T-Mobile Tweets About G-Slate Arrival During iPad 2 Announcement

One of the things I’ve learned in the tech blogging world is when Apple announces a new product, posting non-Apple news just gets lost in the fold. Love or hate Apple, when they announce a new product, they own the news cycle. So why T-Mobile in its infinite wisdom decided to Tweet about the upcoming arrival of the T-Mobile G-Slate during today’s iPad 2 announcement WITHOUT a release date or price is beyond me. I understand their desire to raise the profile of their own upcoming tablet but to do so without pricing or release date is just ridiculous as far as I am concerned.

From a business standpoint, I understand T-Mobile has every desire to get the word out on their own upcoming tablet/iPad 2 rival. Still, to tweet without a price AND without a release date just made it look silly and poorly timed. More to the point, if you weren’t looking at your Twitter feed at the exact moment the tweet arrived, you were likely to miss it in the stream of Apple news.

So there you have it, the G-Slate will arrive sometime this Spring, which could be any day during the Spring months of March, April or May and it could be $1,000,000.00 since no price was announced.

@tmobile

P.S. For the record, our intel still points to March 23rd for release.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luis-Dominguez/100000411307848 Luis Dominguez

    If it wants to compete it better have a good price. iPad coming out next week is gonna kill a lot of android tablet sales. The xoom is nice but not 800 nice.

    • http://twitter.com/stalkbrandon Brandon V. Fletcher

      i dont understand why everyone forgets that the iPad equivalent to the soon is around the same price. Apple is definitely good at perceived value.

      • http://twitter.com/adomanico01 Anthony Domanico

        It’s not about the “iPad Equivalent,” it’s about Johnny Consumer being able to pick up an iPad for $499, while the Xoom is $799 (don’t get me started about the fabled wifi-only verison…I’m still waiting for the Wi-fi only galaxy tab that was coming out).

        • butnakedavenger

          WIFI only versions are available at Best Buy. Carrier logos included for the fun of it. And they are…. $499.99.

          The Xoom is most definitely overpriced though. Hopefully the G-Slate doesn’t suffer from the same affliction. It’d be a shame for the average consumer to get confused by a price tag, and Apple most certainly does know how to manipulate perception.

        • butnakedavenger

          (by the way, I’m typing this from my iMac. My macbook is a few feet away. I can see two iPods from here.)

        • Anonymous

          LOL

        • butnakedavenger

          (by the way, I’m typing this from my iMac. My macbook is a few feet away. I can see two iPods from here.)

        • butnakedavenger

          (by the way, I’m typing this from my iMac. My macbook is a few feet away. I can see two iPods from here.)

        • whosaidwhat

          Thank you sir. The average Joe knows of a $499 (and now $399 for last years model) Ipad because that’s the price they advertise. Us geeks who follow online blogs know the value of the G-Slate and Xoom but even then, a lot of us want wifi only starting at $499. I really hope the G-Slate comes in at a decent price both on contract and off contract.

      • Anonymous

        What percentage of buyers actually want that XOOM equivalent iPad vs. a $499 iPad?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luis-Dominguez/100000411307848 Luis Dominguez

    If it wants to compete it better have a good price. iPad coming out next week is gonna kill a lot of android tablet sales. The xoom is nice but not 800 nice.

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    I agree. All I been hearing is iPad 2. But, what it took for iPad to accomplished full feature set all the way around in a sequel device, T-Mobile & G-Slate will achieve 1st round, 1st time out the box.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      That may or may not be true, but the point of this article which tablet is better, it’s the timing with which T-Mobile tried to “announce” something and they did it poorly.

      • TMOTECH

        i understand what you are saying but the G-Slate was announced along time ago. We were just trying to distract and let people know not to forget what we got while they were looking at the new overpriced Apple tool that still has no flash and is basically the same thing as the first.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          It was absolutely bad timing for a distraction and regardless of what you think about the product itself (which is in no way shape or form relevant to the discussion) T-Mobile went about this all wrong. Trying to underhand an Apple news cycle is ridiculous and won’t succeed, it’s just that simple.

