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Toshiba Thrive


$429.00 Released June, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Standard HDMI output. 10.1" capacitive multitouch IPS display with a high 16:10 1280x800px resolution. Stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet O/S.

The Cons:Thick at 15.24mm (0.6"). Heavy at 1.66 pounds.

The Toshiba Thrive (rumored as "ANT", Japanese version "Regza AT300") is a 10" Android tablet introduced by Toshiba in June 2011, with a starting price of $429. The tablet comes with a stock Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system.

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Product Shot 2 The device has some notable hardware features setting it apart from the tablet competition: a full-size SD card reader, a full-size USB port, a mini-USB port, an HDMI port, a 5MP rear camera, and a 2MP front camera. This is hinting at a much needed convergence between laptops/netbooks and tablet computers. The rear of the device is a removable, textured, and spill-resistant rubber that is available in various colors. The unit's thickness is 0.6" and has a screen size of 10.1" (1280x800).

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Pros
  • 9

    standard HDMI output

  • 6

    10.1" capacitive multitouch IPS display with a high 16:10 1280x800px resolution

  • 4

    stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet O/S

  • 4

    user-removable & replaceable battery

  • 3

    full-size USB port, plus mini-USB port

  • 3

    full SD card slot, great for sharing photos, allows for storage expansion up to 128GB

  • 3

    replaceable back panel can be swapped out for a different colour, hopefully different designs in the future

  • 3

    available with 8, 16 or 32GB of internal storage

  • 2

    physical volume rocker and rotation lock

  • 2

    aggressive price point comes in below other tablets on the market

  • 1

    integrated pair of stereo speakers

Cons
  • 4

    thick at 15.24mm (0.6")

  • 3

    heavy at 1.66 pounds

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Lynn
Lynn: #toshiba_thrive I actually like the thicker design. It feels less fragile and more sturdy in the hand with the backing. I won't be afraid that it would crack as easy as the thinner ones on the market. Nov 5, 11
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dom
dom: #toshiba_thrive This tablet is a BIG step ahead in the tablet space, but.... it's just as big as the step. This tablet needs to go on a diet! Let's see what Toshiba does here next year. Jul 13, 11
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dom
dom: #toshiba_android_tablet This one looks really cool! More powerful and PC-like features are picked up by this product (hopefully they get the software right though!), and this is a likely direction for Android tablets to be heading to in the next few years. I'm only taken aback by its thickness of 0.6", but let's see what the final device will look like. Mar 18, 11
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  • Yale

    Yale: After the #Toshiba_Libretto_W100 I'll take a wait and see approach! Lets just say I'm not so confident. Mar 18, 11

  • dom

    dom: On pure tablets, the on-screen keyboard hiding content is a real problem, or at least very awkward. That's why I loved the Microsoft Courier concept device: two thin, folding displays. While it's really a straightforward idea for a form-factor, it solves a variety of problems: a) you can get a somewhat close to laptop experience with an on-screen keyboard at the bottom and still one full screen of content up top, b) it protects the screen(s) without needing a case, c) for reading, you'll get a more "book style" experience (you can see 2 pages at once), d) you have more space for a (bigger) battery e) it can thermically separate CPU/radios/etc. from the battery. I don't know what the heck MS thought when they killed the Courier. MS has some outstanding R&D people, but the marketing people can suck so bad. Jul 15, 11

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