T-Mobile G-Slate – Dual core power and 3D capabilities courtesy of LG
9 May 2011
Conclusion: There is no word on pricing, but it shouldn’t be higher than $200-300 with a contract, judging by the cost of the iPad and the Xoom. Overall, this is probably the best Android tablet yet, at least until Samsung finally releases their super slim Galaxy Tabs.
Conclusion: The LG G-Slate is a fine tablet with fine features, but because of its price and lack of configuration options, it is a tablet only meant for those who can afford an expensive price tag and monthly fee. No Wi-Fi-only version is available. Whoever decided to add red and blue 3D to this tablet made a big mistake as well. All it has done is add to the weight and cost of the unit.
Pros: Bright screen with wide viewing angle, 1080p video recording, Dual speakers work well, Pure Android experience, Android Market is filling with tablet apps
Cons: Cheesy red and blue anaglyph 3D, No SD card slot, Steep price tag, Screen is a bit small for finger typing, Feels heavy compared to iPad 2, Wonky volume rocker
Conclusion: In a way it's difficult to criticize LG for its decision to put 3D into the G-Slate. We're constantly asking manufacturers to think about how they'll differentiate their tablets from the iPad, and 3D recording is obviously LG's push to do just that. Still, at the same time we can't help but wonder whether dropping one of those rear cameras might have scraped a little off the unsubsidized price overall. T-Mobile's role is a little more frustrating.
Conclusion: Clearly looking at things on paper, there’s no denying that the T-Mobile G-Slate is a wonderful alternative to the pricier Motorola XOOM – especially when it outperforms it on so many levels. T-Mobile surely picked the perfect tablet to get Android 3.0 Honeycomb to its existing base of customers, however, it still falls short in some areas that prevent it from really rising above the current stack of competition out there.
Pros: Comfortable & solid build, One of the best displays seen on a tablet so far, Acceptable on-contract price
Cons: 3D video capture isn’t all that great, Large size for an 8.9” tablet, Pricey off-contract price