        • Anonymous

          Throwin a rock into a lake tryna make a wave.

        • Aerofanbig

          overpriced apple product? are you saying wifi only G-slates are going to be under 600$? Oh wait…probably won’t be wifi only G-slates. As much as I love Tmo and loathe Apple (for the most part)…Tmo failed on this one lol you can’t take thunder away from Apple WITHOUT A PRODUCT IN HAND. You are a Tmo employee…maybe you can help us out…does anyone there who makes any decisions at all understand this? Talk is cheap….products sell.

    • http://twitter.com/adomanico01 Anthony Domanico

      Yeah, that’s a difficult comparison. You’re comparing the G-slate with something that came out 6-12 months ago, yes the G-Slate is going to stack up better against old technology. Not a valid comparison.

      • butnakedavenger

        reread the post, Anthony. It’s worded in a slightly confusing way, but use both eyes and you’ll see that DtheArtist is saying that it took Apple two devices (the iPad and it’s “sequel”) to achieve what the G-Slate will be capable of in its first iteration. The comparison is most certainly between the iPad2 and the G-Slate and therefore Valid. But as David states, this article is about timing. And it most certainly is poor. A tweet is not going to be grabbing any attention today.

        I would also like to point out that the magnetic sleep mode trigger the iPad2 is packing is not clever or revolutionary. BlackBerry’s been doing that for years with it’s magnetic holsters putting the BB into an assigned profile.

        • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

          You understand me. You matter!

        • Camille

          But, it’s still not a valid comparison. iPad was the first “tablet” of its kind. Every other manufacturer that came along afterwards was able to incorporate all the features of the iPad into their device, plus some. So, the perception that Motorola and LG were able to develop a more superior product over the iPad their first time out is invalid. Had they not come out with products that were at least better than the iPad would have been an epic failure on their parts.

          David, sorry to hijack your topic.

        • Vibrant Addict

          Ok take it even further. The iPad2 is still lacking in comparison to all the upcoming tablets for these coming months. It’s only on par, or lacking features that the other ones have. You’d have to be an idiot to buy iPad 2, when iPad 3 is coming out in the fall with some real worthy features.

          You have to remember Steve Jobs LOVES giving his sheep nibbles, and they all bite little by little.

        • Camille

          The same could be said about anyone contemplating purchasing the G-slate, Xoom, or any of the other new tabs slated to come out within the next couple of months. Newer models (with quad-core processors, more features, etc.) will be coming out near the end of the year that will have more worthy features. So, I guess that the people buying the soon-to-be-current models are idiots, also?

        • Anonymous

          Boom.

        • Vibrant Addict

          Ok take it even further. The iPad2 is still lacking in comparison to all the upcoming tablets for these coming months. It’s only on par, or lacking features that the other ones have. You’d have to be an idiot to buy iPad 2, when iPad 3 is coming out in the fall with some real worthy features.

          You have to remember Steve Jobs LOVES giving his sheep nibbles, and they all bite little by little.

        • AnonyMouse

          You cant say that all the tablets are copying the ipad. The ipad wasnt even a new device either. Touch screen tablets have been around for a long time…they just never took off in the consumer world.

          The ipad was a stolen idea from another company that was marketed with apple’s “revolutionary” and “magical” and all that hype marketing. Then we have tablets comes out now that kills the ipad and pad 2 and those tablets released BEFORE the ipad 2 and your saying they are copying? the ipad is the copycat..adding cameras because other tablets have them, adding better speakers after people starting saying the tab had better speakers, adding a lot based on the competition…but not adding enough to even begin to out do the competition.

        • Camille

          Yes, but in this current conversation, no one was comparing the iPad with its predecessors. Also, the whole Apple stole this idea or that idea from other people/companies is old. The whole point is that since Apple became as big as it is now, all you hear is that such-and-such product is going to top Apple’s comparable product (the iPhone killer, the iPad killer, so on and on). Hence, as I stated, most non-Apple products are doing what they can to topple Apple, which includes incorporating some of their features and adding others. And, just to clear it up beforehand, no I am not an “iSheeple”. I do not own anything Apple (except for the iPod Touch that my oldest son requested for Christmas). It just becomes very annoying to listen to all the Apple bashing, when Steve Jobs is doing what good business people do, which is to take full advantage of the popularity of his brand.

