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 here. 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.