While on a cruise last month, I was unhappy with the way my pictures looked on the Thrive. I finally figured out that the screen brightness was set on "auto" which probably makes the battery last longer but it sure doesn't make pictures look very good. Turning the brightness all the way up improves the look of pictures although I still think it could be a little sharper, especially when you zoom.
Last week I took the Thrive on a research road trip and to the Georgia Family History Expo. Again, I'm just not feeling the love for the tablet. The main purpose for a tablet, at least as I see it, is the portability. Tablets are much smaller and lighter weight than laptops but have a much bigger screen and virtual keyboard than a smart phone.
Here's the thing. I already had a netbook.
The netbook and tablet are pretty much the same length and width.
With the case, the tablet becomes a little bigger than the netbook.
If the netbook didn't have the extended-life battery,
the thickness would be about the same with the case.
That battery makes the netbook a little heavier than the tablet
but it also makes them pretty much even in battery life.
See why I'm wavering about loving the tablet? I haven't really gained anything from what I already had. There was not one thing I did with the tablet last week that I couldn't have done with the netbook. Except for typing my notes, I could have done it all with the phone. (Technically, the notes could be typed on the phone too but that much typing on a tiny virtual keyboard is not for me.)
I fought the urge for a tablet from the time the iPad was released almost two years ago because I already had the netbook. Finally, the feeling that I was missing out on the latest tech toy (and I do love tech toys) got the best of me and I bought the tablet.
I need to start using the tablet more around the house and find a niche where it beats the laptop, netbook and phone. Maybe if I keep it on my nightstand instead of in the office I'll start using it for reading at bedtime. I want to love it and there is still hope that can happen. Any suggestions?
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Toshiba. All opinions given here are mine alone.