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Toshiba Excite X10

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Toshiba is aiming straight at the iPad 2 with the new Excite X10 tablet. The tablet runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) on a 10.1-inch touchscreen. Excite X10s come with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. There’s a microUSB and microHDMI port. Inside the tablet there’s a TI OMAP 4430 1200MHz dual core processor. The system comes with 1 GB of RAM and 64 GBs of memory storage. The memory can be expanded using the microSD/SDHC card slot. On the rear of the tablet is a 5 megapixel camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera is available. 

Features List:

– 10.1-inch screen

– Android 3.2

– Bluetooth, WiFi connectivity

– microUSB, microHDMI ports

– TI OMAP 4430 1200MHz dual core processor

– 1 GB or RAM, 64 GB or memory

– microSD/SDHC card slot

– 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera

Digital Trends’ Tablet Buying Tips:

What Operating System should I use?

It’s very important to choose an operating system that is easy to use and intuitive for you. Currently, the two dominant platforms are Apple iOS, which powers the iPad, and Google Android, which powers most of the non-Apple tablets. Fans from each camp could go on for pages about either OS, but the decision boils down to several key differences. Android has a number of exclusive features like Flash streaming support and home-screen widgets, but the iOS is generally a more stable and slick experience with more available apps. Mac or iTunes users will find iOS more accessible, while geeks and tinkerers will enjoy some of the freedoms Android offers.

Wi-Fi or 3G?

Internet access is vital to tablets. As cool as these gadgets are, without the Internet, they can’t do much of anything.

Though Wi-Fi versions of most tablets are available, getting an always-on 3G connection is expensive. On most carriers, 3G access will run you about $30 a month for 5GB of “unlimited” data. On a tablet, it isn’t difficult to download 5GB of images, audio, and video from the Web in a month. AT&T is worse, offering only 2GB of data for $25 a month. Some carriers are even offering a $200 discount on the Samsung Galaxy Tab if you sign a two-year 3G contract. Before signing up for a plan like this, ask yourself if the $200 savings is worth the cumulative $720+ you’ll pay while locked into contract. Two years is a long time, especially in the tablet market.

Apps

Apple’s App Store is more robust at this point than Google’s Android Market, and has more apps customized for larger tablet screens. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to search for a few apps that you consider high priority.

Screen Size

How portable does your tablet need to be? How large do you want your screen? The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen, while the iPad has a much larger 9.7-inch screen. With tablets, the choice is more crucial, because size is the only thing that separates them from smartphones like the iPhone and Droid. Some reviewers have argued that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is too small, and isn’t usable for many tasks above those that 3- or 4-inch smartphones already perform competently. Steve Jobs made the same argument when explaining why Apple chose a 9.7-inch screen size. Our advice: The best way to settle on size is to visit a nearby AT&T or Verizon store and try out both devices for yourself.

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