We liked the Toshiba Thrive
tablet the minute we heard about its specs, and even further when we heard the price
it was about to launch for, $429 for the basic Wi-Fi version with 8GB of memory. Toshiba concocted a 10-incher with Android 3.1 Honeycomb, which, while not the thinnest and lightest (that one goes to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
), compensates with extra functionality.
Apart from the usual high-end features like 1280x800 pixels resolution, dual-core chipset, 5MP camera, SD card slot and HDMI-out port, the Thrive also throws in a full USB 2.0 port
plus a miniUSB one for connecting various gear to the tablet.
Not only that, but it is the first brand-name slate to offer interchangeable back panels in different colors, and removable battery for when you run out of juice in the middle of the episode.
The Toshiba Thrive is now up for preorder at various retailers like Amazon, Target or Office Depot at $429 for the 8GB Wi-Fi-only version, $479 for the 16GB, and 32GB for $579, slated for July delivery
. Any takers?