Toshiba 7" Thrive Android Tablet Review

Posted: February 9, 2012
Toshiba 7" Thrive Android Tablet Review

The 7" Thrive tablet from Toshiba comes with a 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, Android's 3.2 Honeycomb platform, dual cameras and more for only $379. Matt Mira and Kevin Pereira rate the device for Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The Toshiba Thrive 7 is a smaller version of the 10" Thrive.
  • The tablet features a good number of ports tucked behind an extremely flimsy port cover.
  • The form factor is nice and some people love the 7" size.
  • The rubber grooved back feels like you're holding a tire.
  • The Thrive weighs just under a pound but since the device fits in one hand, it may seem a little heavier than it is.
  • The screen is a relatively high resolution for a tablet at 1280x800, which makes for a very high pixel density.
  • It ends up being 209 DPI (the Kindle Fire and Nook Color both have 169 DPI).
  • The text and movies look sharper and we found our eyes were less strained when using the Thrive than on the Kindle Fire.
  • The screen measure 7" but not IPS (in plane switching).
  • Even still, the viewing angle isn't as bad as you would expect.
  • The color is excellent but the reproduction is slightly below average brightness.
  • The Thrive runs on Honeycomb OS and packs in an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1 GB of RAM.
  • Despite this, the tablet wasn't as fast as we expected.
  • You can really see the Android lag when scrolling and loading websites with a lot of content.
  • Honeycomb is starting to show its age a bit.
  • There's not much of anything laid over this in terms of UI but it still lags.
  • There are two cameras with a front facing 2 megapixel one and a rear facing 5 megapixel camera with LED flash.
  • The front camera is fine for video chatting.
  • However, the rear camera is not only in a very precarious spot for your fingers to avoid.
  • The shutter speed is terrible: it takes four seconds to take a shot and that is with the camera app open and ready to go.
  • When the picture eventual takes the shot and isn't blurry, the quality isn't the worst in the world.
  • The battery wasn't great: with heavy use, you are going to get about 4 hours of battery life.
  • To put that in perspective, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 will give you about 7 hours.


  • $379


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The screen is excellent.
  • If you want a full Android tablet experience, the Thrive 7 isn't the worst option out there.
  • If you're looking for something to stream media and read from, we recommend the $200 Kindle Fire.

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