Pros Not just a tablet much more like a computer, I love having all the desktop advantages, or as Mr. Franklin the reviewer said and I quote him directly "built-in file management system makes finding and accessing files in Honeycomb easier". Amen. Transfering
Cons Weight is not that big a deal. I am surprised no one has mentioned this before me. I ride a train to work and you cannot hold the i pad 2 in one hand a read it like a book for more than a couple of minutes. The same thing holds true when I am in bed layin
Summary Love the hardware, file sharing, memory, multitasking, syncing with my home computer(Windows 7), cameras,usb,hdmi,memory card,. In short this is a great tablet. I like CNET but sometimes I think the fix is really in for Apples ipad. Are 100,000 apps with 512 ram, LOUSY web browsing, horrible cameras, and no multitasking really worth 4 stars to Toshibas 3.5 stars. I don't know, very questionable CNET, but I still love your website.
Pros All of the things the other tablets do not have, Useable SD card Full size card not Micro, Full size USB plus USD mini, HDMI out, and the list goes on.
Cons A little thick but no deal breaker at all.
Summary I have had the Motorola Xoom, Acer Iconia and ipad 2 and none of them even come close to the full featured package that this has and none of them have a replaceable battery. As for the problem with the back cover all I can say is that the guy has to have butter for fingers ot ten thumbs because I have had no problems at all removing the back cover to change it out to a different color back. The SD card is useable unlike the Xoom which is still waiting and the Iconia which was a bad hack by acer.What a utter waste of time reading this fanboy Drivel. Take your little ipad and move along, Uncle Steve will be along in a few to tuck you in and read a bedtime story to you!!! I had a ipad2 and replaced it with the Toshiba!!!
I have only had this for 24 hours after I returned the ipad2 to Sam's and purchased this little GEM.I have 32 Gb internal storage and 32 Gb SD card and now know that I will never run out of Memory no matter what I do.
All I can say is you can buy a Marginal Tab or Pad or you can buy the best. This thing was well worth the wait for it to be released. All I can see is it getting better with every update.PLUS NO iTunes on my desk top!!!
Updated on Jul 13, 2011
Pros Browser amazing, multiple tabs, very fast, great web tools. Ipad 2 Safari browser the WORST, 1 tab at a time, if I read a story on msnbc and then to go back to their main page, the entire page must be reloaded. I commute on a train and the real world of 3
Cons Android has less apps.TRUE but everyone talks about i pad 2 's 100,000+ apps. On my Toshiba I have movies,music,Great web browsing,YouTube, Facebook,Emails,Spreadsheets,PDF,Nook,Kindel (ebooks) games,chess,puzzles,Photo editing,movie editing,skype,everyth
Summary I have owned the ipad, ipad 2 and now the Toshiba Thrive. There is NO contest between them. Toshiba GREAT web experience with or without adobe flash, far superior hardware 1g of ram WAY better than ipad 512, All the extra interfaces available to Toshiba with their usb, etc are fantastic. The ability to sync with windows 7 effortlessly is HUGE. Currently I am jumping up and down on my couch screaming "I LOVE MY TOSHIBA THRIVE and I don't care who hears me" ( a little Tom/Opera reference there).Only half of my review of the pros and cons made it into the cnet release, I was cut off in mid sentence in both the pros and cons although I was under their alloted word amount. I guess CNET doesn't take kindly to people who aren't APPLE polishers!!
Updated on Jul 8, 2011
Updated on Jul 8, 2011Only half of my review of the pros and cons made it into the cnet release, I was cut off in mid sentence in both the pros and cons although I was under their alloted word amount. I guess CNET doesn't take kindly to people who aren't APPLE polishers!!
Pros Sturdy construction, fast performance, full SD, full USB, good file manager, QuickOffice, Swype beta works great, sharp and decent display
Cons Shows up as MTP, not as mass storage device, when connected to Windows PC, Honeycomb 3.1 decent but not operating as smoothly as iOS, easy to block rear-facing camera with fingers
Summary This tablet is for users who plan to use it for work-related activities - not just for browsing/email/entertainment. The full SD and USB capabilities certainly put the Thrive apart from the rest of today's tablets. Together with the efficient file manager and QuickPffice (especially the $8 HD Pro) one has all the tools necessary for producing/editing Microsoft Office-compatible documents. Pity that, upon connecting to a Windows PC, all Honeycomb 3.1 machines show up as MTP, not mass storage devices. Hopefully 3.2 will correct this. For Swype lovers, downloading the beta for Honeycomb is a real treat!Swappable battery is another unique feature of this tablet.
A sturdy construction with fast performance and decent display round up the good about this unit. Hopefully Honeycomb (already decent) will continue to improve with time.
I am not bothered at all by the unit's thickness and weight, the former has good and useful reasons and the latter is a non-issue to me. I find the Thrive better and more useful than all other current tablets - especially if work-related activities are an important aspect of tablet usage.
Updated on Jul 14, 2011
Pros User replaceable battery !!!
Full size ports !!
Overall, a the most capable tablet.
Cons It's a little heavier & bulkier than some (but to me it's well worth it).
Summary If you're more ineterested in functionality than 'cool' this is it. In addition to all the other benefits, I can carry an extra battery for extended use AND when the battery ultimately dies, I don't have to be without my device while it's being serviced and I won't get screwed on the price!