T-Mobile G-Slate Hands-on at CTIA 2011

I beheld with mine own eyes and hands the glory of the T-Mobile G-Slate. Perhaps glory is too strong a word, but it was rather nice. Boasting T-Mobile 4G (at HSPA+ 14.4 Mbps max) and 3D picture and video recording, the G-Slate — known globally as the LG Optimus Pad — ends up having a more feature-rich spec set than the Motorola Xoom and Galaxy Tab lineup. It’s super-fast with a Tegra 2 dual-core 1 GHz CPU inside, and dual rear 5 MP cameras that offer the 3D capabilities.

The G-Slate has mostly-vanilla Honeycomb with just a few extra widgets and features thrown in for good measure to make it different. It definitely isn’t as different as Samsung’s Touchwiz UI for Honeycomb, but at least it’s still differentiated from the pure vanilla Honeycomb experience that the Motorola Xoom has.

The G-Slate is an 8.9-inch tablet, so slightly smaller than the Xoom but larger than the EVO View 4G; for me, it’s just the right size because I always felt like the 10.1-inch tablets are smaller than I prefer, but 7 inches almost feels like it’s just a oversized smartphone. So 8.9 inches gives it just the right size to not be confused as anything but a tablet, and yet not feel too bulky or hefty for common everyday use.

Availability has been set to some point in April, and the G-Slate is being priced at $529.99 with contract on T-mobile and after $100 mail-in rebate. Still interested? Check out the video and pic gallery below:

 

Author: Brad Molen

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