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Review: T-Mobile's G-Slate 9-inch tablet tweener

April 19, 2011: 6:27 PM ET

The form factor isn't the only factor.

G-Slate with great browser on 8.9 inch screen

I've been playing with T-Mobile/LG's 8.9 inch Android 3.0 tablet for the better part of a week and I think it is an interesting piece of hardware.  This is the first time I've played with Honeycomb, Google's (GOOG) tablet OS, extensively so it took a bit of getting used to.

There are plenty of things wrong with this tablet and I'll get to those below.  But there are some good things here as well.

The 8.9 inch screen wide form factor might be the best part of this tablet.  To get an idea of the size, imagine a 10-inch iPad watching a 16:9 movie.  Chop off the letterboxing of the screen and you have the 8.9-inch G-Slate.  Add to that, the G-Slate screen has a much higher pixel count and can display 720P video natively (the resolution is 768x1280) and you have a very useful screen.

The device itself is handsome with a dark brown-gray metal rim and plastic posterior.  It weighs about as much as an iPad (630g) but because it is narrower, you can grab it around the back with your hands.

It also sort of fits in a cargo pants pocket but feels like you are carrying a bullet-proof metal plate when you try to walk.  It probably fares better in a purse. More

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