Toshiba Thrive

Released February, 2011
  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 3.1
Combining its wide viewing angles and high brightness output, it’s able to maintain its appearance even in outdoor conditions – albeit, we’re still finding ourselves shielding it from the sun.
by PhoneArena (Aug, 2011)
7 Out of 10

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Reviews Word on the street for the Toshiba Thrive

The capacitive multi-touch display is colorful and clear with fairly wide viewing angles.

Purchasers of the Thrive should know what they're getting into, but if you're comfortable with the extra girth, the Toshiba Thrive offers a great Honeycomb tablet experience at a very approachable price.

Much like its rivals, it features a front-facing 2-megaixel camera and a 5-megapixel auto-focus shooter in the rear – though, it doesn’t offer any flash.


7.3 Out of 10

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The OS doesn't yet support installing apps on removable storage though, and some devices like optical drives and phones for USB tethering aren't supported either.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2011)
What's hot: Full size USB, HDMI ports, replaceable battery, rugged design.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2011)
The Transformer has mini HDMI, which means you'll have to buy a new cable or an adapter, but it still gets the same job done - and the Galaxy Tab can do the same thing via a proprietary (though pricy) pin-to-HDMI cable.
by Android Police (Jul, 2011)


It's a 6 cell 23 watt/hour battery, and though the mAh seem low, battery life is decent (we wonder if there's a second sealed cell in the unit).
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2011)
Removing the battery is simpler and easier than removing the back panel, although replacing both battery and panel is easy.
by c|net (Jul, 2011)
23 Wh, 2030 mAh 10.8v battery, claimed battery life is up to 11 hours.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2011)

Operating system

This software essentially upconverts non-HD content to make it look better according to Toshiba, but we found it did slightly degrade performance for more challenging HD content.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2011)
With Honeycomb so purely vanilla on every device right now (excepting Samsung's TouchWiz UX), it's hard to find ways to separate one product from the pack with software.
by Android Police (Jul, 2011)
High profile encoding resulted in some frame drops when Toshiba's video enhancement software was turned on.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2011)

Operating System

The Android tablet ecosystem is quickly evolving as the smartphone ecosystem did: you get a variety of quality choices in different styles with varied feature sets.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2011)
It'll give you a much better idea of what Honeycomb is, how it works, and why it's so much different from the Android OS you'll find on your phone.
by Android Police (Jul, 2011)
The Toshiba Thrive is the thickest Android Honeycomb tablet on the market, as well as the largest by a very small margin.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2011)


The resolution was obviously superior, but the contrast and exposure were still of such a quality as to make using it for photos a last resort.
by Android Police (Jul, 2011)
Display viewing angles aren't fantastic (but this is true of most tablets, it seems).
by Android Police (Jul, 2011)
Viewing angles do suffer from brightness distortion, probably because of the thickness of the glass covering the Thrive's display, but I have yet to see a tablet that doesn't have this problem.
by Android Police (Jul, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 10.1"
Resolution 1280 x 800
PPI 149 ppi


  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes


Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 725 g
Size 177 x 273 x 16 mm
Thickness 16 mm
Battery life 7 hour


Internal storage 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats SD

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 5 MP
Rear camera 2 MP


Has a GPS Yes
Has a light sensor No
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