The T-Mobile G-Slate is set to go on sale in the US tomorrow, for $529.99 after rebate when you sign up for a 2-year service plan. It will run $729 if you go the contract-free route.
The tablet, which was built by LG, features an 8.9 inch, 1280 x 768 pixel HD display, a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 32GB of storage, and runs Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It features an HSPA+ modem for speedy mobile interenet access.
One of the most unusual features is the stereoscopic camera on the back of the tablet which lets you shoot 3D video.
The early reviews for the tablet are in, and here’s what people have to say:
- BGR: The G-Slate has excellent build quality, but there still aren’t many apps designed specifically for Android 3.0 tablets. The 3D video feature apparently works well, but BGR dismisses it as a “novelty.”
- Laptop Magazine: The 8.9 inch display makes the tablet smaller than other tablets, but it weighs just as much as the Apple iPad 2. The viewing angles are great and the screen is very bright, but text seemed a bit too sharp on some web pages. (That’s a problem I experience regularly on 10 inch netbooks with HD displays).
- Android Community: The tablet is one of the fastest around in terms of benchmarks, and the battery life is on-par with the Motorola XOOM.
- This is my next: The 3D video recording feels like a gimmick and who wants to wear those red and blue glasses? The software is nearly identical to what you get witht he Motorola XOOM.
- TechnoBuffalo: The form factor is great, but T-Mobile’s HSPA+ isn’t as fast as Verizon’s LTE.
- SlashGear: Aside from the pointless 3D feature, SG seems to like the tablet — but not the price tag.
- Mobilize: The tablet has three speakers, providing stereo sound in either portrait or landscape mode. Reviewer Kevin Tofel also finds text input to be easier on a 7 inch tablet.
- Engadget: One of the few reviews to run a real battery life test, Engadget found the tablet ran for over 8 hours when playing HD video. That’s about the same as the Motorola XOOM but it falls short of the Apple iPad or iPad 2.
Overall it sounds like the G-Slate is a solid entry in the tablet space whether you’re interested in 3D cameras or not. It’d just be nice if you didn’t have to sign up for a 2 year plan to get the tablet for $530.