Toshiba Excite AT200 Review and Gaming Performance: Thoughts and Impressions

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September 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Toshiba Excite AT200 Review and Gaming Performance: Thoughts and ImpressionsHi guys, welcome back!

As you can see in my previous reviews of Toshiba tablets, many of them are mostly powered NVIDIA’s homemade processor – either it is Tegra 2 dual-core processor or Tegra 3 quad-core (actually there is also the one with Tegra 4.

And it is Toshiba Excite Pro, which i’m about to show you in my next review).

And that’s great because Tegra processors have been known to be superior in performance compared to their rivals in each class, especially in graphical environment.

And we already know that Tegra 3 quad-core processor is really powerful on Google Nexus 7 (2012).

So the same thing can be expected on Toshiba Excite 7.7, Toshiba Excite 10 SE or Toshiba Excite 10 AT305, which all of these slates are packing Tegra 3 processor inside.

Toshiba Excite AT200 benchmarks and gaming performance

However, among all of these Tegra-powered tablets from Toshiba, interestingly, this manufacturer also has some other tablets that are not powered by NVIDIA’s processor.

And one of them is actually the tablet i’m about to show you right now.

This one is equipped with Texas Instrument homemade chipset – TI OMAP 4430 CPU -, accompanied with 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX540 GPU (which is the same GPU found inside the iPhone 4 if i’m not mistaken). This one is called Toshiba Excite AT200.

In terms of hardware, this tablet actually kind of reminds me with Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, the first-generation, which also features the same exact TI OMAP 4430 dual-core CPU.

But of course, in terms of performance, then Toshiba tablet is definitely the winner here given that this tablet comes with bigger 1GB of RAM and much faster 1.2GHz clock speed than Amazon’s tablet.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know with this tablet, especially its gaming performance and also what games that would work seamlessly in full graphics on this tablet, then here you go, my personal review of Toshiba Excite AT200.

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Introduction

When i saw the first-gen Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, i was pretty impressed with this tablet.

And that was 2 or 3 years ago, of course, when there were still no serious contender for Apple’s iPad back then.

What makes me impressed with this Amazon tablet was its overall performance and even gaming capability, despite using some medium-grade hardware (but low-grade for today’s standards of course).

Not only was this tablet great for watching videos or reading books (which was what Amazon originally intended on this device), but this Amazon Kindle Fire was also great for other things, even for gaming, with games like ShadowGun, Dead Space, PES 2012, Need for Speed Undercover and SHIFT or Asphalt 5 – all running smoothly in full graphics on this tablet.

Toshiba Excite AT200 Gaming Performance Review: Thoughs and Impressions

The more impressively was, according to many reviews i’ve already seen around YouTube, this Amazon’s tablet amazingly had great battery life – which actually was not that surprising given that this tablet is only sporting low resolution 1024x600 pixel display and less power hungry dual-core processor, plus it’s running on the simplified version of Android UI.

And right now, i happen to have one tablet from Toshiba which interestingly is also powered by the same exact processor of Amazon Kindle Fire – TI OMAP 4430, which used to be considered as powerful in its class.

Compared to Amazon’s tablet – in the whole aspect -, then Toshiba Excite AT200 definitely is more superior given that this tablet is equipped with much higher-grade specs – from a 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, a faster 1.2GHz clock speed on its TI OMAL 4430 processor and bigger 1GB of RAM.

Not to mention, other sectors where Amazon Kindle Fire is lacking, like the 5MP and 2MP cameras back and front, Bluetooth, GPS, Java emulator, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, HDMI port and many other things, excluding the FM radio, which 'weirdly' can be found on Kindle Fire.

However, despite being a better performer than Kindle Fire, there is still something on Toshiba Excite AT200 that leaves a lot to be desired.

And that’s actually its processor, which is not as powerful as other Toshiba Excite tablets, which mostly are powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra processor.

Even though the TI OMAP processor inside this tablet is dual-core and it has 1GB of RAM, when it comes to gaming performance, this tablet may not be as great as its siblings. But we’ll get more on that later.

There are some remaining questions about this table. With all of these great things on this tablet, does Toshiba Excite AT200 have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet?

Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other 10-inch rivals across today’s tablet market?

Is it worth it to purchase this tablet?

