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Toshiba Thrive 10" review

6.8/10 AVG.
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6.8/10
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The Toshiba Thrive 10" currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Toshiba Thrive is a versatile tablet that uses the Android operating system. With a high resolution and LED-backlit display at 10.1" diagonal, this user-friendly device allows the user to see without straining his/her eyes.

Even on those bright sunny days where the glare makes other e-readers hard to read, this tablet will remain well-lit so as to easily illuminate the text for the user. The screen will automatically adjust its brightness and contrast depending on the surrounding light conditions.

The Toshiba Thrive is a tablet that is built around the world's first mobile super-chip. Due to its first mobile dual-core processor, you'll be able to efficiently multitask on this tablet as well as enjoy faster browsing, console-quality gaming, high definition video, and faster Adobe and Flash.

Although this tablet is small, it boasts an impressive array of full-size ports. From an SD card slot, to mini and full USB ports, to a full-size HDMI port in order to connect to big screen TV's, this tablet has it all. Not only can it connect to so many other devices, this user-friendly tablet comes with a whole host of sensors. The Toshiba Thrive contains a gyroscope, accelerometer, e-compass, and a GPS. Thrive owners will be able to view anything in either landscape or portrait format with a full 360 degrees of rotation.

Overall, the Toshiba Thrive is an impressive powerful tablet indeed.

Need to Know: Toshiba Thrive

1. Offers its own slip-resistant rear cover which is available in a myriad of colors allowing a subtle hint of personality to show. (The Good)

2. Recharges in little over an hour versus other competitors which can take up to 3 hours. (The Good)

3. One of the bulkiest Honeycomb tablets weighing 25.57 oz and is around .62" thick. (The Bad)

4. A lower megapixel camera and the camera has no flash. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


What Hi-Fi

The AT300SE is nice enough to navigate, but with a less than durable finish, uninspiring video and Toshiba dropping ports such as microHDMI, it just doesn’t represent great value for money. We’d recommend trying a smaller tab or spending more on the Google Nexus 10.

- KobMon, What Hi-Fi
What Hi-Fi

Video grumbles aside, if you don’t have the budget to stretch to the likes of the Apple iPad or Asus Transformer, then the Toshiba marries price with capacity to passable effect. A decent entry-level machine.

- What Hi-Fi team, What Hi-Fi
Pocket-lint

Toshiba is doing it. It's taken a year, but the firm is slowly pushing out tablets we'd be happy to recommend. The AT300 is nearly there, the battery life is good, it looks nice, it's well-built. As a tablet that competes with the likes of Apple and Samsung, it's slightly too expensive, and we think...

- Ian Morris, Pocket-lint
Tech Advisor

The ability to increase storage or simply view your photos via full-size SD card is nice, and performance is good. The screen isn't the best we've seen, although it's far from bad, so if you're specifically after a 10-inch tablet, you won't be disappointed. If you can live with a 7in screen, the Nex...

- Jim Marti, Tech Advisor
Pocket-lint

Toshiba should have done better here. This isn't the worst Android tablet we've ever used, but it's a long way off what we would expect and hope for a big, established brand to produce. If it was £150, we would understand the huge quality compromises. But it's twice that much, and there are ot...

- Ian Morris, Pocket-lint


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Toshiba Thrive 10"'s screen size is 10.1 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core Processor 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 3.1 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16/32 GB

Internal memory is 8/16/32 GB. An external, SD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
23WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 23 WHr battery. Toshiba's performance ratings are 11 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Thrive 10" Specs

Overview
Release date July 10, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 3.1 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich)

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Secondary OS No
Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core Processor 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 23 WHr
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 1 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black Tie
Dimensions [H x W x D] 27.3 x 17.7 x 1.6 cm (10.8 x 7 x 0.6 in)
Weight 765 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touch Screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, GIF, JPG
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Toshiba Antares, Toshiba Regza Tablet AT300, Toshiba AT100

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Critic Reviews


What Hi-Fi

A low price but not low enough to be worth the sub-par performance

from What Hi-Fi

The AT300SE is nice enough to navigate, but with a less than durable finish, uninspiring video and Toshiba dropping ports such as microHDMI, it just doesn’t represent great value for money. We’d recommend trying a smaller tab or spending more on the Google Nexus 10.

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The AT300SE is nice enough to navigate, but with a less than durable finish, uninspiring video and Toshiba dropping ports such as microHDMI, it just doesn’t represent great value for money. We’d recommend trying a smaller tab or spending more on the Google Nexus 10.

