Asus Eee Pad Transformer Vs Toshiba Thrive Tablet Comparison

The EEE Pad from Asus has been one of the most spoken about tablets in the HoneyComb Tablets section, as it comes with a keyboard dock and packs lots of power in it and the keyboard dock which makes it as functional as a laptop at times too however Toshiba has brought their own product in the Tablet section named the Toshiba Thrive which is one of the cheapest Android HoneyComb tablets out there.

We have also compared the Asus EEE Pad with some other HoneyComb Tablets too. Do check out Asus Eee Pad Transformer Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Comparison , Asus Eee Pad Transformer Vs Motorola XOOM Tablet Comparison and Asus Eee Pad Transformer Vs Lenovo Ideapad K1 Tablet Comparison and if you’re a Toshiba fan basically, you might also want to read Acer Iconia Tab A500 Vs Toshiba Thrive Tablet Comparison and make your pick. Also, check out Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablets.

Table of Contents:



EEE Pad vs Toshiba Thrive

Form Factor:

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer is really thin, at  271 x 171 x 13 mm while the Toshiba Thrive is 272 x 175 x 15 mm. The Asus EEE Pad Transformer weights 680 grams, with a weight of 771g on the Toshiba Thrive, making it quite higher in weight compared to the EEE Pad Transformer. Also note that this weight of the EEE Pad is without the keyboard dock and when docked on to it, it becomes much heavier.

Both the tablets are have a flat 10 inch form factor and it is notable that the EEE Pad Transformer has an ergonomic shape.

Winner: EEE Pad Transformer


When it comes to the display,  the  Toshiba Thrive has a similar 10.1 inch screen with having a pixel density of approximately 149ppi and a maximum resolution pto 1,280 x 768 while the Asus EEE Pad Transformer has a 10.1 inch screen, which supports upto 256K colors and a maximum screen resolution of  1280×800. The Asus EEE Pad has a proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor and an accelerometer while the Toshiba Thrive has the same sensors on it except the Proximity sensor.

Both the displays are capacitive screens and support multi touch input on them.

Winner: Toshiba Thrive


Both the tablets come with cameras and the Asus EEE Pad has a 5 megapixel camera with a resolution of 2592×1944 pixels. On the other hand, the Toshiba Thrive also has a 5 mega pixel camera at the back and can shoot photos upto a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. The EEE Pad’s camera samples show that it retains natural coloring almost while the Thrive from Toshiba adds a bit of yellow tint to it, which makes the photo good nevertheless but originality is lost.

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer does not have an LED flash and autofocus while Toshiba Thrive has LED flash on it.

Both the Toshiba tablet and Asus EEE Pad Transformer have a secondary front facing camera, a 2MP on the Toshiba Thrive and a 1.2MP on the EEE Pad Transformer one and is used for video calling and by various apps on the Android platform such as Skype, Fring etc.

Winner: Asus EEE Pad Transformer

Operating System and User Interface:

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer TF101 runs on Honeycomb 3.1 while the Toshiba Thrive  comes with HoneyComb 3.1.  There are a list of nice features like resizeable widgets, a new host mode, and Google’s new Movies app on HoneyComb 3.1 however, the latest version of HoneyComb is 3.2 is already available to the EEE Pad users but no word on availability of 3.2 for the Thrive from Toshiba yet, so it might or might not be coming soon.

Applications are aplenty and all apps on Android smartphones will run on tablets too, enlarged. Also, there are a lot of native apps on HoneyComb pre installed in the device and tablet specific apps are only about 200 in the Android Market currently and you can check out the Best Apps for Honeycomb Tablets and Best Games for HoneyComb Tablets also.

Though they run on the same operating system, there is a slight change in the User Interface. The EEE Pad runs Asus’ Waveshare UI on top of Honeycomb, which adds its own small tweaks and gesture improvements throughout the software while the Thrive runs on Toshiba’s own UI, which actually is more or less similar to stock HoneyComb itself. Not many changes out there on the Thrive, in general.

Winner: Asus EEE Pad Transformer


The Asus EEE Pad Transformer TF101G supports GSM bands on 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and HSDPA on  850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 on 3G and comes with a standard SIM Card slot, if you are going for the 3G Model. While the Toshiba Thrive does not have a 3G version at all, which means that connectivity is limited on the move, unless you tether internet from a MiFi device or your Android smartphone using portable hotspot.

Both the tablets have Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n and both of them have WiFi Hotspot capabalities, thanks to Android HoneyComb which has made it a standard features across all devices right from the most basic Android smartphones. To know how to use your Android HoneyComb Tablet as a WiFi Hotspot ad tether its internet connection, read How to Tether Android HoneyComb Tablets as WiFi Hotspot .

A-GPS support for locaion and navigation are also present and both devices have Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 connectivity, along with a HDMI port on the EEE Pad and Toshiba Thrive making it a true entertainer on the move. The HDMI port allows you to connect your tablet to a large screen and enjoy your HD Videos or games.

Winner: Asus EEE Pad Transformer


The ASUS EEE Pad Transformer comes with 32/64 GB of internal storage, and has a microSD slot which supports upto 32GB while the Toshiba Thrive comes with 8/16/32 GB of internal memory and supports a maximum of 32 GB of storage on SD-HC well.

Winner: Toshiba Thrive

Processor and Battery:

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer has a Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB RAM while the has a Toshiba Thrive has a similar 1 GHz Dual-core NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM.

If you’re a hardcore gamer or like to use some graphic hungry apps, you won’t be disappointed as the EEE Pad has a Tegra 2 T20 chipset with ULP GeForce™ GPU for enhanced Web Browsing and HD Gaming.

