Ars Technica Reviews the Toshiba Thrive Android Tablet

Toshiba Thrive

Ars Technica has busted out a review of the Toshiba Thrive Android Tablet which comes across as generally favorable. I recommend reading the full review, and watching the video below, but as they summarize at the end of their review:

The Good

  • Hardware runs Honeycomb 3.1 well, with no skinning or annoyances
  • The array of full-sized ports makes connecting your Thrive to existing devices a snap
  • SD card slot makes expanding the Thrive’s memory easy, not to mention it’s simple to move files to the hardware
  • The File Manager gives you a lot of control over the content on your device, including the ability to cut, copy, delete, and launch files at will
  • The battery gives you 7+ hours of heavy use, and can be removed and replaced easily by the user
  • Ribbed plastic back is comfortable to hold

The Bad

  • No support for 3G or 4G connectivity
  • Thicker and heavier than its competitors
  • Toshiba’s built-in apps are either demos or nearly useless, and can’t be removed without rooting
  • The built-in cameras are nice for candid snaps or video calls using Google Talk, but won’t replace your dedicated camera
  • The back panel is tricky to remove without using a wince-inducing level of force
  • The volume and power buttons on the side of the unit can be hard to hit
  • The LED lights on the unit’s face are annoying
  • The rear camera’s placement makes it easy to cover the lens when you’re holding the tablet in landscape view
  • The interface can be jerky on occasion, and is much less smooth than what we’re used to from the iPad

The Ugly

  • The fact that a SD card slot is such a major selling point. C’mon, everyone else, catch up.

Verdict: Buy

As I’ve said before, I’m torn between the Toshiba Thrive and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and I still haven’t made up my mind. They both have some very appealing features.

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