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Toshiba Thrive 7-inch Tested: Sharpest Screen We've Seen

Toshiba's new Thrive 7-inch tablet is the first Android slate its size to feature a 1280 x 800 resolution screen, giving it an incredible pixel density of 215.63 pixels per inch (PPI) as compared to the typical 1024 x 600 screen we've seen on competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Acer Iconia Tab A100, Amazon Kindle Fire, or Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, all of which provide only 169.55 PPI.

This higher pixel density results in much sharper images than we've seen on a tablet of any size before. When we played the game Riptide on the Thrive 7-inch, objects like our jet ski and our avatar were even sharper than on the best 10.1-inch tablets like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

Watching movies and reading webpages became visual feasts on the Thrive's screen. Its 1-GHz Tegra 2 CPU was more than powerful enough to make performing all these tasks a breeze. And its rubberized, textured back felt simply luxurious in our hand. 

However, with a starting price of $379 for the 16GB model, the Thrive 7-inch is significantly more expensive than media tablets like the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire and $249 Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. It's also pricier than budget slates like Lenovo's $199 IdeaPad A1 and Acer's Iconia Tab A100 (now $299). Read our full review of the Toshiba Thrive 7-inch to find out whether it's worth the premium.

The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.