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What Hi-Fi

A decent tablet for a first-timer, but it's certainly no all-rounder

from What Hi-Fi

Video grumbles aside, if you don’t have the budget to stretch to the likes of the Apple iPad or Asus Transformer, then the Toshiba marries price with capacity to passable effect. A decent entry-level machine.

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Video grumbles aside, if you don’t have the budget to stretch to the likes of the Apple iPad or Asus Transformer, then the Toshiba marries price with capacity to passable effect. A decent entry-level machine.

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Pocket-lint

Stylish, good battery life, nice to use, minimal customisations by Toshiba

from Pocket-lint

Toshiba is doing it. It's taken a year, but the firm is slowly pushing out tablets we'd be happy to recommend. The AT300 is nearly there, the battery life is good, it looks nice, it's well-built. As a tablet that competes with the likes of Apple and Samsung, it's slightly too expensive, and we think that will hamper sales. But if you do spend your money on the AT300, we'd no longer consider it a waste....

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Toshiba is doing it. It's taken a year, but the firm is slowly pushing out tablets we'd be happy to recommend. The AT300 is nearly there, the battery life is good, it looks nice, it's well-built. As a tablet that competes with the likes of Apple and Samsung, it's slightly too expensive, and we think that will hamper sales. But if you do spend your money on the AT300, we'd no longer consider it a waste.

In a year's time, Toshiba may very well be a real threat to Samsung. It's slowly pushing through all the pain, and seems to learn each time. The AT300 is, in our view, worth considering, but we'd say if there are deals on other tablets you'll find the likes of Asus and Samsung more appealing.

A great improvement, colour us impressed.

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Tech Advisor

Runs Ice Cream Sandwich and has a powerful quad-core processor

from Tech Advisor

The ability to increase storage or simply view your photos via full-size SD card is nice, and performance is good. The screen isn't the best we've seen, although it's far from bad, so if you're specifically after a 10-inch tablet, you won't be disappointed. If you can live with a 7in screen, the...More

The ability to increase storage or simply view your photos via full-size SD card is nice, and performance is good. The screen isn't the best we've seen, although it's far from bad, so if you're specifically after a 10-inch tablet, you won't be disappointed. If you can live with a 7in screen, the Nexus 7 has the same resolution and processor for considerably less cash.

Read full review

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Pocket-lint

Works well enough and it's light but build quality is a disappointment

from Pocket-lint

Toshiba should have done better here. This isn't the worst Android tablet we've ever used, but it's a long way off what we would expect and hope for a big, established brand to produce. If it was £150, we would understand the huge quality compromises. But it's twice that much, and there are other tablets that are far sexier, for very little extra money....

More

Toshiba should have done better here. This isn't the worst Android tablet we've ever used, but it's a long way off what we would expect and hope for a big, established brand to produce. If it was £150, we would understand the huge quality compromises. But it's twice that much, and there are other tablets that are far sexier, for very little extra money.

And in everything other than design, it's a fair tablet that works as it should. There's no inspiration here, and although it's light, it's not light enough to be comfortable to hold for long periods. We don't hate the hardware here, we just wish it was packed up in a premium package.

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The Gadgeteer

Bigger, thicker, heavier, and slower than newer tablets

from The Gadgeteer

I have already seen the benefits of tablets at work, for fun, as a productivity tool in meetings, and more. As soon as I get the keyboard working, I may never tote my laptop anywhere again, and my smartphone may stay in my pocket most of the time!

I do have a short wish list for it, however. I wish it had a built-in kickstand, like the HTC EVO 4G has. That little feature was such a handy element. I know that most cases do this for you, but I really wish it had it already. I wish the power button was a bit easier to find. It almost lines up with the charging LED, but there is little sign of where to press when you look at the front of the tablet. Many other reviews touch on the idea that the camera is located where your fingers try to go – that would be nice to fix as well....

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I have already seen the benefits of tablets at work, for fun, as a productivity tool in meetings, and more. As soon as I get the keyboard working, I may never tote my laptop anywhere again, and my smartphone may stay in my pocket most of the time!

I do have a short wish list for it, however. I wish it had a built-in kickstand, like the HTC EVO 4G has. That little feature was such a handy element. I know that most cases do this for you, but I really wish it had it already. I wish the power button was a bit easier to find. It almost lines up with the charging LED, but there is little sign of where to press when you look at the front of the tablet. Many other reviews touch on the idea that the camera is located where your fingers try to go – that would be nice to fix as well.

