Toshiba Excite Pure Gaming Performance Review: Thoughts and Impressions

Posted by B. Johnson
September 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Toshiba Excite Pure Gaming Performance Review: Thoughts and ImpressionsHi guys, welcome back to this site!

According to my previous reviews - despite not being a popular tablet manufacturer just like Apple or Samsung -, i’m honestly pretty impressed with what Toshiba has in store for tablet shoppers out there.

As a matter of fact, i’m a bit surprised to see how well Toshiba tablets really excel in gaming performance.

Actually, that’s not really shocking given that many of Toshiba tablets that i’ve already showed you in my previous reviews are mostly powered by Tegra processors – either Tegra 2, Tegra 3 or even Tegra 4.

And that already ensures that all of these tablets will be great for gaming - especially due to the fact that Tegra is originally intended by NVIDIA to have superior graphical performance.

But of course, given that these Toshiba tablets are powered by Tegra 2 or Tegra 3 processor, then it’s really obvious that their gaming performance will not be on par with other Tegra 4 tablets.

Toshiba Excite Pure benchmarks and gaming performance

Anyway, after showing you guys 3 of Toshiba tablets under the flag Toshiba Excite series, today i want to keep the momentum going by reviewing another Toshiba tablet in the same series.

This one actually can be considered as the lower-end model of this tablet series, thanks to its lower-grade specs compared to its 10-inch siblings - Toshiba Excite 10 SE or Toshiba Excite 10 AT305.

However, given that this model is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor – which is still considered as a powerful mobile chipset -, then this tablet still deserves to be positioned alongside its siblings, especially in terms of hardware.

Okay then, without further ado, let me introduce you to Toshiba Excite Pure.

Similar just like 2 Toshiba tablets i’ve already showed you previously, Toshiba Excite Pure is still the same 10.1-inch tablet sporting the same 720p resolution.

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

Introduction

When it comes to popularity and sales number, then Toshiba tablets definitely are not on the same page with Apple iPad or Samsung GALAXY tablets, the flagship ones.

And that’s for sure because these 2 tech giants always manage to ship million units of devices each quarter of every year.

However, - despite not being as popular as iPad or Samsung’s tablets, i think it’s really amazing to see how Toshiba tablets actually are still great in both quality and performance, of course not as great as Apple or Samsung’s flagship tablets.

But this is great because the first time i saw Toshiba tablets was actually in the past of couple of days - thanks to YouTube.

And that’s really shame because from what i’ve seen on some of these Toshiba Excite tablet, especially the ones shipping with Tegra processors – from Toshiba Excite 7.7, Toshiba Excite 10 SE and Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 -, i personally think all of these 3 tablets are great for gaming, especially the ones with Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

And that’s probably the thing that you can expect the same on Toshiba Excite Pure, which also is powered by NVIDIA’s homemade Tegra 3 quad-core processor, along with its 12-core GeForce ULP GPU.

Toshiba Excite Pure Gaming Performance Review: Thoughs and ImpressionsThe great thing is, from what i’ve already seen on many Tegra 3 tablets - especially the ones with 720p display -, most of them have great gaming performance, like Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus and some unpopular tablet brands like Acer Iconia Tab series or Lenovo IdeaTab series like Lenovo IdeaTab A1209.

So this means, Tegra 3 tablet like Toshiba Excite Pure will also have the same great gaming performance as these counterparts.

And that’s on the performance and gaming capability sectors of this device. What about the other departments of this Toshiba Excite Pure tablet?

Well, as i mentioned earlier above, even though this tablet is shipping with Tegra 3 quad-core processor – similar just like its 2 siblings -, there is one sector of this tablet that leaves a lot to be desired.

And that is its cameras.

Through Toshiba Excite Pure, it’s really clear that Toshiba decides to cut the production cost of this tablet by only equipping 1.2MP front-facing camera, without any rear-facing camera on this tablet - as opposed to Toshiba Excite 10 SE that packs 3.15MP and 1.2MP cameras back and front, and then Toshiba Excite Pure with its more superior 5MP and 2MP cameras back and front respectively,

The good thing is, that’s the only sector that Toshiba sacrifices on this tablet.

Apart from the lack of rear-facing camera, Toshiba Excite Pure still features some other goodies that are still worth considering especially if you’re looking for a decent 10.1-inch tablet with good performance.

Besides Tegra 3 and a large 10.1-inch screen, there are also 1GB of RAM, microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the 16GB internal storage, 25Wh battery (or equal to 3260mAH) which could deliver 13 hours of talk time (multimedia - according to GSMarena), Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean out of the box and a couple of other standard features like Bluetooth, GPS, Java emulator, USB, HDMI port and many more, excluding the FM radio and 3G cellular support.

But the questions are, with all of these pretty good hardware specs provided on this tablet, does Toshiba Excite Pure have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet?

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

Is it worth it to buy this tablet?

