Cracking Open the Toshiba Thrive: Completely disassembled
I've worked on, supported, and disassembled electronic devices since I was a kid, and I really appreciate the Thrive's construction and design. The device has a case that's tricky, but not difficult to open. The internal hardware is attached with screws and not glued to the front panel or back cover. And, many internal components can be replaced individually.
Unfortunately, the Thrive's full-size components, "componentized" construction, and user-replaceable battery also make it one of the bulkiest and heaviest 10" tablets on the market.
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Have toshiba thrive 32 gb, laods to leading innovations page and stops. I have tried removing the battery, factory reset ( says it is doing so) many times to no avail. Is there a rescue part? Or can it be sold for parts?
As I asked before, "I noticed that the 16GB memory is on a separate rather easily removable card. (picture 49) Can you find a 32GB card on the market, or does one have to go underground to upgrade this thing on the sly?..." Does anyone out there know where one could find this precious 32GB card? Thank you.
I noticed that the 16GB memory is on a separate rather easily removable card. Can you find a 32GB card on the market, or does one have to go underground to upgrade this thing on the sly? Toshiba could have made upgradability much easier by using a microSD card internally connected.
"The Thrive is Toshiba's first entrant in the rapidly growing field of Android tablets."... You are wrong. It is not the first Toshiba android tablet. The first one was Folio 100 and it was a disaster... Bad, bad tablet, unfinished product with zero, zip, none customer support. From a very, very angry and disappointed toshiba EX customer
While working at Best buy I remember selling Toshiba Tablet PCs, touch screen would swivel and fold down over the keyboard and there was a special pen to use the screen. Tablets have been around in circulation from several companies, Dell, IBM (I think), Toshiba. I remember that Toshiba was about 13 inch screen and the price was around $2400. This is one reason why companies gave up on tablets, and the one big reason Apple took over the market. Current lower component prices, make it possible to sell a tablet for $600 or so is a huge win for Apple, They were the first to figure this out. I am not an Apple person, so I got a xoom, it is nice but the overall experience is not great. A lot of work needs to be done. It has three ports for HDMI, micro usb, and power. Three wires hanging. No wonder Apple is the leader, One wire, no clutter. To normal users (non IT people) this is a big plus. Toshiba tablet with its full size ports is interesting and will serve well in many situations especially for IT folks.
Sorry but you are completely out of subject which is ???toshiba Android Tablets??? not the toshiba convertible tablets or convertible tablets in general??? have you ever put your hands on a Toshiba Folio 100 or the Thrive? Or on any Android tablet?!?! By the way, have you heard about slates? So, why do you not do your homework before you post something?