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Hands-on with Toshiba's Massive 13-inch Android Tablet

While the rest of us are busy arguing about whether or not Samsung's 5-inch Galaxy Note is a tablet or a phone, or if the much rumored Nexus 7 will be too small to compete with the Galaxy Tab and the iPad, the folks at Toshiba were obviously thinking along the lines of 'Bigger is better.' The company announced its massive 13-inch Excite tablet for the U.S. market a couple of months back, but invited us to maul the tablet in celebration of its Canadian launch. Suffice to say, you don't really realize how big a 13-inch tablet is until you see it in person.

It's big.

 

And, because it's so big, Toshiba isn't pushing the tablet as a portable device. "You're not going to sit down on the subway and take this out of your pocket," a rep told us today, adding, "[The 13-inch Exite] isn't supposed to leave the house. It's really designed for the husband or wife who wants to take it into the kitchen to do some cooking or maybe sit and watch a movie."

The 13-inch Excite makes the Excite 7 almost look very small indeed.

   

As far as specs are concerned, you're looking at a 13.3-inch 1600x900 AutoBrite LED backlit display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, Nvidia's Tegra 3 with GeForce graphics, 1GB of memory, Micro USB, Micro HDMI, and a full-size SD card slot. It measures 0.4 inches thick and weighs 2.2 pounds.

We're not sure how we feel about this one. While there's definite advantages to having a tablet so large, including browsing the web, watching videos, and playing games, we unsure how people will feel about such a large device. After all, consumers are used to seeing tablets with screens measuring 10 inches or less.

The Toshiba Excite 13 retails for $650 and $750 (32GB and 64GB, respectively) in both the U.S. and Canada.

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