Toshiba Thrive Tablet – Review and Giveaway – CLOSED

23rd November 2011

Ho Ho Ho  – it’s that time of year where giving things away warms my cockles. So when given the opportunity to review and give away a 10″ Toshiba Thrive tablet from Toshiba Canada, I jumped at the chance. Personally I was also very excited to check it out because I’ve been dreaming about a tablet for a while now. (Thanks Santa – Santa being Toshiba Canada)

So let’s get some of the basics out of the way:

  • Thrive has a 10.1” diagonal high-res multi-touch LED backlit display
  • It has full size ports – one USB port, an HDMI output, a mini-USB port, an SD memory card slot and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • It has a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and onboard flash memory in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB.
  • It has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.
  • It is priced competitively at $379 for the 8GB model, $399 for 16GB and $479 for 32GB.
So what did I think of the Thrive? For me there were several things to love about this tablet:
  • I enjoyed the size of the display.
  • Love the addition of all the useful ports. It was easy to connect it to our television to watch a movie  and  also download my documents to it.
  • I really liked the textured back of the tablet and also that you can switch it out for a different colored back (five colors available at $20 each).
  • It is really fast – downloading apps was lightning quick as were using the apps themselves.
  • I liked the look and reactiveness of the touchscreen.
  • Lots of great apps included with the tablet and many available for download (most of the greats were free too).
  • Great battery power (I got on average 8 hours on a single charge) and love the completely removable battery.
  • Great very affordable priced tablet.
Things that I didn’t totally love about the Thrive:
  • It’s a bit heavy – heavier than most of the tablets out there (weighs 1.66 lbs) but I liked that it felt sturdy and not so fragile that letting my kids play with it, would make me nervous.
  • The camera didn’t take great pics (they seemed blurry and unclear). Also, when in landscape mode, because of where the camera is located, I accidentally covered the camera with my fingers almost every time. I found myself cleaning the smudges off of it constantly.
Of course there is tons more info about the Thrive here on the Toshiba Canada website, so make sure to check that out as well.


Thanks so much to Toshiba CanadaI have ONE Toshiba 10″ Thrive Tablet to give away to one lucky winner!



Leave a comment below telling me, if you win the Toshiba Thrive tablet, will you keep it for yourself or gift it to someone on your holiday list?

ADDITIONAL CHANCES TO WIN! (Please leave a separate comment for each so that each one will count as a separate entry!)


  • Open to Canadian Residents only (void in Quebec).
  • Winner will be drawn using
  • This giveaway will run from November 23 to November 30, 2011.
  • PLEASE make sure to leave a valid email and/or Twitter handle so that I’m able to contact you if you win.

Disclaimer: I was sent a Toshiba Thrive Tablet to review, but all the opinions are my own.
ALSO!! Right now – Toshiba has a Facebook promotion going on called Holiday Heroes that asks you to nominate a hero in your life. Head over to the Facebook page and submit your story and photo, and you and your hero could win some great prizes! Nominate your Hero by 3pm EST November 28th – get all the details on the Toshiba Canada Facebook page.
CONGRATS to my winner – #55 – Karen Sugarpants!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!!!
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301 thoughts on “Toshiba Thrive Tablet – Review and Giveaway – CLOSED

  1. Lindsey

    Lucky #1!!! Tweeted, liked,followed. Oh ya.
    I would keep this for myself for sure. Would be great to have around the house. I, of course, would share with my kids. Maybe!!
    lindsey (at)

  2. Karen

    Ok wait… Technically THiS is my first entry (the mandatory one). If I won, I’d wrap it up and put it under the tree for the family from Santa 🙂

  3. Karen

    Extra #5 – subscribe to this kick ass blog; have been since you started. And yep, shamelessly kissing ass 🙂 Who loves ya baby? >this girl< xo

  4. Esther

    I’ve been finding myself on the road quite a bit lately and in need of a tablet to keep me plugged in. So this Toshiba would be a Christmas present from Santa, yes I still believe, to me.

  5. ellen D

    Hi! I would probably keep it for a gift to myself and my husband since we aren’t exchanging gifts this year! It would be awesome for my kids to play with. I already follow you on twitter as @elle-0310310. Will do the “likes” later today! Thx for the opportunity!

  6. Michelle Vodrazka

    I will give the tablet to my personal hero, my hubby. He’s an incredible dad & frequently stays home with the kids so I can pursue interests of my own, like cooking classes. He’s a huge tech geek so this tablet would absolutely make his Christmas spectacular & show him how much we appreciate him!

  7. Stacey Dempsey

    well i would keep it as a family gift so kind of a little of both , i have 3 kids who would all love it , so would i , so we would all have to share,
    staceyx at telus dot net

  8. Lonita

    I would love to be noble and say Id give the Thrive away, but Ive lusted after one so much that I dont think I could part with it. 🙂 (Besides, all my tablet-loving friends seem to be iPad types, and they already own them).

    Im lonita on twitter – Lonita Fraser on Facebook – and can be reached at lonita (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Lonita

    I have followed you on twitter.

    Im lonita on twitter – Lonita Fraser on Facebook – and can be reached at lonita (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. Lonita

    I have followed Toshiba Canada on twitter.

