It's G-Slate Launch Day...And No One Seems To Care

Posted: Apr 19 2011, 1:04pm CDT | by , in News | Tablets

It's G-Slate Launch Day...And No One Seems to Care

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T-Mobile's new 3D tablet isn't blowing anyone away.

Think back to the Xoom's launch. What news item was on the front page of every tech blog and the very top of Techmeme? Either reviews of the Xoom, or commentary on reviews of the Xoom. And when the PlayBook reviews hit? They were at the top of Techmeme too. The same was (obviously) true for the iPad 2, and will be for Samsung's first slates as well. But LG? No one really seems to be taking them seriously.

Oh sure, there are plenty of G-Slate reviews out for launch day. But they aren't exactly burning up the ol' newswire. Check out Techmeme today and you'll have to slide alllllmost down to the bottom of the page to find any news on LG's 3D tablet.

Obviously, this isn't conclusive proof of anything. But I think it is evidence that the industry is rather underwhelmed with this latest tablet offering. Which is what you'd expect. We've been inundated with slates lately. And the G-Slate's only claim to fame is the ability to handle 3D...with glasses required.

ThisIsMyNext's review was pretty much all negative. The camera isn't very good, the cost ($630 with a contract) is excessive and the lack of SD support is a big no-no. Engadget's review was more positive, praising the Slate for its Xoom-level battery life and great performance. They weren't fans of the plastic back though.

BGR's review described the 3D shooting/viewing as "just a novelty". That's something everyone who has used the G-Slate seems to agree with. I had a chance to play with this thing back during the Mobile World Congress and had the same issue. It's uncomfortable to shoot with and the glasses make it no more convenient to use. BGR loved the build quality, but they dinged it for a sluggish UI and unresponsive touchscreen.

So there you have it. The G-Slate isn't a total wash, but it isn't electrifying hearts and minds out there either. And it won't be the first great Android tablet success. In fact, the industry seems fairly eager to bury this one and move on to the next hyped-up tablet.

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