Beware: The T-Mobile G-Slate Costs $1250, Minimum

Posted: Mar 22 2011, 1:49pm CDT | by , in Android


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Beware: The T-Mobile G-Slate Costs $1250, Minimum

You can buy two iPads and an iPhone 5 on launch day, for that kind of money.

LG's Optimus Pad, better known now as the G-Slate, is a pretty cool piece of tech. The 3D recording and display is unique and awesome, although shooting video with a full-sized tablet is awkward at best. The narrow display makes for comfortable typing and one-handed use.

So how much would you pay for a tablet this cool? Does $500 sound fair? Probably. How about $530? That's probably fine too. How about $530 after a $100 rebate and with a 2-year contract? Well, that actually sounds kind of...terrible?

The 16 GB iPad 2 with 3G starts at $629. That's a jot ahead of the G-Slate, to be fair. But after you drop that scratch, you own your iPad 2 totally. There's no long term obligation and no looming cancellation fee if you decide you don't need a data connection, on down the line. The iPad 2 just costs $629. At minimum, your G-Slate will be an added $29.99 / month burden.

And that's assuming you're satisfied with 200 MB per month. 5 GB will cost you $49.99, while 10 GB will burn $84.99 / month. You're going to use that cap up fast if you ever want to upload one of those 3D videos through something besides WiFi.

In total, at minimum, the G-Slate is a $1250 purchase. 3D is nice, but for WHO will it be anything but a gimmick? Trust me. Wait for the WiFi-only version of the G-Slate. Or wait for the next 3D tablet to come out. Don't waste a huge chunk of cash on something as silly as a 3D tablet unless you're James Cameron and have the money to burn.

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