LG G-Slate (T-Mobile) Gaming Performance Review

Posted by B. Johnson
August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
LG G-Slate (T-Mobile) Gaming Performance ReviewHi guys, welcome back to this site!

On this website, i’ve been talking a lot about how impressed i've been with almost all tablets that are powered by NVIDIA’s homemade mobile chipsets – Tegra processors (either Tegra 3, Tegra 4, Tegra K1 or even Tegra 2).

From the first-gen Google Nexus 7 (Tegra 3), and then followed by NVIDIA Tegra Note or HP Slate 7 Extreme (with Tegra 4), Asus Transformer Pad TF701T (Tegra 4), Acer Iconia Tab 500 (Tegra 2), and the most powerful ones – Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 (Tegra K1) and NVIDIA Shield Tablet (Tegra K1).

The simple reason why i’ve always been interested to bring up and talk about these Tegra-powered tablets is because these Tegra tablets mostly have great gaming performance and amazing graphical power.

And that’s also the reason why these Tegra tablets are mostly capable to handle many graphically demanding games so great and so smooth even in full graphics.

Take Google Nexus 7 (the 1st-gen) tablet as an example.

Despite being an old-gen 2012 tablet, this original Nexus 7 has great graphical performance and can even handle games like Modern Combat 4, N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted or GTA Vice City in high graphics setting – although latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas won’t run smoothly in full graphics on this Google' tablet.

Meanwhile, tablets with the next-gen Tegra 4 processor are also more than capable to perform smoothly when playing games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2 or GTA San Andreas, even in full high graphics setting.

And flashback to the past – the Tegra 2 processor -, despite being an outdated processor for today’s standards, this Tegra 2 processor used to be the world’s first dual-core processor around the tablet/smartphone market.

So surprisingly not, almost all the games released in the past or around the year of 2012 – even the most graphics intense ones – can be played in full graphics on any tablet with this chipset.

Anyway, in the past few days, i’ve showing you guys some of Tegra-powered tablets made by Samsung, Motorola, Lenovo and even Xiaomi with its Mi Pad (Tegra K1).

Today, i still want to keep the momentum going by talking more about Tegra tablets. As a matter of fact, i actually have some other Tegra tablets that haven’t been brought up to this website.

So you can expect to see more and more Tegra tablets coming up in the next few days.

But this time, let me start with the Tegra tablet from LG. Yes – that’s right, this one is from LG.

To be perfectly honest, this actually sounds kind of weird for me personally because i never heard that LG used to have tablet in the past.

I mean, i knew that HTC had tablets in the past, despite not being active in today’s tablet market just like LG.

But apparently i was wrong. LG indeed used to make a tablet.

And this one is called LG G-Slate – which interestingly was offered exclusively only for T-Mobile customers.

The good thing is, this LG G-Slate tablet is powered by Tegra 2 dual-core processor. So you can expect this tablet to have good gaming performance – if not great, let alone the best.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this LG’s tablet, including its gaming performance and what games that will likely run great on this tablet, then here you go, my personal review of LG G-Slate.

Introduction

Similar just like HTC – when it comes to tablet market, LG is not really that active in this business, especially compared to other smartphone rivals like Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, Acer and of course, Apple.

Interestingly, this Korean-based manufacturer used to have its own homemade tablet available to buy on the market in the past.

It’s called LG G-Slate, an 8.9-inch Android tablet powered by Tegra 2 processor.

This actually is similar with HTC that used to also supply its own tablets – HTC Flyer and HTC JetStream – for Android tablet market, which i’ve already showed you in the past month.

Speaking of LG’s tablet, there is one interesting fact about this LG G-Slate - this tablet used to be offered only on T-Mobile in the US.

LG G-Slate (T-Mobile) Gaming Performance Review
LG G-Slate (T-Mobile)

And this is the reason why LG called this tablet as T-Mobile LG G-Slate tablet, selling it exclusively only for T-Mobile customers.

This is probably why this tablet never had any success around the market back then, and why i never heard whatsoever about this tablet.

The good thing about this tablet is, despite not being a popular tablet on the market – let alone being the challenger of Apple’s iPad -, LG G-Slate features some pretty good-grade hardware specs under its hood.

  • From the 8.9-inch display sporting the 1280x768 pixel resolution (which can be translated into 720p display),
  • 1GB of RAM,
  • 5MP camera on the rear-side with the supports of LED-flash and autofocus,
  • 2MP camera on the front,
  • 3G cellular network
  • and the most importantly, the dual-core Tegra 2 processor along with its 8-core GeForce ULP GPU.
  • Not to mention, some other basic and standard features that any tablet should have (like Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, Java, etc).
And this tablet is indeed amazing because LG G-Slate was released back then in 2011, when it was still pretty rare to see Android tablets with great hardware specifications like this LG’s tablet.

If i’m not mistaken, in that year, Samsung’s GALAXY tablets were not that impressive in specs and performance, while Amazon was still busy promoting its Kindle Fire tablet on its website, not to mention, Apple was the king in this tablet-making business with its iPad.