It also suffers the typical Android tablet lament – lots of smartphone apps do not like the size or processor. However, I have seen lots of reviews that suggest the issue is even worse for the newer processors, so that is another small benefit of the late adopter! My favorite games are generally board, card, and dice games that play nicely on the Thrive, even if a few are a bit stretched or pixelated. I don’t do many games that demand a lot from the machine, but things like AirAttackHD play just fine.

Would I rather have gotten the Prime? Well, sure! It is newer, sleeker, faster, brighter, etc. – but with the dock to get about the same functionality as the Thrive, I would have had to spend about $650 to do what I am now able to do for under $440 (once I get the Bluetooth keyboard working.) Plus I get the benefits of the slow adopter – reduced prices, established support community, known bugs and work-arounds, less expensive and widely available accessories, etc. The dock is available on Amazon for under $15, backs can be had for under $4, and several cases are available for less than $20.

So… want something with more ‘oomph’ than a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet? Not ready to spend more than a good laptop for a new tablet? OK with something a bit older, thicker, and slower? The Toshiba Thrive may be your tablet!

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What Mobile

Excellent keyboard, potentially enormous removal storage, Flash runs smoothly

from What Mobile

Toshiba’s first Android tablet effort was a huge misfire. By adding ports galore and Google apps, the Toshiba AT-100 tablet is a big improvement, but that still means it’s merely mediocre. The device is just too big to be practical.

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Toshiba’s first Android tablet effort was a huge misfire. By adding ports galore and Google apps, the Toshiba AT-100 tablet is a big improvement, but that still means it’s merely mediocre. The device is just too big to be practical.

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Computer Shopper

The Thrive trades size and weight for extra functionality

from Computer Shopper

The Thrive’s heft follows from its unique feature set. Connectivity is the Thrive’s strongest suit, with a decent arsenal comprising a full-size USB port, an HDMI port, and an SD-card slot. These are connections that users expect from laptops, not tablets.Whether the Thrive is the rig...More

The Thrive’s heft follows from its unique feature set. Connectivity is the Thrive’s strongest suit, with a decent arsenal comprising a full-size USB port, an HDMI port, and an SD-card slot. These are connections that users expect from laptops, not tablets.Whether the Thrive is the right tablet for you depends on your definition of a tablet. Should it be thin, light, and lasting, or should it have lots of laptop-like ports? You make the call.

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TabletPCReview

The Thrive offers a productive computing experience and fills a much-needed niche

from TabletPCReview

The Thrive isn’t for everybody. Those looking for an iPad-like experience might be turned off by the Thrive’s PC-like features. The sleeker iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 also have much better displays and sound output, giving them an edge in multimedia content consumption (and the iPad 2...More

The Thrive isn’t for everybody. Those looking for an iPad-like experience might be turned off by the Thrive’s PC-like features. The sleeker iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 also have much better displays and sound output, giving them an edge in multimedia content consumption (and the iPad 2 has both Hulu Plus and Netflix). But for our money, a tablet should also be able to get things done, and offer a respectable and productive computing experience. Compared with other devices in its class and price range, a traveling businessperson or student will be able to get more done with the Thrive without expensive accessories. Toshiba may have taken its time getting the Thrive on store shelves, but that time was obviously well spent crafting an excellent tablet that fills a much-needed niche among like devices.

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PhoneArena

It doesn’t necessarily bring anything new or excitingly different to the tablet form

from PhoneArena

Call it a standard we come to expect nowadays, but when a tablet is priced around the $400 mark, there are certain requirements that they need to achieve. Sadly, we can’t say that the Toshiba Thrive is “the first tablet to get it right” mainly because it doesn’t necessaril...More

Call it a standard we come to expect nowadays, but when a tablet is priced around the $400 mark, there are certain requirements that they need to achieve. Sadly, we can’t say that the Toshiba Thrive is “the first tablet to get it right” mainly because it doesn’t necessarily bring anything new or excitingly different to the tablet form except for its standard sized ports and removable battery. Actually, the Thrive seems all too similar to any netbook out there, and doesn’t particularly take the tablet form factor as seriously as others. With its uninspiring looks, massive size, and buggy platform experience, it’s already at the cutting block even though it’s priced moderately enticing at $429.99.

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