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:
- Form Factor Comparison
- Display Comparison
- Camera Comparison
- Operating System and User Interface Comparison
- Connectivity Comparison
- Memory Comparison
- Processor and Battery Comparison
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.