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  • No SIM
  • Released January 2012
  • 558 g (Weight)
  • 10.1 inch LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 1280 x 800 pixels,(~149 ppi pixel density), 16M
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4430 Chipset
  • PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb
  • microSD Memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 16/32 GB Internal storage
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • No EDGE
  • No GPRS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • USB
  • HDMI port
  • No Radio
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • HTML, Adobe Flash Browser
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • Black
  • Non-removable Li-Ion battery
As an older-gen tablet with outdated TI OMAP 4430 processor, Toshiba Excite AT200 actually can still be considered as well-prepared on hardware department.

I mean, it has 5MP and 2MP cameras back and front with the supports of LED flash and autofocus (which can be handy for tablet photographers out there).

And then, it has 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, which looks pretty sharp and pretty great for reading contents or browsing the web, plus watching HD movies of course.

Not to mention, there is also the microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the 16/32GB of internal storage, which actually is a must for any tablet.

With all of these goodies, Toshiba Excite AT200 can still be pretty good choice for those users who are looking for a decent media-consumption tablet for watching movies or reading contents like books or magazines.

However, if you’re a gamer and looking for a gaming tablet, then i suggest you to stay away from Toshiba Excite AT200 because it just won’t make you satisfied, especially in terms of graphical performance.

Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3 or Dead Trigger 2 definitely won’t run in full graphics (even on medium graphics as i’ve already seen on some devices with the same TI OMAP 4430 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU) and GTA San Andreas will run really laggy even in medium graphics.

Screen

In terms of display, there’s nothing ground breaking on this tablet. Toshiba Excite AT200 features the standard 10.1-inch display, sporting the resolution of 720p with pixel density of -149ppi.

So if we compare this tablet with other 10.1-inch rivals on today’s tablet market (that mostly already adopt 1080p or even 2.5K resolution), then it’s really obvious that the screen of Toshiba Excite AT200 really lacks in sharpness and clarity.

However, for doing most of the basic things like reading books or magazines, watching movies, playing games or browsing the web, the screen of this tablet still delivers an eye pleasing experience to users given that 720p resolution actually already looks sharp on even 14-inch devices (like my laptop for example).

But even so, you will always need to do pinch-to-zoom gesture especially when reading books/magazines or browsing the web.

User Interface

It’s always great to see that Toshiba is not that kind of company that makes heavy aggressive customizations on the UI of its tablets – like Sony with its Xperia devices or Samsung with its GALAXY tablets.

So the performance of this tablet will be relatively fast and smooth, thanks to the near stock Android experience that Toshiba has provided on Toshiba Excite AT200.

But of course, there are some customized icons, skins or widgets that Toshiba created in order to set this tablet apart from other counterparts.

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As far as the performance goes, Toshiba Excite AT200 features a dual-core TI OMAP 44330 CPU with the clock speed of 1.2GHz per core, accompanied with 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX540 GPU (which actually the same GPU found inside the iPhone 4).

With this type of specs, this tablet definitely is able to deliver a fast and smooth performance to the tablet, especially for doing any basic tasks – like watching HD videos, reading contents and many other things.

However, the overall performance of this tablet usually will drop drastically when opening many apps at the same time and deploying live wallpaper on the homescreen.

But for the most part, this tablet is still a decent performer for a media-consumption device.

It’s great for watching HD movies, reading books or magazines, browsing the web, listening to music, checking out photo album or even playing games.

Speaking of the gaming performance of this tablet, Toshiba Excite AT200 may not be as great as other Toshiba Excite tablets, which i’ve already mentioned above.

And that’s because the TI OMAP processor inside this tablet is already considered as outdated for today’s mobile games.

This tablet will perform great and smooth when playing older games like ShadowGun, Samurai Showdown, Asphalt 5, Modern Combat 1 and 2, Need for Speed SHIFT, PES 2012 or RPG title, Dungeon Defender – even in full graphics.

However, for the latest and the most graphically demanding games like Modern Combat 4 and 5, GTA San Andreas, Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2, NOVA 3 or Horn, i don’t think these games can be played smoothly in full graphics on Toshiba Excite AT200.

