

However, given that this tablet is sporting the 1080p resolution display (1920x1200 pixels), then the overall performance of this device might not be as great and smooth as other Tegra 3 tablets with lower 720p resolution display - like the 1st-gen Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus. But that’s not going to hold back this tablet to perform in buttery smooth performance when doing some basic tasks like watching HD movies, reading contents like books or magazines, browsing some heavy web pages, checking out photos or editing documents.

Meanwhile, when it comes to playing games, this tablet will also be good, if not great, for that matter. And that’s when the 12-core GeForce ULP GPU inside its Tegra quad-core chipset shows off all of its power. Many games – even the latest and most graphically demanding ones definitely would run perfectly and in full graphics on this tablet – like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7: Heat, Dead Trigger, ShadowGun DeadZone, GTA Vice City, GTA III, Need for Speed Most Wanted, N.O.V.A 3 or Real Racing 3.

However, given its higher-resolution 1080p display, i don’t think all of these games – like Modern Combat 4 or GTA Vice City - would run smoothly in full highest graphics. The other newest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or ModernCombat 5 definitely won’t perform perfectly in full graphics on this tablet. But thankfully, some of these games provide users the options to set the graphics to even the lowest level, so you’ll probably have luck in playing these heavy games smoothly on this tablet.

As a gaming tablet, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is definitely a pretty good device for that matter. It’s capable to handle most of the latest graphics intense games in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics. But then again, given that this tablet is sporting a higher-resolution 1080p display, i have doubts that all of the games aforementioned above would run seamlessly in full graphics.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Lenovo IdeaTab K2, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

In the battery department, unfortunately, i haven’t managed to find out about the battery capacity nor battery life of this tablet. But given the fact that the predecessor is powered by a huge 7400mAh power battery, then this sequel probably still inherits the same huge battery capacity just like the previous-gen Lenovo IdeaTab K1. Besides, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is now sporting a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a higher-resolution 1080p display – as opposed to the dual-core Tegra 2 and 720p display on the predecessor -, and this requires a huge or even bigger battery capacity than the predecessor. So i believe Lenovo IdeaTab K2 still inherits the same huge battery of the predecessor.

Well, if that’s true, then you can expect this tablet to deliver you an all-day-long battery life just like the predecessor, even in heavy usage. But of course, that’s only going to happen if you’re not a power user. If you are a power user and will likely use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks – like watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row, then this tablet probably could last only around 5 to 7 hours the longest, given its higher-resolution 1080p display and quad-core processor.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, i personally think that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is still a good gaming tablet just like its predecessor, if not the best. As a matter of fact, it’s so obvious that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is much better than the predecessor mostly given its bumped up specs here and there on the hardware – like a higher 1080p display, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a higher quality 8MP camera, a newer Android software and some other things that make it a better offering than the predecessor.

It goes the same in term of gaming performance. Compared to the first-gen Lenovo IdeaTab K1, it’s no brainer that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 will have much better and more powerful gaming performance than the predecessor. In fact, with this sequel model, most of the games – even the most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 7: Heat, Modern Combat 4, Dead Trigger, ShadowGun DeadZone, GTA Vice City, N.O.V.A 3 or Real Racing 3 – would definitely run in buttery smooth performance and the most importantly, in full graphics – although the latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5 won’t perform smoothly in full graphics on this tablet.

To make it simple for you, the things to be liked from Lenovo IdeaTab K2 are: its 1080p display, its quad-core Tegra 3 processor, its 8MP camera and 1080p video recording, its 2GB of RAM, its 3G cellular connectivity, its battery life and pretty much everything on this tablet is just reat for a 10-inch media-consumption tablet.

But of course, this will go down to the price of this tablet. I mean, if Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is still priced higher or around the price of iPad mini 2 (let alone iPad Air), Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S, Sony Xperia Z/Z2 or Google Nexus 10, then this Lenovo’s tablet is definitely not a good purchase given that its rivals are just way too superior in many ways than Lenovo IdeaTab K2.

Okay, to end this review, here are my answers of my previous questions above:
  1. Yes – with Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 12-core GPU, 1080p display and a solid battery life, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is definitely a good gaming tablet, if not the best. It plays almost the latest games perfectly and smoothly - like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7, GTA Vice City, Dead Trigger, Horn (which is a great RPG!), Need for Speed Most Wanted, N.O.V.A 3, ShadowGun DeadZone and many other games. However, for the latest graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 5, i’m positive these games won’t run smoothly in full graphics on this device.
  2. Yes – despite being an ‘outdated’ tablet and in fact, its production is discontinued by the manufacturer, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is still relevant to be positioned alongside today’s rivals like Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 10 or even iPad Air. And that’s mostly because its high-resolution 1080p display, not the entire thing of this tablet of course. In term of performance, then it's so obvious that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 definitely won't stack up against its 10-inch rivals on today's tablet market.
  3. Yes – this tablet is definitely a worth buying tablet. It has a fast quad-core processor, a high-resolution display, a high quality 8MP camera, a solid battery life, 3G cellular support and many other things to be liked from this device. Unfortunately, as mentioned above, Lenovo has stopped the production of this tablet from long time ago. So you’ll probably have some trouble to find this tablet lying around the tablet stores near your town.
So what do you think about this tablet? Does my review help you figure out whether to buy this tablet or otherwise, switch to other options? Well, if you're looking for other tablet, i recommend you other options like: Google Nexus 10, iPad Air, Sony Xperia Z/Z2, Xiaomi MI Pad or LG G Pad 8.3. All of these tablets are just way more powerful than this Lenovo tablet, especially in term of gaming performance.

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