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Toshiba Thrive 10" review

6.8/10 AVG.

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The Toshiba Thrive 10" currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Toshiba Thrive is a versatile tablet that uses the Android operating system. With a high resolution and LED-backlit display at 10.1" diagonal, this user-friendly device allows the user to see without straining his/her eyes.

Even on those bright sunny days where the glare makes other e-readers hard to read, this tablet will remain well-lit so as to easily illuminate the text for the user. The screen will automatically adjust its brightness and contrast depending on the surrounding light conditions.

The Toshiba Thrive is a tablet that is built around the world's first mobile super-chip. Due to its first mobile dual-core processor, you'll be able to efficiently multitask on this tablet as well as enjoy faster browsing, console-quality gaming, high definition video, and faster Adobe and Flash.

Although this tablet is small, it boasts an impressive array of full-size ports. From an SD card slot, to mini and full USB ports, to a full-size HDMI port in order to connect to big screen TV's, this tablet has it all. Not only can it connect to so many other devices, this user-friendly tablet comes with a whole host of sensors. The Toshiba Thrive contains a gyroscope, accelerometer, e-compass, and a GPS. Thrive owners will be able to view anything in either landscape or portrait format with a full 360 degrees of rotation.

Overall, the Toshiba Thrive is an impressive powerful tablet indeed.

Need to Know: Toshiba Thrive

1. Offers its own slip-resistant rear cover which is available in a myriad of colors allowing a subtle hint of personality to show. (The Good)

2. Recharges in little over an hour versus other competitors which can take up to 3 hours. (The Good)

3. One of the bulkiest Honeycomb tablets weighing 25.57 oz and is around .62" thick. (The Bad)

4. A lower megapixel camera and the camera has no flash. (The Bad)

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

What Hi-Fi

The AT300SE is nice enough to navigate, but with a less than durable finish, uninspiring video and Toshiba dropping ports such as microHDMI, it just doesn’t represent great value for money. We’d recommend trying a smaller tab or spending more on the Google Nexus 10.

- KobMon, What Hi-Fi
What Hi-Fi

Video grumbles aside, if you don’t have the budget to stretch to the likes of the Apple iPad or Asus Transformer, then the Toshiba marries price with capacity to passable effect. A decent entry-level machine.

- What Hi-Fi team, What Hi-Fi

Toshiba is doing it. It's taken a year, but the firm is slowly pushing out tablets we'd be happy to recommend. The AT300 is nearly there, the battery life is good, it looks nice, it's well-built. As a tablet that competes with the likes of Apple and Samsung, it's slightly too expensive, and we think...

- Ian Morris, Pocket-lint
Tech Advisor

The ability to increase storage or simply view your photos via full-size SD card is nice, and performance is good. The screen isn't the best we've seen, although it's far from bad, so if you're specifically after a 10-inch tablet, you won't be disappointed. If you can live with a 7in screen, the Nex...

- Jim Marti, Tech Advisor

Toshiba should have done better here. This isn't the worst Android tablet we've ever used, but it's a long way off what we would expect and hope for a big, established brand to produce. If it was £150, we would understand the huge quality compromises. But it's twice that much, and there are ot...

- Ian Morris, Pocket-lint

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Screen Size

The Toshiba Thrive 10"'s screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

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


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
8/16/32 GB

Internal memory is 8/16/32 GB. An external, SD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 23 WHr battery. Toshiba's performance ratings are 11 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Thrive 10" Specs

Release date July 10, 2011
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core Processor 1 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16/32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 23 WHr
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 1 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black Tie
Dimensions [H x W x D] 27.3 x 17.7 x 1.6 cm (10.8 x 7 x 0.6 in)
Weight 765 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
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 Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
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 Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
2+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
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 BMP, GIF, JPG
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Toshiba Antares, Toshiba Regza Tablet AT300, Toshiba AT100

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