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T-Mobile G-Slate Review

T-Mobile G-Slate

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T-Mobile G-Slate Review
Using the G-Slate in the high coverage areas of the greater Philadelphia region, the tablet is consistently able to produce a signal strength of -77 dBm – and frankly, we rarely see signal strength ever fluctuating abruptly.

Sporting a smaller display than some of its major rivals right now, battery life is still respectable, though, it’s not as good as what we’ve seen put out by the Motorola XOOM and Apple iPad 2. Thankfully, a full charge will get you a solid one day of normal usage - which is what we would normally expect out of a tablet of this caliber. However, it’s still not as long lasting as the other two tablets before it, but in any event, it should suffice the requirements of most people.


Clearly looking at things on paper, there’s no denying that the T-Mobile G-Slate is a wonderful alternative to the pricier Motorola XOOM – especially when it outperforms it on so many levels. T-Mobile surely picked the perfect tablet to get Android 3.0 Honeycomb to its existing base of customers, however, it still falls short in some areas that prevent it from really rising above the current stack of competition out there. Sure it’s 3D video recording ability is a standout feature on its own, and rightfully so, it’s not something you necessarily find being offered by other currently available tablets. However, it’s still far away from delivering the exceptional 3D experience to make it engaging enough for the long term acceptance. For $529.99 on-contract, it’s still an acceptable offering considering the amount of fun it’s able to deliver – but don’t buy it for its 3D video capture feature alone.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 3.0.1, Build HRI66


  • Comfortable & solid build
  • One of the best displays seen on a tablet so far
  • Acceptable on-contract price


  • 3D video capture isn’t all that great
  • Large size for an 8.9” tablet
  • Pricey off-contract price
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posted on 23 Apr 2011, 09:11

1. AppleFUD (unregistered)

Requiring glasses for 3D on a tablet = FAIL!

Google still needs to step it up on Honeycomb. I'm surprised that they haven't had a major update yet. . . only one minor one. The browser is a ways off from the desktop version of Chrome and that's what they "advertised" when Honeycomb first hit the market--just check the desktop version of Google docs on it. . . not good.

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 09:37 1

2. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

I dont mind that it requires glasses. I just think its odd that they went with the red/blue style instead of the newer style found in theaters. I guess it was a development cost thing, but for that price i would have expected better.

Other than that, the tablet is fantastic. Ive been messing with it for over a week now. :)

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 17:37

3. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

I love Android, but the one thing I can see from all of these Android tablets is that Google and the manufacturers have yet to produce a "smooth as silk" UI like the ipad and ipad 2.

This is another reason why I just bought the Playbook. I played around with the UI and tried my hardest to get some lag, but it never happened. Sure it might not have native email or calender (yet) but constant UI lag frustration is where the Android Tabs (and phones) are let down.. I mean, FFS, dual core should be making a massive difference for Android, but in the real world, its not..

This review is just another disappointment, but reminds me that I made the right decision ordering the Playbook.

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 21:00

4. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)

The reason why iPad produces "smooth as silk" UI is that it stops processing when you touch the screen. Having said that, I have to agree with you because to a normal consumer useability beats functionality. Android devices are used to telling people "We have dual core, 3D camera, this and that.." while in fact all the consumers care about is what can their device do rather than what it has. Maybe the secret to this is on the advertising of Android products in which Apple has done an incredible Jobs. I mean job.

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 18:21

5. jendral (unregistered)

wo this good enough.
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Display8.9 inches, 1280 x 768 pixels (168 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
Size9.56 x 5.88 x 0.49 inches
(243 x 149 x 12 mm)
21.87 oz  (620 g)

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