Photo: Steve Kovach, Business Insider
I dare you to name a major electronics company that doesn’t have plans for to make a tablet. (If they don’t have one already.)That’s right. You can’t.
Toshiba is the next big name to offer a tablet with it’s 10.1-inch Thrive. And like many others, it went with Android Honeycomb.
But I’m not even sure about the hardware this time around. Toshiba’s philosophy behind the Thrive is to add what other tablets are lacking: full-sized USB, HDMI, and SD card ports.
While that sounds nice, it means the Thrive is thick. Really thick. As in “thicker than the iPad 1” thick.
I’m not sure that’s what people want. As we increasingly move into cloud computing, there’s less need to carry around physical storage like USB drives and SD cards. (Cameras being the obvious exception.) And with printing over Wi-Fi, there’s no need to plug a tablet directly into a printer.
When I met with Toshiba a few weeks ago for a preview of the Thrive, the reps were pretty convinced that people want all these full-sized ports. I disagree. The iPad already proved them wrong over a year ago.
All this tablet theory aside, I’ve had the Thrive for 24 hours now. The full review is coming in a few days. For now, check out my first impressions and photos below.