If you plan on using it for anything other than the basic web and email applications that come standard - pick a different one. The Thrive does have some cool features, but there seems to be little or no support for adding email other than 1 gmail and 1 yahoo - AI haven't been able to get it to connect to any other mail server despite numerous tries using every available combination of settings. I now regret buying this tablet, as it will not perform one of the most basic and needed functions.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
I've had my thrive for 2 months now. When I first got it, it seemed rather large and thick compared to the galaxy and other tabs.
The more I used it, the more the design decisions made sense. A thicker tablet with a textured back is much easier to hold on to, and provides room for real ports. A real SD card slot allowed me to add 128gb storage - 4x more than any other tablet.
Toshiba can make very thin tabs also - look at the AT200 - if thin is what you need, there are none thiner.
The thicker AT100 seems a well thought out design, especially if you favor function over style.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
There is NO doubt in my mind that you will love love love the thrive. You can access and replace the battery yourself. Other brands (do not remember which ones) do not allow for that.
It has 2 usb prots and an SD slot that others do not have. The backs are great and NOT just because they have colors...but, becuase they have a non slip grip so even a klutz like me hasn't dropped mine yet. ( The sound you hear is me knocking on wood!) The screen is bigger than most and it is sooooooooooo clear and easy to read. By the way, they sell the screen protectors that come with two as well as a cleaning cloth and a card to help put the protector on the screen and NOT have air bubbles all over. You can buy an extended warranty. They tech support is very responsive. They have lots of accessories and they are all top quality. What are you waiting for?
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
- Las Vegas, Nv
The Toshiba Thrive is more flexible due to its array of ports: full size USB 2.0 port, full size HDMI port, full size SD Card slot, and mini USB 2.0 port. As the number of apps increase for the Android™ 3.1, Honeycomb platform, the flexibility increases with it. In addition, the Thrive tablet has a user changeable battery, extending battery life (already Up to 11.0 hours on a single charge) while reducing service costs. The Thrive also allows you to personalize your tablet with a choice of five rubberized back covers.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
- Irvine, CA
First of all, I will say I don't have it YET, I'm actually on my way out the door to get it. What put me over the top on the Thrive were the ports (vs the Samsung Galaxy with none), and none of that mini junk, full size USB port, and SD card, the ability to change the battery, and yes I also like it to be a little bulkier, I don't always have a good grip on things due to illness, so this will be much easier. Also like the rubberized back, double easy. The price is right, it gets fairly good reviews (though I still can't see how a prominent review site could name the Samsung #1 with no ports) coming in 3rd. So all in all, most of it depends on you. What do you want it to do, and what you want to do with it. It is not a laptop replacement, never will be, but depending on just how much you want to do, it can get close. I've spent way too long-about 2 months-doing my homework, watching trends and prices, and have finally decided. One last note that I want to make sure y'all know (only because I fell into the trap myself, so.....), just because a tablet runs the Android OS doesn't mean you will have access to the Official Android App Store (I assumed it did)! I did find out the hard way and luckily was able to return the product I bought. After a lengthy discussion with the Android help desk folks, there's licensing issues. This Thrive not only has access to the Android App Store (which in my opinion you really want), but it also has its' own Toshiba Apps. So if access to the real app store is important to you (and believe me, it should be, the other stuff left is garbage), this one is right there. Sorry to ramble but wanted to throw my 2 cents in. And no, I don't work in any way for Toshiba, and before I get slammed, please remember this is just my opinion. Thanks!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
It has full sized ports so you can put a full sized SD or SDXC card directly in it and use it, connect to HDMI, connect a USB keyboard, mouse, hard drive, and/or game pad (yes, and/or since you cna add a powered hub).
But the best feature is the replacable battery so you don't have to carry around some kludgy power pack, and it recharges in just over an hour instead of taking over 3.
Thrive also comes with a bunch of Apps that you usually have to pay for. It'll save you about $50 - $60 or more in apps if you use it for business at all.
First off, I want to thank all those who gave their feed back. I bought my Thrive a month ago; I wasnt sure if I made the right decision and like most I wanted a second opinion. Anyhow, I've been using it at work all day. I rooted my HTC Inc last week with the hope that teathering my 3G service would hold up as a data source and I am plesantly surprised. Doing simple tasks, like checking RSS feeds, email,and even web surfing are all beyond acceptable. I too like the bulkier feel, as it does feel better in my hands and it doesnt have that fragileness the I pad or galaxy does. In short, this ones a keeper.
I've "temporarily" tried the iPad (1), Xoom, Playbook and now the Thrive. Each has its strengths and a weakness or two. The Thrive takes care of a lot of the items I found annoying on the others. Mostly, I like having access to the batter (change if needed), full-sized SD slot (although I haven't used it yet), full-sized USB2 connection, and to a lesser extent the full-sized HDMI. After one day of use, I am certainly impressed. The rest is up to Android to get 3.1 on top of its game. I actually like the thicker unit, because it is easy to hold. Life will be good with this one.
I just bought a Thrive today. I just learned about it today. For me, the decision was obvious and simple. This tablet is amazing. I already have a Toshiba laptop so I have faith in the brand. The fact that it comes with full size ports and a removable battery is what sets it apart. It of course has all the things the other tablets have, and nothing less. The differences being lower MP cameras and slightly bulkier. But a trade-off I'm happy to make. Cherry on top is the VERY competitive price. Hope this helps. :)