If 2011 was the year of the tablet, then Q4 2011 had to be the quarter of 7-inch versions. With a late-in-the-year burst of releases from various manufacturers spurring break-out products like the Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, it's as if manufacturers made a concerted effort to target lower price points in an move to capture opportunity upsides during the holiday season. There's little question Amazon's product, with its $199 price tag and an entire platform of media services and brand recognition behind it, made a big splash and now the competitive offerings are ramping up.
Meanwhile, Toshiba was a shade on the late side to the 10-inch tablet party with the original Thrive released early this year, but they're ready to strike while the proverbial iron is hot now in this late seasonal market buzz for 7-inch devices. We called the 10-inch Toshiba Thrive the "Swiss Army Knife" of tablets back when we reviewed it, with its copious amounts of connectivity options and full-sized ports. It's a large-than-most tablet but the sort of device that differentiates itself in a crowd of too similar designs.
The second coming of the Thrive, the Toshiba Thrive 7 that we're going to take a look at today, however, has to squeeze features and functionality into a decidedly smaller form factor. Though Toshiba once again does there level best here, to offer as much openness to connectivity as they can in this smaller version of the Thrive. We'd almost call this version the "Thrive Mini." At the internal component level, the Thrive 7 shares a lot of similarities with the original 10-inch Thrive, it's just packed into a petite frame with a slightly trimmed down price tag of $379.
Before we delve into the particulars, let's give you a quick, hands-on nickle tour of the new Toshiba Thrive 7".
|Display: 7.0" high-resolution (1280x800) widescreen, 16:10 aspect ratio, Capacitive Touch, Multi-Touch, scratch resistant glass
Platform: Android 3.2, Honeycomb; 5 customizable Home screens
CPU: NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 @ 1GHz
Storage: 16GB/32GB Models
Wireless Data Network:
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n
2MP Pixel Front Camera, 5MP Pixel Rear Camera, 720P HD Video
Toshiba Sound Enhancements, SRS Premium Sound Stereo Speakers, High Quality Mic
1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack (Headphone)
1 x micro HDMI 1.3a
1 x micro SD Card Slot
1 x mini USB 2.0 Port
1 x Docking Connector
Ambient Light Sensor
Multi-Task Support : Yes
Flash Support : Yes
- Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Operating System
- TOSHIBA App Place, TOSHIBA BookPlace™, TOSHIBA Media Player, TOSHIBA Service Station, TOSHIBA File Manager
- Adobe® AIR® Runtime, Adobe® Flash, Kaspersky Tablet Security, LogMeIn Ignition, Hardwood Backgammon by SilverCreek Games, Hardwood Euchre by SilverCreek Games, Hardwood Solitaire IV by SilverCreek Games, Hardwood Hearts by Silvercreek Games, Hardwood Spades by Silvercreek Games, MOG Music, Printer Share™, Quickoffice®, Need for Speed™ Shift by EA
Battery: Up to 6 hours: 15Wh Li-Polymer Battery
Finish/Color: Easy Grip Back Cover in Black Tie
Dimension: 7.44" x 0.48" x 5.04"
Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty