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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

Samsung managed to pack a decent amount of performance into the smaller Galaxy Tab, but it doesn't quite give a comparable performance to the Toshiba Thrive. With a better operating system, bigger screen, and better processor, the Toshiba Thrive trounces the Galaxy Tab in just about everything but screen reflectiveness.

Screen

Despite the obvious differences in screen size, the more compact Galaxy Tab also falls short in contrast and color gamut, but it does have a higher DPI than the Thrive. Outside of this, virtually the only advantage it holds over the Toshiba Thrive is the fact that the Galaxy Tab seems to reflect less light than the Thrive.

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Battery

Neither battery is stellar, but the Galaxy Tab manages to keep its videos playing and eBooks reading almost 2 hours longer than the Toshiba Thrive. Though it comes at the cost of performance, if you're looking for longevity from your battery, the Galaxy Tab is the clear choice here.

eReader

Both tablets have the same access to the Android Market, and therefore the same eReader apps. If you're looking at tablets for the sole purpose of reading eBooks, however, take a second look at the Galaxy Tab, as it sits a little more naturally in your hands, and isn't quite as clunky as the Toshiba Thrive.

Internet

Neither tablet holds the advantage here, aside for apps requiring a certain iteration of the Android OS. Both have access to the Android Market, so both have outstanding internet features.

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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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