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After watching other hardware makers launch Google Honeycomb tablets, Toshiba’s take is ready. The Thrive ships next month but can be pre-ordered starting today. At $429, you only get 8 GB of internal storage, but a full-sized USB port and memory card slot can expand memory.

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Toshiba is the next hardware maker set to enter the Google Android tablet game when its Thrive ships in mid-July. The 10-inch tablet is available for pre-order today, says Gotta Be Mobile, with prices starting at $429. Don’t get too excited by the price point that’s $70 less than the cheapest Apple iPad 2 though: Toshiba’s starting model comes with 8 GB of flash storage, or half that in the entry-level iPad. However, memory in the Toshiba Thrive can be expanded through a full-sized SD memory card.

For consumers who would rather purchase a tablet with more internal storage, the Thrive is available in with 16 GB ($479) and 32 GB ($579) of memory. Other specifications common to all three models include:

  • 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Google Android Honeycomb 3.1
  • 1280 x 800 resolution display
  • Full-sized HDMI port, USB port, miniUSB
  • 5 megapixel rear auto-focus rear camera with 720p video capture, 2 megapixel front camera
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • User-replaceable 23 w/Hr battery
Most of the Thrive’s specifications list mirror that of the other Wi-Fi Android tablets, although the replaceable battery is unique as is the full-sized memory card slot and USB port. Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 also has a full USB port, which worked well in my tests with a flash drive. I was able to listen to music stored on the portable drive. Android 3.1 also supports USB host mode, so a standard USB keyboard and mouse could be used.
The USB port, along with the memory card slot, could sway some to opt for the lower-priced 8 GB model since it provides two ways to add external memory. Full-sized ports can make for a chunky device, however. Toshiba says the tablet weight starts at 1.6 pounds and Toshiba’s own image of the device with its larger ports show a potentially thick tablet.
  1. If only they would release the Windows 7 variant they were showing off at CES…

    Mind you, at the $400 price point, I could easily point to some far more “useful” alternative devices:

    http://lgponthemove.blogspot.com/2011/06/first-impressions-hp-210-mini-netbook.html

    Just sayin! ;-)

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    1. PC software on a tablet? I think you may have the tablet wrong.

      http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385382,00.asp

      It isn’t the SOFTWARE. It is the FUNCTION. People love tablets for what they DO not for what they RUN. I can’t think of a PC tablet doing for me what my Galaxy Tab 7 does and I have a Viliv S5, an Acer 10″ netbook, a 13″ Averatec XP, and a 18″ Vaio. NONE of them are as productive as my Tab.

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  2. PC software on a tablet? I think you may have the tablet wrong.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385382,00.asp

    It isn’t the SOFTWARE. It is the FUNCTION. People love tablets for what they DO not for what they RUN. I can’t think of a PC tablet doing for me what my Galaxy Tab 7 does and I have a Viliv S5, an Acer 10″ netbook, a 13″ Averatec XP, and a 18″ Vaio. NONE of them are as productive as my Tab.

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  3. PC software on a tablet? I think you may have the tablet wrong.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385382,00.asp

    It isn’t the SOFTWARE. It is the FUNCTION. People love tablets for what they DO not for what they RUN. I can’t think of a PC tablet doing for me what my Galaxy Tab 7 does and I have a Viliv S5, an Acer 10″ netbook, a 13″ Averatec XP, and a 18″ Vaio. NONE of them are as productive as my Tab.

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