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Toshiba Thrive 7

OS: Android 3.2

List: $379
Network: Wi-Fi

Toshiba Thrive 7 brings Android 3.2 Honeycomb into a form factor that some may find handier than Toshiba's Thrive 10. The Thrive 7 is built on an easy-to-grip rubbery back and incorporates micro SD, mini USB 2.0 and micro HDMI ports. Its camera is a lackluster 2MP, but with an estimated street price of $379.99, we'd hardly call that a show-stopper.

Among the Thrive 7's primary standout features is its 1,280-by-800 display. Using Toshiba's AutoBrite technology, the screen adapts to ambient lighting better than anything we've seen before, appearing to make the display look much larger than it is, particularly for viewing video. With the quality of its display, the Thrive 7 would be worth the price if only for viewing videos. But with its ability to run Android and accompanying apps, support for HDMI, USB and SD, it's a nice fit for many mobile professionals.



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