"Works like a charm, even better than iPad"5.0 starson by JJohnsonBMX
Pros: + Toshiba Thrive is very responsive. Loaded with Honeycomb 3.1
+ Awesome display, 1280x800, really bright
+ Standard hardware set (Tegra 2 processor, 10.1" screen, 1 GB RAM) works very well
+ The entire unit looks solid and very well made
Cons: - Antivirus app that comes along cannot be removed without rooting
- Speakers are rather too soft
Summary: In the past year, I ventured into the tablet world and purchased 1 iPad 2, 3 Kindle Fires, 1 Nook Color and Toshibe Thrive 16GB. At any given time, my household have all these tablets charged.
So, with these tablets to compare with, I can say I'm qualified to give a subjective review for Toshiba Thrive.
I did not purchase this new. I actually got mine from Woot (an Amazon reseller) for $100 less. I bought a refurbished unit and received it in a week time. On opening the product, it looked surprisingly new. Toshibe really did a good job in refurbishing the unit.
The first thing that I did was to charge the battery. Usually all electronics come with a battery half-full. Toshiba neglects to do so. The battery is totally empty and I couldn't turn it on. It comes with the regular "brick" power adapter. Unlike other USB chargers, this power adapter fully charged the Thrive in less than 2 hours. The USB chargers for Kindle Fire and iPad takes 3-4 hours to be fully charged.
Toshiba Thrive is very responsive. Loaded with Honeycomb 3.1, it is a pleasure to work with. Everything is highly customizable. My wife's iPad environment is so closed sometimes I feel handicapped. The Kindle Fires OS is also a closed environment but for my kids, it is perfect. Nook Color is crap. One thing I do not like is the power button. It is located on the top right and it is very hard to depress. At times, I press the volume rocker instead of the power button.
Going into Android MarketPlace is seemless. I was able to load Amazon AppStore without any trouble. The first thing I did was to install Skype, Netflix and Anti-Virus software. Android is a virus mecca, you can go very wrong if you install the wrong apps.
I loaded Netflix and some of the videos did stutter. Not sure why. I tried some game apps they worked very well. I especially like "Where's My Water" from Amazon AppStore.
The cameras for the back and front are very week. Taking pictures using these cameras produce very grainy photos. I honestly don't understand the reason to have cameras beside making Skype calls. So this is not a big deal.
Comparing to all the tables that I have, Toshiba Thrive is surely a winner. SD card, USB port, HDMI output are excellent. After we took some digital photos using our Canon SLR, I can quickly view them using my Thrive. The Thrive produces very sharp photos. Sure beats the needs to turn on my PC to download photos. I cannot do any of these on the iPad, Nook Color or Kindle Fire.
The entire unit looks solid and very well made, even for a refurbished unit. The only thing I don't like is the back cover, which can be detached. When I hold the back, I could feel it flexes, which gives the feeling of "don't break it". The Thrive is the thickest among all the tablets that I have. I plan to use it to do quick view of the web and some entertainment through the web. I am using Thrive to replace all the Windows laptops that I have. The thickness is not a deal breaker.
I love this tablet for the price and its functionality. I hate Windows. Anything that I can use to replace Windows is fine with me. That brings up the next point, you will never see me buy another Window laptop or Window tablet.
*NOTE, Before you're will buy the Toshiba Thrive, I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at: Before-buy.info/Toshiba-Thrive
Hope this helps.