No one really surfs the net on a laptop or a PC anymore do they? How can you watch the TV at the same time? No, those outdated contraptions won’t do, you need a tablet. These lovely touchscreen devices sit nicely in your hands and are delightfully portable.
Perfect for cosy nights on a comfy sofa, bumpy journeys on the train, or even at the dinner table when you don’t fancy joining in with those terribly mundane family conversations.
The current market leaders here are Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, but Toshiba have a new offering that they think could be a contender. First of all, let’s start by saying it isn’t a strong contender, it isn’t even a little one.
It has a lovely crisp 1280 x 800 resolution, that makes the viewing display an absolute pleasure to use, but other than that it’s mediocre at best.
It also has tinny inbuilt speakers, a camera with an ill placed lens, an outdated micro USB slot and for some reason leaves blank space around open gadgets and widgets.
It runs Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich, which does allow you to download some attractive apps, but they don’t always have their full usability on this device.
You can buy the Toshiba Thrive 7-inch Tablet now, there are two storage options; the 16GB which comes in at $380 (£250) and the 32GB at $430 (£274). It’s a good price for most Android tablets, but for a poorly made and cheap looking tablet like the Thrive, it’s definitely overpriced. Sorry Toshiba, but you must try much harder next time you design a tablet.