Last night I had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with the Toshiba Thrive. The 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet brings something a little different to the tablet scene, offering removable/replaceable colored backplates and a removable 7 hour battery.

The Thrive isn’t thin, but it manages to still feel pretty light despite its chunky exterior. The backplates have a textured finish on them, which makes the Thrive comfortable to hold and offers some protection against slips and drops. The backplate on the tablet is removable, and Toshiba is offering a rainbow of color choices to choose from.

The display is the one thing I didn’t like about the tablet (although a pretty huge thing to hate). I asked at least six times what the resolution of the screen was -1280×800. Unfortunately, it really doesn’t look like that to me, and the colors looked washed out, almost like a computer monitor with a bad connection. Not something I would want to look at for very long, and definitely not as good as some of Toshiba’s competitors. The screen also picks up a tremendous amount of glare, making for an even worse viewing experience.

Check out some picture of the Thrive and the backplates below. Need a refresher on what you’re looking at?

Toshiba Thrive Tech Specs

  • 10.1-inch Display: 1280 x 800 resolution
  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core Chipset
  • 5MP Rear Camera / 2MP Front Camera
  • Full-Sized USB and HDMI Ports
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Weight: 1.6 Pounds
  • Battery: Removable, Rated at up to Seven Hours of HD Video Playback, Quick Charging

What do you think? Are any of you considering a Thrive?