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Question

Why should I choose the Thrive over competitors?

I've been on the market for an andriod Tablet since I saw the Motorolla Xoom commercial during the last Superbowl. Since that time, there has been a handful of (10") andriod tablet to hit the market. I am now at a crossroads in deciding which 10 inch tablet to going with - the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorolla Xoom and now the Thrive.
So I challenge you, Toshiba, outside of the flashy demo video why I should go with the Thrive?
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Mr.Looking4Answrs
on Thrive Tablet (10-inch)
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
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 3 years ago
by
Brian
answer 2
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 3 years ago
by
jeff
answer 3
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 3 years ago
by
MissRose
 - Las Vegas, Nv
answer 4
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.
Staff Answer
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
toshibastaff
 - Irvine, CA
answer 5
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 3 years, 3 months ago
by
TXTwister
 - Texas
answer 6
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.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
tz
 - metro detroit MI
answer 7
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.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 8
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.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Mr.Looking4Answers
answer 9
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.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
wyocowboy
 - Wyoming
answer 10
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. :)
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Mario Q
Question

DOES THIS TABLET HAS MICROSOFT WORD AND EXCEL

Has the same functionality as normal computer.
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
by
SANJOO
 - THAILAND
on Thrive Tablet (10-inch)
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use a program called ThinkFree Office. It has Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Also, it is fairly easy to use.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 2
Documents To Go 3 its the BEST. i dont miss anything.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
KAY1
 - Miami
answer 3
no has quick office
answered 3 years ago
by
Anonymous
answer 4
you can get it on the android market
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 5
Sort of. It does not ship with office but it is available from the Android Market.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
by
Will
 - USA
answer 6
You buy the full version of Documments to Go for cheap and will provide you with enough to keep you going.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
Gbeckwith
 - Japan
answer 7
It has quick office HD. You can also get many other programs that offer office functionality. Most are capable of editing office format documents. I use quick office, but I have heard good things about documents to go
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
Hexavier
 - Afghanistan
answer 8
You can create, edit and view microsoft office files with the Office Pro HD app.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
Rick
answer 9
The Thrive comes with QuickOffice, a Microsoft Office-compatible suite for tablets and smart phones.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 10
Yes it has..
but it doesn't run microsoft word or excel but there are a few full fletched office programs for andriod that can read and write MS word or excel documents and more.

Don't know if it supports ALL the different versions of MS office but standard word and excel documents should not be any problem at all.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Dutch
 - Netherlands
Question

Can Netflix be used on the Thrive?

asked 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Thrive Tablet (10-inch)
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
The Netflix app is now available as a free download on the Android Marketplace @ http://market.android.com. Be sure to choose "Netflix for Android" in the search engine.
Staff Answer
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
toshibastaff
 - Irvine, CA
answer 2
As of yesterday, Netflix from the Android Market works on the Thrive.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
Riffs
 - Los Angeles
answer 3
Netflix works on Thrive with some modifications. First you have to root it. then install the latest netflix.apk off of a sd card or usb thumb drive (google is your friend). Then you need to unprotect the system directory with a root explorer. then copy a file to overwrite the one in the system/libs directory.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
jamos
answer 4
I did instant chat prior to my purchase and was told yes that thrive works w/Netflix but it doesn't work for me, someone that said yes..where did you get the app?
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
Anonymous
answer 5
No, still will not work, works on all other unrooted Tegra 2 tablets, except for Iconia and Thrive. Asus just sent the update to get the Transformer to work so I am hoping Toshiba will send one soon.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 6
Yes the Toshiba Thrive has now been added to the list of Netflix supported devices.

Tried it last night, works beautifully.

Streamed thru my WiFi connection, no rooting, or remoting into PC's neccessary.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 7
Netflix works for me! I rooted for this reason alone.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 8
The Netlfix app doesn't work on it yet. However, you can purchase an app in the Andriod Market called Splashtop that allows you to remote connect to your home PC using your Thrive. By doing this you can watch Netflix or anything else that you can do on your desktop PC. And, it works while you are away from home. We were in a hotel that had wifi and I was able to watch Netflix, access and play iTunes right from my Thrive.

Works beautifully.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
LukinMankind
 - Wisconsin
answer 9
As of now no. You cannot watch netflix on the Thrive. You can just manage your list of movies.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
islander7117
answer 10
Not yet, but its such an important tablet for android they make an update for it,
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
T1MEKilla
Question

is there a 3g or 4g version

asked 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Tongo
 - NYC
on Thrive Tablet (10-inch)
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
If you have an older model , you can use the 4 g hotspot .
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
by
D
 - Ohio
answer 2
I've had the 4G version with data service from AT&T for a month or so now, and it works nicely (other than AT&T doesn't have LTE in my area yet, so I only have HSDPA UMTS instead, which is sufficiently fast for most non-streaming purposes).