      • butnakedavenger

        reread the post, Anthony. It’s worded in a slightly confusing way, but use both eyes and you’ll see that DtheArtist is saying that it took Apple two devices (the iPad and it’s “sequel”) to achieve what the G-Slate will be capable of in its first iteration. The comparison is most certainly between the iPad2 and the G-Slate and therefore Valid. But as David states, this article is about timing. And it most certainly is poor. A tweet is not going to be grabbing any attention today.

        I would also like to point out that the magnetic sleep mode trigger the iPad2 is packing is not clever or revolutionary. BlackBerry’s been doing that for years with it’s magnetic holsters putting the BB into an assigned profile.

    • Anonymous

      That can happen when ur late to the game. The G-Slate is the runt of the “real tablet” litter.

      • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        Don’t understand this comment at all, ‘runt’ of the “real tablet” filler….? Don’t even answer that.

        • Anonymous

          Hey I can avoid your posts if you want my man. But I will reiterate my point and seek further clarification from you as well.

          I feel your statement points out fact. The fact that the iPad 2 and the G-Slate will be coming out with features that iPad 1 lack. This is absolutely true and “That can happen when ur late to the game”. Of course the G-Slate will have more features than the origional iPad and of course the iPad 2 has more features than the origional iPad. I just understand why exactly you brought it up. Not lookin for a fight.

          And the G-Slate is the runt of the litter (lets say the iPad 2, XOOM, and the G-Slate since it will be out this month) because for one its smaller, for two its on TMO which is smaller, and judging by the poll on Phandroid its significantly less popular. T’sall I’m sayin.

        • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

          Now that makes more sense. :)

        • Anonymous

          Glad I could clear that up.

  • DroidDev

    Yup….pretty dumb on the part of Magenta. The G-Slate was shown at CES. Why, 2 months later, has it not been released? Thats what you get when you pick a commodities dealer as an OEM I guess.

    • http://twitter.com/adomanico01 Anthony Domanico

      “shown” at CES is a bit of a misnomer. One of the guys on stage HAD one that was caught on camera for like a second or 2. no hands-on time at CES.

  • Nexus _S_N900

    I completely agree with this post. I can’t believe these OEM companies haven’t gotten the drift.
    Lets look at it this way:
    Blackberry announced playbook last year: We still dont know the price and release date!!!!
    LG, SAMSUNG and all other Android OEM: They all announced their tablets. Still no price and release dates!!!
    HP announced WebOS touchpad: Still no price and precise release date!!!

    See the pathern here…..
    Lets even leave the pricing out…..
    Apple announced Ipad 2 today with release date set for March 11!!!!!

    Summary: Apple beats all the tablets to the market and will take a lead before other tablets even get a chance to come out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Stone/100000426610498 Danny Stone

      I agree with you 2. I mean i want a tab and i want a wifi only version……so its ipad 2……..when will these companies learn to compete with Apple you need to release the wifi only with or before the 3g version.

      • AnonyMouse

        Most companies dont want to release wifi only as a features product because its carrier based, not manufacturer based. Apple could care less if att or vzw make money, they just want to make money.

        As for release dates…I agree….the OEMs need to set better dates. They are getting into the announcing stage early and the releasing late. However, its just a rough start. Soon the market will be flooded with awesome tablets that put the ipad to shame (oh wait…even the galaxy tab has better specs that the ipad 2 lol)

        • Anonymous

          Why do they have to come out as carrier based? Thats the problem. Take that $%^@ outta there and sell it to us straight up or get lost at sea.

        • Rotaryb8

          There’s plenty of reasons for any device being carrier based. Carriers love to subsidize the device therefore locking you into a 2 year contract. This wasn’t a problem a few years ago when the life cycle of a phone was 2-3 years. The issue now is that a new device comes out every 5-6 months thus carriers need to adjust. Not only will it hurt the customer but also the company bottom line.

