Pros The USB, SD card slot, and hbmi outputs
Non-slip back cover
Cons A little too heavy
Setup is NOT user-friendly
A little unresponsive
Summary I know that 3 cons is a lot for a 4 1/2 star product but this tablets really goes above and beyond everything else out on the market. It really does beat out its rivals in the Samsung galaxy 10.1 and Motorola xoom. Seriously, does size matter that much. You can do so much more with this tablet b/c of the USB, HDMI, and SD card accessories. Toshiba then goes ahead and adds their "file manager" to simplify the process of managing other devices. Honestly this tablet os awesome and it is flawless in every aspect. ( operating system isn't too shabby either). I would have gotton the I pad if it wasn't too darn expensive but I don't know... this comes pretty close to beating this one, too.
Pros -Removable Battery
-Full Size HDMI
-Full size USB
Cons -No drivers for Android OS
-No way to re-size HDMI output
Summary A nice, powerful, little tablet. Its pros are the same as all the other reviews here (HDMI, USB, Battery, ect), but none really mention that this tablet isn't finnished. Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) doesn't natively support USB peripherals. As such, there aren't drivers for anything that runs on Android OS. However, Toshiba created software that can manage flash drives, but only formatted with FAT. The SD card slot works fine when used with the file transfer software. Playback is fast enough to watch a movie from it. Another drawback of the ports is that there is no program to adjust the size of the external screen when connected to HDMI. The Thrive has a narrow screen when held in portrait orientation. This leaves you with a mirror image of the display but with cut of edges on all sides, not just the sides that need to be to make the screen fit. Yet another drawback is that the Mini-USB is a Mini-USB, not Micro, which is the one that is becoming the standard. If you can handle a few minor setbacks that can be fixed in future updates, and want an abundance of ports, the Toshiba Tablet is the one for you.
Pros It has many more features than the iPad2 and a more stable operating system. More free apps that I can use. It is easier to use and hasn't crashed like the iPad 2 did.
Cons slightly thicker case.
Summary I think it beats the pants off anything apple offers
Pros its a tablet.
Cons Try and call customer service without getting disconnected. I dare you. And when you do call, they know less than the manual and anyone remotely tech savvy. useless bunch of script readers.
Summary Do not buy this tablet. stick with IPad. Toshiba has dropped its standards and ethics. Customer service is abysmal and how dare they steal my memory and space - I paod for with uninstallable garbage like high-graphics cards trash and race car games and MOG. If these were ad space rentals for start up and removable - no issues. This would preserve consumer choice. As it stands, the removal of such choice ensures that I will NEVER patronize any of these developers, have shut down my google mail and switched all browsers to mozilla and web search engines to bing.
Figure out how to make these real estate and memory hogs uninstallable or start PAYING the consumers for the hassle and memory space WE BOUGHT and this idiotic crap occupies. Repellent and unethical sales practices and the marketing teams should all be fired. If we want an App on OUR MACHINE WE WILL LOAD IT.
Pros * $200 cheaper than when I bought it
* Good assortment of ports
* Read/write SD card support
* Nice display before it breaks
* Replaceable battery, fast charging
* Decent sound
Cons * Display does not use gorilla glass and appears comparatively fragile
* Expensive, slow, incompetent repair
* Parts shortage - 3 months and still no replacement glass
* Still on Android 3.1
Summary Cheap glass, slow updates, poor service, expensive repair, and a part shortage mar an otherwise compelling product.I have confirmed Xoom and Galaxy Tab have gorilla glass. Most other tabs also have gorilla glass or its equivalent.
Do yourself a favor and find a tab with the features you want and gorilla glass or its equivalent. Also look for Android 3.2, which Toshiba has not yet released for the Thrive.
For a taste of the glass and repair problems, see this thread: http://www.thriveforums.org/forum/toshiba-thrive-general-discussions/1569-bad-day-another-thrive-10.html#post36022
You might consider the Xoom, however its USB cannot "see" thumb drives. This problem is solved by rooting the device. The Xoom does benefit from a strong user community, and its OS has historically been updated first.
The Galaxy Tab is great if you don't want the SD card or other ports, although you can get adapters for around $50. But the adapters are clumsy, so they are probably good for occasional use only.
Android 3.2, from what I can tell, does not support SD card write (read is ok). The Asus Transformer and Toshiba Thrive *do* write to SD cards, but only through proprietary file managers. You can get full R/W access on the Xoom if you root it.
I am keeping an eye our for the Xoom 2 with Android 4. I'll probably be able to get it before Toshiba fills my replacement glass order or gets around to updating Thrive to 3.2.
Updated on Oct 14, 2011