My Thoughts About The Affordable Toshiba Android Honeycomb Tablet
As you might expect, everyone who makes computers wants in on the tablet computer boom that is sweeping across the globe and Toshiba is no exception. Today we’ll be talking about the Toshiba Thrive tablet computer that is stepping up to the plate with some features that aren’t found on premium priced tablets.
One thing that stands out to me about this tablet is that its screen is roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2. Another thing that stands out is that while others are racing to make their tablets thinner and thinner, Toshiba went in the opposite direction and made a tablet that is 0.62 inches think which is just about twice as thick as either of the devices mentioned above.
Before you count this Toshiba tablet out, there’s a very good reason for the added bulk. This tablet actually has a built in full size HDMI port as well as both full size USB and mini USB ports. There’s even a slot for a full size SD card which I really like. Personally, I think that having these features makes the added bulk of the Toshiba Android tablet well worth the compromise.
Now let’s take a minute and examine what’s under the hood of this new tablet.
Toshiba Tablet Price – 8GB model: $379.99; 16GB model $399.99; 32GB model $479.99
- OS – Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
- Display – 10.1 inch (1280 x 800) capacitive touch screen
- Processor – 1GHz Dual-Core Mobile Processor NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2
- Graphics – NVIDIA® GeForce® Graphics
- RAM – 1GB DDR2
- Storage – Internal 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB configurations
- Sound – Stereo speakers
- Battery – User replaceable 6 cell 23 watt hour Prismatic lithium ion (rated runtime of up to 11 hours)
- Ports – Full size SD, full size HDMI, full size USB 2.0, full size mini USB 2.0, dock connector port
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth
- Sensors – Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient light, Digital Compass, and GPS
- Weight – Begins at 1.6 pounds depending on the configuration of the particular tablet
- Dimensions – 10.75 inches x 0.62 inches x 6.97 inches
- Cameras – 2MP front facing high definition webcam as well as a 5MP rear facing webcam (captures 720p video)
Things I Like About This Toshiba Honeycomb Tablet
Like I mentioned before, I really like the built in ports but that’s not all I like about it. I also really like that it comes with a removable rubberized backing. Both my Galaxy Tab 10.1 and my iPad tend to slip and slide around when I try and prop them up for a good viewing angle so I like that Toshiba added a ribbed rubberized back. You can even buy one in your favorite color if you like.
Another thing I really like is that the battery can be easily removed by the user which will mean that there’s no need to send the unit to the factory if you ever need to replace the battery. You can even buy an extra battery to keep on hand for less than a hundred dollars!
Another feature that is very attractive to me is the affordable price tag. I have to admit that it’s quite refreshing to see this tablet packed with as much as it comes with for under four hundred dollars.
What I Don’t Like About The New Toshiba Tablet
I could live without the ambient light sensor that is designed to automatically adjust the screen brightness but you can easily turn this feature off if your choose to.
Those who have spent much time with the Toshiba tablet are reporting that the display isn’t quite as nice as the iPad or Galaxy Tab which is a bit of a black mark against Toshiba’s contribution to the tablet computing world in my opinion.
Overall, I’m really quite impressed with this fully size tablet from Toshiba and I’m looking forward to seeing what they are able to come up with next.