The Toshiba Thrive is another new android tablet on the market looking to take the best tablet pc title. The tablet comes factory fitted with Android 3.1 and the in built specs make it an impressive all round tablet. The unique selling points about this machine are the abundance of in built slots – the Thrive comes with an SD card slot, Mini-USB, USB and HDMI ports providing compatibility to a host of other devices. With all this is a price point much lower than other tablets of similar quality.

The Thrive comes with a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor like the new Samsung Galaxy 10.1 and other new Honeycomb tablets. It also has 1GB Ram, Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity. There is also a choice of 8GB, 16GB or 32GB versions available but the real difference is the SD card slot which is compatible with SDXC cards, the largest of which is a whopping 128GB.

The drawback to this tablet is the thickness. Despite being a decent looking slate, there have been a number of negative comments regarding the bulkiness of the tablet. The Toshiba Thrive comes in at 15mm, twice the thickness of the Apple iPad. This criticism is a little unfair though because when you actually use the tablet it doesn’t appear to be that bulky. The weight itself is 725g, a similar weight to the Motorola Xoom.

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In comparison to other available tablets, this one is somewhat lacking in its design. The rubber on the rear does make it look a little cheaper than other tablet pcs and the lines on the back aren’t flattering. On the plus side, the rubber makes it very easy to hold and decreases the chances of unsightly fingerprints. The back can also be removed and replaced with one of 5 different colours – all available from Toshiba resellers.

Like the 10.1 Samsung Galaxy, the Thrive has a 10.1 inch display with resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The picture quality like the majority of tablets is of a great standard and it performed well for movie and video viewing. The sound quality is adequate but we felt it could have been a little better, at times sounding tinny and containing echos. We would say though that the sound is still better than that of the iPad 2.

The Toshiba Thrive also has 2 cameras, a 2MP one at the front and 5MP at the back, we successfully carried out a video call and also took some great photos with the main camera. Despite having the same camera spec as other tablets, the Thrive’s pictures really turned out well.

The battery life on this tablet is advertised by the manufacturer as being over 11 hours. In reality after heavy usage, the battery only managed around 7 hours. This was a little disappointing as most other slates provide a better return.

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The Google Android market comes with a huge number of available apps – all accessible from your Toshiba Thrive. Having Android 3.1 pre installed means that owners have immediate access to Google’s new Movies app as well as a number of useful standard ones. This includes Quickoffice and Kapersky Tablet Security.

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SPECIFICATION
Display: 10.1″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1280 x 800 pixels.
Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
Multi-touch input method

OS: Google Android 3.1
CPU: 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
Memory: 1GB
Storage: 8GB/16GB/32GB

Wireless Data Network: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity

Camera: 2-megapixel front-facing camera and microphone, 5-megapixel 720p video camera
Audio: Stereo Speakers
Interfaces: SD Card, Mini-USB, USB, HDMI, 3.5mm jack
Multi-Task Support : Yes

Battery: 11 hours
Dimensions: 273x177x15mm
Weight: 725g

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VERDICT
If you are the type who wants to make use of their tablet with many other devices (and we know the majority of you are) then the Toshiba Thrive really is the best tablet PC for you. The ability to connect your tablet easily to televisions, cameras, printers as well as all USB devices make this a winner. The real deal breaker is the SDXC compatibility allowing access to 128GB of storage. The tablet has been described as ugly but we beg to differ. After using this Android 3.1 tablet, you will grow to love it as we have.