        • The Hammer

          Most companies dont want to release a wifi only version??? They better if they want to compete with Apple and actually make some profit. Just makes more sense which version can they sell more? I say they can sell the wifi only version more…Most people who want one of these tablets already have a smart phone and dont want or need to pay for another data plan. If they ar elike me they pay for Home internet and Smart phone data, now why would i need to pay some one else for another data plan. Now maybe if tmo would go say its 10 bucks amonth to add a tablet to your account because you already have a smart phone then i might do that.

    • Anonymous

      Great product, great price, perfect timing.

  • Jeremy

    Sad to say that the iPad2 will dominate this year. Pretty much the same specs minus the 3d….WHO CARES ABOUT 3D? iOS has been proving itself since 2007…..no doubt right now i use a Nexus S because i love android but in the tablet world…it all boils down to price and marketing. Sorry T-Mo & other tablet providers…Apple just set the house on fire. Back to the drawing board.

    • AnonyMouse

      Same specs? Wow…thats like saying that a toyota has the same engine as an F1.

      Just look at the ram alone…512mb on ipad 2 and 1gb on xoom and other tablets. Thats double on android tablets. Not to mention the a5 is underclocked. Like they did with the a4 chip. The a4 was nothing more than a weaker a8 hummingbird. The a5 is nothing compared to the tegra 2 and tegra 3 and orion and qualcom and other cpus coming out well before the ipad 3 comes out and already out before the ipad 2 even hits stores.

      Not to mention your looking at tablets with 8mb back cameras, 3d cameras, 2 megapixel front cameras. etc The ipad 2 is only showing a vga front cam and a 5mp back cam. Like the ripped the cames out of the iphone 4 and stuck them in the ipad 2…..and the iphone is 8 months old.

      Not to even begin to talk about how even apple employees are saying the ipad2 is not a great tablet and to wait for the next one.

      • Anonymous

        I’m just a referee here but has 512MB RAM been proven to be insufficient on the iPad 2 compared to the XOOM’s 1GB? I mean obviously 1GB is “better” than 512MB but I’m guessing that the iPads doubled RAM is up to the job.

        Now the boxing gloves are on. Who cares about or needs 8MP vs 5 on a Tablet? Really? 3D cameras? Really? I can get with you on the front cam tho cuz thats outdated extremely at this point.

        iPad 2 being released is like the Galaxy S 4G. Upgrades here and there(maybe not extreme to some) but atleast the prices are the same. Get one or wait for better just like ANY of these gadgets.

  • Guest

    If the price isn’t around 399, then it’s going to be the wifi only Ipad2 for me.

  • Guest

    If the price isn’t around 399, then it’s going to be the wifi only Ipad2 for me.

  • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

    G-what? iPad 2 stole the show, sorry T-mobile…your still cool though..

    • Anonymous

      Went to BB today to try out my very first XOOM. I must say I wasn’t at all impressed. My rooted Vibrant feels smoother than it did and I prefer the simplicity of the iPad especially its one single button.

      I probly will buy an iPad 2 but NEVER an iPhone.

      • Foxeh

        You hit the nail on the head. I’ve actually owned a Xoom for a few days and I just don’t see this thing taking off. In spite of having astronomical specs it did not perform like it at all. One of the reasons the iPad is so expensive is because of it’s IPS display and the Xoom’s display is certainly not in that class. I fear that Motorola missed the point entirely.

        • AnonyMouse

          um…you do know that the iPad’s display is worse than the Xoom…right? One of the chief complaints about the ipad 2 is that it kept the same res display as the prior model, and the display was one of the things that people were clamoring for the most. However, with apple only sticking a paltry and laughingly ridiculous 512mb into the ram there was no way it could support a better display

        • Foxeh

          No offense, but I find it hard to believe anyone who’s seen both of them side by side would say that. The Xoom’s resolution is just slightly higher, but it’s contrast is inferior and it ghosts considerably with just simple panning. The iPhone 4′s “Retina Display” was what got people clamoring about ridiculous PPI on an iPad revision, but yields would be problematic on a 9.7″ display.

