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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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Screen

Like most high-end tablets, the Toshiba Thrive has a backlit LCD screen, which will give you certain advantages and disadvantages inherent to its design. Namely, it gives you a great picture with vivid colors and decent resolution at the cost of performance in the outside world.

Because the user interface is primarily touch based, almost all of your interaction with your tablet will be via the screen itself. As always, be aware that this will make fingerprints accumulate like mad on your screen, so you may want to have a cloth handy should this bother you too much. Because the Thrive has one of the higher-end screens installed in the device itself, you should be able to tap the controls with no worries about responsiveness, as the lightest brush will register on the screen.

Front Image

Indoor & Outdoor Use

Because the Toshiba Thrive has an LCD screen, it suffers from very poor visibility in bright lighting conditions. This happens simply because of the screen design: where eInk screens rely on ambient light to make their images visible, LCD screens require a backlight to show their image. When an outside light source overpowers the backlight, it is very difficult to see what is on the screen; compound this with the Toshiba Thrive 's reflectivity problems, and you have a tablet that does not work well in conditions brighter than thick cloud cover.

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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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