The thrive has problems...it's actually known for problems everyone is returning them.
I would have bought an ipad 2 because I like different things, I'm not a fan boy. I have an android phone anyway.
But to pay 500 bucks for a 16 gb tablet with 512 ram...it's lacking. My transformer has 32gb and I paid 480 with taxes. For 550 I'll have 64 gb and a case for it. And trust me, the memory is needed! I put 7 gb of music on it last night and I don't have that much music.
I will not buy an apple product cause they're so over priced. They will spit on your face, tell you their product sucks and sell it for twice as much as the competition and fan boys will still buy it cause it's become like a drug to them. I don't support companies like that.
I love google for the fact that everything is open. Google doesn't even care if you hack their devices, they'll encourage you to.