Toshiba Thrive Review
By Will765 On 11 Aug, 2011 At 09:30 PM | Categorized As News | With 4 Comments

Thrive Review, by DJSteve

 

I am not a professional reviewer so this review could be biased slightly, though I will try to stay unbiased and give honest opinions on the device. This review will also be more technical than most reviews due to the nature of what I do with android devices

 

Summary

Firstly I’ll do some rough scoring of what I think are the critical parts of the device after which I will go into more detail on each section.

 

Hardware: 7/10

Design: 6/10

Usability: 9/10

Customizability: 8/10

Connectivity: 9.5/10

Battery Life/Performance: 8/10

 

Overall I very much like this device, it has excellent connectivity and the full sized ports make up for the larger size somewhat, and the screen seems to be very crisp and bright though not up to the level of IPS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hardware

The thrive is very much like 99% of the current honeycomb based tablets out there , NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-Core with GeForce ULP Graphics combo. This is popular for good reason of course, in that it is a very high performing combo that honeycomb is designed to take full advantage of.  This can be easily seen within seconds of using the device and scrolling around the home screens where there is absolutely no perceivable lag or stuttering. The same goes for when the display is being output over the full sized HDMI connection also, both screens are perfectly smooth and watchable.

There is a forward facing 2 megapixel camera for video calling and portrait photos, along with a back facing 5 megapixel camera which will do up to 1080p video recording also.

One place where the thrive does excel over its competitors is that it has a removable back cover that give access to the user replaceable battery…and not a lot else.  The battery is a massive affair but is said to last 11 hours.  I would say this is pretty accurate also from my own testing,

 

Design

It does seem Toshiba were undecided whether they wanted a laptop or tablet during the design period and have made the device very thick compared to its competitors. This has the advantage of having ample space for the smattering of covered full size ports on the thrive but will no doubt push some people away from it. In my opinion the thickness makes the device easier to hold as there’s more weight, and the rubbery textured back panel will stop it slipping from your hands. Toshiba has thoughtfully placed 3 small leds on the front bezel just below the volume and power side buttons that show power, charge and Wi-Fi status. The power light is a solid white while screen is on and for a short period after it goes off, then it begins pulsing to show the device is sleeping. The battery led is a simple 2 colour led that shows orange while charging and white when fully charged, and the Wi-Fi led lights up orange when Wi-Fi is on and connected. These lights don’t seem to have any obvious way to turn them off so may cause issues in low light situations.

 

Usability

There’s not much difference in usability here between the thrive and any of the other 10″ tabs, all use mostly stock 3.x systems that all operate in the same sort of way. Toshiba has added some small additions that do make usability a lot better, especially relating to connection of usb drives. The thrive can support FAT32 formatted drives and EXFAT formatted drives at this time, while an update for NTFS support is in the pipeline according to Toshiba.  The  included file manager is quite usable also and allows copying files to various different places.  Toshiba also includes a lot of bloatware such as a demo version of Need for Speed Shift HD, and a selection of card games from Hardwood games.  Also included is Toshiba’s book place and app store which both look very basic currently. These are all non-removable apps unless root is performed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customizability

The thrive os is very customizable but to allow some of that you need to root the device as most of the Toshiba pre-installed apps cannot be removed otherwise.

 

Connectivity

The thrive has full sized HDMI and usb ports for connectivity to go along with its Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth abilities.  Wi-Fi signal strength seems to be very good also which seems to be a downfall of a lot of mobile devices recently. Connecting devices via usb works surprisingly well, with them being recognised quickly, and the provided software supporting them also works well. Usb 3g modems may also be a future option.

 

About - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will765. Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own(and friends)pc's for about 15 years


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