Of the many tablets I’ve tested in 2011, I remember two of them as being particularly unimpressive and underwhelming. I’m talking about the Toshiba Thrive and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. Now the former just got updated to Android 4.0.4 ICS ahead of quite a few models, I might add.

This bulky slab called Thrive offered a full size USB port and HDMI and a very thick shell, with good grip and the ability to remove the back cover and battery. The update gives the slate video improvements, enhancements to the camera and connectivity and the usual bug fixes and stability improvements. You just need to reach the “Service Station” app on the tablet, check for updates and it will all be done. Meanwhile, the 7 inch Thrive owners will have to wait a bit longer for the update.

Since the owners of Toshiba tablets are barely getting Ice Cream Sandwich, odds of seeing Jelly Bean on them are slim to none, but there’s always CyanogenMod 10, right?