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.”

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.



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.


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.



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.



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4 Comments

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I though it would get less

3. Thrive owner unregistered

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

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.

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.
Thrive
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB

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