The G-Slate has a thickness of 0.49 inch, a little over one-third thicker than the iPad 2′s 0.34-inch profile. In landscape mode, its screen is as wide as the iPad 2′s, but is about an inch shorter in height. The G-Slate feels comfortable in our hands while typing, whether in landscape or portrait mode, and unlike the iPad 2 with its smooth-as-silk metal casing, the G-Slate isnt as likely to slip from our grip.
On its bottom side, the tablet has ports for Mini-USB and Mini-HDMIalthough not Micro-HDMI as on the Xoom. On the top are a volume rocker and microphone pinhole. Two speakers can be found on the right side, with another on the left. Also on the left are the power/lock button, a headphone jack, and the power adapter slot input.
Accessing the G-Slates SIM card is a little more involved than doing the same on the Xoom. Theres a hidden panel on the back, requiring you to push down and slide it, revealing the SIM slot as well as the reset button underneath.
These days you cant have a tablet without a built-in camera, usually two. The G-Slate attempts to one-up the competition by including not only a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, but also a 5-megapixel 3D camera on the back. Technically, this is three cameras in all, although T-Mobile isnt really marketing it that way.
If youve seen pics of the back of the G-Slate, you may have noticed a narrow silver plate across it. You may have also assumed this stylish-looking plate doubled as a kickstand. It doesnt; its only function is to add a little design panache.
The G-Slate is the first Honeycomb tablet with out-of-the-box 4G support, courtesy of T-Mobiles network. The tablet also comes with T-Mobile streaming TV preinstalled as well as an…