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How the T-Mobile Tablet Works

        Tech | Tablet PCs

T-Mobile Tablet Features and Specs
Note the dual cameras on either side of the aluminum strip.
Note the dual cameras on either side of the aluminum strip.
Image courtesy of T-Mobile.

The G-Slate is slim and portable, and has -- for the most part -- solid inner-workings. The G-Slate runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system, and it was one of the first tablets to do so. It's equipped with a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, which is powerful enough to handle multiple, simultaneously operating apps. It has a respectable 32GB of internal storage, but it doesn't have an SD slot to expand the tablet's memory. This could be a real drawback for users with app-heavy tendencies.

The G-Slate has two rear-facing 5-megapixel cameras that can work in tandem to capture 3-D, 720-pixel video. The cameras can be used independently for higher resolution; a single camera will record 1080-pixel video. A third, front-facing 2-megapixel camera can be used for videoconferencing. The tablet comes with an LED flash.

In addition to the usual roundup of features, like an e-book app and built-in office software, the tablet has another accessory worth noting: red/blue 3-D glasses to wear while playing back 3-D video. Some critics say 3-D is just a gimmick, however, and that the cameras produce grainy photographs and video [source: Hiner].

The G-Slate comes with the T-Mobile TV app, which can be used to watch free television shows from nine different channels. There are reports that the selection is thin and that the resolution is nothing to write home about, but consumers can access additional free or paid on-demand content via the app. Users also can visit the Android Market to buy more apps [source: Stevens]. Because the G-Slate is Flash compatible, the free Flash app might be one of the first users will want to nab -- with it, they can view Flash-enabled content on Web sites, and it's a necessary component for some online games [source: Nguyen].

The G-Slate has a battery life of approximately eight hours, which is about average among tablets [source: Stevens]. The Apple iPad, in comparison, has a 10-hour battery life.

So how does the G-Slate stack up to competitors overall? It's an all-around solid tablet for people who like to dabble in multiple applications, from game playing to amateur filmmaking, but critics are already looking forward to the release of an improved version.