dealstoshiba thrive 10.1" widescreen android tablet w…

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Im looking for some legit information, Im in the market for a tablet like this and dont use apple products. Id love some opinions or references for something different.

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@morganss: I have this model of Thrive and have been very happy. Benefits over most tabs are full HDMI out -- makes it very easy to play youtube clips or netflix to a TV right from the tablet. Also uses full size SD card -- very easy to take the card out of a camera and review your shots on a larger screen. Tab uses a full size USB which also makes for easy flash drive access. I have had the touch screen freeze up a few times, and needed to restart it. $150 is a great price - I paid $200 for it about 9 months ago. Good luck!!

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We have had 3 Thrive tablets for a couple years. They are great. You can upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.0

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Actual full refurb or brown box "refurb"? And now it's $187?

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I have the Toshiba thrive 16 GB version. . . It was supported up.to Droid 4.0. But for some reason Toshiba limited how much of the 16 GB could be used for apps,.as over.8 GB.is reserved for content. Then the system takes some space. Kind of laggy.but.for.$150, not too bad. Though you be better off spending a hundred more and getting something better.

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The Thrive is thick and doesn't have the battery life of an iPad, but this is a bargain price for a 10" tablet with decent resolution, and it has lots of ports.

Don't go with Toshiba's buggy ICS release. There's a developer at thriveforums.org who's put out a clean rooted versoin, and another who managed to get Jelly Bean working. The latter is really smooth.

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@i011343: Discount (coupon code: SAVE20) -$37.50 = The advertised deal.

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Wow, love it. Thanks for the code. I will get one right now.

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@morganss: Take a look at Lenovo. Mine cost me about $250 a year ago. Love it. Have several extra 16gb micro cards loaded w. books, movies, graphics, etc. Great when I travel. Spent 10 days alone all day (Not all night and evening!) and read several books, had a great time. My son, "The Expert", thought it compared very well with the $650 IPad his wife brings home from work.

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$150 is the same price as the Touchpad that came out a year ago (or so?) and everyone was going banana's. Granted, this one has smaller capacity but I think it's a better device. Good deal for sure.

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@ascordo: oh one more thing. the thrive has a user replaceble battery that you can find for between $20 to $30. If you get this then look for it. Sometimes bensoutlet.com runs deals on thrive accessory packs. I picked on up for about $20 that included an extra charger, screen protector, case, dock, and battery.

bens doesn't seem to have the battery anymore, but they do have a lot of thrive accessories http://bensoutlet.com/products?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=thrive&commit=GO

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Please pay attention to eidelbus' comment. The upgrade to ICS is very buggy and Toshiba has done nothing to improve the situation. Don't expect any support from Toshiba.

Other than that I love the full size USB port and the tablet integrates with Google Plus to automatically upload photos to a private album.

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Personally I haven't seen any bugs on my Thrive running ICS. It was SUPER buggy with the original Android OS (3.1 or something like that), but with a few updates, it has been great.

Battery life is not real great - a side effect of the replaceable battery. The tablet is heavier and chunkier than most others on the market, mostly because it is the only tablet on the market with full-sized SD, USB, and HDMI ports built-in.

Short version - Average performance, below average battery, superb connectivity options, great price.

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I just bought the 32g version. Thanks for the code. I just lost my Velocity Cruz reader, so this will be a great replacement. I have no allusions to grandeur, so won't be disappointed. I rooted the Cruz, so am capable in that aspect. I hope. :)

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I love my Thrive! It is thicker than most tablets with a rubberized back, which makes it easy to hold on to. It's cool that you can replace the back cover with different colored covers, and a huge advantage over the iPad and other tablets, is that the battery is replaceable! It isn't the fastest tablet out there, but for what I use it for, Netflix, ebooks, web browsing, it's as fast as I need it to be. The only thing I would change about this tablet is its proprietary charger. I bought 5 of them, so I should always know where at least one is to charge it.

