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Toshiba Thrive Review

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Toshiba Thrive Review
Without a doubt, we love that the Thrive is one of the few Android tablets that actually offers a removable battery, however, its performance is nothing too surprising with its average-like results. Testing it out by playing a movie in DVD quality with the brightness set to 50% and volume at the middle setting, it’s able to continuously play it for 7 hours before its battery is completely dissipated. Moreover, we’re very happy with its solid one day’s worth of normal usage, which is more than what we’re expecting out of a tablet of this caliber.


Call it a standard we come to expect nowadays, but when a tablet is priced around the $400 mark, there are certain requirements that they need to achieve. Sadly, we can’t say that the Toshiba Thrive is “the first tablet to get it right” mainly because it doesn’t necessarily bring anything new or excitingly different to the tablet form except for its standard sized ports and removable battery. Actually, the Thrive seems all too similar to any netbook out there, and doesn’t particularly take the tablet form factor as seriously as others. With its uninspiring looks, massive size, and buggy platform experience, it’s already at the cutting block even though it’s priced moderately enticing at $429.99. For the money, you’re better off spending it on the better equipped Asus Eee Pad Transformer.

Android Version: 3.1
Build number: HMJ37.01.5.0022
Kernel Version:

Toshiba Thrive Video Review:


  • Standard sized ports
  • Removable battery
  • Brilliant looking display


  • Massive size
  • Buggy platform experience
  • Shoots below average photos & videos
  • Choppy kinetic scrolling with web browsing
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posted on 02 Aug 2011, 09:33

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; 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
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
Size10.75 x 6.97 x 0.62 inches
(273 x 177 x 16 mm)
25.57 oz  (725 g)

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