Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 GB Android Tablet Review

This Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 gb Android tablet review will look at Toshiba’s entry onto the tablet world and what it offers. Along with the Asus Transformer, Acer A500 Iconia, Samsung Galaxy and Motorola Xoom, it offers a 1ghz dual core processor and runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb (upgradable to 3.2).

Toshiba Trive Highlights

The Toshiba Thrive features a two options that no other tablets have. The first is that it is the only tablet which offers a full SD card slot, making it very useful indeed. The other tablets only offer a micro SD card slot (or in the case of the iPad, nothing at all).

The second feature is access to the battery. If the battery fails, the back can be removed in seconds for a replacement to be inserted. In fact, the back can be interchanged for different colors, making it more personal to the user.

Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 GB Android Tablet Review

Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 GB Android Tablet Review


1. 10.1″ touchscreen
2. NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core mobile processor
3. Android 3.1 Honeycomb os
4. Two cameras, 2 mega pixel front facing web cam and a rear facing 5 mega pixel camera. Ability to shoot video.
5. 16 gb internal memory
6. Extensive connectivity with mini USB, full USB, and HDMI ports
7. Full size SD card reader
8. Bluetooth and WiFi
9. See more features

Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 GB Android Tablet Features

Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 gb Android tablet review shows that as with the other Android Honeycomb tablets, the Thrive offers a fast and easy interface, making multi tasking very simple. The screen is very vibrant, sharp and responsive to touch, and offers great visual for watching movies and playing games etc. The full size HDMI port means you can connect to any HD tv, and watch movies from the tablet on Netflix (or from the SD card).

The full SD card slot is such a bonus, especially for photographers. Take your shots, then move the card onto the Thrive and instantly look at the results. And of course, music, movies, ebooks and other media can be stored on them.

The Thrive is probably the heaviest and largest tablet in the 10.1″ range, but it isn’t too heavy to hold or carry around. The size is actually a benefit, as along with its textured rubber back, provides the user with a very comfortable grip. It also doesn’t feel fragile.

Although 8gb is probably more than enough memory to run plenty of apps, this Thrive provides 16gb of storage space, so you can also have space to put your favorite movies, or music on without having to keep your SD card in, if you want. Saves a little on the battery.

Talking of the battery, for constant average use, the battery should last around 8 hours before requiring a recharge. Don’t forget in the Thrive, you can put in a spare battery if you want.

It isn’t perhaps as pretty as other tablets, but if a leather folio case is purchased for it (recommended for every tablet, if only to provide extra protection), it will look like any other tablet, so looks really shouldn’t be an issue.

There are plenty of accessories available for it, cases, docking station, even screen protectors (although the screen is quite hardy anyway). With Bluetooth built in, you can connect to your phone or any other Bluetooth device, including a Bluetooth keyboard, which is very useful.

In comparison to the iPad, the biggest thing you can say it has over the Apple is the connectivity options and ability to run Flash on it. The iPad is still a great device, but it is limited in a lot of ways.

To compare against the Kindle Fire, the Thrive runs a superior version of Android and isn’t locked into Amazon. You can have both Kindle and Barnes & Noble (and any other ebook) content on it. Plus the screen is bigger.


The price is around middle of the range, which is about right for it. It does offer much for this price and its biggest advantage over all the other tablets is its superb connectivity.

The price fluctuates depending where you shop, so have a look around. There are many Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 GB Android tablet discounts available too. It is available for under $400 in most online stores.


It is a good tablet with most benefit coming in its excellent connectivity options – better than any other tablet, and it is a good solid device that will take a bit of punishment. Hopefully, this Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 gb Android tablet review has provided a little more information and has whetted your appetite to explore more.

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