Toshiba will launch the Excite 10 LE tablet on March 6 for $530, one day before the March 7 release of the new iPad 3. Here's how they stack up. Toshiba announced the Excite X10 tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, and when the device appeared again at the Mobile World Congress, it was the Excite 10 LE. It's going to be one of the iPad's top competitors along with the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.
Toshiba already has the Thrive tablet out there, and it's been available for a year now. Many people had been snapping up the Thrive because it is one of the only tablets featuring a full-size USB port. That makes it easy to transfer files from a flash drive or connect a wireless keyboard or mouse. However, the Thrive's physical design may have held it back from being a true iPad contender. It's much thicker than the iPad because of the USB ports, but it also doesn't have an all metal exterior, so it didn't feel as premium in the hand. Toshiba has fixed that with the Excite 10 LE, and it's launching with a super-thin 7.7mm body having done away with the full-size USB ports. It's also very light, nearly 75 grams lighter than the iPad 2. Start the slideshow to see how close the Excite can come to knocking off the reigning tablet king. Tell us in the comments if you've tried the Thrive or if you think Toshiba is kidding themselves in thinking they can take on Apple.
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