While at CE Week NY we spent a lot of time with a great tablet, the Toshiba Thrive. After the Folio fiasco which we saw unfold personally last year at IFA, Toshiba has taken their time and expertise in other consumer electronic areas and given us the Toshiba Thrive Wi-Fi tablet. This tablet is amazing.
The Toshiba Thrive runs on a bare bones Vanilla Android Honeycomb. Toshiba has packaged this with their laptop experience in mind.
More after the break
For starters it features a whole host of ports under a protective cover. You’ll find a full size USB port that can be used as host, a full sized HDMI port and a mini-usb that can connect with your computer. It also features a full sized SD card slot, ready to go, out of the box. The Thrive supports up to a 128 gb card. Couple the card with the 8gb version and you have 136 gigabytes of storage for under $500. Currently no other Android tablet offers these kind of user friendly features.
The UI is Vanilla Android. Toshiba has added their own media app which handles videos, music etc but of course you can use Gallery as well. Thrive owners will also get the benefits of full DLNA support.
Toshiba also added a full file manager system that allows you to copy and paste files from the USB port, and SD card slot to and from the tablet. You can also launch the corresponding apps directly from external media including both the SD card and USB port.
Finally, from their laptop experience, Toshiba has added a user changeable battery, and interchangeable colored covers.
Toshiba has left no stone unturned with the Toshiba Thrive. You can pre-order it today here. The Toshiba Thrive starts at $429 for an 8gb version, but don’t forget the SD Card allows up to 128gb.