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Old November 21st, 2011, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking at the Thrive or the Iconia. Price isn't an issue because I'm getting it with airline miles. 16GB Thrive or 32GB Iconia.

Biggest difference I see is that the Thrive is thicker with 16m colors and the Iconia has 262k colors and an led flash. Does anyone own both or think one is better? Is the color difference noticable?

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I watch hd movies all the time on the tab all the time. Only time I notice the colors is if it is sitting next to the the tv streaming... Go 32gb bro
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I have had no problems with my Acer.
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I also looked at both the Thrive and Iconia and went with the Iconia. I prefer the look of the Thrive (the ugly docking port on the Iconia spoils it)and the replaceable battery and full size HDMI port on the Thrive are good.
But, I was put off by reviews which pointed out the poor display on the Thrive with a yellowish cast on whites. To be honest I couldn't see it myself, but what clinched it for the Iconia was the super smooth screen scrolling and opening windows.
On the Thrive, flicking through the home screens or opening apps was noticeably laggy. I was puzzled by that since the specs are similar. I didn't know about the greater color depth on the Thrive so maybe that's the price you pay for 16m colors.
Also the little plastic cover over the ports on the Thrive looks like it is going to break off and get lost and is a nuisance if you use the ports much and since these ports are the main selling point for the two tabs you're probably going to want to use them.
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I can't speak for the Thrive but I love my Acer Iconia A500! It is running 3.2 and it's smooth and responsive. Can resize gidgets, play tegra zone games like galaxy on fire and dungeon defenders and YouTube, web browsing, facebook, twitter ext... all work great... Honeycomb rocks! I played with a Thrive at best buy and it seems OK too but I can only speak for the Acer as that is what I know most about. The screen is crisp by the way, don't know the technical specs but I didn't see a difference when I tried out the thrive... if you say it has more colors I believe you but I can't complain about Acer's screen. The full size USB and the SD card slot are also great touches as is the HDMI port which all help to future proof your device! Only cons are stiff volume rocker and some crashes in 3.0 which is what it shipped with but 3.2 runs smooth... hope that helps. :-)
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What sott of battery life are you seeing. Thrive claims up to 11 with most people are seeing closer to 7. On thrive I can buy and swap batteries though.
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Depends what you are doing with it....I get way more than a full day charge if i am casually using it....

Heavy use.....Can get about 8 hours of Straight Video play......mx player as an fyi is very very nice.
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The Acer battery is a let down I have to admit... Coming from an IPad I was used to much better. I think it gets about 5-6 hours of constant use but I have never used it nonstop for that long. Usually lasts me about half a week to a week of very light use. When I use it more it lasts a day or so... I wish it were a changeable battery. Something to consider if you are going to use the tablet alot.
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Has anyone tried any external battery/power source? I think I'm set on the iconia now but I'm just worried about battery life on int'l flights. 12-14 hr flights don't bode well on the stock battery. As long as i can find one for less than like $60 i think the advantage of the thrives swappable battery is gone. ($60 was the price on amazon for a second thrive battery)
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I was also worried about battery life on long international flights and I looked into an UPS as a backup, but it's not a workable option (imo) even assuming they'd let you on the plane with it. You'd probably get over 7 hours in flight mode, but 12 hours of constant use is too much of a stretch.
I haven't traveled with my tab yet, but I 've used my netbook on 9 hour international flights and realistically I don't use it for the entire flight. I'd watch a movie or two, play games for a while and listen to some music, but you can't access the net obviously.
Listening to music AND in flight mode it would probably last longer, depending on how much you use the screen. The screen and wifi are the main power users.
If you are sure that is a real requirement for you then go with the Thrive. The downfall of most tablets is that you can't charge through the USB like a phone, so you can't piggy back off your laptop battery.
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I have seen some external backup batteries that claim to have adapters for iPhone/iPad and various android tablet adapters. Just wondering if anyone has used them.
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The external battery pack will need a 12v 1.5A output. The a500 can't charge through USB (5v) like phones. If you can find one I'd be interested too, the only ones I found were double the cost of a thrive battery, but I haven't looked in a while.
Honestly I thought the battery life of the a500 would be a problem but it hasn't been.
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