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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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Reading Books

The Toshiba Thrive comes preloaded with Toshiba's eBook reading software that can read a range of formats, but many users will probably elect to install their own preferred eBook application. Thankfully, every major market application is free, so there should be no issues in acquiring them.

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Once you've chosen your desired app, the look and feel of reading eBooks on the Toshiba Thrive is much the same as it is on any other android tablet: you can tap or swipe to change pages, and you can even change the color of the "paper" or size of the font. If there's one thing higher-end tablets seem to consistently do right, it's eBooks.

Buying Books

Depending on which store you decide to use, the process will be different, but only slightly. In general, the application will ask you to fill out your billing and account information, and from then on all you have to do is tap "buy" when you see a book you like.

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To find specific titles that you enjoy, most eBook stores are set up so that you can browse by genre, author or bestsellers. If none of these options are right for you, you can always QWERTY search for the specific title or author of your choice, as the Thrive's huge keyboard is very nice, and capable of using foreign-language keyboards as well (though nowhere near as many as the Xoom) TKTKTK

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eBook Formats

Due to the Thrive's ability to download any eReader software in the Android Market, the tablet can read just about any format of eBook so long as the correct software is installed. Still, the Toshiba Thrive 's score was hurt here, as the proprietary eBook reader software is somewhat limited.

Newspapers & Magazines

Purchasing and subscribing to newspapers and magazines is just as easy as purchasing an eBook through your eBook store of choice. Simply find the titles you're interested in, and click buy. Once you've done this (assuming your account and billing information is in order), your periodical will begin downloading, and can be read using your eBook software.

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eBook Battery Life

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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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