So with all of these good-grade specs under the hood, not to mention the fact that this LG’s tablet was released in 2011, the questions are:

Did LG G-Slate stack up against rivals around the tablet market back then in 2011?

Does this LG’s tablet have good gaming performance?

Is LG G-Slate still relevant to be positioned alongside today’s tablet market alongside iPad mini 2, Google Nexus 7 (2nd gen), Samsung GALAXY Tab series or even its own sibling, LG G Pad 8.3?

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  • 3G Network
  • Mini-SIM
  • Weight 621 g (1.37 lb)
  • Released April 2011
  • Discontinued
  • 8.9 inch 3D LCD capacitive touchscreen, 768 x 1280 pixels, (~168 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 Chipset
  • ULP GeForce GPU
  • Android OS, v3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • microSD Memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 32 GB Internal storage
  • Dual 5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • HSDPA
  • USB
  • Bluetooth
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • HTML, Adobe Flash
  • Accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Colors Black
  • HDMI port
  • Non-removable Li-Ion battery
  • Up to 273 hours Stand-by
  • Up to 9 hours 20 minutes Talk time
In terms of specs, LG G-Slate actually is kind of similar with other Tegra 2 tablets that i’ve already showed you in the past – like Acer Iconia Tab 500, Motorola Xoom, Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7 or Lenovo ThinkPad.

However, there are still some sectors on this LG’s tablet that separate it from these Tegra 2 counterparts, like its 8.9-inch display, its pixel density, its software, its features or its battery life.

But for the most part, LG G-Slate doesn’t really leave far away with other Tegra 2 tablets above.
  • It still has the 720p resolution on its 8.9-inch display – resulting in pixel density of 168ppi -,
  • it has the same 5MP and 2MP cameras on the back and front respectively (as well as the LED flash and autofocus supports),
  • it has the 32GB of internal storage with microSD card slot for up to 32GB,
  • it has the same Android software build as well as the upgradeable version,
  • and it has some other standard features just like the ones found on any Tegra 2 tablets i’ve already reviewed on this website.
However, there is one thing that makes this tablet ‘special’.

And that is its 3G cellular support, which can be really handy when using this tablet on-the-go outside the hotspot area.

Screen

Unlike other Tegra 2 tablets – such as Acer Iconia Tab 500, Motorola Xoom or Lenovo ThinkPad -, LG G-Slate interestingly features a unique 8.9-inch display sporting the resolution of 1280x768 pixels, which makes it look much sharper compared to the same resolution on 10-inch display of its Tegra 2 rivals.

The great thing is, LG G-Slate is powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, accompanied with GeForce ULP GPU in graphical sector.

And this is a ‘perfect match’ or adequate for that 720p display, ensuring that any task that you throw on the screen can be executed in buttery smooth peformance without squeezing a lot of juice from its battery.

So as a result, this tablet will have sharp looking display and great performance, plus long lasting battery life.

User Interface

Just like any other regular Android tablets out there on the market – especially the ones that come pre-installed with Android 3.0 HoneyComb -, this LG G-Slate also has the similar looking UI and features, with the same standard homescreen that you can fill with widgets, app shortcuts and many things.

Not to mention, there is a bottom navigation scroll which lets you open or multitask some apps at once – like video player, browser, music player, etc -.

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In the performance department, LG G-Slate is powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, clocked at 1GHz per core, coupled with GeForce ULP GPU – which is more than enough to ensure that any task that you throw on this tablet can be executed in buttery smooth performance, even when doing many tasks at once, thanks to its 1GB of RAM.

However, given that this tablet is released under the T-Mobile exclusively, then you as the owner of this tablet must be willing to accept all the bloatwares that T-Mobile provides to you on this tablet – which usually will run in the background in default.

In the real life performance, this tablet basically will be similar with the other Tegra 2 tablets that i’ve already showed you on this website – like Acer Iconia Tab 500, Motorola Xoom, Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7, Lenovo IdeaTab K1 and many others.

So it will be relatively fast and smooth, especially when doing any basic tasks like watching movies, reading books or magazines, browsing the web, editing documents or videos or checking out photos.

However, lags and stutters are still noticeable even significantly especially when deploying some live wallpaper on the homescreen.

This is not that surprising given that Tegra 2 still has its weaknesses among its graphical strengths.

Meanwhile, when it comes to gaming performance, there is still some superiority on this tablet in that sector.

However, given that Tegra 2 processor is already considered as outdated for today’s standards - especially compared to the next-gen Tegra 3, Tegra 4 or Tegra K1 – then there will be some limitations in its performance especially when running the latest games with some heavy graphics and advanced visual effects.

So for the older games released in 2012 or before that year – like PES 2012, N.O.V.A 1 and 2, Modern Combat 1 and 2, Asphalt 5 and 6, Need for Speed Undercover and SHIFT, Samurai Showdown, Dead Trigger, ShadowGun or GTA III – all of these games can still run great on LG G-Slate, even in full graphics setting.

