Tablet Review: Toshiba Thrive 7-inch tablet

Toshiba’s 7-inch tablet, Thrive is quite a treat. If you want a nifty, little tablet rather than a 10-inch one and are really looking for an awesome display with perfect touch responsiveness, this may be your thing. Of course you have to be an Android fan to tool the Android 3.2 Honeycomb installed on it. The price, too, may seem a little high compared to the other options in the market.

As compared to the other tablet by Toshiba, the ten-inch Thrive, this 7-inch device is really better in looks and appeal. It comes with rounded corners and the usual, rubber-textured back which is really helpful in balancing the device, on a lap or any other place. Here’s a quick walk-through on the good and rather, not good aspects of the device.

Thumbs up:
The screen and display has to be the best thing about this device. With a 1280*800 resolution display, it literally looks better than reality on the 7-inch screen. It’s brilliantly bright and super responsive to touch, a quality most Android tablets lack.

The size of the device is also very handy. Although yes, you compromise on the fun that can be, to view videos on a 10-inch display but then, you can very easily carry this 7-incher anywhere, even read news on it holding it in one hand while having your breakfast with the other.

The battery too lasts a fair time. The best part is it recharges rapidly and you can get a full recharge in less than an hour.

Thumbs down:
The first and the most important thumbs down – the price. The price is bit too much, tagged at $379.99 for the 16 GB version and $429.99 for the 32 GB version. In this price, most users may simply want to have a low-functionality Kindle Fire or by adding another few bucks, find themselves a refurbished iPad. Needless to state that yes, the performance of the device is really good but that still doesn’t justify the price.

There are nearly no ports at all on the device which leaves you very with quite limited functionality. Toshiba 10-inch tablet did have them but it’s smaller brother lacks them entirely.

Finally, unlike the 10-inch version, you don’t have the option of interchanging batteries.

That pretty much summarized the key things to know about this device. The Honeycomb version of Android it tools is nice, neat and easy. And again, the overall performance is quite a thumbs up. But the price tag is perhaps what has stopped this tablet short of becoming a success.

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Salman Latif is a software engineer with a specific interest in social media, big data and real-world solutions using the two.Other than that, he is a bit of a gypsy. He also writes in his own blog. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter .

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