Hands on with the Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb Tablet

Toshiba has revealed the final specs for their new Android tablet called the Thrive. The Toshiba Thrive is a 10.1″ tablet with a 1280 x 800 resolution that runs Android 3.1. It also sports a 2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP frontfacing camera. Those specs alone sound pretty ordinary, but the Thrive does offer some things that no other competing major manufacturer offers with their Android tablet. For example, while most Android tablets have chosen to be minimalist when it comes to ports, the Thrive sports a slew of full size ports including HDMI, USB, mini USB, full size SD card slot. Toshiba has even bundled a File Manager app with the tablet to make accessing files off of a USB key or SD card easy.  Toshiba’s goal was to offer an instant out of the box experience as far as apps go on the device.

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But besides for File Management software, the Thrive also comes with QuickOffice, Logmein, and Printershare – so that you can print directly to a wirelessly printer. Toshiba’s other goal with the Thrive was to deliver a pretty pure Honeycomb experience, while still providing some enhancements. Either way, these extra apps definitely lend the device towards being more of a business tablet.

That said, the Thrive isn’t all business either. The Thrive has different 6 color backs (or faceplates) available for it – including a pink one- if pink is your thing. As for its multimedia chops, the Thrive offers plenty too. The tablet sports stereo speakers with SRS audio. The system also sports Resolution Plus technology which is able to adjust the video in real time to improve its contrast, color, and make the image sharper too.

Another unique aspect of the Thrive is that it has a user replaceable battery. Also, this battery is able to charge faster than most other tablet batteries- it can reach 90% capacity in just one and a half hours. A replacement battery will cost $89.99.

The Thrive weighs 1.6lbs and measures .6 inches which is unfortunately too thick by Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2 standards. Fortunately, Toshiba has made pricing for the device a bit competitive. Pricing begins at $429 for the 8GB model, $479 for the 16gb model, and $579 for the 32gb model. Preorders for the wi-fi only Toshiba Thrive begin on June 13th Availability is expected to be in early to mid July.

Overall, the Toshiba Thrive is hardly exciting an exciting Tablet, as it lacks sex appeal compared to the the tablets on the market right now. That said, it is plenty practical and seems like it would make a solid business tablet for those not wanting to run Windows. If Toshiba can drop the price a bit more, they could lure in the practical and budget conscious customer.

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