Thrive On It – Toshiba Thrive Tablet Review

There are myriad tablets on the market these days and while contenders continue to unveil the new, the latest, the greatest models, such as the Amazon Kindle Fire and the B&N Nook Tablet, the Apple iPad still dominates market share.

However, for those who wish their tablet to be closer in function and capability to their laptop, but less bulky and cumbersome for use in various circumstances and places, the Toshiba Thrive 10.1 is the answer.

While there are some who complain that Thrive weighs in at a “heavyweight” (for tablets) 1.6 pounds, and is, oh my, slightly over half an inch thick, there are those who simply appreciate the convenience of having not just a USB, but also a mini-USB, as well as a full SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, along with full HDMI, for 720p video output.

 

What could be sweeter than a tablet that is actually closer to a laptop allowing more consumer control, utility and functionality.

Not everyone embraces “the cloud” for storage. And, thankfully, Toshiba had the good sense to recognize this fact and know that there are people in the world who want the exact device they have offered. The ability to add storage with USB or SD is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Thrive’s rich and vibrant screen color is on par with any tablet on the market, and is, actually, better than most all, while allowing the end user to adjust the LED backlit display (1280×800) as they wish.

The speed of the Thrive should satisfy most anyone, offering a 1 GB internal DDR2 memory, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core mobile processor, GeForce graphics, and all powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb.

The ease of customizing settings and the entirety of the interface is very satisfying, all without having to plod through a dreaded User’s Manual. And, anyway, aren’t user’s manuals only for reference when one finds themselves in a jam?

Of course Thrive comes standard with stereo speakers and headphone jack, GPS, digital compass, Adobe Flash support, a dock connector port and may be purchased with 8GB, 16GB or 32GB internal flash memory.

The back cover detaches and, aside from being able to customize Thrive’s exterior color scheme, provides access to a removable battery.

 

Wrap it all up with Wireless-N WiFi 802.11 b/g/n plus Bluetooth 3.0 and a 5mp back facing and 2mp front facing camera and Toshiba offers a tablet that is closer to a laptop than any competitor.

Thrive On It !

Over For Now.

Main Street One