by Gray Graham
The Toshiba Thrive is the newest major player in the Tablet Wars. It brings an entirely different approach to the world of tablets than what has been done by the competition. It is pack with features that make it stand out from the crowd. You will have to decide if that is good or bad.
First off it is a thick device. It is no where close to being thin like most of the tablets on the market. It even has a heavy duty rubberized back that really sets it apart and makes it feel quite sturdy. It also comes with full ports like USB and HDMI and a full size card reader instead of slim down version or missing all together like on other tablets. This allows you to use everything you probably already have for your laptop without having to purchase any new accessories.
Probably the best thing about the Thrive is that you can remove the back cover and change it out with a different color. Even better than that is the fact you can actually change the battery yourself. If you are like me and the thought of your device just not working anymore because the battery died and you can't change it bothers you like nobody's business then you will love this feature.
The operating system is still Honeycomb like all the other Android tablets out there. It does come with a file manager on the system that will make finding your files a lot easier. Everything else about the OS will be like the other Android Honeycomb tablets out there.
It seems that unlike HP, Toshiba has actually created a tablet that stands out from the crowd even though it does not try to be like the iPad. It appears to be a solid device and the price should entice you to give it a try.