Samsung already enjoy their finest time in 2010. That is the time when there’s no other 7 inch android tablet that good enough to compete against their Samsung Galaxy Tab. But now, that time is over and the story is completely different. Market is flooded with thousands of similar tablet. Among all of those competitors, Toshiba come out with their latest Toshiba Thrive 7 inch, as the successor for the original 10 inch version.
Both original Galaxy Tab and Toshiba Thrive only offer WiFi connectivity, there’s no 4G or 3G. You can pick between 16GB or 32GB model. 1 GB RAM is implemented on each of those device and its also work under Android OS. Bluetooth and GPS are also available. There’s no big difference in pricing. 16 GB Toshiba Thrive 7 will cost you $379 while for Samsung Galaxy Tab you’ll have to pay $399. So the big question is, which one better? Read our complete review below to find it out.
Samsung Galaxy Tab is an ultra thin tablet, lightweight, and designed pretty well. It will create some elegant accent and might be remind you to iPad 2. The tablet has 12 ounces weight and only 0.39 inch thick. There’s lot of thinner tablet that available in the market but Samsung Galaxy Tab is surely thin enough for us. When you try to hold on this device, you’ll notice that it’s back cover is made entirely from plastic. Thankfully, the stiff frame is still able to maintain the “elegant” and “exclusive” illusion.
Toshiba Thrive 7 is basically look like a “mini” version of the 10″ model. It seems like Toshiba designer don’t bother to made some glossy touch for this tablet. They are prefer to give some rubber finish around it’s edges and finish it with ribbed surface for it’s back. However, you can’t remove the back cover. This is mean that you also can’t replace the battery unit, which is a minus point for us. Toshiba Thrive weighs at 0.83 pounds and certainly thicker that Galaxy Tab.
CPU and Performance
Inside the Galaxy Tab hood, Samsung engineers placed the famous 1.2 GHz Exynos processor, complete with the additional hardware for graphic acceleration. Off course it will give you fast and great performance. This one did great on our benchmark test. We also didn’t experience any problem while playing a 1080p HD video and high profile MPEG4 format.
While Toshiba Thrive 7 is currently powered with a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 chip. Good enough to run new 3D games, especially the one that is optimized for the processors. Adobe Flash format is also supported. Sadly, it is unable to play MPEG4 movie format with high profile. We experience several frame drop while playing a standard 1080p HD video.
Quadrant benchmark test declared Samsung Galaxy Tab as the winner with 3536 points, out classed Toshiba Thrive with 1613 points. Similar things happen while do the second test using AnTuTu, Samsung Galaxy Tab scored 6074 while Toshiba Thrive is once again left behind with 1613 points only.
Toshiba Thrive has unique display feature. Unlike any other 7 inch tablet, it is able to provide 1280×800 pixels resolution. Those kind of resolution is normally used for a 10″ tablet. We immediately realize that texts is look sharper, so it should be great for someone who want to read their e-book collection on this tablet. Icons might be little bit too low, but it’s fine for us. Overall, the display is bright and rich of color. It is also has great viewing angles for a non IPS display.
1024×600 is a standard resolution for Samsung Galaxy Tab. Compared to the 8.9″ and 10.1″ model, the display is not impressed us too much, although the display quality is sharp. But it is not as good as Toshiba did with Thrive and it also has pretty bad viewing angles.
Both Toshiba Thrive and Samsung Galaxy Tab are included with microSD card slot. But this time Thrive win over Galaxy Tab because it has the HDMI output port. An additional Samsung HDMI dock is required to display your multimedia content from tablet, into your HDTV set. It will cost you around $30.tags: Galaxy Tab, SAmsung, Thrive, Toshiba