If tablets are known for one thing in particular, it is their mobility. Most tablets are very light, very portable, and not bulky. The Toshiba Thrive 7 Tablet is still a very portable device when compared to a laptop, however; when comparing the Toshiba Thrive 7 Tablet to other tablets users will find that the Thrive 7 is significantly more bulky.
Some users are totally put off by the bulky design, while others don't mind this as much. I tend to be part of the latter group. The Toshiba Thrive 7 Tablet, while bulky, is still very mobile, and when compared to most devices (like laptops and the Thrive 7's older brother the Toshiba Thrive) its mobility is very good. I have never felt that the device was too heavy to the point it made it uncomfortable to use. Also, it's not like the tablet needs to fit into a small space like your pocket. Most of the times tablets are kept in purses, backpacks, etc. The Toshiba Thrive 7 Tablet will easily fit into any of those things.
Other features that make up the overall design of the Toshiba Thrive 7 Tablet are a removable back panel, mini USB, micro SD, micro HDMI ports, a power button, volume controls, and a screen rotation lock. The removable back panel was a feature that I found very useful. Unlike other tablets like the iPad the back cover of the Toshiba Thrive 7 Tablet can be removed. Advantages of this feature are a replaceable battery (when you run out of battery, just pop in a new freshly charged one) and also more color choices for the back panel.
Overall, there are some good features to the design of the Toshiba Thrive 7 Tablet, but the overall bulk of the device may turn some consumers away.