8.9 Inches

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Flash Support

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.

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As with most tablets hitting the market, the G-Slate serves well as a touch-activated e-reader.

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Googles Android Marketplace features a growing number of games.

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At 1.5 pounds, the G-Slate feels relatively light in hand.

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3D Shooting

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.

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Stereoscopic Cameras

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.

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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.

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