Toshiba Thrive Review

Toshiba Thrive Review

The Toshiba thrive is a reasonable option for those interested in a powerful Android Tablet. With a good quality resolution, a variety of storage options and a powerful NVIDIA Tegra Dual Core processor, this could very well be a tablet to rival the most popular Samsung Galaxy and Asus Eee Pad tablets.

Key Specifications for the TOSHIBA Thrives

* cost $430 – $580
* Released in 2011
* Runs on Android 3.1 OS
* 10.75 x 0.62 x 6.97 inches in size
* Weighs 1.6 lb   0.73 kg
* 10.1 inch screen
* 1280 x 800 HD resolution
* 8GB, 16GB and 32GB storage options
* NVidia Tegra 2 Dual 1GHz processor
* Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
* 5 MP and 2 MP camera
* 7 hours of battery life

Toshiba Thrive demo
Toshiba´s $429 Thrive tablet hopes to win fans with customizability: venturebeat.com

The Good Points About Toshiba Thrive

Storage Options: There are many different storage options to choose between on the Toshiba Thrive, which is always a good thing. This means you can get what you need and choose the option that best fits your budget. Although the general rule should always be to maximize the storage space you can afford (to allow for future expansion), to go with a lower option still give you plenty of space for programs. Prices are also comparable to the other most popular Android tablets.

Design: An important feature of the Thrive design is the addition of an anti-slip rubber removable back plate. This means that the tablet is less likely to slip out of your hands while you use it (a problem that some IPAD users may be able to relate to). It also helps make it more comfortable to hold for long time – an important property for anything that is especially designed for use while in the hands.

Toshiba also make it easy to personalize the design. Back cover can be replaced by one of six different color options. Although these cost more, they are a funky addition to a device that helps it stand out from the usual black tablets available today.

Screen: The HD screen means that your videos will look great on this Thrive. There are also built-in video options to improve the quality of standard-definition content, bringing it more in the direction of what you’re used to from HD. Some efforts have been made to help it stay in the sunlight readable display with automatic brightness adjustment and color (although there is no tablet that will read well in bright sunlight sunlight).

HDMI Port: You can take your favorite videos from this Thrive and use the HDMI port to connect them up to a big screen HDTV. This will be a welcome addition if you want the flexibility of watching downloaded content on a higher quality screen.

Camera: The Thrive includes a front-facing and rear-facing camera similiar to most of its competitors. The latter is an impressive 5-megapixel camera, including the ability to record HD quality video, which gives it a strong edge on most of its rivals. Even the 2-megapixel webcam means that higher quality video calls than you would with most other competing tablets.

Flash Support: Like most other Android competitors, the Toshiba Thrive supports Flash websites (whether in games or videos). This gives it the edge over the iPad if you you usually watch a lot of Flash video, but keep in mind that IPAD 2 still has the ability to play videos on YouTube and many of the most popular video sites.

Processor: Toshiba Thrives uses the NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core processor – the same processor used by the most popular Android tablets on the market today. What does this mean in real life is that you’ll find multitasking works very well, and which functions generally quick to load. You can also access a wide range of games that appear in good quality on the Thrive in high-definition display.

Accessories: The number of accessories for Toshiba Thrive is both an advantage and disadvantage of choosing this device. Toshiba has a very good selection of accessories available for the device, including:
* Battery – see below for more information.
* Interchangeable colored back plate.
* Docking station – this adds the ability to show your thrive in a prominent location, with one or two USB ports, depending on the Dock, you choose.

On the negative side, there is not nearly as many accessories available to thrive as there are for the most popular iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab, but the number is growing all the time. This is still one of the most popular tablets you can almost be sure that you will be able to find the type of accessory you are looking for.

SD card slot: Instead of using a micro-SD card slot that many rivals have chosen, the thrive has a full size SD card reader. This is advantageous for users who want to transfer photos, as it will be compatible with many more camera memory cards. It also allows you to expand the base storage size options (perfect for more advanced users with lots of files).

Replaceable Battery: This may just sway it for you, because it is a feature that none of the other high-end tablets currently has to offer. Toshiba has made it as easy as possible for you to replace your own battery. This not only means you can avoid huge costs when it comes time to replace the battery (which most tablet battery will decrease with age), it also means that you can buy an extra battery and have it on hand for emergencies. This is a great addition and one that is very important if you want more control over your device.

Ports: Like the SD card slot and HDMI port mentioned above, the Toshiba Thrives even has a USB port and a mini-USB port (with additional ports when using the docking station). This is useful for adding external storage or USB peripherals.

Some not so good Points about the Toshiba Thrive

Battery life: With an average battery life of 7 hours, the Thrive can not quite live up to the standards set by the higher-end tablets. If battery life is very important for you (for example: You are away from a power source for many hours in the day) as this may prove to be a major drawback.

Weight: 1.6 pounds, the Toshiba Thrive is by no means heavy. But it’s a bit heavier than the lightest and most portable tablet out there (like the iPad) and you just might notice the slight difference when you hold it for long periods of time.

No 3G or 4G connectivity: The fact that there is no option for 3G and 4G is a disadvantage for those who want to connect when away from Wi-Fi, but it’s really not as bad if you look a little deeper. There are dongles available that you can plug into Thrives USB port to connect you on the go.

Conclusion

The Toshiba Thrive is a strong contender for the Android tablet throne, though not quite making the cut with the same design standards as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, for example. Where it has the edge is at a slightly lower price (for a lower storage option) and the fact that you can change the battery yourself. This will not mean everything to everybody, but for many it will make all the difference.

Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 GB Android Tablet AT105-T1016

publisher: Toshiba

ASIN: B0052P6DQI

EAN: 0883974814251

sales rank: 1

price: $479.00 (new)

Introducing the Thrive™ Tablet by Toshiba, powered by Android™ 3.1, Honeycomb, offering a better way to browse the web, enjoy e-books and HD videos, play games, listen to music and more. Complete, convenient and customizable, it’s everything a tablet can and should be, with a gorgeous 10.1” diagonal high-res multi-touch widescreen display, features you can personalize and speedy performance so you can multitask your way through your digital life (and favorite entertainment) with ease.

Toshiba Thrive Multi-Dock with HDMI for 10.1-Inch Tablet (PA3934U-1PRP)

publisher: Toshiba

ASIN: B004YIFOP0

EAN: 0883974687077

price: $45.57 (new)

Store, view and charge your Toshiba 10″ Tablet, quickly and conveniently, with the Toshiba Multi-Dock with HDMI. The Multi-Dock has an HDMI port built-in to connect directly to your HDTV or LCD monitor and view full HD content up to 1080p. The dock also includes two USB 2.0 ports, for connecting a variety of accessories, and a 3.5mm audio out port for enhanced listening pleasure through headphones or speakers. The Multi-Dock’s small footprint and rubber footing make it perfect for the living room, bedroom, office, study, kitchen, dorm room or virtually anywhere. It has an angled design for movie watching, photo viewing, web surfing, emailing, updating your social network site, playing games, or enjoying whatever your favorite HD digital content might be. Docking and undocking is a breeze with the easy access top-load proprietary connector. Just drop it in and let the fun begin!

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One Response to Toshiba Thrive Review

  1. Nate C says:

    The battery life is rated 7 hours of HD video playback, not 7 hours of regular use. It lasts much longer under regular use.

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