LG T-Mobile G-Slate Tablet
- Google integration with preloaded Andriod Apps
- Android 3.0 operating system (Honeycomb)
- 5.0 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and stereoscopic 3D recording
- Full HTML web browser with Flash 10.1 support
- What’s in the Box: LG G-Slate tablet, standard battery, charger, USB cable with gender adapter, 3D glasses, quick start guide, user manual
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches ; 13.4 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- ASIN: B004WF63BO
- Item model number: G-Slate
One Great Tablet…with a Couple of Issues
The G-Slate is pretty much the same as any other Honeycomb tablet we’ve seen to date, except with a couple of key differences, some to its detriment. It has the same Tegra 2 chipset,, 32 GB of RAM, 1 GB of memory, a micro USB port, a mini HDMI port, and a screen resolution of 1280×768 (32 pixels short of the “standard” resolution). It stays in line with a clam shell form factor with a big slice of polished aluminum on the back emblazened with the Google logo, and a silver trim accent around the front bezel. It looks and feels well constructed and of high quality, save for the plastic back. It has a remarkable, crisp, clean, IPS screen with excellent color and contrast which is a definite plus, and a 2 MP video chat camera on the front.
Where the G-Slate differentiates itself is in the dual 5 MP cameras on the back which have the ability to shoot 1080p video or 3D 720p video, either in red/blue anaglyph mode (they even throw in a pair of colored glasses for this) or a 3D HDTV mode suitable for playback on the big screen with LCD shutter glasses. While this is great in concept, the execution leaves a little to be desired. The problem is not the 3D…it looks sharp and pretty amazing as long as you have adequate lighting… it’s the fact that your limited to 32GB of storage space (30 minutes worth of video), unless you transfer 3D files back and forth to your PC. You aren’t going to be able to film much of anything, in other words, because the majority of life’s precious moments tend to run well over half an hour. The end result is that the 3D becomes pretty much a fun feature to play with that’s not particularly useful. That 30 minute time limit also applies to 1080p video, so that pretty much nixes that feature too. Like the Apple iPad 2, there’s also a severe quality penalty in low light conditions resulting in dirty artifacts (especially bad at high resolution), and even a nasty little “flicker” bug that pops up (turning off auto-white balance seems to cure that, however). It would be great if you could expand the memory and makes this baby more useful in the video department, but alas, no memory expansion slot… another bad mark on an otherwise nice tablet.
Another interesting feature is the THREE speakers on this unit (two on the right, one on the left), which seem to boost the sound quality up to a nice level (but obviously a little short on bass). In fact, the sound is quite excellent, with good separation and no crackling at full volume. While not an audiophile’s dream, it makes music listenable and movies/videos pop. Coupled with the great screen, the G-Slate excels in the multimedia category.
Overall interface performance is fast and responsive, although there’s a noticeable delay when switching between portrait and landscape modes… we’re talking a good 2 seconds… which isn’t a killer but certainly curious when everything else is instantaneous. Web browsing is fast, with flash-loaded sites loading without much wait time and virtually everything from videos to games working fine, save for the occasional stutter due to the beta version of Flash. Battery life is excellent, with varied usage bringing 8-10 hours between charges.
The other major drawback is the price for off-contract (prepaid): a whopping $750. I really like this tablet alot, but not $750 worth, especially when the Asus Transformer is just around the corner at $399. Of course, this is great for those who don’t mind the two year commitment and excellent 4G speeds for mobile ventures, where the price drops down to $429.
The bottom line is that this is a very nice unit with a couple of disappointing shortcomings. You really want to love this, and some undoubtedly will (it’s definitely worth $429 bucks). I can see the draw of it, enough so that if only it had memory expansion, I’d probably make this my primary tablet, even at full retail price.
Nice comfy size and weight
In low light, the camera blows
Limited video recording time
No memory expansion
High priced without a 2 year ball and chain
I wound up returning this because of the camera issue. Technidroid. com
Fast, Sleek, and Android! It’s got it all.
I considered getting the iPad 2 but was put off by the plan and no 4G. Sure, I could get a wifi version… I had a chance to handle the G-Slate last week and liked it a lot. I have an Android phone (Samsung Vibrant) and have been very happy with Android over the last couple of years (Google Voice, what a lifesaver), so was attracted to the Android Honeycomb platform angle and Flash compatibility. I also thought that Google Maps with navigation would be great on the 9-inch screen (and it is! – but more on that later.)
I was a bit taken aback that there was no user guide of any kind included in the box, though that might have been a quality assurance glitch and it was just missing. I actually had to hunt for the power button – covered by a little green protector film for shipping and nicely concealed on the upper right edge of the top of the device. Once I got it turned on there was no more confusion, though.
The screen is beautiful – nice and bright. It registered all my touches and essentially disappeared from my notice as an interface, which is what I want a touchscreen device to do. When held vertically the screen orientation shifts quickly when you move from “up” to “sideways”, but it wasn’t so successful flat on a horizontal surface – a minor point really, especially once I get a dock or stand for it.
