Toshiba Thrive – The Latest Honeycomb Android Tablet
Honeycomb Android tabletshave flooded the market recently. Many companies have brought forward their versions of this new trend and most of them have been quite uninspiring. However, the latest in this flagship line is Toshiba’s Thrive. Toshiba Thrive is pitted against the obvious choices in this category; Apple’s iPad2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, Thrive does put up quite an impressive competition against them.
Thrive has its very own special design that is in no way similar to any other Android tabs in the market. The design gives it a look of a sleek and powerful device. Toshiba has started out with a standard display screen of 10.1 inches with a 1280×800 resolution. The screen area has been kept absolutely basic and clutter free. There are only three LED indicator lights and the 2 megapixel camera with a dedicated microphone. The LED indicators are not extremely essential but they are definitely unique to the Thrive. The 2 megapixel camera is front facing while there is a 5 megapixel camera at the back of the tablet. Both cameras offer Toshiba’s standard of picture clarity.
Toshiba Thrive is instilled with Honeycomb 3.1 Android and has the power of NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual- Core Processor. The tablets come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models. All these models are quite affordable. The specifications also include 1GB DDR2 RAM, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and Wi-Fi.
Toshiba Thrive also comes with a full SD port and the micro USB and HDMI ports. Don’t miss out the full size USB 2 port which comes with the device as well. Useful if you’re planning to transfer data through your USB drives. A very unique feature of this latest tablet is that you can connect a PlayStation 3 controller with it and control the device via the UI and navigate with the launch applications provided. Although, Toshiba still needs to smooth over some parts of this function, it still remains one of the highlights of Thrive.
Apart, from these standard ports, there is a mini USB port hidden underneath the cover, a DC-in port for charging, a headset input jack and a removable docking port. The back cover of the tablet is customizable. You can choose to remove the back cover and replace with the variety of designer cover options that Toshiba has on offer for a very reasonable price of $20.
You can also carry a spare battery for extended travel as well, since the tablet features a user replaceable battery. So when you run out of charge, just pop out the battery and pop in the charged spare.
The Thrive comes with two cameras, a 5MP one at the back and a 2MP one on the front. The front cameras come in useful if you’re on video chats or video conferencing apps. The tablet also features stereo speakers.
Regarding Apps you have a choice between Toshiba’s App Place and Amazon’s App store via the Android App market. You can enjoy the games and apps that have already been installed in the tablet. However, the specifications allow for a smooth and powerful gaming experience as well as quick app launches whenever you require.
At the time of this writing, the Toshiba Thrive start at $399.00 for the 8GB model and goes up to $499.99 for the 32GB version.
Even if just a recent period has passed after its launch, Toshiba Thrive has been through quite a few updates. It also should be noted that in comparison with other tablets, Thrive has encountered fewer problems and in general has had a smooth sail so far. The Honeycomb web browser is quite effective and offers amazing speed. Also, the Thrive tablet comes with a very effective media app that centers all the related, essential apps that you will need for an amazing media experience.
In conclusion, Toshiba’s Thrive is built and packed to provide a powerful performance. What it lacks in size and weight, it more than makes up with its delivery and compatibility.
For more information about the Toshiba Thrive, head over to the product’s details page on Toshiba’s site.