Enterprise Mobility: T-Mobile`s G-Slate Elbows Through Google Android Tablet Crowd
T-Mobile's G-Slate is one of the first tablets to hit the market equipped with Google Android 3.0 (codenamed Honeycomb), a tablet-optimized version of the operating system designed to challenge Apple's iOS. Priced at $750 unlocked, or $529 with a two-year contract, the G-Slate certainly isn't aiming for the lowest end of the tablet market, which means the device needs to sway consumers based on its various hardware and software options. To that end, the G-Slate features a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra dual-core processor, a relatively light weight at 1.5 pounds, and a pair of stereoscopic cameras in the back capable of shooting 3D footage. In addition, T-Mobile is betting that the G-Slate's 4G capability (on the carrier's HSPA+ network) will give it a leg up on an increasingly crowded marketplace. The G-Slate also includes Adobe Flash support, and Android 3.0 is heavy on the multitasking capability. The generously sized home screens practically cry out to be filled with all manner of widgets, and integration with Google services such as Gmail is a given. Granted, that same version of Android is present on the G-Slate's competition, including the recently released Motorola Xoom and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1. But T-Mobile (and LG Electronics, the tablet's manufacturer) are both betting that the combination of high-end hardware, 4G support and (maybe) 3D cameras will help the tablet elbow its way to the front of the growing Android crowd.