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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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Conclusion

Performance

The Toshiba Thrive performs well with a decent screen, industry standard processor, and decent memory capability. It lags behind in battery performance, however, so keep that in mind when you scoff at the much-inflated pricetags of the Xoom and iPad 2 in comparison.

Screen Performance

The screen of the Toshiba Thrive is great in comparison to other tablets in its lower price range, but it isn't so stellar when compared to higher-end tablets. It still shouldn't disappoint the casual user, however, as comparing performances among tablets is splitting hairs, especially on the high end. The controls are very responsive, and easy to use.

Battery Life

We're not going to lie: we were not impressed with the battery life of the Toshiba Thrive. Though it's enough to let you read an eBook before bed, or play games during your morning commute, it will absolutely let you down on longer flights or sojourns. Considering the fact that the Thrive performs very well for its price range, it's not surprising that Toshiba had to cheap out in one area in order to keep the price down, but you should be aware that battery life is not a strength of the Thrive.

Ereader:

A tablet with an LCD screen is never going to be as good of an eReader as one with an eInk screen, but the Toshiba Thrive can handle the task in lower light conditions. Able to download any eReader application on the Android market, the Thrive should hold its own fairly well here. Just be aware that it does not have battery life that spans several days like most tablets with eInk screens.

Audio & Video:

This is a task that Android 3.1 tablets handle very well, as every screen used to play back and manage your media libraries are sleek, functional, and gorgeous. Though the battery won't last you on any long-haul intercontinental flights, it should do the trick if you're just browsing on the subway ride home, or stuck in a car for a short while.

Email & Web Browsing:

Android 3.1 gives the Toshiba Thrive a great email and web browsing interface, familiar and functional to Chrome users. The browser allows you to do just about everything you could on a computer's web browser, within reasonable limits. The Thrive is very good in this regard.

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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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