Toshiba thrive review

The Toshiba AT100 tablet runs on the Android 3.1 operating system, also called Honeycomb, making it a pixel-for-pixel interface match with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and Acer Iconia A500. However, there are some differences.

You can connect a USB hard drive or flash drive that contains movies and play them that way. When you do, it's also easier to connect the Toshiba AT100 to your HD TV.

Toshiba thrive review

The other major difference is that Toshiba includes three first-party apps. One is called App Place, and it's essentially just another app store to compete with Android Market. Unfortunately, during our testing, the app didn't work and a message said the app was experiencing technical difficulties.

Start Place shows news headlines and has a few categories for world and sports news, a search and a timeline dial that you drag to the right to see older clippings and news photos. Many news magazine apps, including the one for USA Today, do a better job of presenting this info.

Toshiba thrive review

The Book Place app is another somewhat negligible addition, in that it shows you yet another book rack in addition to Google Books and the Amazon Kindle app, with a way to buy books through a Toshiba ebook portal. Book prices looked reasonable, though – about $10 for several books. The store was running quite a few specials, including some bestsellers for just $1.99 each.

Otherwise, the Toshiba AT100 sticks to the typical formula for Android tablets in its interface: widgets you can drop onto one of five panels that include Google Search, a Gmail summary widget, a clock, contacts and a picture viewer.

Toshiba also includes a music player widget, but it works just like the one included on all Android tabs.