Toshiba Thrive 7 inch


A powerful tablet with a beautiful screen

A while ago we tested the Toshiba Thrive 10.1″ and we thought it was time to try another tablet manufactured by the team at Toshiba. This time we’re talking about the compact 7 inch version of Thrive, presented to audiences worldwide on the 28th of September and a perfect example of how far technology has come. The gadget will be loved by people who want portable solutions to their work environment and the possibility of holding a tablet in one hand while doing something else with the other.

2 cameras available

The Toshiba Thrive 7″ is quite possibly this year’s revelation, at least where design is considered. The tablet has retained the same visual appeal as the 10.1″ model, despite the obvious smaller screen. The back rules, as it features great-quality rubber that makes adherence spot-on. We never once feared we could drop it by accident and thus break it and get another one to test for our review. A problem overlooked by Toshiba on this Thrive 7 inch as well as on the 10.1″ is the positioning of the 2 cameras; the weird placement resulted in us covering the lenses with our fingers when using the tablet to shoot videos in landscape mode. In matters of weight, the 13.3 pounds set the device apart from its predecessor. But the Thrive 7″ doesn’t manage to beat Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus in that aspect, although it does better than the Amazon Kindle Fire, so that’s saying something.Toshiba-Thrive-7-inch

1280 x 800 pixels resolution

The search for the sharpest tablet screen is officially over and we have a winner in the Thrive 7″ whose resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels offers just that: perfect sharpness doubled by crispness and bright and beautiful colors, transforming activities like looking up stuff on the Internet, playing games and reading text messages easier than ever before. So Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire, beware!

The OS and user interface are still the same old ones. People already accustomed to Android 3.2 Honeycomb can be sure that the operating system maintains its 2 main qualities: flexibility along with power. For variety measures, the Thrive 7″ ships with a grand total of 5 displays that you can customize however you see fit. If you are in the middle of playing around with an application and want to see how much of the battery is left, you can do so without the need to quit the said app by just doing a tap on the icon for battery. The tablet has its own Google Android Market with 300.000 applications at your disposal.

1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor

The keyboard is virtual and typing is efficient, making sure that you won’t get frustrated during the process. Beside the tablet’s very own keyboard, there’s also a Swype possibility which, of course, is our favorite. Tactile feedback is provided on this model, too.

The dual-core 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 pre-installed with an amount of 1 GB of internal memory made the gadget deliver the expected speed and power. The built-in graphics card was more than capable of handling all of the best 3D games we threw on its back.

It’s time to say that the battery on this Toshiba Thrive 7″ scored a total of 5 hours and a half in the tests we performed on the device. That’s not too much, but it isn’t horrible either. The 2 cameras performed reasonably well, meaning that photos were detailed – though not so much as to see every strand of hair on someone’s head – colors looked OK and that was about all. The camera on the front acted averagely when we held a video session via Skype.

Review conclusion

The Toshiba Thrive 7 inch can be best described as a tablet with a terrific visual performance. At the end of this review we believe that this model is a good option instead of Nook Tablet or Amazon Kindle Fire.

Technical specifications

– OS: Android OS, v 3.2 (Honeycomb);
– Storage and RAM memory: 16 / 32 GB storage, 1 GB of RAM, microSD up to 32 GB;
– Display characteristics: 7.0 inches (~ 216 ppi pixel density), LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1280 x 800 pixels, Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, Multi-touch input method, Gyro sensor;
– Main camera: 5 MP, 2592?1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, video @ 720p;
– Secondary Camera: 2 MP;
– Processor / graphics: Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU, chipset Tegra 2 T20;
– Browser: HTML;
– Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, miniUSB v2.0;
– GPS: A-GPS support;
– Messaging: Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS;
– Java: Java MIDP emulator via;
– Other features: HDMI port, Digital compass, MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC + player, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, Organizer, Adobe Flash support, Document viewer, Photo editor, Voice memo, Predictive text input , 3.5 mm audio jack;
– External size: 189 x 128.1 x 11.9 mm.
– Weight: 400 g;