The Toshiba Thrive computer tablet uses Android 3.1 “Honeycomb” interface, allowing users to enjoy customizable desktops for widgets and shortcuts. In terms of UI, the device is quite notable not only because it can be customized but also since the icons such as alerts, clocks, and battery level are placed with the convenience of users in mind.
As with most new Android-powered tablets, the Thrive features multi-tasking button on the bottom left of the taskbar, allowing users to easily scroll the list of thumbnails that represent applications. And to further deliver a better UI, it has two virtual keyboards: the Swype which allows people to type quicker by tracing lines between letters, and the standard Android.
In terms of design, the computer tablet is heavier and thicker than its rivals such as the Apple iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Asus Eee Pad Transformer with its 10.75 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches and 1.6 pounds chassis. But despite its cumbersome appearance, it has at least rubberized back plate to allow users to grip it with much ease.
Meanwhile, the tablet only comes in black color, although users can purchase covers which are available in several hues including Blue Moon, Silver Sky, Green Apple, and Raspberry Fusion (about $20 each).
Just like the iPad, the Toshiba Thrive boasts front- and back-facing cameras which have chrome cover that gives them a sleek appearance.
While the 1280 x 800-resolution screen can support sharp images and strong colors, its viewing angles fall short especially in the presence of a bright overhead light. Another consideration is that fingerprints and dirt can easily taint the display panel, but at least it can support high-definition videos without any problem.
To complement the sharp images, the tablet has built-in speakers that are surprisingly loud. Meanwhile, other features include full-size USB port, head phone jack, full-size HDMI-out ports, full-size SD card reader, and mini USB.