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Toshiba Thrive 7" review

6.4/10 AVG.
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6.4/10
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The Toshiba Thrive 7" currently has an Informr score of 6.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The Toshiba Thrive 7 is a smaller version of the original 10-inch Thrive and looks nearly identical. It packs the same Tegra 2 chip and 16GB of storage but runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb instead of 3.1.

Its best feature is the 1280 x 800 pixel resolution like the 10 incher. However, most reviewers agree that there are better options out there for the price and for just a couple hundred more, you can nab yourself an iPad.

For a more complete review of this tablet, please visit our Toshiba Thrive page.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pocket Gamer

Audio Defence - Zombie Arena is a clever idea, and it's executed well. It's also Somethin' Else's most approachable game yet and the easiest to show to a friend without a lengthy explanation, which makes it a perfect game to have on your phone for parties.But a game that you'll sit down with (or, I...

- Mark Brown, Pocket Gamer
Android and Me

The Toshiba Thrive 7″ offers a great experience for those that like 7″ tablets. Its major competitor, as of now, is probably the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0, which offers slightly better performance and better aesthetics. But some users are simply not fans of the thinner, lighter build, and t...

- Edgar Cervantes, Android and Me
Liliputing

The Toshiba Thrive 7 is a reasonably good tablet with very nice display, a decent processor, and the ability to run a wide range of Android apps. It’s more portable than the larger 10 inch tablets that have flooded the market over the last year and with a screen that’s just a tiny bit bi...

- Brad Linder, Liliputing
TrustedReviews

  The Toshiba Thrive is technically proficient, with a good screen, decent connectivity and a design that, while not slick, feels comfy in-hand. However, it has arrived unfashionably late and lower-cost rivals are on our doorstep. It's better than the other 7in Honeycomb tablets we've reviewed...

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
HotHardware

Ultimately, the same cast of characters face the Toshiba Thrive 7 competitively, as did the 10-inch version of the Thrive earlier this year, with two notable exceptions; in the high-end it's Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and in the low-end it's Amazon's Kindle Fire. For about the same price (a $20...

- Dave Altavilla, HotHardware


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Screen Size
7"

The Toshiba Thrive 7"'s screen size is 7 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
15WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 15 WHr battery. Toshiba's performance ratings are 3 days standby time, 4 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Thrive 7" Specs

Overview
Release date December 11, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 3.2 Honeycomb

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 15 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 4 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 4 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 3 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 18.9 x 1.2 x 12.8 cm (7.4 x 0.5 x 5 in)
Weight 377 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (STN)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Mini-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PPT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Toshiba AT1S5-T16, AT1S5-T32

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Pocket Gamer

Expertly executes on a clever idea

from Pocket Gamer

Audio Defence - Zombie Arena is a clever idea, and it's executed well. It's also Somethin' Else's most approachable game yet and the easiest to show to a friend without a lengthy explanation, which makes it a perfect game to have on your phone for parties.

But a game that you'll sit do...More

Audio Defence - Zombie Arena is a clever idea, and it's executed well. It's also Somethin' Else's most approachable game yet and the easiest to show to a friend without a lengthy explanation, which makes it a perfect game to have on your phone for parties.

But a game that you'll sit down with (or, I suppose, stand up with) and play through to completion? That's a harder sell. 

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Android and Me

This might be a great choice for non-thin tablet fans

from Android and Me

The Toshiba Thrive 7″ offers a great experience for those that like 7″ tablets. Its major competitor, as of now, is probably the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0, which offers slightly better performance and better aesthetics. But some users are simply not fans of the thinner, lighter build, and the price of the Samsung tablet is a bit higher....

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The Toshiba Thrive 7″ offers a great experience for those that like 7″ tablets. Its major competitor, as of now, is probably the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0, which offers slightly better performance and better aesthetics. But some users are simply not fans of the thinner, lighter build, and the price of the Samsung tablet is a bit higher.

Build quality and performance are not optimal, but they get the job done, and the tablet does not feel cheap enough to discard it. In fact, some of you may love the rubberized back. I also took off half a point due to its current software. Honeycomb is good, but at this point, everybody wants Ice Cream Sandwich. And while it is coming, it will be a while before the Thrive gets its update.

