Now, T-Mobile would happily lure you into a two-year contract with an attractive starting price of $529.99, but a wise tablet buyer would immediately note that taking such a route would cost a total of $1250 over the next 24 months - not to mention the toll of being unable to upgrade to the latest and greatest in the rapidly changing world of tablets.
Off-contract, the G-Slate costs $749.99 at Magenta's online store - not bad, considering that Motorola's similarly-specced XOOM will run you $799.99 under nearly identical conditions. Plus, the G-Slate adds a pair of 3D cameras, an HPSA+ radio, and a 3D (if you like red-and-blue glasses) display to the Honeycomb mix.
In an interesting - and rather unpleasant - turn of events, Amazon is actually asking $50 more for the G-Slate than T-Mobile itself. Of course, they don't charge taxes (in most states), but it's still disappointing for not-so well-to-do Honeycomb enthusiasts hoping for a discount.
As a reminder, the G-Slate packs:
- 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
- 768MB of RAM
- 32GB internal memory
- Pair of 5MP 3D rear cameras capable of 1080p video recording in 2D/720p recording in 3D
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 8.9-inch display capable of 3D (with included red-and-blue glasses)
- Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) with Flash 10.1 out of the box
- HSPA+ compatible
- HDMI output
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi
And finally, here's a quartet of product images to get your saliva flowing: