T-Mobile's LG G-Slate 4G joins the tablet world with an 8.9" multi-touch screen, Android 3.0, 5G capability, 32 GB of storage and dual rear-facing cameras for 3D video recording. Candace Bailey and Kevin Pereira take a close look at the $530 tablet.
What You Need To Know
- The G-Slate looks like the iPad from the front.
- The tablet is smaller but definitely heavier.
- We wish the G-Slate was a little lighter but otherwise, the design is nice.
- The 9" screen is sharp and bright.
- One thing to note is that there are slots for micro USB and HDMI but there's a proprietary charging hole. This means you can charge it via USB but it will take a day to fully charge that way, and means there's an extra cord to carry.
- The G-Slate interface is a standard Android Honeycomb, which is the version specifically made for tablets.
- It looks and acts just like the Motorola Xoom tablet, which means web browsing is as good as any Android tablet and this one has Flash support.
- The G-Slate has the same dual core 1 GHz Tegra 2 processor, making it pretty fast.
- The Tegra 2 is now a requirement for many of the newest apps in the Android Market.
- It's nice to buy a tablet and not have to worry about whether or not it can run something.
- We loaded up the G-Slate with processor intensive games like Cordy, which the tablet ran well with only a couple of stutters.
- The big selling point for the G-Slate is the 4G wireless and the 3D camera.
- The 4G service from T-Mobile is very fast and sometimes better than wi-fi, but it's not free.
- The 3D video camera is a neat trick: the videos can be recorded and viewed with cheap red and blue 3D glasses.
- You can also hook the tablet up to a 3D television and watch home movies in 3D with expensive shutter glasses.
- The 3D video was far better than we expected.
- $530 with a contract.
- $750 without a contract.
- 3 Seals of Approval out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
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