Had it patched into my big-screen TV to watch NASA TV for the Venus cross-over because my cable provider (Verizon FiOS) doesn't have NASA TV as a channel choice. Actually had a watchable picture on a 37" screen TV with good sound.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 3
Now there are a 16gb-4g and a 32gb-4g version out there. Lead time on Toshiba.com is listed at 4 to 5 weeks. This lead time and recent news that ICS is coming soon to the Thrive leads me to believe it will come with the new ICS
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
by
wannabe thrive owner
 - FL KEYS
answer 4
Nope!..and you cant just stick a 3G dongle on it either, tried that, didnt work. BUT it did link up sweetly with my Samsung Galaxy (Android phone) and works a treat. You need a cable though, it doesnt do it with B/tooth.
(if you have this phone its the computer connect one)
answered 3 years ago
by
Marc
 - Australia
answer 5
Nope it's strickly WiFi. What I did was upgrade my phone to the Cliq 2 which is also a mobile hotspot. Simply turn on the hotspot and supply the code to the tablet. Make sure your data plan is hefty enough to handle the increased usage.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
TomL
 - Buckley, WA
answer 6
No 3g/4g version, but you can Bluetooth tether it to a cell phone by using PDANet for tablets on the Android Market. Works like a charm
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Anonymous
 - San Antonio, TX
answer 7
buy a 3g or 4g usb card for whatever service you want
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
AK
answer 8
Looks like only the WiFi versions are being released at this stage. Simple matter to add the 3G or 4G capability in the next go round of the Thrive tied to a wireless carrier. Not sure who though.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
ETM
 - Clifton, VA, USA
answer 9
To my knowledge, the Thrive is WiFi-only. For 3G/4G you'd need to tether the Thrive to a device providing 3G/4G data access.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Anonymous
Question

How can I download movies to my Thrive?

asked 3 years, 3 months ago
by
Michael8267
 - Guam
on Thrive Tablet (10-inch)
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Go to google play download u torrent then search threw the app itself.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 2
USB works great for me. Convert wit hthe Motorola XOOM profile at 1280 X 752. H.264 format. Most of the mp4s I have play fine, I only run into problems with the AVI or MKV becuase they have multiple codecs that they can be created with. I found that AVS Videos converter doesa good job and there are alot such as foxreal, DVD catalyst 4 ect.. that claim to be as good. Just look for the H.264 motorola format and you should be good. I love my thrive, can't believe how much you can do with it compared to the iPad.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
raiched
 - California
answer 3
Video downloader works well downloading YouTube videos on my Thrive
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 4
Netflix just recently added support for this tablet. The Video app available on the android market to download and stream movies from YouTube movies is not currenttly compatible with this tablet. I am hoping it will be with the 3.2 update, but that seems to be a long time coming.
answered 3 years ago
by
Anonymous
answer 5
Actually, You can download or rent movies from the marketplace now. You can place your own movies on the tablet and watch that way too. There are a number of free media players on the market that allow playing multiple file types that arent supported by toshiba media player. Just do a little research and find what works best for you.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
cw
answer 6
After spending days on this problem I did find out yes you can get movies on your thrive and watch them but they have to be in the supported file type. h.264 video *.mp4
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
Anonymous
answer 7
to the "toshibastaff"... no they can't. There is no movie tab in the market. If there is a way to download movies - we need detailed instructions on how to do so, INCLUDING how to watch in Airplane mode. This is VERY frustrating and wishing I had bought an iPad.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 8
The Android Market clearly states that movies are only available on the Xoom tablet!

I just purchased this Thrive and am SOO disappointed that I can not purchase movies on the Android Market as you said you could. From the Tablet, the movies tab in the Android Market does not exist!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 9
Movies may be downloaded from Android Market.
Staff Answer
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
toshibastaff
 - Irvine, CA
Question

Does the Thrive play .mov files?

asked 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Thrive Tablet (10-inch)
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Download the movie player Moboplayer from marketplace, it plays everything! Luv this tablet!!!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
Rick
 - Atlanta
answer 2
There is an app called VLC Direct Pro which, when connected to your computer wirelessly, you can stream any video format to the Thrive or from the Thrive to the computer. You will need the VLC media player on your computer for this to work though.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
gnarlynick
answer 3
Looks like it doesn't. Supported Formats: AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MIDI, MPEG-4, ACC+
Enhanced, MIDI, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC+,WAVE, Ogg Vorbis, WMA. You could always convert any .mov files to a different format.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
ETM
 - Clifton,VA, USA
Question

Printing

My wife is a nurse and sometimes she need to print out saved info, will she be able to use the Thrive at work and then hook it up to our desktop at home using the USB port to print out her reports?.
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Denny
 - Pensacola,Florida
on Thrive Tablet (10-inch)
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Check for a printer app from your home printer manufacturer. I have a Brother MFC printer and all I had to do was download the Brother iprint app and I can wirelessly print from my Thrive laptop (or scan a file from printer to the tablet).
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 2
Yes. You can print to network. However only able to pint 5 docs before required to purchase additional app. Very annoying.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 3
maybe.

