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.