Another Tegra 2 tablet has landed, and this one is refreshingly affordable—compared to the iPad, at least. Toshiba's 8GB Thrive slate is now in stock and available at Newegg for $429.99 with free shipping. Amazon also carries the tablet at roughly the same price.
Toshiba's Thrive has a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, Android 3.1 software, and a 10.1" display with a 1280x800 resolution. Connectivity includes HDMI out, two USB 2.0 ports (one full size and one mini), a dock connector port, an SD card slot, and on the wireless front, both Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi. There are also stereo speakers, a two-megapixel front webcam, and a five-megapixel rear camera.
As we pointed out when Toshiba announced it, the Thrive is a little bit chunkier and heavier than the competition. It tips the scales at 1.6 lbs and has a thickness of 0.62", compared to 1.49 lbs and 0.47" for Asus' $399.99 Eee Pad Transformer. The base Eee Pad model happens to have double the storage capacity and a slightly higher-capacity battery, too.
Nevertheless, it's nice to see more tablet makers undercut the iPad—even if their products aren't quite as slick or elegant. Tablets are all about ease of use and convenience, and not maxing out your credit card is a convenient thing for sure.