However, for the latest and graphically demanding games – like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, N.O.V.A 3, Modern Combat 4 or Dead Trigger 2 – i have doubts that these games can be played smoothly in full graphics on LG G-Slate.

The good news is, some of these heavy games also provide users the options to set their graphics to even the lowest level, so you’ll probably have some luck there when playing these games on this LG tablet.

But basically, with Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, GeForce ULP GPU and a 10.1-inch 720p display, LG G-Slate is more than great (or greater?) as a gaming tablet.

Even though it’s not that capable in playing the latest graphically demanding games in full graphics, for the most part, this tablet is still able to perform great when playing some older games released in 2012 or around that year.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of LG G-Slate (T-Mobile), including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, there is no single doubt that LG G-Slate will be great in this sector.

Actually, there is one tablet from Acer that is also powered by this same Tegra 2 processor - even with the same 720p display -, just like LG G-Slate.

That tablet is Acer Iconia Tab 500, a 10.1-inch Android tablet that only comes with 3260mAh power battery.

Amazingly is – according to some reviews -, this Acer tablet has this great battery life and could even last in 2 days in heavy usage.

And more impressively is, this Acer tablet comes pre-installed with Acer UI that has some heavy features and 3D visual presentations here and there all over its pre-loaded apps.

So if a tablet with the same spec sheet as LG G-Slate can have that great battery life, then you can expect the same thing on LG G-Slate.

As a matter of fact, this tablet could even survive in 2 days or probably more in heavy usage.

However, this will also depend on what type of user are you.

I mean, if you only use a tablet in your spare time for doing things like watching movies, browsing some websites, listening to music, reading contents like books or magazines or playing some games, then there is no doubt this tablet will accompany in more than 2 days in the row – of course in one full charge.

However, if you are a power user and will likely use this tablet for doing some heavy intense tasks without even resting the screen at all – like for playing games in the row or watching some movies or tv shows in marathon -, then its battery life could last probably just 7 to 10 hours or one day of heavy usage, which is still great for a 10-inch tablet.

I believe its medium-resolution 720p display and its Tegra 2 processor – which is not that power hungry – are the ones that really help a lot in making this tablet last really long.

My Personal Opinions

So my final impression of this tablet is, despite being an older – or oldest, if you would – 2011 tablet and having the ‘outdated’ Tegra 2 dual-core processor, i still think that LG G-Slate is still a good choice of 10-inch tablet.

I mean, first of all, it has a dual-core Tegra 2 processor along with the GeForce ULP GPU, which makes this tablet superior in graphical sector – but of course not as great as Tegra 3 or Tegra 4, let alone Tegra K1.

And then, there are the 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, the 5MP + 2MP cameras on the back and front (not to mention the LED flash and autofocus supports) and 3G cellular support – making this tablet really useful than just a regular Android tablet.

The things that i should highlight on this tablet are:
  • its dual-core Tegra 2 processor,
  • its GeFoce ULP GPU,
  • its 5MP and 2MP - back and front cameras (as well as its LED flash and autofocus),
  • its 3G cellular support,
  • its microSD card slot
  • and last but not least, its good 720p resolution, which looks pretty nice and sharp on an 8.9-inch display.
However, there are still some downsides found on this tablet.

First of all, this tablet is an oldest-gen tablet released in 2011, so it kind of makes this tablet not relevant anymore with today’s tablets, especially in the software and compatibility with games or apps.

The next one is, given that its Tegra 2 dual-core processor is already considered as ‘outdated’ for today’s standards, then there will be many games that cannot be played smoothly in full graphics on this tablet (like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 4 or N.O.V.A 3).

And the last one is – and the most importantly – LG has stopped producing this tablet since a few years ago.

So chances are you’ll probably have some trouble finding this tablet right now at any tablet or smartphone stores in your town.

Not to mention, given that this LG G-Slate is sold exclusively only on T-Mobile, then it’s impossible for you to get this tablet outside the US or if there is no T-Mobile carrier in your country.

But despite all that, i think that LG G-Slate can still be a good purchase for a 9-inch tablet.

It may not be as great as other 8-inch rivals like Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S 8.4, Google Nexus 7, Xiaomi MI Pad, iPad mini 2, Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX or even its own sibling, LG G Pad 8.3, but if you manage to snatch this tablet at really really low price – or around $190 or even lower than that -, then there’s nothing wrong if buy this tablet.

Anyway, to end this review, here are the answers of my previous questions i asked above:
  1. Yes – if this tablet is positioned alongside its rivals on tablet market in 2011, then LG G-Slate can still stack up against its rivals, especially in terms of specs and performance.
  2. Yes – thanks to the Tegra 2 dual-core processor and GeForce ULP GPU, plus 1GB of RAM, LG G-Slate can still be a good gaming tablet, but not that great compared to other tablets with Tegra 3, Tegra 4 and of course, Tegra K1 (which is currently the most powerful mobile chipset around the tablet market).
  3. No – definitely not. Given its outdated specs and software build, there is no chance for LG G-Slate to be relevant alongside other rivals in today’s tablet market.

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