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The tablet comes with a stock Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system.

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Pros

standard HDMI output

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10.1" capacitive multitouch IPS display with a high 16:10 1280x800px resolution

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stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet O/S

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user-removable & replaceable battery

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full SD card slot, great for sharing photos, allows for storage expansion up to 128GB

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available with 8, 16 or 32GB of internal storage

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full-size USB port, plus mini-USB port

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replaceable back panel can be swapped out for a different colour, hopefully different designs in the future

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aggressive price point comes in below other tablets on the market

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physical volume rocker and rotation lock

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integrated pair of stereo speakers

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Cons

thick at 15.24mm (0.6")

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heavy at 1.66 pounds

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The Toshiba Thrive (rumored as "ANT", Japanese version "Regza AT300") is a 10" Android tablet introduced by Toshiba in June 2011, with a starting price of $429. The tablet comes with a stock Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system. The device has some notable hardware features setting it apart from the tablet competition: a full-size SD card reader, a full-size USB port, a mini-USB port, an HDMI port, a 5MP rear camera, and a 2MP front camera. This is hinting at a much needed convergence between laptops/netbooks and tablet computers. The rear of the device is a removable, textured, and spill-resistant rubber that is available in various colors. The unit's thickness is 0.6" and has a screen size of 10.1" (1280x800).

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Lynn
11/05/2011 07:36

I actually like the thicker design. It feels less fragile and more sturdy in the hand with the backing. I won't be afraid that it would crack as easy as the thinner ones on the market.

Dom
07/13/2011 01:55

This tablet is a BIG step ahead in the tablet space, but.... it's just as big as the step. This tablet needs to go on a diet! Let's see what Toshiba does here next year.

Dom
03/18/2011 11:13

This one looks really cool! More powerful and PC-like features are picked up by this product (hopefully they get the software right though!), and this is a likely direction for Android tablets to be heading to in the next few years. I'm only taken aback by its thickness of 0.6", but let's see what the final device will look like.

Omar

Omar

03/18/2011 02:18

It's all about price. Similar to the Xoom it's got great specs, but if it costs $700+ then it isn't going anywhere.

Just thinking about it now, what would be awesome is if you had a tablet (not a PC with a touchscreen) and the case could be converted into a physical keyboard + touchpad so you could actually use it like a PC.

Dom

Dom

03/18/2011 04:08

yeah, that would be an interesting option. I'm sure the keyboard could be made slim and comfortable enough to be both highly mobile and productive for writing. Who knows, maybe Motorola will have some ideas here, considering what they've done with the Atrix 4G and its laptop dock.

Going back to the general tablet discussion: I think they're going to really take off once they've accomplished major convergence. I see strong parallels to the smartphone market. People love smartphones because they can integrate: GPS, PDA, phone, MP3 player, email, even stuff like bike computer, grocery/shopping list, barcode scanner, ..... it can be a really long list. Anyhow, tablets, in my view, should obliterate the need for a laptop/netbook, e-reader, and the "status-quo-tablet" before they become truly compelling. And if that's still at $500, even better :-)

Omar

Omar

03/18/2011 04:18

The one thing is that the computer's method of splitting up input and output is what makes it so productive. Outside of drawing applications, being able to manipulate objects on your screen without physically blocking them (with a finger/pencil) makes things so much more efficient. And the problem with "pure" tablets is that the software keyboard always takes up such a huge portion of the screen. Until they can make inputting information as efficient as a computer they won't take over the laptop/netbook market. And the only way I can see them being as efficient is through the use of a physical keyboard + mouse (or some kind of hardware substitute).

Yale

Yale

03/18/2011 04:54

After the #Toshiba_Libretto_W100 I'll take a wait and see approach! Lets just say I'm not so confident.

Dom

Dom

07/15/2011 03:15

On pure tablets, the on-screen keyboard hiding content is a real problem, or at least very awkward. That's why I loved the Microsoft Courier concept device: two thin, folding displays. While it's really a straightforward idea for a form-factor, it solves a variety of problems: a) you can get a somewhat close to laptop experience with an on-screen keyboard at the bottom and still one full screen of content up top, b) it protects the screen(s) without needing a case, c) for reading, you'll get a more "book style" experience (you can see 2 pages at once), d) you have more space for a (bigger) battery e) it can thermically separate CPU/radios/etc. from the battery. I don't know what the heck MS thought when they killed the Courier. MS has some outstanding R&D people, but the marketing people can suck so bad.

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