T-Mobile’s G-Slate, the first tablet to pack a 4G radio out-of-the-box, is now available from T-Mobile. The G-Slate has an 8.9-inch 3D display, runs Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), can record 3D video, and sports a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz. We found the Android user interface to be a bit sluggish during our review, but we hope that T-Mobile fixes that snafu with future software updates. Android enthusiasts should still find a lot to love in the G-Slate, which is available online and in T-Mobile stores for $529.99 with a new two-year contract. More →
T-Mobile introduced the world to its first Android 3.0-powered tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show this past January. Unfortunately for T-Mobile, however, the G-Slate was announced amid a flurry of similar announcements — remember, over 100 tablets were introduced at CES this year — so the LG-built tablet got a bit lost in the fray. What’s more, Motorola’s XOOM tablet was the star of the show, thus positioning the G-Slate as a second-class citizen at CES. Later this week, however, T-Mobile will finally embark on its virgin Honeycomb as it pushes the device out to market. It looks as though the launch will be a quiet one compared to the XOOM, but that doesn’t necessarily mean LG’s tablet is unworthy of some attention. I’ve spent a few days putting the device through its paces and while I must admit my expectations weren’t terribly high to begin with, T-Mobile’s tablet definitely managed to surprise me in a few areas. Does that mean you should consider stepping off one of those iPad 2 lines still forming outside retailers and consider the G-Slate instead? Read on for my full review.
T-Mobile subscribers waiting to get their first taste of honey may be pleased to learn that T-Mobile’s Android 3.0 tablet was recently approved by the FCC. Built by LG, the Honeycomb-powered G-Slate was announced at CES amid a flurry of Android offerings. Set to be unleashed on the U.S. some time in the next few months, all we know so far about T-Mobile’s tablet is that it will include “4G” HSPA+ connectivity, it will run Android 3.0 and — thanks to the FCC — we now know it bears the model number V900. The rest, unfortunately, is still a mystery. But don’t despair, T-Moblers… you can always enjoy this handful of videos showing off the G-Slate and its Honeycomb UI while we all wait impatiently for a firm release date. More →
Hot on the heels of Motorola’s XOOM announcement, T-Mobile and LG have let go a tablet announcement of their own. The two companies issued a joint press release introducing the G-Slate with Google; a tablet of an undisclosed screen size running Android 3.0. The press release links to a very familiar video and is pretty light on specifics. From what we can gather, the device will have an HSPA+ radio (making it 4G according to T-Mobile’s standards) and will be available in the “coming months.” That’s pretty much all we’re given except for the closing line: “additional product details will be disclosed at a later date.” Regardless, the video and press release are waiting for you after the bounce. Let us know what you think.
UPDATE: T-Mobile has added a second video demoing GTalk video chat on the G-Slate, it’s below as well. More →