Desktops and Notebooks: T-Mobile`s G-Slate Challenges iPad 2, Motorola Xoom
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.
The G-Slate relies on Google Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb, for its operating system. Unlike previous versions of Android, Honeycomb has been optimized for tablets instead of smartphones.
Priced to Compete
T-Mobile is retailing the G-Slate for $529 with a two-year contract. Its also betting users will be attracted to the 4G speeds.
Power Under the Hood
The G-Slate relies on a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra dual-core processor. In the few minutes T-Mobile allowed eWEEK to play with the tablet, it certainly felt fast and responsive.
The G-Slate boasts 32GB of internal memory, placing it right about in the middle of the memory capacity for tablets currently hitting the market.
T-Mobile likely hopes that the G-Slates Adobe Flash support will serve as a competitive differentiator against Apples mobile products, which do not support Flash.
As with most tablets hitting the market, the G-Slate serves well as a touch-activated e-reader.
Googles Android Marketplace features a growing number of games.
At 1.5 pounds, the G-Slate feels relatively light in hand.
In one of the more gimmicky features of the G-Slate, the pair of stereoscopic 5-megapixel cameras on the devices back allows for shooting 3D footage. Watch grandma have a heart attack when your kids soccer ball seems to leap right out of the screen.
These are the 3D cameras in question. While 3D is certainly a hot trend at the moment, the question remains whether consumers will want it available in so many products. Theres also a front-facing camera for video chat.
The G-Slates keyboard. The tablets 8.9-inch size means someone with large hands can grip it one-handed and type with the other. For people with smaller finger-span, this is definitely a two-handed device.