If your only problem with the Thrive is weight and thickness then you're a wimp and need more muscle weight and thickness in your arms. I've got a manly 10 inch and I find it inconceivable that it would be an issue with anyone except the marketing dweebs of the competition. Isn't it a geek given that full sized support for USB, HDMI, and SD slot are more important? Also, you can actually replace the battery yourself! Get the bluetooth keyboard and the multi-dock and you're set for the long haul. If you absolutely need something ultra lightweight then you should get something pink.