Toshiba Thrive Tablet Review
Toshiba first ever Android tablet is making us wait for a long time now. It was unnamed since January 2011 when they announced it a CES 2011 and with an update in June 2011 finally they gave it a name to it and announced the date of its release. So Toshiba has finally confirmed that their new out coming Toshiba Thrive would be launched in July first week and it will be running the latest Honeycomb Android 3.1 processor. Its one of the best among the Android tablet which runs on Honeycomb processor.
The Toshiba Thrive was did the right thing by adding Honeycomb 3.1 processor to it, as it’s the latest processor with advanced updates which many new users interface features and supports multicore processors. With 10.1 inches diagonal high-resolution and multi-touch screen display you can get the speedy performance with multi-tasking on your device. Not to forget that screen comes with LED backlit and capacitive multi-touch display provide you a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Dimensions of Toshiba Thrive are 10.75 x 0.62 x 6.97.
Toshiba Thrive can deliver you serious speed in your work by making application to load faster and supports multi-tasking with multiple applications running together. The processor is powered by 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core mobile processor with GeForce graphics support. Its boards 1 GB of RAM too. So tough hardware on board will not make you to wait for the applications to respond, infact the device would be waiting for inputs from you.
It has got very sleek design and the back cover is changeable with different colors to choose from. It has got grooves
Among the connectivity options, you can’t imagine tablet without WiFi and it does have it to make your tablet go wireless. Apart from that Bluetooth with the latest v 3.0 can be very much helpful in transferring files wirelessly between the two media devices.
The features like GPS for navigation, gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor and digital compass can be quite handful in times. It supports Adobe Flash and so you can play videos from online video sharing sites like YouTube, DailyMotion and Google Videos very easy and smoothly. Apart from that any videos in the format of MPEG4, H.263 and H.264 can be easily played on this and audio formats like Mp3, AAC, WMA, eAAC+, Ogg Vorbis, WAV formats are supported.
It’s provided with different slots with a flip open button for HDMI port, mini USB port and a USB ports. The built-in stereo speakers with SRS Premium voice suite provides a good sound clarity and 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack will make you plug and hear with any headphones. As it is Android tablet you would be able to browse the huge collection of apps present in the Android App Market and enjoy the features of apps by developers for free.
Provided with internal storage of 8 GB which can be also expandable up to 64 GB by addition with expandable card slot. It comes with a Secure Digital (SD) card slot and it’s compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC media. The one cons of this tablet is that its weights exactly the same as that of iPad tablet i.e., 1.5 pounds and you would like to carry scads.
Toshiba Thrive provides you a good various options to make your tablet as a camera. With 5 mega pixel and auto focus on the rear camera allows you to capture videos at a high-definition rate of 720 pixels, needn’t mentioned about the image quality. So overall Toshiba Thrive is for those who love to be good with camera.
Nevertheless one would like to see their tablet providing you with more battery life. The Thrive tablet sports a removable battery. Though we don’t have any particular specifications on the made up of this battery but it’s said that the battery when fully charged provides you with it would last for seven hours of continuous HD playback and the full recharge is done in half an hour of time. So overall the battery life of this tablet is also good enough. So with a some of messaging, camera recording, email checkup, internet browsing you would be able to run the phone battery up to a day or two and be sure to check out our guide on how to increase the Toshiba Thrive battery life.
The Toshiba Thrive Android tablet will come in variants of 8 GB priced at $ 429, 16 GB $ 479 and 32 GB $ 579. The back flip covers can be purchased at $ 19.99 paid separately and you can choose it from any colour such as green, purple, black, red and apple green. You can also buy extra battery at price $ 89.99 but I think the black one looks better and most of the colors are women like so which would mean that women would show interest in buying in this tablet too.
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Certainly when you are into choosing one table among so many manufacturers, Toshiba Thrive with different variants should make you think once. Toshiba Thrive with added features, large screen and good camera quality are the features which should make you go with it. Its among the top Honeycomb tablet for this year and I would say its a straight pick if you are looking for tablets.