Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 Gaming Performance Review

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Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 Gaming Performance Reviewhttp://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W1mehZFpbsQ/VQerG4GMr5I/AAAAAAAADNo/Drm6aGlZj9w/s1600/Icon%2BToshiba%2BExcite%2B10%2BAT305.jpgHi guys, welcome back!

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?

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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 terms 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 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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