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Does the full sized USB port mean this device can read content from a standard thumb drive? I am thinking about getting it for my best friend for his birthday, as he is not terribly electronics oriented and doesn't have microSD cards with USB readers and such that I need to use with my ASUS. I don't think he even owns a thumb drive.

One notable thing about this deal is that it evidently includes free shipping site-wide. So if they have anything else of interest it could be a useful bonus. If I decide to get the tablet I'll be looking for some cell phone accessories to take advantage of the shipping deal. My only hesitation is that his birthday isn't till July and the prices on tablets appear to be falling pretty consistently. I'm afraid I will miss out on a better deal in the coming months.

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@moondrake: Yes, it can read standard USB flash drives.

Prices may drop in a couple of months, but the Thrive seems to have stabilized over the last year. I can only surmise that as relatively old as the technology is, there's enough demand for a 10" tablet with good display and decent power (albeit chunky).

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Hi, I had a couple question for people who already own the Toshiba Thrive.
I've been considering getting one for awhile and now this deal came along.

If I was to get the 8gb Thrive can you add a full size SD card and use that as hard drive space for apps? If so what is the largest size? Seems like it would be cheaper to buy 8gb one and a SD card then buying the 16gb model.

Also since it can read flash drives can you play movies right from the drive or have to copy files over first?

Thanks for the help

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@crjsfu: If you're going to load gigs and gigs of apps+data, it's best to buy a model with more internal memory. Some apps are unstable when run off an external SD card, some won't run at all, and some don't support their data on an external card. The good news is that you can play multimedia just fine off external cards.

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I bought a 32gb thrive refurb a while ago and I like it because it was cheap, expandable(added 32gbsd), could change the battery, etc

I did the ICS update from the Toshiba website and it seemed to slow it down. I'll try eidelbus link(thanks btw)!

I'm also not sure about buying the 8gb and expanding through the SD. Last I remember, you could not choose where you stored apps...but things could have changed if you upgrade your android from eidelbus's link. You can move other things around because there is a file manager on Toshibas.

I don't have any battery issues. I've used mine from here SF to HNL on the plane semi nonstop, 5+ hours. Never used the extra battery that i bought in a bundle from Bens outlet for 20$. Cable, stand, battery, back cover, and a case...you cant beat that

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@puffdragon415: I should add, Toshiba's version of ICS can't be rooted (with the bootloader locked to prevent flashing ClockworkMod or other custom recovery ROM), and regular users can't roll back to Honeycomb. This has been no small complaint with Thrive owners. If a Thrive hasn't been updated to Toshiba's ICS, it's best to root it now, then install one of the custom ICS or even Jelly Bean ROMs.

If a Thrive has been updated to Toshiba's ICS, go to thriveforums.org, and send a private message to dalepl. He has a waiting list of people whose Thrives, out of the kindness of his heart, he rolls back to Honeycomb via remote (I'm one of many satisfied customers). Honeycomb can be rooted, and after that it's easy to flash CWM and custom ROMs.

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@eidelbus: God bless you man for commenting here, now im not scared to get this. Im normally an iOS guy but i did help my dad root his phone once so ill figure it out. But i proabably would have immediately upgraded to Toshibas ICS and THEN looked into rooting and that would have been a mistake :P
So thanks for commenting

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This is a great unit, I have one myself and got it shortly after it came out. People always love looking at my tablet ... they sometimes get nervous because it is so much thicker than an Ipad but it is so easy to use. My two year loves it, my wife loves it, and I love it. Its a great unit... can take some abuse and keep on ticking. My only two gripes are it sometime hard to see in bright sunlight, cuz I use it to film my athletes too show them mistakes, and the speakers are weak. But the full size ports are amazing.

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help please ...I REALLY would like to get this....I've been looking for this xact one for the past 4 months....but I cannot seem to get a response from the "want..."or the addy next to it...NADA!!!!...if ya have an idea PLEASE lemme kno...many thanks....eddie

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@spoonshot: Guessing: you may have an aggressive blocker and/or do-not-track set on yr browser(s).
Use someone else's PC? A tablet? A smartphone?
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