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Liliputing

A reasonably good tablet with very nice display and a decent processor

from Liliputing

The Toshiba Thrive 7 is a reasonably good tablet with very nice display, a decent processor, and the ability to run a wide range of Android apps. It’s more portable than the larger 10 inch tablets that have flooded the market over the last year and with a screen that’s just a tiny bit...More

The Toshiba Thrive 7 is a reasonably good tablet with very nice display, a decent processor, and the ability to run a wide range of Android apps. It’s more portable than the larger 10 inch tablets that have flooded the market over the last year and with a screen that’s just a tiny bit bigger than those found on most eReaders, it’s a great size for reading books. But with a starting price of $379, it’s hard to justify picking up a Thrive 7 over some of the alternatives. While the Thrive 7 offers more storage than the Kindle Fire, more expansion options than the NOOK Tablet, and a higher resolution display than either device, it also costs nearly twice as much as Amazon’s tablet, and over $100 more than a NOOK Tablet.

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TrustedReviews

Good screen, decent connectivity and a design that, while not slick, feels comfy in-hand

from TrustedReviews

 

The Toshiba Thrive is technically proficient, with a good screen, decent connectivity and a design that, while not slick, feels comfy in-hand. However, it has arrived unfashionably late and lower-cost rivals are on our doorstep. It's better than the other 7in Honeycomb tablets we'v...More

 

The Toshiba Thrive is technically proficient, with a good screen, decent connectivity and a design that, while not slick, feels comfy in-hand. However, it has arrived unfashionably late and lower-cost rivals are on our doorstep. It's better than the other 7in Honeycomb tablets we've reviewed, but we can't summon all that much enthusiasm for this water-treading tab.

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HotHardware

Solid performance, myriad of ports and connectivity, good viewing angles

from HotHardware

Ultimately, the same cast of characters face the Toshiba Thrive 7 competitively, as did the 10-inch version of the Thrive earlier this year, with two notable exceptions; in the high-end it's Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and in the low-end it's Amazon's Kindle Fire. For about the same price (a $20 premium), the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus offers the very potent dual core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos SoC that proved itself faster in all of our benchmarks versus the NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC (System on a Chip) that is powering so many Honeycomb slates these days, including the Thrive 7. The Galaxy Tab 7 Plus also sports Samsung's gorgeous PLS display technology and is significantly thinner, though it doesn't have near the connectivity options of the Thrive 7's assortment of micro-sized ports. The Kindle Fire, of course, is almost a full $200 cheaper than the Thrive 7, but also has a generally lower-end TI OMAP dual-core chip, with only the tablet's docking connector to support USB 2.0 connectivity, only 8GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. Not to mention it runs Android 2.3 and is partially hamstrung without access to the Android Marketplace, though obviously it's ripe for rooting....

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Ultimately, the same cast of characters face the Toshiba Thrive 7 competitively, as did the 10-inch version of the Thrive earlier this year, with two notable exceptions; in the high-end it's Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and in the low-end it's Amazon's Kindle Fire. For about the same price (a $20 premium), the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus offers the very potent dual core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos SoC that proved itself faster in all of our benchmarks versus the NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC (System on a Chip) that is powering so many Honeycomb slates these days, including the Thrive 7. The Galaxy Tab 7 Plus also sports Samsung's gorgeous PLS display technology and is significantly thinner, though it doesn't have near the connectivity options of the Thrive 7's assortment of micro-sized ports. The Kindle Fire, of course, is almost a full $200 cheaper than the Thrive 7, but also has a generally lower-end TI OMAP dual-core chip, with only the tablet's docking connector to support USB 2.0 connectivity, only 8GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. Not to mention it runs Android 2.3 and is partially hamstrung without access to the Android Marketplace, though obviously it's ripe for rooting.

So, in reality, all this leaves the Thrive 7 right about where the Thrive 10 sits in the market as well. This 7-inch tablet offers a relatively well-rounded Tegra 2-driven experience in an open platform that allows the user to have maximum access and connectivity to it, right out of the box. With its mini-USB port, micro-HDMI port and micro-SD card slot, as well as a 5MP auto-focus camera with flash, you've pretty much got all you'd want for features in a 7-inch slate, without sacrificing portability. That's the upshot. The downside is, the Thrive 7 doesn't really stand out much in terms of performance or price. Toshiba does, however, fill a smaller niche' in the market with the Thrive 7, much the same way they did with the Thrive 10. If you're looking for a complete solution that's well-built and supports all current technologies available in the tablet market today, the Thrive 7 is a competent, though not awe-inspiring option.

