Apple’s iPad started the tablet PC rage, and the competition is becoming more fierce where many different types of tablet PC’s are hitting the market. Even Microsoft has put Windows 8, their next OS, into the fast track with the intention of making an operating system that will fly on the tablet platform, as well on your desktop PC (or notebook). Then there is Google and the Android OS; AND, Hewlett Packard’s tablet with their own operating system (called WebOS).
As a person who loves technology (especially computers and software), I am finding that I need to be changing my way of thinking. I came up in an environment where Microsoft Windows, desktop computers and notebook computers was the standard platform. I could not imagine anything any different. Let me tell you, we are in the midst of change and I decided to take the plunge on a tablet PC to try and get a good feel as to what direction we are heading. At the moment I see Tablet PC’s and cloud computing as being one.
I spent a great deal of time exploring the various tablet computer platforms and options out there and finally broke down and went with the chubby 10-inch Toshiba Thrive (16 GB Model) with the Android Honeycomb 3.1 OS.
So far I am finding it to be an awesome addition to my collection of technology toys. Toshiba has done a great job pulling the Android OS (Honeycomb 3.1) together with this computer and has even included a very nicely designed file manager. Being somewhat computer savvy; however, having no knowledge whatsoever of the Android OS, I was up and running in no time with Android. It is very easy to learn (and navigate) – and as they say, “even a caveman could do it”. I can see why Microsoft is fast tracking Windows 8.
If you noticed in my description, I described the Thrive as being chubby. Well chubby in this case is a good thing. The chubbiness is attributed to the fact that Toshiba has packed into this tablet a full sized USB port (to connect a flash drive or external drive), a full sized HDMI port (to connect to a TV), a SD Card Slot (for expansion) and get this — no tablet out there right now, that I know of, has a removable battery like the Thrive. In comparison to other tablet PCs the Thrive is in fact chubby (.62”); however, you will not even notice this once you get it in your hands. The added ports was a no-brainer to me and this is what sold me on this tablet PC.
The only negatives I can find (at this point) is that the volume controls and power button to the Thrive are difficult to see. It is like the buttons are camouflaged into the rubberized casing. I figure that will be a matter of me getting used to where they are located. Of course, I am in my fifties and they claim that the first thing to go is your sight. Also, the Thrive features three small LED lights to indicate the status of the power, battery and wireless connection. This can be distracting if you let it.
Overall, I am still playing with the Thrive and may never leave my recliner ever again. Instead of reflecting a lengthy features list about the Thrive and where to purchase, you can visit the site for the Toshiba Thrive [HERE] and if you are sold on one, you can purchase the 16GB mode Thrive [HERE]. Keep in mind there is an 8 GB model, a 16 GB model and a 32 GB model. I recommend at least the 16 GB model.