So if you’re looking for a much better gaming tablet, i suggest you to pick up other options like Google Nexus 10, Sony Xperia Z/Z2, LG G Pad 8.3, iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S or even its sibling - Toshiba Excite 10 SE, 10 AT305, Toshiba Excite 7.7 or probably Toshiba Excite Pro with Tegra 4 (although Tegra 4 tablets usually suffer the overheating issue when used for intense gaming).

Overall, this tablet may not be such a good choice for a gaming tablet.

It may have a dual-core processor and iPhone 4’s same GPU, plus 1GB of RAM, but these are just not enough to make this tablet a great gaming device.

There are just many new games that won’t perform smoothly on this tablet, especially in full graphics.

However, if you’re not a tablet gamer and only looking for a decent 10-inch media-consumption tablet, then Toshiba Excite AT200 can still be a pretty good choice.



Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Toshiba Excite AT200, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

Too bad i found no information about the battery capacity of this tablet on the source's spec sheet.

However, according to GSMarena, Toshiba Excite AT200 is believed could survive in 8 hours for talk time and multimedia usage, which is pretty impressive for a 10-inch tablet.

Usually, with this battery life, you can expect to see this tablet last probably around 7 hours for doing basic tasks, which translates into one solid day, of course on a full charge. And that could only happen in moderate use - like for example, when you use it only in your spare time.

However, if you intend to use this device 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 -, its battery life will drop drastically to only less than 5 hours.

Its medium-resolution display could be the one to blame if this tablet could only last that long given that its TI OMAP 4430 processor might not be adequate for 720p resolution display.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, despite using a low-grade outdated TI OMAP 4430 processor, i still think that Toshiba Excite AT200 is a pretty good choice for a media-consumption tablet.

It has pretty sharp 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, it has full set of cameras (5MP and 2MP cameras back and front with LED flash and autofocus), 1GB of RAM for smooth multitasking, PowerVR SGX 540 GPU (the same GPU found inside iPhone 4) and a complete set of standard features (like Bluetooth, GPS, HDMI port, Java and some other more.

Compared to Amazon first-gen Kindle Fire (due to the fact that these 2 tablets are powered by the same processor), Toshiba Excite AT200 is definitely a much much better choice.

It has sharper and larger display, faster clock speed on processor means faster performance, bigger 1GB of RAM and some basic features like 5MP and 2MP cameras, Bluetooth, GPS, Java, HDMI port, microSD card slot for up to 32GB (which Amazon’s tablet doesn’t have them).

Basically, Toshiba Excite AT200 is more suitable for those of you who are only looking for a decent media-consumption tablet.

But if you’re in the search for a gaming tablet, i suggest you to choose other Toshiba Excite tablets because Toshiba Excite AT200 may not perform well for that matter.

It may be able to run ShadowGun, PES 2012, Dead Space and other older games – even in full graphics.

However, for the latest graphically demanding titles like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, GTA San Andreas, Horn or Dead Trigger 2, this tablet definitely will suffer a lot in performance, especially when running them in medium graphics, let alone in full highest graphics.

To end this review, i’ll try to answer some of the questions i’ve asked previously above:
  • Does Toshiba Excite AT200 have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet? No – given that the TI OMAP dual-core processor inside this tablet is already considered as outdated for today’s mobile gaming, then this tablet definitely is not a good gaming tablet.
  • Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other devices on today’s tablet market? No, absolutely not – even the 720p resolution on 10-inch display is not on par anymore with today’s 10-inch rivals. And that’s added with the outdated processor of this tablet, which makes Toshiba Excite AT200 irrelevant anymore for today’s tablet market. Even though Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 10.1 still uses 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, this Samsung’s tablet definitely is more superior in the whole aspect than Toshiba Excite AT200. But thanks to the 5MP and 2MP cameras plus LED flash and autofocus, this Toshiba can still be a pretty good choice in mid-end tablet market.
  • Is it worth it to buy this tablet? Yes – but in one condition. And that is, you’re only looking for a media-consumption tablet for watching movies, reading books, browsing the web, listening to music, checking out photos, taking photos/videos or editing documents, maybe playing some older games. But if you’re looking for a decent gaming tablet, i recommend you to pick up other Toshiba tablets with Tegra 3 processor – like Toshiba Excite 10 SE, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 or Toshiba Excite Pro with Tegra 4. Their gaming performance definitely is way more powerful than Toshiba Excite AT200.

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