LG Optimus Pad / T-Mobile G-Slate Hands-on
The LG Optimus Pad, known as the T-Mobile G-Slate in the U.S., has been playing around with our dreams of a 3D capable tablet and now here it is in its full glory – an 8.9-inch screen sized tablet for better one-hand grip, relatively lightweight at 23 ounces and capable of 3D recording. We definitely like its dimensions as the Optimus Pad seems to have incorporated the best of both worlds – the screen size comes close to the iPad's 9.7 inches, while the weight is close to that of a 7 inch tablet. LG claims that this size is perfect for both single and double-handed operation. This means that you can easily hold the device with one hand and navigate or type with the other, while if you choose to hold it with both of your hands, the portrait keyboard is perfectly spaced for typing.
Our first impressions of the design
were for a premium device with a solid build and a gorgeous screen
with WVGA resolution and 15:9 ratio. The Optimus Pad is also pretty
thin at around 0.5 inches (12.6 mm).
Watching glasses-free 3D however will not be supported – you will have to wear glasses (and chances are the tablet would require anaglyph ones). You can also use the HDMI-out port to stream signal to a 3D TV. Video recording is one area where the Optimus Pad shines. It has two 5-megapixel sensors on the back allowing the 3D capture. Sweet!
Under the hood we have a powerful Tegra 2 dual-core chip, which should be more than enough for playing back full HD videos. And when it comes to connectivity, the Optimus Pad, which will debut in the U.S. on T-Mobile as the G-Slate, offers HSPA+ and Wi-Fi b/g/n.
On the software end, we have the stock tablet-optimized Honeycomb (Android 3.0 Honeycomb Hands-on). Obviously, Honeycomb will be much better than having a scaled-up Froyo experience as in the Galaxy Tab. Check out our hands-on video below to see just how smooth the transitions in the menu were – definitely a great user experience!