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Toshiba repeats history with Thrive tablet facing power bugs

updated 09:15 pm EDT, Sun July 17, 2011

Toshiba Thrive faces sleep and reboot bugs

Toshiba faced a second rocky tablet launch this weekend after mounting reports from the company's forums and elsewhere of serious power management issues. Owners are finding the device frequently refusing to wake from sleep and requiring a hard reset. Others have had the reverse problem and seen the tablet turn on itself without prompting.

The flaws creep up even on completely stock devices with no installed apps. Some have claimed to have a fix through changing the Wi-Fi disconnect and screen timeout settings, but the solution doesn't appear to be consistent. Not everyone is encountering the problem.

Toshiba hasn't formally addressed the glitches so far but may have its hand forced by the market, where swaps are purportedly common. "Best Buy returns are apparently on the high side," one forum poster was told.

The experiences mar Toshiba's long-in-waiting entrance into the US tablet market, which came half a year after the tablet was first shown at CES in January. It's also the second for the company in less than a year to be plagued by technical flaws. A UK launch for Toshiba's first Android tablet, the Folio 100, encountered so many bugs and build quality issues that the tablet was temporarily pulled from shelves due to the high return rate.

Its issues come with a degree of irony. Toshiba had repeatedly bragged of having a superior option to the iPad months before the Thrive was on the market. In the intervening time, Apple has upgraded to the iPad 2 and will have likely shipped over 10 million with few issues.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Time to pack it up and end it all

    Thrash or Trash might be a better product name.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No that easy...

    It appears that creating a tablet even without a decent ecosystem is not so easy.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    your comment

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How much was done? Everyone can have "burps," but bragging about something BEFORE it actually hits the street is really setting yourself up for a giant fall. These guys want to beat Apple so bad they are only making themselves look worse. I wonder what these analysts make of "stuff like this" while declairign that Android will overtake Apple in the year 2525! If man is still alive.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You Have To Wonder

    "Toshiba had repeatedly bragged of having a superior option to the iPad months before the Thrive was on the market."

    - Wonder why they chose to release the Thrive instead of it?

  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Toshiba Thrive

    Never heard of it-

  1. tundaman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lesson to learn

    Now maybe they are beginning to understand why Apple went throughout 3 years of R&D and testing countless prototypes without saying a word about a new gadget before they consider it a marketable product.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Those analyst jag-offs and

    their Android tablet dominance through numbers BS. They don't know a damn thing about tablets to be saying stuff like that. Nobody has even seen the Amazon tablet yet and some analysts are declaring it a worthy opponent to the iPad. How can you classify vaporware next to a high-selling product that has extreme demand. Again, these pricks are giving Amazon a free pass to future success based on absolutely nothing. That Amazon tablet is still going to have to run Honeycomb and that tablet OS is a mess when it comes to stability. Yeah, those analysts and their projected numbers five years from now. In just two short years they were dead wrong about the Windows netbook dominance, so by that fact they should have learned their lesson of not predicting years in advance when the tablet market is still in state of flux. Apple has the lead and second place is a long way back. That's the current reality. Android tablets aren't even gathering steam after being tossed together in a year's time.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    By the way, whatever happened

    to the JooJoo and the Notion Ink Adam tablets? Those bad boys were supposed to put Apple out of business. Seriously. It was said those tablets were like 5X better than the iPad. Especially that Adam with the Pixel Qi display that was absolutely perfect for indoors and outdoors and used almost next to no power outdoors. I haven't seen one of those for sale as of late. I don't give a damn about how good in theory a product is. If nobody buys it, it might as well not exist except as a concept device.

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