T-Mobile G-Slate Tablet Review: Great Features, But…
With a widescreen display, Google Android's Honeycomb, and a 3D-camera, does the T-Mobile G-Slate have what it takes to dominate the tablet market? Not really.
From the makers of the G2x smartphone, your friendly neighborhood T-Mobile, comes its latest tablet out in the market, the T-Mobile G-Slate. Powered by the sweet-succulent juice of Android Honeycomb, a unique widescreen display, a 4G network, plus a 3D camera, the G-Slate has the makings of becoming the legendary iPad 2 killer. Unfortunately, despite all these savvy features, it’s the tablet’s very advantage that spells its downfall.
The T-Mobile G-Slate has a smooth and satisfying touch with a thickness of 0.49 inch plus a matte finish at the back. It provides a nice comforting grip where you don’t have to worry that it will slip from the palm of your hand. It’s screen is 8.9-inch big, a humble size compared to the iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom tablets. But it’s unique widescreen display somehow gives that unique appeal.
The tablet has Mini-USB and Mini-HDMI ports, the standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features, three speakers covering the left, right and back sides, and three cameras, one at the front, at the back, and a 3D camera.
The G-Slate of course is powered by Google Android’s latest offspring, the Android Honeycomb. Compared to the Motorola Xoom, which also has Honeycomb, G-Slate’s OS doesn’t particularly differentiate itself from the Xoom. You still have that mobile OS and desktop combination of an interface where it looks like a pile of cards orderly scattered across the table. Honeycomb in itself is a mess though with its sheer complexity in doing even the simplest of tasks. We’ll just have to wait until Google hits up its next version to fix things.
And although the G-Tablet is equipped with an IPS screen, it still lacks that stellar performance we’re looking for in a tablet. We can’t help but compared it with the iPad 2 which provides a sharper, more vibrantly colored display we want whenever we watch videos or play games. G-Tablet’s display is just average, and that’s a big letdown for the caliber T-Mobile’s been stressing.
Yes, it does have a 3D camera, differentiating it from the rest of the pack in the world of tablets. But the quality sucks big time. With its cheap red and blue anaglyphic glasses, video and photo results taken by the camera is a mega eyesore. It seems like the manufacturer unthoughtfully placed the 3D camera in the tablet just so they can say they have one.
The battery life of the G-Tablet is pretty decent, but don’t expect it’ll go a long way once you start using 4G.
The T-Mobile G-Tablet costs $790 if you’re going for a no-contract price, while $530 if you’re planning to take up T-Mobile’s two-year plan. It’s relatively cheaper than the Motorola Xoom and the iPad 2. If you’re under a tight budget and not really down for a two-year plan, there’s always the alternative of buying the Motorola Xoom or iPad 2’s Wi-Fi only tablet. The G-Slate? Yeah, it doesn’t have one.
Overall, the T-Mobile G-Slate brings something quite new into the tablet market, a widescreen display, Honeycomb, and a 3D camera. On whether or not these features are advantages or disadvantages to what the tablet is priced at, will totally depend on your tastes.