Swiss Army Knife Tablet: Toshiba's Thrive Reviewed

Swiss Army Knife Tablet: Toshiba's Thrive Reviewed

Toshiba historically has been know for building notebooks that perhaps aren't as thin and sleek as other machines but rather have a build quality and feature set that is best-of-class. On the tablet front, Toshiba's first effort with an Android-based 10-inch slate looks to be cut from the same cloth.

The Thrive doesn't make any apologies for its size and weight. It's built with very rugged construction and is designed to be full-featured. It's a tablet, so it's still relatively thin, but Toshiba took the stance that they would address some of the inherent limitations in many tablets already out there; most of which pertain to expandability and accessibility. You'll have to tolerate a slate that is just over half-an-inch thick and weighs a little over 1.5lbs. You wafer-thin types might be inclined to whine about that but we say suck-it-up and deal with it. The Thrive brings a bunch of extra utility, not just junk in the trunk...

Swiss Army Knife Tablet: Toshiba's Thrive Reviewed

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Pretty good features for a tablet, especially the access to the battery. Just like you mentioned Dave every tablet is about the same with some having a distinct feature that will set it apart. I'm in no rush for a tablet so I will just watch as the tech gets better.

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Galaxy Tab doesn't have an AMOLED display at all, it uses a PVA derivate. They don't have the capacity yet to produce such large panels in large quantities.

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Noted and thanks. Corrections made in text and video. Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses a PLS LCD and it still has slightly better contrast and color saturation.

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Swiss Army Knife? Did you forget your title? I assume you were thinking of the design vs other tablets?

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Source: Wikipedia - "The term "Swiss Army knife" was coined by US soldiers after World War II, presumably because they had trouble pronouncing its original name, "Offiziersmesser".

Sometimes, the term "Swiss Army knife" is also used metaphorically to describe usefulness, such as a software tool that is a collection of special-purpose tools."

Hope that helps...

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Dave_HH:
used metaphorically to describe usefulness

So it's a MacGyver tab?


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LOL! Exactly, Neil.

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"Great review. Its a nice Tablet, very nice. does Toshiba offer a larger capacity Battery? 5-6 hours is not enough for my girlfriend or me, she pretty much uses the Ipad all day without having to re-charge, sometimes even days. We will upgrade though, during Christmas time. so this is one option."

-Optimus

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I don't think there is currently a larger capacity battery, Optimus. However, I'd offer that our 5 - 6 hour battery time was in a constant on test condition with the web browser refreshing every 3 minutes. If you give it a rest and let the panel time out between use, I'm sure it would provide "day long" use, so to speak.

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Dave_HH:
If you give it a rest and let the panel time out between use, I'm sure it would provide "day long" use, so to speak.

"That's true, my girlfriend only uses it for an hour or two at a time, so the Thrive will actually last a lot longer than that. I like the Galaxy Tba 10.1 also , had a chance to try out, but some big cons , No USB ,No native HDMI output (have to buy a expensive dock) and no Micro SD slot. Bummer."

-Optimus

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I think an extended battery will be a 3rd party option, but one other neat things is it uses a real charger so will top off in one hour instead of 3 hours with most USB based chargers (and that is 2A USB which is pushing things).

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So you can use a mouse with this tablet? Does Honeycomb have a cursor? I'm shopping around for a tablet and when I read this article it's the first tablet that I've come across that can use a mouse with Honeycomb.

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I saw something somewhere that said if you attached a USB mouse you would get a cursor on the screen. Also I heard just recently that Toshiba has fixed the sleep mode issue with an update to the device.

http://thisismynext.com/2011/08/03/toshiba-updates-thrive-tablet-squashed-sleep-issues/

I love the idea of a full size HDMI port too.

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Pretty flexible overall with some very nice features and functionality .so the moniker Swiss Army Knife in most appropriate. I can easliy get past it being a bit bulky & think that it gives a bit more flexibilty of use at a very competitive price.

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Nice gadget, but the weight is gonna kill me. I do like the fact that you can change the battery in case something happens to the old one. Really nice

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Just picked up the 7" here in Japan, great great device. Love it, form factor is fabulous!

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