Toshiba's Thrive is a decent, if unspectacular entry to the trundling Android "Honeycomb" tablet market. However, the availability of computer ports will please enterprise users.
I began using
the Toshiba Thrive Android 3.1-based "Honeycomb"
last week with some reservations after all the negative
attention the 10.1-inch tablet garnered over what I'll call SleepmodeGate.
using this hefty WiFi-only device (my version was the 16GB model, with 1 GB
for over a week, and I haven't experienced the surely annoying
experience of having to reboot every time I want to wake the device from sleep
mode. But dozens of Thrive owners are experiencing this
Let me tell
you what I have experienced with the Thrive, which weighs 1.6 pounds, is over
.06 inches thick and which I will compare against my thinner, lighter Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
speedy as powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor. It's also got
a solid but not great LED backlit widescreen display.
1280 by 800 resolution like the Tab 10.1, but the Thrive screen is not as crisp
as the Tab 10.1 display; I played several YouTube videos and movies
side-by-side and the Tab won every time.
One area where
the Thrive whips the Tab 10.1 (and even the vaunted iPad) is the availability
of ports to let users connect their Thrive to other devices for content sharing
and device-to-device communications.
The Thrive has
a USB port for connecting to a PC, peripheral or other device, a mini USB port
for connecting to phones and other peripherals, an HDMI (High-Definition
Multimedia Interface) port for putting content on bigger screens, and an SD
card slot for flash memory cards.
There is also
a docking connector to enable users to attach their devices to a Toshiba Multi-Dock
($59.99) with HDMI to let users port Thrive content to an HDTV or LCD monitor.
The Toshiba Standard Dock with Audio Out has a 3.5-mm stereo audio port that
connects to external speakers or headphones for $39.99.
words, the Thrive is very PC-like. It even has an AC Adapter included with the
tablet. Yes, the Thrive comes with a laptop-style power cord.
showed its enterprise-leanings with the Thrive by including on one of the five
customizable home screens its proprietary File Manager and PrinterShare applications.
Manager is useful for people storing, managing and accessing lots of content. I
put photos, documents and videos from thumb drives onto the Thrive and accessed
them with the File Manager.
enables printing via Android phones. The LogMeIn remote desktop and QuickOffice
productivity applications were also preinstalled on this home screen.
Toshiba also wants to be consumer-friendly, offering proprietary Toshiba Start
Place news aggreggator, a Book Place digital bookstore, and an App Place
application store that is pretty poor and ugly, mixing both enterprise and
consumer applications. Stick with the Android Market for applications.
Facebook, Twitter and the new Google+ mobile application rendered well. The
stereo speakers worked well for music, video content and games, such as NFS
Shift from EA, which is included on the Thrive. Switching between applications
was super simple, as Google intended Honeycomb to be.