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Toshiba Thrive Review

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Unsurprisingly, the Toshiba Thrive is powered by the all too prevalent 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM, which dishes up the same exact performance as other comparably equipped tablets. Navigating around the homescreen in landscape is effortlessly accomplished with a decent amount of responsiveness, but we’re still seeing the same choppy execution when doing it in portrait. Besides that, we’re satisfied with its overall operation, however, the experience is marred by quite a few annoying bugs and force closes that randomly appear. Specifically, the Thrive enters sleep mode when it’s been inactive for some time, and cannot be waked up from its deep sleep – thus, requiring a hard reset. Luckily, it appears that Toshiba is aware of the issue and will have a fix for it very shortly, but nevertheless, we still experience more errors on this tablet than others.

Greeted with the stock Android 3.1 Honeycomb experience, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but the only new additions to it are some new static and live wallpapers. Besides that, everything else remains intact with its resizable widgets, grid-like app panel, and available shortcuts. As much as we’d love to see some sort of manufacturer customization, we’re nevertheless still appreciative with the stock experience since it’s choked full of personalization and usefulness.

The Toshiba Thrive is greeted with the stock Android 3.1 Honeycomb experience - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive is greeted with the stock Android 3.1 Honeycomb experience - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive is greeted with the stock Android 3.1 Honeycomb experience - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive is greeted with the stock Android 3.1 Honeycomb experience - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive is greeted with the stock Android 3.1 Honeycomb experience - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive is greeted with the stock Android 3.1 Honeycomb experience - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive is greeted with the stock Android 3.1 Honeycomb experience - Toshiba Thrive Review
The Toshiba Thrive is greeted with the stock Android 3.1 Honeycomb experience - Toshiba Thrive Review

The Toshiba Thrive is greeted with the stock Android 3.1 Honeycomb experience


Typing up long messages is such a joy with its responsive stock keyboard, but as an alternative, the Thrive also offers the Swype keyboard as well. However, we’re not all too keen about using the landscape one mainly because its layout extends to the entire width of the display – meaning, there’s a lot of travel required by our fingers, which causes fatigue very quickly. Thankfully, the portrait one is moderately better with its smaller footprint, but either way, you can always input text the manual way by simply tapping on a button.

On-screen keyboards - Toshiba Thrive Review
On-screen keyboards - Toshiba Thrive Review
On-screen keyboards - Toshiba Thrive Review
On-screen keyboards - Toshiba Thrive Review

On-screen keyboards


Mainly due to the stock experience we find with the Toshiba Thrive, it doesn’t deviate with its set of core organizer apps – like Gmail, Calendar, Calculator, Contacts, and Clock. However, there are a few third party apps that might prove useful to some people. Actually, business and enterprise users will no doubt find apps like Kaspersky Tablet Security, PrinterShare, Quickoffice, and LogMeIn fitting for their needs. Meanwhile, Toshiba throws in their own branded apps that mimic some of Android’s offerings – such as App Place, Book Place, Media Player, and Service Station. But if there’s one app that we find most useful on the Thrive, it has to be the File Manager since it allows us to manage content stored on either the tablet, USB flash drive, or SD card.

Calculator - Core organizer apps of the Toshiba Thrive - Toshiba Thrive Review
Calendar - Core organizer apps of the Toshiba Thrive - Toshiba Thrive Review
Core organizer apps of the Toshiba Thrive - Toshiba Thrive Review
Clock - Core organizer apps of the Toshiba Thrive - Toshiba Thrive Review

Calculator

Calendar

 

Clock

Core organizer apps of the Toshiba Thrive


Kaspersky Tablet Security - Third party apps - Toshiba Thrive Review
PrinterShare - Third party apps - Toshiba Thrive Review
Quickoffice - Third party apps - Toshiba Thrive Review
LogMeIn - Third party apps - Toshiba Thrive Review

Kaspersky Tablet Security

PrinterShare

Quickoffice

LogMeIn

Third party apps


App Place - Toshiba's own branded apps - Toshiba Thrive Review
Book Place - Toshiba's own branded apps - Toshiba Thrive Review
Toshiba's own branded apps - Toshiba Thrive Review
Service Station - Toshiba's own branded apps - Toshiba Thrive Review

App Place

Book Place

 

Service Station

Toshiba's own branded apps



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posted on 02 Aug 2011, 09:33

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; 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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