Desktops and Notebooks: Toshiba Thrive 'Honeycomb' Tablet Built to Take a Beating on the Job
Toshiba Thrive Unboxed
At first blush, we weren't impressed by the Thrive, which felt a bit unwieldy in our hands after using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the last three months. We eventually got used to holding the device, which felt like a ruggedized tool the military might carry with them in the field.
Toshiba has released its first tablet computer, the Android 3.1 "Honeycomb" Thrive slate into the market. Your first question might rightly be: Will the Thrive compete with the iPad? No. At a hefty 1.6 pounds and with several features designed to appeal to users wed to their laptops, the Thrive should compete more with existing Android tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Acer Iconia Tab A500 than the iPad or iPad 2. This machine is juiced by the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and offers users the larger-scale standard 10.1-inch multitouch LED backlit display at 1280-by-800 resolution. The device also departs from existing tablet designs with a USB 2.0, HDMI and an SD card slot to enable consumers to both sync with, and port their content to, other devices. The device also differs from existing slates because it is the first of its kind to feature a removable back. That's right; users can unlock the black, textured Easy Grip enclosure and swap it out for one colored in Blue Moon, Raspberry Fusion, Lavender Bliss, Silvery Sky and Green Apple for $19.99. For the past week, eWEEK has tested the 16GB WiFi model, which will cost customers a reasonable $479. Toshiba is also offering 8GB and 32GB Thrive machines for $429.99 and $579.99, respectively. Take the still picture tour of the Thrive with this eWEEK slide show.