The Thrive (android app store and printershare) can print over a network driectly. The thrive when attached to a PC looks like a disk drive so any report should be readable by the PC if it is in a common format, so the PC can print it.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
tz
 - metro detroit MI
answer 4
You may use printer sharing on your computer. The tablet can use the IP connection to print to the printer if the other PC is also on the same wifi network. Otherwise, the answer for USB printing is no.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 5
Hello,

Because the tablet doesn't connect to a windows desktop and show up with multiple storage drivers (MTD) it snot possible to select the file/info from windows directly of the Thrive.

Better is to use a SD card or Thumb drive and copy the info on there and move only the SD or thumbdrive to your desktop for printing.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Dutch
 - Netherlands
Question

Can this tablet Tether through USB?

I have an EVO 4G that provides tethering through USB. Can I do that with the Thrive?
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Bob
 - KY
on Thrive Tablet (10-inch)
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
the best thing to do is set up an acsess point from your phone if you can with my iphone i just tether wireless
answered 3 years ago
by
Anonymous
answer 2
You probably won't get wired tethering, but Wireless tethering is a good alternative. Your phone will need to support Infrastructure mode, as Android normally ignores adhoc networks. (The EVO 4G does support infrastructure mode)
answered 3 years ago
by
Dan
 - MI
answer 3
yes it can, i used my iphone 4 and shared internet through USB port on Thrive , it worked great!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
daveson
answer 4
No, the proper drivers from HTC would be needed and currently they only support Windows based PC's. Mac support has been rumored, but is probably not going to happen with the EVO at it's EOL now.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
Waazzupppp
answer 5
No not yet..

The Thrive is delivered with a clean Andriod install without tools. There are however already some programs around from other manufactures that support this option.
This however means you have to will need to install a different firmware on your Toshiba.

At default it is however possible to tethering using you phone acting as WiFi hotspot. probably also the best sollution.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Dutch
 - Netherlands
answer 6
I couldn't tether my samsung galaxy i9000 but I was able to set my phone up as a hotspot and get on wirelessly.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
maggieb4
Question

Ice Cream Sandwich update?

I am interested in purchasing a Toshiba Thrive, when will an Ice Cream Sandwich update be available?
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
by
Anonymous
on Thrive Tablet (10-inch)
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Good news! Toshiba has rolled out Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich to our Thrive Tablet (10-inch) August 6th. Systems will automatically update upon connection to the Internet. You can also use the TOSHIBA Service Station utility to update your Thrive Tablet, if you do not have your system set to auto-update.
Staff Answer
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
by
toshibastaff
 - Irvine, CA
answer 2
Toshiba has shown that it can do the upgrades on android devices but their lack of detail, when it comes to ICS is disheartening at best. Acer and Asus both have provided their tablets upgrades to ICS (I have these in my household) while my Toshiba Thrive stays put at 3.2.1.31.5.0003 (there last and only upgrade for the tablet). I suspect they are putting more effort on the new tablet that was announced, the Excite. I would recommend and have recommended to my my customers and friends to stay away from the Toshiba branded tablets until they can prove they have the resources and talent to come up with an upgrade that is not dependent on any carriers or other hindrances. Even though they state ICS is coming they have yet to provide a date, leaves a bad feeling in ones mouth.
So though I love my Toshiba Thrive I do not like the support nor the pace that Toshiba has shown thus far.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
by
NelsonVe
 - Massachusetts
answer 3
The product page does list this device as upgradable to ICS, but nil on timeline from Toshiba.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 4
I agree with the previous poster. I love my Thrive but very disappointed by the silence from Toshiba about Ice Cream Sandwich. I recommend that you avoid the Thrive until Toshiba commits to ICS!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
by
gtwgtw
 - Colorado
answer 5
This question has been asked many times although there is no answer from makes me think. They have not decided yet. I would wait to buy until they provide an update on upgrade to ICS.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
Anonymous
Question

Is there a compatable wireless keyboard or mouse available?

asked 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Johnny S.
on Thrive Tablet (10-inch)
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
my logitec K750 Solar keyboard and M510 and/or the Anywhere MX work using a single "unifying" wireless connection
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
tz
 - metro detroit MI
answer 2
I am using the Logitech M505 wireless mouse and the Logitech K340 wireless keyboard. They both work out of the box. No problem.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 3
There is an aftermarket decive (keyboard) available that operates off batteries and is compatable with the android operating system. Save the usb port for your camera or travel drive.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Anonymous
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