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Engadget

Great size, easy to hold and high-res display

from Engadget

It's hard to say where the Thrive 7" fits in, or if it belongs at all. On the one hand, it's $130 to $180 more expensive than budget tabs like the Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, and yet it offers little to justify its higher price: it isn't significantly thinner or lighter, its battery life craps ou...More

It's hard to say where the Thrive 7" fits in, or if it belongs at all. On the one hand, it's $130 to $180 more expensive than budget tabs like the Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, and yet it offers little to justify its higher price: it isn't significantly thinner or lighter, its battery life craps out hours earlier and the build quality feels flimsier. The biggest advantage, so far as we're concerned, is that it runs Honeycomb and is ICS-ready. Even then, you may as well resign yourself to spending an additional $20 on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, which is slimmer, lighter, faster, longer-lasting and better-made. Regardless of what you're willing to spend, though, the Thrive 7" has issues, and that high-res display isn't nearly enough to make up for them.

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PC Magazine

Its poor battery life and lack of compelling features make it hard to justify choosing it over some of the better 7-inch tablets out there

from PC Magazine

Although the Toshiba Thrive 7 eliminates a lot of its bigger sibling's bulk, it also eliminates some features that made the original Thrive stand out, like the full-sized ports and removable battery. The screen on the Thrive 7 is superb and most things work smoothly, but the difficulty navigating...More

Although the Toshiba Thrive 7 eliminates a lot of its bigger sibling's bulk, it also eliminates some features that made the original Thrive stand out, like the full-sized ports and removable battery. The screen on the Thrive 7 is superb and most things work smoothly, but the difficulty navigating full-sized websites and the poor battery life are disappointing. If a high-resolution screen is a must, the Springboard has longer battery life, a more accurate touch screen, a cellular data option, and also sports a far superior all-aluminum construction, but all that comes at a higher price tag. This is a good tablet at a decent price, but it just doesn't do enough to beat some of its more-polished competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, or more budget-friendly tablets like the Kindle Fire.

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The Verge

High resolution, nice size and form factor

from The Verge

The second installment of the Toshiba Thrive story ends better than the first, but that isn’t really saying much. The nice, pixel-dense 1280 x 800-resolution display can only do so much for this $349 tablet; it just isn’t enough to combat the creaking and poor build quality, the camer...More

The second installment of the Toshiba Thrive story ends better than the first, but that isn’t really saying much. The nice, pixel-dense 1280 x 800-resolution display can only do so much for this $349 tablet; it just isn’t enough to combat the creaking and poor build quality, the camera placement, and the lagging performance and battery life. The $399 Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus may have a weaker display and TouchWiz skinning, but it’s a better, more well-rounded option for those looking for a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet. Of course, if you're looking for a 7-inch tablet for just basic browsing, media consumption, and access to a handful of Android apps, the $199 Kindle Fire will more than suffice. And there you have it: Toshiba’s going to have to think a lot harder about what progress really is to thrive in this new and fierce tablet market.

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Mobile Tech Review

Not much sets it apart from other 7" tablets, thicker and heavier than most

from Mobile Tech Review

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 replace...More

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.

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PCWorld

Great design, mediocre audio

from PCWorld

The Toshiba Thrive 7” is an attractive tablet that makes a strong case for itself amidst the 7-inch field. Its full-blown Android support and pleasing design give it an edge over value models, as well as over competing 7-inch tablets. It lacks the convenience of an infrared port, as found o...More

The Toshiba Thrive 7” is an attractive tablet that makes a strong case for itself amidst the 7-inch field. Its full-blown Android support and pleasing design give it an edge over value models, as well as over competing 7-inch tablets. It lacks the convenience of an infrared port, as found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus; aside from that omission, however, the 7-inch Thrive is one of the most versatile tablets you can buy in this size category. The benefits that you get from the full-featured Android install and from the sharp, high-resolution display are worth paying a few extra dollars over the price of more-limited tablets like the Nook Tablet, although the current premium for models like the Thrive 7” is steeper than it should be.

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