Toshiba Thrive vs iPad 2 – Full Specs Compared | Toshiba Tablet – Toshiba Thrive and Apple iPad 2 features, performance compared
It is a known fact that if there is a tablet that is loved more for it being a status symbol that it’s features, it is undoubtedly Apple iPad2. And it has got to with its excellent designing plus the unique way Apple has been doping its marketing. Of late, many manufacturers have come up with tablets having features that have the potential to rub shoulders with iPad2. Toshiba, which does not have a major presence in the tablet segment, has announced its latest offering, a Toshiba tablet named Thrive. It is a stunning tablet with features that compel us to compare it with iPad2, Numero-Uno in the tablet segment.
Toshiba Thrive, coming from a company with a laptop background tries to make a Wi-Fi product that provides more functionality and comes with a bigger screen. Toshiba Thrive is a nice looking 10.1 inch tablet that makes use of the latest tablet specific OS, Android 3.1 Honeycomb. It has a very powerful 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H dual core processor and packs a solid 1 GB RAM. It is available in many models with 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB of onboard storage. It allows the user to expand internal memory up to 32 GB using SD cards.
‘Thrive’ measures 272 x175 x 15mm and weighs 771g that makes it a little bit on the chunkier side. The display utilizes LED back-lit LCD highly capacitive multi-touch screen that produces a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The display is made smart with Toshiba’s ‘Adaptive Display technology that can sense the environment and auto adjust the contrast and brightness. The images are exceptionally bright and the colors (16 M) are vivid and produce true to life images. And you don’t need to worry about converting the videos, with the ‘Resolution+’ technology it can upconvert the standard definition video to high definition and enhances colour and contrast.
The tablet has all the standard features such as accelerometer, 3.5mm audio jack at the top and multi touch input method. The tablet is Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI, Bluetooth and a full HTML browser. It is a dual camera device with a rear 5 MP camera at the back that is auto focus and shoots images in 2592 x 1944 pixels. It can record HD videos. It also boasts of a front camera (2 MP) for video chats and to take self portraits. The tablet has a standard removable battery that gives a nice talk time of 7-8 hours.
Thrive is priced at $429, $479, and $579 for models of 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB onboard storage; $20 less than iPad 2 prices. It has a slip resistant, easy grip back in 6 colours for user selection.
Apple iPad 2
it goes to the credit of Apple that today when one thinks of tablet, it is iPad that first comes to mind. It is not merely hype as iPad 2 is certainly packed with features that are second to none. iPad 2 is a vastly improved and worthy successor of iPad as it has a processor that is twice as faster and a graphic processor that is nearly 10 times faster. Despite these improvements, Pad 2 is a miser when it comes to utilization of power as it consumes same power as its predecessor, it has 10 hours of battery life.
To begin with, it measures 241X185.7X8.8mm making it one of the slimmest tablets around. It also weighs just 613g. The display of iPad2 is of course not the popular retina display, still it’s a attractive 9.7 inch IPS LCD screen that produces a resolution of 1024X768 pixels. It runs on the now legendary iOS 4.3 and has a super fast 1 GHz dual core A5 processor. iPad 2 is available in three models with internal memory of 16, 32, and 64 GB respectively as the user cannot make use of micro SD cards to expand memory. iPad 2 is available in models that are Wi-Fi and also those that are 3G capable with Wi-Fi.
Unlike its predecessor, ipad2 is a dual camera device with a 5 MP camera at the back that has 5X digital zoom and can record HD videos in 1080p at 30fps. The secondary camera is VGA which can be used to capture self portraits. iPad2 is HDMI capable (no HDMI port, need a separate AV digital adapter to connect through the universal 30 pin port), and though it does not have FM, it packs features that drive its fan crazy. what drives its market is the Apple Apps store, which has added over 65000 tablet specific apps in addition to the largest generic apps collection. With iPad 2 Apple introduced an improved iMovie and a new GarageBand for only $4.99 each. iPad 2 is available at a starting price of $499 for the 16 GB model.
Comparison Between Toshiba Thrive and iPad 2
• iPad2 is packed with 1GHz A5 dual core processor and Toshiba Thrive is powered by 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor.
• Thrive has more RAM (1 GB) than iPad 2 (512 MB)
• Toshiba Thrive has a bigger (10.1 inch) display than that of iPad 2 (9.7 inch)
• Toshiba Thrive display can automatically adjust contrast and brightness and upconvert video files
• Thrive produces images at a higher resolution (1200X800 pixels) than iPad 2 (1024X768 pixels).
• Thrive runs on the latest Android 3.1 Honeycomb especially designed for tablets while iPad2 runs on iOS 4.3.2
• While the browser in iPad2 is Apple’s Safari, Toshiba Thrive has Android browser with Adobe flash support and now Firefox 4 for Android also available.
• iPad2 is considerably thinner (8.8mm) than Thrive (15mm)
• Toshiba Thrive is wider (10.75″x6.97″) than iPad 2 (9.5″x7.31″)
• iPad 2 is lighter (613g) than Thrive (771g)
• The front camera of Thrive is more powerful (2 MP) than the front camera of iPad 2(VGA)
• Toshiba Thrive has full sized HDMI, USB 2.0 and mini USB port and SD card slot whereas Apple has an universal 30 pin port.
• Toshiba Thrive has an attractive slip resistant, easy grip back cover in 6 colours
• Toshiba Thrive has a user replacable battery with 7-8 hours battery life (23W-hr) and iPad 2 has a strong 9-10 hour battery life (25W-hr) but not user replaceable.