Changing the location of the program will not really help. It is a question of compatibility. Microsoft Office Suite was developed for a Windows platform. The Thrive Tablet uses an Android 3.1 platform. Fortunately, apps are available through Android Market which will allow you to create, edit, read Microsoft Word, Excel, & PowerPoint files. Two such apps come to mind: DocumentsToGo Full Version Key by DataViz, Inc., and Quickoffice® Pro HD by QuickOffice. A shortcut to the Android Market can be found on the desktop of the Thrive Tablet. Check it out.
Re: External Hard Drive. Again it's a matter of platform. A Windows platform supports the normal FAT32 hard drive; the Thrive Tablet, driven by an Android 3.1 platform, is compatible with FATX. The FAT32 drive must first be converted to FATX before it can be used.
Re Business: I can assure you the Thrive Tablet is not a toy, nevertheless, for business use a number of things should be considered.
1) Mobility. Compare the Thrive Tablet to an ultraportable laptop, such as the Portege R830 series.
The Tablet has a starting weight of 1.6lbs, to the Portege's 3.2lbs. Even though the Portege is double the weight, we are only talking about 1.6lbs. The Thrive Tablet is Dimensions (W x D x H ): 10.75” x 0.62” x 6.97” to the Portege's Dimensions (W x D x H Front/H Rear): 12.44” x 8.94” x 0.72”/1.05” without feet. Yes, the Portege R830 is larger, but so is the display = 3.2-inches. If you are giving a presentation on the system itself, that can make a difference.
Battery life is clearly better on the Thrive Tablet (Up to 11hrs) to the Portege R830 (Up to 9hrs).
Then again, 9hrs is an entire work day. If you don't recharge often, or like to leave your system
on resume mode, the two hours may come into play.
2) Convenience. In some ways you are constrained by your client's equipment. For example, if you need to hook your system to a client's projector, a laptop will have an RGB & HDMI-out port, the Tablet has only the HDMI port. If the projector does not have an HDMI-in port, you can't hook it up.
3) Power. As part of your query re: Microsoft Office, you need to consider the complexity of the documents, spreadsheets, and powerpoint presentations. For normal docs, xls, and ppts you are fine with the Thrive Tablet and the correct Android app.
Both the Thrive Tablet and the Portege R830 are excellent, and have been received as such by the public. Each is from a different class of product, designed with different functions in mind. Your choice is simple--buy the one which best suits your needs.
answered 4 years ago
- Irvine, CA