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Toshiba Thrive Review

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Toshiba Thrive Review
Introduction:

To date, most of the Android Honeycomb flavored tablets we’ve checked out have all performed similarly with their platform experience, but as we’ve seen, some are able to distinguish themselves by offering some sort of unique functionality. In fact, we’ve seen things like 3D video capture, the return of the stylus, and add-on keyboard attachments – all of which are deem supplemental, but not profoundly practical. Well, the Toshiba Thrive doesn’t try to woo consumers with some sort of gimmick, but rather, it goes back to the root of things in hopes of strengthening the fundamental functionality of tablets. Seeing that this is their first foray into the Android tablet market, it’s interesting to see if it’s actually going to be “the first tablet to get it right.”

Toshiba Thrive Review
Toshiba Thrive Review
The package contains:

  • Toshiba Thrive
  • miniUSB Cable
  • Wall Charger Adapter
  • Start Guide
  • Health & Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

Scary to say, the Toshiba Thrive is hands-down the bulkiest Honeycomb tablet we’ve scoped to date weighing in at 25.57 oz and sizing up evenly all around at 0.62” thick. Additionally, when so many other tablets try to keep a slim figure, it’s quite baffling to find the Thrive doing the complete opposite with its overall uninspiring and bland looks. Of course, the only noteworthy difference that it can call its own is the fact that its offers slip-resistant rear covers that are available in a myriad of colors – thus, adding just a subtle hint of personality to its appearance.

The Toshiba Thrive is hands-down the bulkiest Honeycomb tablet we’ve scoped to date - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive is hands-down the bulkiest Honeycomb tablet we’ve scoped to date - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive is hands-down the bulkiest Honeycomb tablet we’ve scoped to date - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive is hands-down the bulkiest Honeycomb tablet we’ve scoped to date - Toshiba Thrive Review

The Toshiba Thrive is hands-down the bulkiest Honeycomb tablet we’ve scoped to date


Toshiba Thrive Review

Rather than finding an IPS display like some of its contemporaries, the Toshiba Thrive instead features a 10.1” LED-backlit display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Honestly, we’re content with its overall quality since it produces an abundant amount of detail and punchy looking colors that aren’t too overly saturated. Combining its wide viewing angles and high brightness output, it’s able to maintain its appearance even in outdoor conditions – albeit, we’re still finding ourselves shielding it from the sun.

The Toshiba Thrive features a 10.1” LED-backlit display - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive features a 10.1” LED-backlit display - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive features a 10.1” LED-backlit display - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive features a 10.1” LED-backlit display - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive features a 10.1” LED-backlit display - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive features a 10.1” LED-backlit display - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive features a 10.1” LED-backlit display - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive features a 10.1” LED-backlit display - Toshiba Thrive Review

The Toshiba Thrive features a 10.1” LED-backlit display


Initially, we’re turned away by its sheer size, but after taking a peek around its sides and rear, we’re able to better clearly comprehend why it’s packing so much more girth than others. For starters, the Thrive does its best to accommodate the needs of many users with its standard set of components – like its 3.5mm headset jack, full size HDMI port, full size USB port, SD card slot, and miniUSB port. In all honestly, some will appreciate that the Thrive maintains most of the key elements found with most laptops and netbooks nowadays – then again, its size is rather difficult to overlook.

The sides of the Toshiba Thrive - Toshiba Thrive Review
The sides of the Toshiba Thrive - Toshiba Thrive Review
The sides of the Toshiba Thrive - Toshiba Thrive Review
The sides of the Toshiba Thrive - Toshiba Thrive Review

The sides of the Toshiba Thrive


Elements on the sides - Toshiba Thrive Review
Elements on the sides - Toshiba Thrive Review
Elements on the sides - Toshiba Thrive Review
full size USB and HDMI ports - Elements on the sides - Toshiba Thrive Review
   

full size USB and HDMI ports

full size SD card slot - Elements on the sides - Toshiba Thrive Review
Elements on the sides - Toshiba Thrive Review
Elements on the sides - Toshiba Thrive Review
Elements on the sides - Toshiba Thrive Review

full size SD card slot

   

Elements on the sides


Much like its rivals, it features a front-facing 2-megaixel camera and a 5-megapixel auto-focus shooter in the rear – though, it doesn’t offer any flash. And even though it’s not something you find common with tablets, we find an unlikely element with the Toshiba Thrive since it actually offers easy access to its removable 2,030 mAh battery.

Front-facing camera - Toshiba Thrive Review
Camera on the back - Toshiba Thrive Review
Back - Toshiba Thrive Review
Toshiba Thrive Review

Front-facing camera

Camera on the back

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posted on 02 Aug 2011, 09:33

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I though it would get less

posted on 14 Aug 2011, 07:52

3. Thrive owner (unregistered)


The swype keyboard can be deceased in size on landscape mode. Learn about the product before you review it please.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 19:20

5. Trooper80 (unregistered)


I love the Thrive. I offers so much more. It has all the components of my laptop.
As far as the size is concern don't be a wush.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:15

6. Northern Friend (unregistered)


I love the Thrive too. So it's thicker. Not a huge issue. It still holds nicely and the OS is neat.
Biggest treat for me, is the replaceable battery a reasonable fee. ($80.) That means when the battery loses it final charge, no matter where I am, I can just buy a battery or have a spare, put it in and keep on going. Other tablets need to be replaced, especially, the thin ones. And the cost is almost the price of a new tablet.

An Apple Store manager told me that when the battery loses it life and won't recharge, (approx. at 2 yrs.) you will get a refurbished unit and no help transferring data. Who carries their backup when travelling? So there you are left with an "empty bag" that will cost you another $400.
Dosn't make sense to me. Thin or not.

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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) LED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual core, 1000 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size10.75 x 6.97 x 0.62 inches
(273 x 177 x 16 mm)
25.57 oz  (725 g)

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