It's tablet week here, and we're not complaining. This time it's the LG G-Slate Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with a 8.9" display and all the high end fixins. The G-Slate isn't cheap at $529 with contract, but it's a big step up from the somewhat murky-screened, plasticky Dell Streak 7 that sells for just $199 with contact.
The G-Slate feels like a quality piece, and the 8.9" capacitive display is sharp and a bit brighter than the Motorola Xoom's. It's a very wide screen device with 1280 x 768 resolution vs. 1280 x 800 for the Xoom and upcoming Samsung 10.1 Galaxy Tab. That's more pixels than the iPad 2, so we aren't complaining. So far with the G-Slate and T-Mobile G2x, we like what LG can turn out when given the green light to make higher end products.
The tablet runs on a 1GHz dual core Tegra 2 CPU and it has 32 gigs of storage but no SD card slot. It's got a pair of camera lenses on the back and it can shoot 5 megapixel photos and 3D video (goofy glasses are in the box so you can see that video once taken). The usual WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth and GPS are on board as are the standard suite of Google apps and Flash Player. The tablet has 4G HSPA+ on T-Mobile's network and download speeds rocked at 6.5Mbps down and 1Mbps up in our area.
Here's our LG G-Slate video review. We compare it to the BlackBerry PlayBook, Motorola Xoom, iPad 2 and even the Nook Color.