    Im lonita on twitter – Lonita Fraser on Facebook – and can be reached at lonita (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Lonita

    I have liked your blog on Facebook.

    Im lonita on twitter – Lonita Fraser on Facebook – and can be reached at lonita (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. Carol Gomez

    Hi Maria,

    Ive been eyeing the Toshiba Tablet for some time now and I appreciate your honest review. In all honesty, I would probably keep it for myself because in this one-income family, we cant always afford to buy new electronics. Plus, its a great thing to have on hand for long road trips with the family. My daughter would love it to play games or watch a movie.

    Thanks for hosting!

  13. Lonita

    I have subscribed to your blog via email.

    I’m lonita on twitter – Lonita Fraser on Facebook – and can be reached at lonita (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Lonita

    I have tweeted the tweet – though twitter seems mighty cranky today.

    I’m lonita on twitter – Lonita Fraser on Facebook – and can be reached at lonita (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. Catherine Burden

    I follow you on Twitter (@AlwaysARedhead) plus I have already liked you on facebook. I would use the Tablet for myself but share it with my husband, he would probably enjoy it while at his work (of course that is probably when I would want it). Hubby and I may end up having sharing issues.

  16. Todd

    Should I be smiled upon and the 10″ Toshiba Thrive™ find its way to into my keeping, I would feel need to switch it on give it a review of my own. If the rectangular palette technology survive my scrutiny, then I would consider it my own. Should I choose to set it free, it would find its way to my parent’s home where they could be baffled for a few months, then come to know and “thrive” with their new gizmo.

    Just this one entry for me. I wish truly chosen by luck.

    Also a thank you to Lindsey for making me away of this contest.

  17. Adrian

    Seeing as my wife directed me to this blog, it would only be appropriate to “gift” it to her. But since I’m the geeky half of our union, I’d probably get my fair share of use out of it as I tell her I need to ‘tweak it’…

  18. Nena

    I would LOVE to win this prize. I would most definately give it to my children to use and watch movies and shows on and download educational apps, etc. So excited at just the thought of it.

  19. Karla Sceviour

    Iwould defaintely keep it for myself! Its not often I get something for myself! Thanks!
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  20. Jaime

    Entry #1 – I would wrap it up and give it to my husband (which would be great since I recently broke his laptop – oopsy!)

  21. Ammar Khan

    I’l already following you and Toshiba. Would love to get a Toshiba tablet. I actually saw some Toshiba Android tablets at #SCCTO and they were hot. I’d use it to navigate Flash gaing sites which should come in handy to entertain the baby as she gets older (The iPads’s don’t let you access Flahs sites for kids due to lack of Flash support).

  22. Insane Mamacita

    Hehe… I would totally be selfish and wrap it up for myself under the tree. I asked my hubby what he was getting me for Christmas and he said, “same as last year.” (Which means nothing!) So, this would be perfect to win!

  23. Cheryl Morreale (@loucheryl)

    If I won the Toshiba Tablet I would give it to my husband because that just how I roll! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  24. Po Kam

    I would give the tablet for my best friend because she could use it whenever she travels. We have known each other 30 years so that would be a great gift!

  25. tim viers

    I would definitely be using it for myself. I have been looking at tablets for a few months now and while this old laptop kicks the bucket it would be amazing to have a brand new and very portable data/media device. The Toshiba tablet is set-up to be a laptop replacement and after test driving one in a shop a month ago it is at the top of my list for sure.

  26. Carrie

    I would gift it to my son who’s birthday is next week–he is dying for a tablet and I would look like a rock star if I won it for him!! Followed Toshiba on twitter!

  27. Shelley R

    Hey Maria,

    I would give it away but since I’m the one without an iPhone (darling husband) or iPad(every member of my family) I would keep it for me and my 3 kids, because they’d get more use out of it!

  28. paula schuck

    Hi. I follow you on GFC and I would give it to my daughter, Ainsley, 7. Ainsley has epcial needs and must have a variety of ways in which to interact with curriculum. Instead she gets a techer struggling with limited resources at school and us trying our best at home to help at end of day when she is dead exhausted by being in grade two with special needs in a room that is supposedly inclusive.

    She could really use an interactive device to help her learning. We need one that is all her own and I keep getting recommended the ipad from other moms with kids who have special needs. But I love Toshiba as a brand. Can’t afford either frankly but would love to win one.

    I would love to win this for Xmas for my daughter then she could use it with our help to help her manage at school.

    thanks for the contest. Paula @inkscrblr

  29. Sara

    This one is for me from Santa!! 🙂 I follow you on Twitter, like you on Facebook and follow Toshiba on Twitter, Like them on Facebook, whatever else you want me to do 🙂

  30. Bree

    I would gift it to my husband! We are having a tough time this year and our kids are #1 priority, so it would be nice to win this for him!

  31. Kenneth

    Was actually going to go through all the ways to enter; but I think that Bree should definitely get this; she’s posted in all the types and I think that she deserves it. Merry Christmas, good luck Bree.

  32. Kenneth

    Liked both @you and @toshiba on twitter; can’t actually stand email subscriptions so I’m passing on that one.

    Throwing my vote in for Bree to have a merry christmas and win. Hope things get better in 2012.


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