Desktops and Notebooks: T-Mobile`s G-Slate Challenges iPad 2, Motorola Xoom

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-03-22 Print this article Print
8.9 Inches

8.9 Inches

At 8.9 inches, the G-Slate walks the middle ground between 7-inch tablets, such as RIMs upcoming PlayBook and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the 9.7-inch iPad.
T-Mobile's G-Slate tablet will challenge the iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom, as well as upcoming devices such as Research In Motion's PlayBook tablet, for a piece of 2011's burgeoning tablet market. Like the Motorola Xoom, the G-Slate by LG Electronics boasts a powerful dual-core processor and the tablet-optimized Google Android 3.0, code-named "Honeycomb. However, T-Mobile hopes the G-Slate's 4G support will give it an additional leg up over all rivals. At this year's CTIA conference in Orlando, Fla., T-Mobile and some of its hardware partners gave eWEEK a few minutes with their newest 8.9-inch baby, and it certainly proved a fast experience. T-Mobile is betting that its latest-generation hardware and 4G speed, combined with Google services and access to the rapidly growing Android Marketplace, will be enough to draw customers-but just to make things a little easier on that front, the carrier is also retailing the G-Slate for $529 with a two-year contract, which places the tablet's cost roughly level with many other devices on the market.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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