T-Mobile G-Slate Android Tablet Looks Good. But, is it Good Enough to Compete with the iPad?

Tablets built around Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb) have not been flying out of the manufacturing facilities since the Motorola Xoom (the first Honeycomb tablet) became available on February 24. Tmonews says that the Honeycomb based T-Mobile G-Slate (from LG) will break the ice tomorrow (April 20).

T-Mobile Officially Announces G-Slate Release For April 20th

The G-Slate’s 8.9-inch display places it a notch down in size compared to the 10.1-inch Xoom and 9.7-inch iPad. However, this doesn’t seem small enough to significantly differentiate it in terms of “carry-ability.”

The G-Slate does have a number of features that distinguishes it from the iPad though:

– Dual rear facing 5-megapixel cameras capable for recording 1080p HD or 720p 3D video
– 3D glasses included with the tablet for 3D viewing
– Integrated HDMI video output
– Able to use T-Mobile’s 4G wireless data network
– USB tethering

The 32GB G-Slate is priced at $529.99 with a two-year contract. This is somewhat competitively priced to the 32GB 3G iPad 2 models which cost $729. However, no contract is required at this price for the iPad 2. The unsubsidized price for the G-Slate is $750.

Engadget published a pre-release review has doubts about the G-Slate’s affiliation with T-Mobile. However, the overall conclusion is: It’s still a great tablet, though.

T-Mobile G-Slate review