The 7-inch variation of the Toshiba Thrive has gone on sale this week, giving U.S. consumers yet another option in portable Honeycomb experiences.  Available in either 16GB ($379) or 32GB ($429) models, the Thrive 7 includes a 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera.  Additional specifications include microSD card expansion, mini-USB, micro-HDMI, stereo speakers, and Wi-Fi connectivity.  Announced back in September, this 7-inch tablet is much thinner and lighter than its bigger brother and features a display resolution of 1280×800 pixels.

The Thrive 7 boasts a set of pre-loaded applications including Google Maps, Gmail, Android Market, and YouTube.  Tossing in the company’s fare of value-added apps we get Kaspersky Tablet Security, Quickoffice, and a number of games.

As much as we like the smaller Thrive, we see a tough battle ahead with the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire now on the market.  Our gut tells us that people won’t want to spend much more than $250 for a 7-inch tablet, especially off contract.  That said, Toshiba should be commended for a step in the right direction.


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  1. I’m still planning on buying this. The Fire and Nook aren’t full tablets. I was hoping Toshiba would price this thing more competitively, however, as low as $299 or at least $350. It’s still cheaper than many of the other full tablets though, has a wide range of ports, better screen resolution than most 7″ tablets, and comes with mostly stock Android (no crappy, upgrade-delaying skin).

  2. With the battle between tablets getting hotter, It would be wise for Toshiba to lower its device price. Aside from hardware specs, updating the device into Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich would also be a plus points to consumers.

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