The EEE Pad from Asus comes with a 24.4 Wh battery while the Thrive Tablet from Toshiba comes with a 2,030 mAh battery which gives approximately 6.5 hrs of battery life. Continuous usage and entertainment on the EEE Pad without the keyboard dock gives over 10 hours of battery life and Toshiba claims a maximum of upto 9 hours of multimedia and internet usage on a single full charge.

Winner: Asus EEE Pad Transformer


The EEE Pad from Asus is worth the money you would be investing on a tablet, because it comes with a keyboard dock as well. However, the the Toshiba Thrive is a cheap tablet which offers almost the similar power and is a little heavier. If you’re the power user who would use a tablet for multiple purposes and document processing, go ahead and get the EEE Pad Transformer as it comes with a keyboard dock enabling you to do much more though it costs a bit more but if you travel a lot and want a portable tablet in your bag for social networking, multimedia and other day-to-day purposes, you can go for the Toshiba Thrive.


  1. Please tell us how to obtain the Transformer with 3G support.

  2. I visited a lot of website but I conceive this one has got something extra in it.

  3. Cuthbert Nibbles

    There are many things that are untrue in this article. First, Toshiba tends to be very humble with their advertising. The Thrive does indeed have a proximity sensor. It is up by the light sensor which is near the rotation lock, but on the display side. It flashes an infra-red light. Also Toshiba built a 4G model of their Thrive.

  4. I do thank you for the review, but there are a couple of matters that should be cleared up:

    1) I would caution you to consider more serious proofreading in the future
    2} Improve your writing style and format.
    3} Adding an extra line of space, or small divider between the \Winner\ section and the title of the following category and keeping font consistency in your titles would assist your readers in knowing which section belongs with which.
    4} Your opening paragraph was adequate, but your conclusion was weak and a bit ill-formed
    5} Last but not least, your review really did not give any serious distinction to one device or the other, other than a yellow tint in Thrive’s photographing and some minor memory differences. Speaking of which, if the Transformer has a 64 GB max and the Thrive has a 32 max, would not the Transformer win?

    Frankly, from this review, there really does not seem to be any difference, even price-wise that is of major import. Overall, nice try, but I give you a B- at best. Better luck next time.

  5. I have a few issues with this review. Let’s start.

    1) Form Factor: Yes, the Asus is far thinner. However, that size comes with a price. To get the functionality out of the Asus you get out of the Toshiba, you have to buy the docking station separately. That’s an additional cost of $150 (give or take a few dollars depending on where you get it) and the weight is significantly increased. You basically have a less powerful netbook with the Asus. The only advantage is having the qwerty keyboard with the docking station. However, that additional $150 brings the price up to more than you’ll pay with the Toshiba.

    Winner: Toshiba Thrive

    2) Display: It seems that the Asus is actually a smidge ahead of the Toshiba on resolution, not even enough for the human eye to notice. Tie on that part. The proximity sensor is not much of an issue for most people, so its impact is negligible.

    Winner: Tie

    3) Toshiba has a more powerful camera on the front. You state that clearly in the article. As for the yellowish hue on the rear camera, did you take the protective plastic covering off of it that came from the factory?

    Winner: Toshiba Thrive

    4) I’m taking into account that this article may be a bit dated. With that in mind, the Toshiba can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well as the Asus. User interface on both is almost completely identical with no significant variations.

    Winner: Tie

    5) Connectivity: No disagreement with article.

    Winner: Asus Eeepad Transformer (barely)

    6) Again, taking into account that this article is dated, Toshiba no longer has the 8GB version (according to their website) but also has a 64GB version. Other than that, no disagreement with the article.

    Winner: Toshiba Thrive

    7) Only one complaint: The processor chipset between the two isn’t significant enough to give the edge to either side. Neither is the memory chipset. Battery life is still better on the Asus.

    Winner: Asus Eeepad Transformer

    Conclusion: The individual writing the article was either misinformed about certain features or was biased toward the Asus. The winner here is the Toshiba. I’m not bashing the Asus in any way. I think the writer needs to take a little more time, do a little more research, and be a bit more careful when he compares items.

    Thank you for reading.

  6. you do realize that you have to pay for the dock? and when carrying all of this stuff around it’s over 3 pounds! why not spend the same amount of money on a netbook if you plan to lug around a tablet and a full size docking station… kind of defeats the purpose don’t you think? also… you can just get the case with the built in bluetooth keyboard for the thrive, simple and only a fraction of what the docking station costs for the transformer.

    “The EEE Pad from Asus is worth the money you would be investing on a tablet, because it comes with a keyboard dock as well.”

    Now i am not biased against the asus since i actually own one as i do the thrive…. thrive just makes more sense for somebody that needs an affordable tablet to replace the netbooks…. you get the 3 full size slots that you need and it isn’t necessary to buy a docking station to type on a keyboard… you can just spend 40 bucks on a case that comes with a bluetooth keyboard already built in…. that’s as easy as it gets!

    • Well the thing about the keyboard that you dont mention is that it extends battery life. The difference between this and a netbook is that when both the tablet and keyboard are charged, it will last you almost a whole day where as, at least to my knowledge, netbooks only last around 10 hours. About the statement you made about “why not just get a netbook” well the thing about this tablet + keyboard combo, is that it isnt always a “netbook” it becomes a netbook when you need it to be, can be a tablet when you want that portability.

      I understand that you are not biased against the asus, I just would like to point out a few other things that people may want to know after reading your post.

  7. I Have a Transformer and every test that i’ve read I’m happy that I bought the transformer!!