Monday, July 4, 2011
Hands on Toshiba Thrive Tablet
The Toshiba Thrive is now starting to show up in stores, except that you won't be able to purchase one yet. You can pre-order one, but for now. You at least have an option to give it a test drive. The Thrive feels good and light in your hands, but does feel a bit cheap due to the removable back plastic cover. I in addition not a fan of the chrome around the camera, again looks pretty cheap.
Like most all tablets, the Thrive comes with Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core 1 GHz processor. In the small amount of time, I tested the Thrive, it was quick and very responsive to touch. One of the best features is that it comes with full HDMI, USB, microUSB and full-sized SD card slots. However, this does come at a price. By having full size ports the Thrive is 15.8mm thick. In comparison to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1" is only 8.6 mm thick. For most users this might not be an issue, as I personally use my bigger tablets at home or office and carry my HTC Flyer when I travel during the day.
One nice feature about the Toshiba Thrive is that the back cover is changeable with different color covers that are available for you to purchase. In addition, since the back cover is removable you can purchase an extra battery to carry along when you travel.
The Toshiba Thrive comes with Android 3.1 Honeycomb, a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, pre-installed Swype keyboard UI, equipped with a LED flash equipped 5 megapixel camera that can record video in HD, and an additional front-facing 2 megapixel camera. The Thrive comes 8GB/ 16GB/ 32GB variants, SD card slot for memory expansion, full sized USB 2.0 and HDMI ports, 802.11 Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth, support for Adobe’s Flash Player 10.2, Android Market, and It also has a lock button for portrait or landscape mode.