@ausdroid Big is Beautiful Toshiba Thrive AT100 Android Tablet to Watch?

Will Full Figured Tablet Features vs. Thinness May Win Out.

Loren W
Melbourne, Australia

18 August 2011

It is hard to tell for sure what generation of Tablet Computer we are in at the moment.

The iPad version 1 was released in 2010, offering what is often referred to as a 10.1” form factor, then the iPad2 May 2011, and shortly afterwards, flurry of Android Tablets, with some manufacturers already releasing 2nd and 3rd models already) models with newer operating systems than others (Samsung and Asus) even with some differences geographically (Samsung and Asus), still others are late to the party.

The winners so far the iPad2, Motorola Xoom and Samsung 10.1 (USA only), have offered style over features so as to keep the weight and thinness to a minimum.

A new contender has emerged with the release of the Toshiba Thrive. Being introduced with a full size, USB port (for mouse and keyboard) , full size HDMI, SD Card, and even a replaceable battery, it might still justify its bulky design.

Weighing, 1.6 pounds, and at .63 inches thick, is not sleek, and has a few bugs on release and is twice as thick as the iPad2 and Samsung 10.1 and is even thicker than the fatty daddy the Xoom at .5 inches thick.


However, going with a rubberized feel, 16:10 ratio, and all the features discussed does not a successful tablet make.

In a recent survey of 448 business stakeholders by Model Metrics , 22% have deployed tablets, and another 78% say they will by 2013

Companies that have not formally introduced tablets also have a strong presence as well.

The common thread is 83% say the tablet of preference is the iPad. The CMO of Model Metrics did go further to say that, ‘Android was catching up, especially when looking at enterprise usage’.

Considering that the Android market is so new, and the latest operating system is still only weeks old and viewed as as a transitional one to the next version which is Android Ice Cream, it is logical that the even 6 months from now, those number could change dramatically.

SO, does the full feature fatter Toshiba tablet win any points over the rest of the field. No not really, remember currently all tablets are running on prett much the same processor.

With some the initial reports of buggy-ness and subpar sound quality the Toshiba does not look like breaking any records to the checkouts.

The next tablets to watch will be the Amazon, and Sony Tablets that will offer some uniqueness and even faster processors for the Android Marketplace

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