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Toshiba Thrive 7

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What's hot: Sharp high res display, rugged design.

What's not: Not much sets it apart from other 7" tablets, thicker and heavier than most.


Reviewed December 20, 2011 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

The Toshiba Thrive 7 Inch tablet is a little buddy to the Toshiba Thrive 10" tablet released earlier this year. It has the same rugged look and rubbery ridged back, but some of the 10 inch model's geek chic amenities are missing, like the full size USB host port for USB peripherals and the (rare on mobile OS tablets) removable battery. The Thrive 7 runs on the same 1GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU as other first generation Android Honeycomb tablets from big manufacturers, and it has a gig of RAM and 16 or 32 gigs of storage. This is a WiFi-only tablet, so there are no contracts (good thing) and no 3G/4G (maybe not a good thing depending on your needs). These days plenty of smartphones act as WiFi mobile hotspots, so you can use your phone (with appropriate data plan) to get this tablet a connection when away from home, work or Starbucks.

Toshiba Thrive 7

The tablet runs Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb with little customization and will eventually get Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Toshiba adds a host of card games, Kaspersky anti-virus and a few other apps. It's strongest selling point, beyond its endearingly rubbery and rugged build, is the higher than usual 1280 x 800 display resolution. The T-Mobile Springboard is one of the very few other 7" tablets that sport this resolution more commonly found in 10" tablets rather than 1024 x 600. The display is very sharp and fairly bright. Text is razor clear without jaggies and photos look great. Viewing angles are good but not IPS-wide. Still, two friendly folks won't have trouble watching a video together side by side.

Toshiba Thrive 7

The Toshiba Thrive 7 is available now. It sells for $379 for the 16 gig and $429 for the 32 gig. The Thrive 10 was a charmer because it was priced low relative to other tablets, but the 7" isn't particularly cheap. Stylish folks and performance lovers might choose the lower resolution but otherwise lovely Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus with its wickedly fast Exynos dual core CPU and $399 price tag.

Toshiba Thrive 7

Compared to the bargain priced Kindle Fire and the also affordable Nook Tablet, the Toshiba brings a full tablet experience to the tablet. You can install any app your want from the Android Market, and it has not just WiFi 802.11b/g/n but Bluetooth and a GPS along with dual cameras and a micro HDMI that these LCD ereaders lack.

Toshiba Thrive 7

Toshiba Thrive 7


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The Toshiba Thrive 7 is a solid but not standout 7" Android tablet. It relies on 2011's standard 1GHz Tegra 2 CPU for good but not breathtaking performance, and it has a rugged and comfortable design. We wish it had a full size USB port and a replaceable battery like the 10" Thrive, but a replaceable battery would make it thicker and heavier. The higher than average resolution is a selling point, and the display is colorful and crisp. That higher resolution makes the Thrive 7 a good pick for eBook reading, and that higher resolution plus the full Android tablet experience sets it apart from the cheaper Kindle Fire and Nook Color.

Price: $379 for the 16 gig, $429 for the 32 gig


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Display: 7" capacitive touch screen. Resolution: 1280 x 800, supports both portrait and landscape modes via accelerometer. Has gyroscope and ambient light sensor.

Battery: 15Wh Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable. Claimed runtime: up to 6 hours.

Performance: 1GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU with GeForce graphics acceleration. 1 gig RAM. 16 or 32 gigs internal storage.

Size: 7.44 x 5.04 x 0.48 inches. Weight: 0.83 pounds.

Cellular: N/A.

GPS: Has GPS with digital compass.

Camera: 2.0MP front camera and 5MP rear camera with LED flash that can shoot 720p video.

Audio: Built in stereo speakers, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1.

Software: Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb. Adobe Flash Player included. Standard suite of Google Android applications including web browser, email, gmail, YouTube, Maps, Navigation, Gtalk, Search and the Android Market. Kaspersky Tablet Security, Hardwood Backgammon, Hardwood Euchre, Hardwood Solitaire IV, Hardwood Hearts, Hardwood Spades, MOG Music, Printer Share, Quickoffice HD (MS Office viewer) and Need for Speed Shift by EA Mobile.

Expansion: 1 SDHC microSD card slot.


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