I’ve been waiting for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1′s Germany release for long. Now the Toshiba Thrive wins my heart and I’m waiting for Thrive’s Germany release.
What Thrive has but the Galaxy 10.1 not:
- On board USB port, normal size and mini size
- On board SD card slot
- On board normal size HDMI port
- Replacable battery
The first two features are extremely important to developers and also consumers who do not want to store everything in the cloud. The replaceable battery just shows that Toshiba understand users’ need and being very considerate and kind to users.
It is thicker and heavier than Galaxy 10.1. But who cares, as long as it is not overly thick and heavy. I feel very sorry that Samsung traded practicability and usability for optics. What’s the point trying to beat iPad in physical thickness? Those who cares too much about styles and such, they adore Apple’s every thing anyway.
I’ve been admiring Samsung’s market research. I the past few years, I looked for electrical equipment according to what I need. I specified the features and constraints, and the search results have always been Samsung’s products. The compact MFC CLX 2160, the compact LED projector P400B, Galaxy S, and much more. They are all extremely practical, feature-rich, and cost efficient. In my mind, slowly Samsung becomes the synonyms of practicability and best value for money.
Now Thrive’s specification has proven that Toshiba understands users better than Samsung does, and Toshiba is more willing to serve users’ need, instead of dictating what the users are supposed to need. Apple has always been dictating. That is why I run an Apple-equipment-free home.
What kind of people would choose an Android tab over iPad at the first place? Geeks, nerds, …etc., those who know exactly what they want. Now, to those people, Samsung does not offer a USB port and SD slot on the body? Hmmm.