The finish is an attractive mocha color and it seems like it will resist scratches and scuffs well.
The rear camera is in fact horrible in low light, until you turn on the led flash. The front facing camera seems better in low light. The G-Slate comes with an HDMI cable – I was going to take some video and play it back on the TV _ I did have a chance to see this feature in action during last week’s demo, so I think it will work great, even on a 55-inch TV. The 3-D camera gimmick is a little mysterious to me, but it is not hard to change it to a standard 2-d camcorder in the menu. (To be fair, my 8-year-old thinks the 3D camera is the best thing ever!)
Setting up wifi worked just like my Android phone – simple. Setting up e-mail, ditto.
I made a brief Skype call to check the quality while on 4G. It worked really well while I was on the call (15 or 20 minutes) and my mother said the picture looked great on her end – she couldn’t believe I was on a wireless tablet. I imagine this will also work fine on wifi, though I will be sure to plug it in to deal with the battery drain.
I logged into the Market and immediately saw all the apps that I had purchased for my phone, with little “install” buttons displayed – I thought that was a nice touch, eliminating the need for me to look for the stuff I already have licenses for, and also not automatically downloading apps I might not want for the tablet. I downloaded Google Earth, Maps, and a few other essentials.
Google Earth is a standout – I love the multitouch interface and zooming and changing the orientation was all super snappy on 4G or wifi.
The G-Slate comes with Need For Speed which is a fun example of the kind of game possible on the tablets – tilt to steer, etc. My daughter loves it but I think I will not play it much. On the other hand, free is never a bad thing.
The sound quality seems really, really good to me, based on a few videos and the NFS game. I haven’t tried it for music yet but I’m not planning to use the slate much for that anyway. The volume gets quite loud at the top end – nice for Skype etc.
I checked out a trial issue of Road and Track using the included Zinio Reader app. The magazine images and articles were well suited to the format and I could see myself buying more content for the Reader.
I used Google Navigation in the car on the way home – much preferable to the phone, due to the G-Slate’s larger screen. Traffic layer came up in no time flat as well.
Of course, no tablet trial is complete without a long Web session. I love the tabbed interface (in Android! finally! although I do understand why it’s not so sensible for a 4-in. smartphone screen) and I had no trouble navigating sites, using menus, or accessing Flash content.
All in all, I think this will be a great device for portable web access, Skype, and entertainment. Battery life has been quite sufficient with overnight charging.
I would recommend this device to anyone who is in the market for a tablet, especially if you are an Android fan. The build quality seems solid, the essentials are all there, and there’s enough developer power in Android to produce lots of innovative apps. I would check the 4G coverage map before you buy, if you plan to use it out and about.
The screen is great for movies and awesome graphics for games. Screen is very responsive and the speed never is a delay. Camera is amazing regardless of it being night or day. Video recording in 3D is pretty impressive and it gets a big wow from most people who will use it. Would be nice to have the accessiblity to the Flash when the video camera is on for those times when its dark out. Battery life is awesome, had the opportunity to use this for a whole day straight flying back from a trip – playing games and watching movies. Not putting it down. Forgot to charge it that night after getting home and still had over 50% battery life remaining.
Really have enjoyed the G-Slate. If your conerned about it being worth the money, I’d recommend testing others but you will most likely end up coming back to this if your a avid Android lover!
Okay device could be better
Well it is okay tablet for the price.
However, with T-mobile 4G the speed is bit disappointing.
I’ve compared with iPad and galaxy tab.
The iPad is faster in overall OS speed but when it comes to internet transfer speed only, G-slate is a bit faster.
It was the same way with galaxy tab.
Some how even with the TEGRA2 processor, G-Slate is laggy on it’s performance.
It works great with rooted custom OS on it.
If you have capability to customize the device by rooting and installing custom OS on it?
Go for it. It worth the money but not? I would recommend something else.
Great format, quality hardware
A non-techie perspective…
This tablet has worked great for me, I have had no major lag issue, at all, it is extremely fast at everything, except for booting up, it is a little slow on that, but it loads web pages and such so much faster than my Acer Aspire One AOD270-1824 10.1-Inch Netbook (Espresso Black)I stopped using it all together, except when I have to type for long periods of time (I do not enjoy typing on a screen, it aggravates my arthritis), but it is perfect for surfing the internet, and using apps, or emailing for things like that, as well as reading books, which is generally what I use it for.
The camera is great quality, it is just as good as my old cannon camera, and the sound is actually not too shabby for the speakers on the tablet, and the battery life is absolutely amazing, I didn’t charge it while on a trip for 5days and used it everyday (turning it off between uses) and it was still at about %50 battery life.
I have had for for 1 and 1/2yrs and had no issues whatsoever with it while using it or any of its functions.
God Bless ~Amy