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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 random.org
  • 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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