T-Mobile G-Slate Review

Although branded as a T mobile tablet, this is actually made by LG (Optimus Pad) who have always been known to try and produce good value electronics against the industry leaders. That said one would have expected this tablet, as an LG product, to be somewhat lower priced than it is. The unique selling point of this particular tablet is its 4G connectivity, a feature not unsurprising in a mobile telephone company branded product. The G in G slate is Google, and there is a distinct social media, web browsing at high-speed angle with this tablet. It is certainly less an E reader more a “nearly laptop” as a product.

Features

This is a slightly smaller tablet at 8.9 inches, and it weighs around 23 ounces, or 1.7 pounds, so it is almost as light as the new ipad2. It has 32MB of internal memory and is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra2 dual-core processor. It runs on Honeycomb 3.0 the Android operating system, so your apps will be coming from Android. The other, different feature about the T mobile tablet is its 3D capability. With the included 3D glasses, you can watch 3D videos and movies, and capture video images with the 3D video camera. It’s forward facing camera is 2 mega pixel, the rear facing camera 5 MP and you can record video in HD or 3D. The G-Slate has hotspot capability so that you can share the web access with several people at once and it allows for shared connection either through tethering on a wired connection or wireless Wi-Fi with up to 5 devices sharing.

Usability

The HD screen has multi-touch capability that can handle several apps open at once, lets you video conference, play games and watch HD movies. If you like your news, T Mobile has a news channel app called T Mobile TV which is built into the G-Slate. Other apps available are GPS Navigator, NOVA, Qik, Telenav, Tegra Zone, Wi-Fi Calling, and Zinio Reader with more being added daily. For the gamer, the inclusion of NVIDIA’s T250 graphics will enhance their gaming experience and improve the HD enjoyment, plus an HDMI output is there for connection to HDMI-enabled HD TV’s. The T-Mobile 4 G network allows for 3 times faster upload and download speeds; Bluetooth version 2.1 plus EDR (Enhanced data rate) and Wi-Fi connectivity handle the web browsing and you can upgrade firmware over the air as the G Slate is FOTA enabled. The G Slate has fast download speeds and includes all the Google applications so is great for Google and T-Mobile fans. The Android system allows for several screens open at once, and instant jumping from one to another, made faster by the 4G technology of the G slate. The battery lasts around 8 to 10 hours and charges in an hour.

Customer views

The boosted three speakers on the G-Slate 4G Android Tablet (T-Mobile) make a distinct difference and deliver exceptionally good sound quality. Customer like the ability to shoot 3d movies but would like the function to be for longer than half an hour. The combination of good screen quality and sound make this a hit as a multimedia tablet. Customers confirm the fast download times and are very impressed by the instant response on such functions as Google maps and when toggling between apps and sites.

Overall verdict

If you want super fast browsing and good connectivity and are not currently a T Mobile customer then the 4G capability will be the best part of this tablet. If you fancy a bit of video shooting, and want a multimedia tablet the G Slate will probably greatly appeal. It is an Android and Google tablet so as long as you are a fan of these applications the G Slate, on contract, would be a suitable choice.