Even though it debuted at CES as the G-Slate, LG is calling their upcoming Honeycomb tablet the “Optimus Pad” for the European market and at Mobile World Congress, where TabletPCReview finally got a chance to test it out. Right off the bat, we concluded that both the G-Slate and Optimus Pad are the same device by a different name.
Considering its specifications (Tegra 2 processor, Honeycomb OS), we mostly enjoyed its size – with 8.9 inches of screen real estate, it is not too big that users need both hands to operate and it is not too small to be called an oversized smartphone. It is also lighter than the iPad and has a metal back cover, making it highly solid.
Xoom, Tab, G-Slate
Like the Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1, it comes with Honeycomb (Android 3.0), which has not been modified at all, and just like the other Honeycomb tablets, it does not have a single key on the front surface.
Unfortunately, like those other two Honeycomb tablets, not a lot can be stated about the Honeycomb operating system and functionality because the OS is still unfinished on the device. However, hardware-wise, this is an exceptionally robust tablet with highly precise touch reactions.
What About 3D?
The imaging is average in terms of sharpness and color vivacity, and LG reps said that users can view the 3D films recorded with the G-Slate’s back-facing stereoscopic camera only with glasses.
Just like with the Optimus 3D smartphone, this tablet has an application for sharing 3D video clips with a special YouTube channel. While LG has been strangely silent in regards to the exact 3D technology found on the device, the 3D YouTube channel utilizes the older blue and red 3D technology, which is disappointing considering the technology is literally decades old.