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  • No SIM
  • Released July 2013
  • 598.7 g (Weight)
  • 10.1 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1280 x 800 pixels, (~149 ppi pixel density), 16M
  • Multitouch for up to 10 fingers
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android OS, 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
  • Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 Chipset
  • No rear-facing camera
  • microSD Memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 16 GB of Internal storage
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • No rear-facing camera
  • No Radio
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • No GPRS
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • HTML5 Browser
  • GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • HDMI port
  • Colors Silver
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • Non-removable Li-Po battery (25 Wh)
  • Up to 13 hours 30 minutes of Talk time (multimedia)

As far as the performance goes, Toshiba Excite Pure may win the battle against its siblings - Toshiba Thrive or Toshiba Excite AT200 – given its more powerful processor than these 2 devices.

And that’s thanks to its Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU that are just more superior than the internals found inside Toshiba Thrive or Excite AT200, giving fast and smooth, plus great gaming performance of this tablet.

Unfortunately, there are some sectors that Toshiba has to sacrifice probably in order to slash the production cost of making this tablet.

And those are its 3G cellular and camera sectors.

Well, on the 3G cellular side, it’s still acceptable given that most of the tablets on the market are not equipped with 3G connectivity.

But on the camera department, sadly that Toshiba decides to not equip this device with rear-facing camera, although it still has the front-facing camera.

This actually kind of reminds me with Google Nexus 7 (2012) which also comes with Tegra 3 processor, but only has a front-facing camera, without no rear-facing camera whatsoever.

But apart from that, Toshiba Excite Pure is still a decent performing tablet. It has fast and smooth experience, and it’s great for playing games.

Many latest games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Horn, Dead Trigger or GTA Vice City – all will definitely run smoothly on this device, even in full highest graphics setting.

But of course, this also depends on the software optimization from Toshiba to this tablet.

I mean, if this device comes with pure stock Android UI with no aggressive customizations from the manufacturer, then its gaming performance will no doubt be great.

On the other hand, if Toshiba puts a lot of stuff to this tablet's software and UI, then its gaming performance will not be as great as other Tegra 3 tablets with stock Android UI like Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus.

But we'll get more on that later.

Screen

Similar just like other Toshiba Excite tablets, Toshiba Excite Pure also features the same exact 10.1-inch display, sporting the 720p resolution with the pixel density of -149 ppi, which is the standard of most 10.1-inch tablets with 720p resolution (1280x800 pixels).

So for doing some basic tasks, like reading contents, browsing the web, playing games or watching HD movies -, this tablet is more than capable to deliver a pretty sharp experience to users.

Every thing that you throw on the screen will look good and readable, but of course, the pinch-to-zoom gesture will always need to be deployed pretty a lot especially when reading books or browsing the web.

But overall, having the 720p resolution on 10.1-inch display still looks pretty sharp for doing some basic media-consumption tasks.

User Interface

The good news is, Toshiba Excite Pure already comes with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS out of the box, which is "almost" the latest OS that Google has outed to the market.

So there will be many awesome features and pre-loaded tasks that you can find on this tablet.

And the other great news is, unlike Sony and Samsung – according to what i've seen on some of video reviews on YouTube, Toshiba usually doesn’t do some aggressive customizations and tweaks on its homemade tablets.

So as a result, the UI of Toshiba Excite Pure is near to the stock Android UI that is released by Google.

But of course, there will still be some new goodies and customized icons, skins or widgets that you will find on this device.

Not to mention, using live wallpaper on the homescreen usually won’t create such a huge impact to its overall performance, given that this tablet is packing a powerful Tegra 3 processor.

So basically, this tablet still performs fast and smooth with minimum amount of lags.

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Despite having some lower-grade specs compared to the Toshiba tablet i just showed you earlier - Toshiba Thrive, which has 3G cellular support, 5MP and 2MP cameras back and front, etc -, Toshiba Excite Pure still excels in the sector that its sibling doesn’t.

And that is in the performance department.

This is possible given that this tablet is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, coupled with 12-core GeForce ULP GPU – as opposed to the dual-core Tegra 2 processor and only 8-core GPU inside the Toshiba Thrive.

So when it comes to performance, it’s really obvious that Toshiba Excite Pure will deliver much even faster and smoother performance than Toshiba Thrive.

So basically, for doing any basic tasks – like watching HD movies, browsing the web, reading HD contents like books or magazines, checking out photos or editing documents -, this tablet will have no problem to execute all of these tasks in buttery smooth performance, even when multitasking many apps at once.

And the other great thing of having Tegra 3 processor inside this tablet is, when deploying live wallpaper on the homescreen, this tablet is still capable to deliver a fast and smooth experience consistently without any lag whatsoever, which is something that cannot happen on Tegra 2 tablet like Toshiba Thrive.

As for playing games, Toshiba Excite Pure will also be great for that matter - if not the best. Thanks to its quad-core Tegra 3 processor, accompanied with 1GB of RAM and 12-core of GeForce ULP GPU, any game that you throw on this tablet can be played in buttery smooth performance and the most importantly, in full highest graphics.

With this tablet, you’re able to play even the latest and graphically demanding games like Asphalt 7 (and even Asphalt 8: Airborne, although it doesn't run so smoothly), Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Horn or GTA Vice City, all in smooth performance and full graphics.

However, given that Tegra 3 processor is already considered as ‘outdated’ compared to the latest mobile chipsets on the market, then there are some latest games – like GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5 – that just wouldn’t work perfectly and smoothly in full graphics.

But overall, as a gaming tablet, Toshiba Excite Pure can still be considered as good, if not the best.

But of course, if you are a hardcore tablet gamer and will always want to be able to play the latest tablet games in full graphics, then i suggest you to pick up other tablets with more powerful chipset, like HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 10, LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Xperia Z/Z2, iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S or even its sibling, Toshiba Excite Pro with Tegra 4.



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

Battery Life

On the sector of battery, it’s good to see that Toshiba Excite Pure is really well prepared on this department.

Toshiba Excite Pure features 25Wh power battery inside (or equal to 3260mAh battery) and according to GSMarena, this tablet is able to deliver almost 13 hours of talk time (multimedia) usage, which is great for a 10-inch media-consumption tablet.

Compared to other Tegra tablets like Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus – which both are packing battery capacity above 4000mAh -, then it’s really obvious that this Toshiba tablet will not survive as long as those 2 counterparts.

So for doing any multimedia or basic things on this tablet – like watching HD movies, listening to music, browsing the web or playing games (all in combined screen on/off mode), then you can expect to see this tablet last probably around 1 day, of course on a full charge, which is more than enough to enjoy this tablet in one day.

However, if you intend to use this tablet as a gaming tablet or a device to watch movies intensively – or without resting the screen at all -, then its battery life would drop drastically to just around 5 or 7 hours, even less than that.

My Personal Opinions

Compared to the other Toshiba tablet that i just showed you earlier - Toshiba Thrive, which has much better spec sheet than this tablet -, i still think that Toshiba Excite Pure is a much better choice than Toshiba Thrive.

And the reason is really simple – its quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

Don’t get me wrong here – i know that Tegra 2 dual-core processor is still a powerful chipset and any tablet will perform great with this processor.

However, compared to Tegra 3 processor, which has 12-core GeForce ULP GPU and 4 set of CPU cores, then the overall performance of Tegra 2 tablet like Toshiba Thrive will not be as great as Tegra 3 tablet like Toshiba Excite Pure.

And that can be seen perfectly especially when deploying live wallpaper on the homescreen, with Toshiba Excite Pure still running smooth consistently than Toshiba Thrive.

And it goes the same when playing games. With Tegra 3 processor, Toshiba Excite Pure is more than capable to handle the latest games like Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, GTA Vice City or Horn – all in buttery smooth performance and in full highest graphics.

Meanwhile, Tegra 2 tablet like Toshiba Thrive definitely will suffer a lot when running these games, even in medium graphics.

So this makes Toshiba Excite Pure a much better gaming tablet than Toshiba Thrive, despite having some lower-grade specs overall (like no rear-facing camera, no 3G cellular support, etc) compared to Toshiba Thrive.

So in conclusion, Toshiba Excite Pure is pretty great device for many things from watching HD movies, reading contents like books or magazines, browsing the web, listening to music, checking out photos or even playing heavy performing games.

Even though this tablet is not equipped with 3G cellular support and rear-facing camera, Toshiba Excite Pure is still a better performer than Toshiba Thrive, given its Tegra 3 processor.

To end this review, i’ll try to answer some of the questions i’ve asked previously above:
  • Does Toshiba Excite Pure have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet? Yes, definitely – thanks to its Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 12-core of GeForce ULP GPU, 10-inch display with 720p resolution and 25Wh battery, Toshiba Excite Pure is definitely a good gaming tablet, if not the best. It handles most of the latest games like Asphalt 7, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Horn, GTA Vice City or Dead Trigger – all in smooth performance and in full highest graphics (Asphalt 8: Airborne runs in full highest graphics on this device, but not so smoothly). But of course, for the latest graphics intense games like GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5, there’s no way this Toshiba tablet will perform smoothly in full graphics when running these heavy games.
  • Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other devices on today’s tablet market? Yes – despite having only 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, i must say that Toshiba Excite Pure still deserves to be positioned alongside other 10-inch rivals, but in mid-end tablet market of course, alongside Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 10.1 and many other mid rangers.
  • Is it worth it to buy this tablet? Yes – even though this tablet doesn’t offer rear-facing camera and 3G cellular support, Toshiba Excite Pure can still be a pretty good choice for you, especially if you’re only looking for a great gaming tablet and media-consumption device. But if you’re also into tablet photography, then you should definitely pick up other tablet because Toshiba Excite Pure is not even equipped with rear-facing camera, only 1.2MP front-facing camera.

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