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zizzybaloobah wrote:I own one of these ... it's not for everybody, and it has its issues. We also have a XOOM in our house, so I do have something to compare it to.
On the up side you get a removable battery along with full-size ports (incl. HDMI) and SD card slot. This is the main reason I bought it (the other being a great price via a retailer coupon), because I can pop the card out of my DSLR and put it right into the tablet and review my photos and video. I can also connect it to my HDTV without buying a special cable.
On the down side. You get:
Bloatware. Kaspersky antivirus (or malware as I'm wont to call it), along with games, and other apps that can't be removed. You can't even get rid of the registration app after you register your device. You also get the Toshiba App Market, where just about everything is a subscription vs. one-time purchase.
Crippled Android Market. It doesn't support Google Music purchases, even though the tablet was recently updated to Honeycomb 3.2. Toshiba has to update the Market to support Music, but hasn't said when this will happen. App updates frequently hang or crash and don't function as smoothly as I've seen w/other Android phones or tablets.
Crippled Wi-Fi. Cannot connect to Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi. This means you can't tether your Thrive to your Android phone or other devices that support Ad-hoc connections. Also blue-tooth tethering is no dice as well. So much for taking this thing with you in the car.
And while just about everyone else has promised Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) for their dual-core tablets, Toshiba has been tight-lipped about this. If ICS is a big deal for you, I'd be cautious about going with Toshiba.
Great Review! Agree with this totally. The bloatware alone is really annoying. Especially because it's so unnecessary. It's only value seems to be to aggravate Thrive owners.
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I picked this exact model up NEW at NewEgg the week before Thanksgiving for $299 + $0 S/H, and an extra (blue) back for it for free.
Search deals.woot.com for the post by pxb006 for the NewEgg deal (RIP'ed).
Kinda makes this one "Meh" for a Refurb, $5 shipping and no extra back.
It's a great unit though. The one complaint that I have is that the USB connection doesn't automatically get detected with Linux like most tablets do.
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I own this, purchased for $279 = tax from my local Radio Shack. The owner is a personal friend, so you wouldn't get the same deal.
Three words: I love it.
Now more words as to why.
First, it is not a laptop. I have three of them too and this is not one of them. This is a toy for surfing and playing angry bird and typing notes and upkeeping facebook and reddit.
I carry this with me almost everywhere and especially when on the road. I can slave it to my droid for internet and am not out of touch. It has four different browsers on it now for four different email addresses which I use for my business. Everything syncs up easily and I have not had one problem with it in the three months I've used it.
It's not a desktop computer either, but it's a damn sight better than the desktops I suffered with seven years ago, so there is that.
My tablet is the 21st Century's answer to the Franklin Planner. I keep notes and dates and reminders all the time.
I can also play chess and poker against other people on it, get driving directions, Google Satellite to get a bird's eye view of places I'm going, updated weather information and radar, all the cool stuff I used to have to open my laptop to retrieve.
This sits in it's custom made sleeve I made from an old bathrobe, on the front seat of my truck and when I pull into a rest area to recycle the coffee I drink too much of, I pull this out too to play with.
Wait, allow me to rephrase that.
After finishing my business at the rest area, I can use the Thrive to get back up to date on my schedule and check mail.
With it I Skype my boy in Norway and in Hungary. The video is good and clean and I can't say enough nice things about it.
It is well worth the purchase, and make the iPad and iPad2 look like high-priced marketing ploys.
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