Toshiba Thrive tablet now available at Staples, starting at a cheap $379

Ian Hardy

September 26, 2011 7:46 am


The Toshiba Thrive tablet was launched last month in Canada. This was widely available in several big box locations and came in at a cheaper price than originally expected. At the time, retails priced this Android 3.1 tablet for the following: 8GB for $399.99, 16GB for $429.99 and 32GB $499.99. Now, for some unknown reason, both Best Buy and Future Shop have removed this from their online store, but Staples has now started to sell it. The good thing for those who want this tablet it’s been further reduced in price again. The 8GB is now a low $379, 16GB is $379 and 32GB is $479.

More here at Staples

Update: The Thrive is now showing up again at Best Buy, but not Future Shop.

  • Max

    WOW… aggressive price point!

    • Alex

      I dunno – a Playbook for $250 seems way more attractive, to me anyway.

    • Jonesy1966

      Tried 4 Walmarts over the weekend and none of them would sell me the PlayBook for $249. Checked online this morning and it’s still retailing for list. Grabbed it from Future Shop for $399 less $100 online giftcard automatically applied. $299 is good enough for me!

  • ___FF_____

    __F:_ this tablet has email and is cheaper than the PlayThing from Retards In Slow Motion

    • QUESTION POSER

      Does the playbook have any of the following:

      – native email
      – contacts
      – task list
      – calendar
      – android apps

      please advice

    • Jonesy1966

      “Retards in Slow Motion”: Bet it took you the better part of this past weekend to think that one up.

    • Jonesy1966

      To Question Poser:

      OS2 is two weeks away and 4G/LTE uints around the same time. What are you going to do with your time once that’s launched?

    • QUESTION POSER

      @jonesy1966

      2 weeks away! Are you pulling a jimmy baldsissy?

      “60 days away!……end of summer!……2 more weeks!”

      Its like the little boy who cried wolf

    • Jonesy1966

      Wow, you are an angry little man aren’t you?

      They’re running final beta versions of OS2 and have been for weeks. Besides, email, calenders, etc run perfectly through BT. Seems like everyone else has worked this out except you.

    • Jonesy1966

      Haha on second thought you are correct, the undersized tablet that is the playbook will prob never have native email I am just bitter because I do like rim and its really hard to watch them die such a brutal and embarassing death

    • Jonesy1966

      Stooping that low are we that you feel the need to impersonate someone else? You are hilarious!

      Perhaps gainful employment would help with these delusions.

  • Jon

    Definitely a vert aggressive price point, however, the Transformer is only 20$ more. I believe it should, unfortunately, be priced at around 249$. Especially considering the new Thrive will probably be coming out soonish

  • EmperumanV

    16GB is $399.99, not $379.99. There’s a mistake.

  • EmperumanV

    Sorry I meant $399 and $379 respectively.

  • Staples Employee

    I have personally licked a third of these units in 3 separate stores. They tasted plasticy. One lucky unit got thoroughly t-bagged. Good luck, shoppers!

  • Terry

    what is better iconia A100 @ 299$ or the Thrive @ 379$?

    • Clockwork

      The Asus Transformer @$399 is the best of the bunch.
      I’m dying to buy a tablet and I was really stuck on buying the Thrive. But then I learned more of the Asus Transformer features (all similar to the thrive) and now the rumblings of the Asus Transformer 2 running Tegra3 chipset may come mid-oct. So I’m waiting for that beast to arrive.

      There’s also the Archos G9 Tablets that are cheaper and run on TI’s OMAP 4 processors. The preferred processor by Google for Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Killrazor

    The thrive is a mediocre tablet at best. I bought one, and promptly returned it. Its sluggish, choppy, and overall slow compared to the asus transformer or acer iconia 7″. The acer iconia 10.1″ is also average at best. Poor battery and sluggish at times. Stick with the asus transformer.