Unboxing the The Toshiba Thrive with Android. Lots of Pictures and Excellent Customer Service

Toshiba Thrive in the box

Toshiba Thrive in the box

Behold, the Toshiba Thrive powered by Android. No longer will I be Tweeting from bed using a silly phone, no sir (or mam) I have upgraded to a Tablet. The most advanced and awesome android tablet on the market right now.

Toshiba Thrive unboxed

Toshiba Thrive unboxed

The Thrive comes with an SD card slot, Mini USB, USB 2.0, HDMI out, great speakers, and dual cams. This thing rocks in all the right ways. I’ve already used a USB drive to move large spreadsheets from my computer to the Thrive for meetings and the Quickoffice suite that comes with it did a great job of displaying them.

Setting up wireless on the Toshiba Thrive

Setting up wireless on the Toshiba Thrive

When it came to setup, it was the easiest one I’ve ever had. Since I already have an Android phone all I had to do was enter my GMail address and password, connect to the wifi and make a sandwich. After I had eaten my meal my tablet was all setup. It downloaded the apps I have on my phone, imported my contacts, pictures, etc.  All I had to do was organize the desktops how I wanted and it was ready to go.

Toshiba Thrive in it's bulky leather case

Toshiba Thrive in it's bulky leather case

I love the Toshiba Thrive, I truly do, but it’s accessories just plain suck. The case for it is bulky, awful, and powered by Velcro. It’s not very sexy and makes it look HUGE. This is the one area that iPad jealousy creeps in. I just hope that it does well enough that Zagg and Logitech make a keyboard & case combo like they did for the iPad. That would really make my little day.

Toshiba Thrive with a bluetooth Logitec keyboard

Toshiba Thrive with a bluetooth Logitec keyboard

That being said, this setup has been wonderful so far. I use it on the bus, in meetings, in bed, in my living room, at my desk… pretty much everywhere. The keyboard has helped reduce the frustration that typing on a touchscreen with giant man fingers brings. However, I would like to have the case and the keyboard be in one nice little package… damn you iPad and your Barbie like ability to have the best accessories.

Toshiba Thrive in it's charging dock

Toshiba Thrive in it's charging dock

Right now this is where the Thrive is sitting. On my desk, in the dock, while I use this lovely little wireless keyboard to create this post. Besides just looking great, the plethora of apps and it’s incredibly intuitive design has made it an instant productivity booster and replaced my netbook as my portable device of choice. All of the wireless controls and major settings are available by touching the lower right corner and can even set it to airplane mode from there. Quick and painless, just the way I like it. (If you’re wondering what the blurry square in the top left of the screen is it’s my calendar that I’ve edited)

Toshiba Thrive dual cameras

Toshiba Thrive has dual cameras for awesome shots like this

To say that I haven’t had any buyers remorse would be a lie, but the amazing crew at Toshiba quickly took care of that. On the 2nd day I owned this delicious digital device I couldn’t get the Thrive to awake form standby mode and it required a reboot each time it was left alone for just a few hours or more. This got me worried so I went to the Toshiba Thrive forums and found others withe the same problem.

After posting there and giving my contact info to the admin I was contacted via phone by someone at Toshiba and they offered to send me a brand new Thrive in exchange for the one with the intermittent problem so their engineering team could see what was causing it to happen. I can’t argue with customer service like that. It’s a Gen 1 device, so I’m not expecting it to be perfect and a minor glitch or two is not a deal breaker for me.

The Thrive is 10.1 inches, comes in 8 Gig, 16 Gig, and 32 Gig (aff), it has some incredible video and audio acceleration and enhancement features, and I can’t wait to use it on my next client travel or conference. In this humble Toshiba fan boy’s opinion it’s worth every penny.

Do you have a Tablet? What kind, how do you use it, and what are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading,
Josh S Peters

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