It’s April 20th and the LG G-Slate is now available at select stores, and of course, through T-Mobile.
G-Slate brings with it some familiarity with Android Honeycomb, but what separates this tablet from all of the others is the 3D functionality.
You’ve got that right, this is the first 3D tablet. Where have you been?
The LG G-Slate adds to the repertoire of Android Honeycomb tablets now available. Consumer’s are finally being afforded long overdue choices in tablets.
With this particular choice, the G-Slate offers something strikingly different from the others. Although seemingly familiar on the outside, with its black rounded bezel and Android Honeycomb UI, it’s decidedly different in one way: G-Slate provides the ability to record and play back video in 3D at 720p. That’s pretty sweet!
LG G-Slate Release Date
The G-Slate is available as of April 20, 2011. It’s out now, so if you want it, go on and grab one.
Where to Buy The LG G-Slate
You can buy the LG G-Slate through T-Mobile. The suggested retail price is $749.99, however, you can get it cheaper through T-Mobile by agreeing to a two-year contract, knocking this puppy down to $529.99. The T-Mobile discounts are based on $120 credit for new line of service activation, and a $100 mail-in rebate card.
If you want to skip the whole T-Mobile service activation circus and go direct to the source, you can purchase your LG G-Slate through Amazon.com as well. It’s $799.99 at Amazon but you get fast and free shipping.
The price point on the LG G-Slate is less than favorable, and a little beyond the norm we’ve been accustomed to with iPad, and recent announcements on pricing from select competitors tablets ($469 – $599).
The price is a bit of a disappointment, admittedly, and it may be the reason the G-Slate never really takes off. I know I already have that Xoom all over again feeling about it.
LG G-Slate Review Roundup:
“With 4G support, a wide-angle IPS screen, out-of-the-box streaming TV features, and Honeycomb support, the G-Slate is currently the best option for Android tablet shoppers.” -CNET
“The plastic back doesn’t quite have that air of exclusivity you might want for your $530, but that money’s going where it counts: great performance, a great screen, and solid battery life.” -Engadget
“The G-Slate, I fear, is ahead of its time. The hardware really is terrific and the build is quite impressive. The software, unfortunately, just isn’t ready for primetime yet. Google’s tablet build of Android needs serious refinement before it will be able to provide a user experience that will appeal to the average consumer.” -BGR
“The G-Slate makes – with things like Flash Player support out of the box – a better first impression than the XOOM managed, but it still lacks the general appeal of the iPad 2. A few solid firmware updates could address that, but it will take T-Mobile chiseling away at the G-Slate’s price before we could wholeheartedly recommend the tablet.” – SlashGear
All that being said though, let’s have a look at the specs of the LG G-Slate. It’s fairly beefed up for an 8.9″ tablet, and definitely worth a peek.
What’s in the LG G-Slate Box?
1x USB Cable
1x Pair of 3G Glasses
LG G-Slate Specifications
Resolutions: 1280 x 768, 720p HD, 3D
Dimensions: 5.9″ W x 9.6″ H x 0.5″ D
Weight: 21.9 oz (620g)
Battery: Li-Ion, 9 Hours Continuous Use, 11.3 Days Standby
Memory: 32GB, 1GB of DDR2 RAM
Processor: 1-GHz dual core with Accelerometer
Sensors: Capacitive, Ambient Light, Gyroscope
Web Browser: Full HTML web browser with Flash 10.1 support
- Rear-facing dual 5MP, front-facing 2MP, digital zoom, dual LED flash, autofocus, 1080p HD recording, 3D recording at 720p
Inputs / Outputs:
- Micro USB, HDMi Out, 3.5mm headphone jack
Music, Video, and Multimedia:
- Android Music Player, Double Twist Music Player, 1080p Playback, 3D 720p Playback.
- Audio formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, and WMA
- Video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, and H.264
- T-Mobile TV for instantly watching HD TV anytime, anywhere
- Tablet-optimized YouTube and YouTube 3D
Email & Messaging:
- Virtual QWERTY keyboard
- Corporate email and calendar support, Gmail, POP3/IMAP, corporate directory (GAL) lookup, Google Talk
- Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
- aGPS (assisted) with Google Maps, Google Latitude, Google Maps Street View, Bluetooth
- Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps.
- Preloaded Android Apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
- Google Applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
- Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination
Bands and Connectivity:
- 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, UMTS: Band I (2100), UMTS: Band IV (AWS), UMTS: Band IV (1700/2100), 4G-Capable Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/l, Wi-Fi HotSpot Sharing, Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR, FOTA-capable for over-the-air firmware upgrades