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Toshiba Thrive Tablet Review

A mid-range tablet and price point with some high-end features.

August 22, 2011
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Device & Specs

Despite the obvious differences that the iPad and the Thrive have, they are somewhat similar machines. They have comparable processors and memory, as well as a similar screen size and weight. Though the iPad has an IPS display that allows for greater viewing angle, we've yet to come across a situation where a TFT LCD display is insufficient for personal operation of a tablet.

Screen

Though the screens are roughly the same size, the iPad 2's screen is better, mostly because it is able to output a higher peak brightness than the Toshiba Thrive, allowing it to show a decent picture in a slightly larger range of lighting conditions than the Toshiba. On top of that, it has a wider viewing angle due to the IPS display, and a better color gamut to boot.

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Battery

Much like the Xoom, the iPad 2 offers greater battery life than the Toshiba Thrive, which struggles in this area. Though performance between the Thrive and the iPad are roughly comparable, the battery life just isn't available to the

eReader

Because many of the most popular eReader applications are just about identical on iOS and Android, there really isn't a recommendation we can make on software, but the iPad 2 manages to function slightly better in the outdoors, and has a somewhat longer battery life than the Toshiba Thrive. This makes it a better choice for an eReader.

Internet

Both tablets have access to a huge range of online content, and you really can't go wrong with either. However, be wary that the Toshiba Thrive has native flash support, whereas the iPad 2 does not. Should you enjoy flash movies, the Thrive is the better tablet for you.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Motorola Xoom Comparison
  11. Samsung Galaxy Tab (Verizon) Comparison
  12. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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