Now that the IFA 2011 comes to an end and we were given a new Toshiba tablet pc, AT200, it's time to present and review our first Android 3.0 Japanese tablet: Toshiba Thrive. Why "The Sleeping Beauty?" Unfortunately, because the blocking bug in sleep mode is very real, but stay with us to learn the positive points of the Toshiba tablet pc.
First you need to know that the selling point of this device is the battery that can be removed and the terminal applications. Toshiba offers a wide range of software preinstalled on the tablet, some of that software cost more than a few dollars.
In the design, tablet measures 15 mm in thickness, which is pretty much, especially compared to the newly released Galaxy Tab 7.7, which is half that thickness. The Toshiba tablet pc weight is not negligible, at less than 700 grams, but still not as heavy as Motorola xoom. Toshiba Thrive incorporates a 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 pixels, stereo speakers and 8, 16 or 32 GB internal memory. Additional benefits are an SD card slot for extra memory and 1 GB of RAM to run the many applications available on the device.
For camera we have an unprecedented integrated dual camera on Thrive. Thus, the cameras are integrated into the side of the tablet and connected by a metal ring. In the back we have a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and the front we use a 2-megapixel secondary camera for video calls. The main camera is doing wonderfully in daylight, but when a little shadow appears it begins to disappoint. The Toshiba tablet pc is capable of shooting, but do not expect spectacular resolution.
Regarding software, there are many things to say. The Toshiba tablet pc is running Android Honeycomb, using the full Tegra 2 1GHz processor and comes with its own application store, App Place, where unfortunately you do not find too much software. We also have Book Place for downloading books and other preinstalled applications are offered free by Toshiba HD game NFS Shift, application Log Me in Ignition, a version of Kaspersky for Android, an e-reader and an application for sharing documents and files the printer via wireless media.
For connectivity we have only Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, clearly mini USB and USB 2.0, but no sign of 3G, at least for now. We can use the integrated HDMI port on the side of the tablet, and the full USB port supports memory sticks attachment.
Tips and Comments
As you probably know from specific websites, the Toshiba tablet pc has a pretty serious bug that makes it to remain stuck in sleep mode once it enters standby. The only way to "wake up" is to remove the battery. Another bug is that when you are charging the Toshiba tablet pc sometimes it will reset of the blue. And speaking of charging, you need to know that Thrive is reloading very quickly, requiring between 30 and 60 minutes for a full reload. Unfortunately battery life is not too impressive, the Toshiba tablet pc offering maximum 6-7 hours.Have fun with this very good tablet pc!