          There’s a lot of hyperbole when it comes to tablets so I can only relay my experience… but it seems similar to what Anandtech has posted at least in regards to the display.

          If all you know is the spec sheet, well…

        • Anonymous

          One of the first things I did on the XOOM was watch the Avatar Trailer in HQ and it was terrible. I cant go into the who what and whys about it looking bad to me but I didn’t like it. I havent seen HQ YouTube on the iPad but I’m guessing its crappy as well.

          In the end, photo’s look smooth as butter on the iPad(I forgot to look at pics on the XOOM but are they just as good?) and games/browsing is crystal clear as well. Foxeh have you tried 720p playback on both devices?

        • Foxeh

          Youtube trailers don’t be viewed in “HD” in the apps of either system as far as I can tell (I admit I didn’t look hard), so that likely has something to do with it Avatar not looking so great on a 1280 wide screen.

          Sadly I couldn’t put video through its paces because neither of my iPad wielding pals carry 720p videos on it and the MP4′s I tried on the Xoom couldn’t play back consistently. I later read that high profile encoding give the Tegra 2 a fit (seriously??) so I would have either had to re-encode the video or found something else. Admittedly I didn’t really bother getting to the bottom of that. Considering this thing costs $800 to be a device of convenience, I had no inclination to fight with it at all.

          One thing that stood out to everybody is that the displays on both devices just plain looked better on the iPad regardless of what we tried with it.

        • Anonymous

          Nice, thx for that. iPad 2 it is.

        • Foxeh

          In forgetting to proof read, I also forgot to mention that the iPad has better viewing angles too. That’s probably the biggest thing that gave away the Xoom not using an IPS panel.

      • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

        very well said my friend.

  • Youngt82

    The ipad 2 looks and sounds just like the first one, ain’t too much has changed and so far the xoom and samsung galaxy tab 10.1 sounds better than the G-Slate smh so yes Teen Mobile once again messed up big time and was no big information here but making us wait for weak devices well this one ain’t too weak but still not a good move at all in my opinion :( They need to get rid of that ceo Bumm or Humm whatever name is and whoever else that do they marketing and products supplies to step down and bring on some more smarter and wiser people to the table!

    • butnakedavenger

      the xoom doesn’t have flash support.

      what does the xoom have that the g-slate won’t have?

      • Anonymous

        Verizon’s “Most reliable network”. Yep, thats about it.

    • ATL guy

      Ya thinner, lighter, and faster is soooo overrated.

    • Red Nation

      Your an idiot. The gslate will crush both of those tabs. The CEO is doing a much better job than the last one. Ignorance.

  • Petey

    I don’t care about the slate! haha they can tweet all they want, they won’t get much attention anyways.

    • AnonyMouse

      Based on all these comments, the blog posting, and other similar blogs and news articles all around the net….I would say that constitutes “getting attentions” lol

  • SugarMouth

    Ya I am still very pleased with my Galaxy Tab!

    • Anonymous

      web browsing sucks on that thing dude

  • SugarMouth

    Ya I am still very pleased with my Galaxy Tab!

  • SugarMouth

    Ya I am still very pleased with my Galaxy Tab!

  • ATL guy

    damn Dave you Just put T-Mobile on BLAST.

  • ATL guy

    damn Dave you Just put T-Mobile on BLAST.

  • Anonymous

    I assume the marketing team is very busy X’ing out their previous pricing point and creating a new price for the G-Slate. I would imagine it’s the only way to compete. Look at Moto’s Xoom, very bad pricing when the sheep are flocking to the Ipad.

  • Anonymous

    David, you hit the nail on the head with this one. T-Mobile showed a lack of class with its “Me Too” statement.

  • Anonymous

    David, you hit the nail on the head with this one. T-Mobile showed a lack of class with its “Me Too” statement.

  • Anonymous

    i totally agree with you on this one, David!

  • Y2kfirefly

    Thats pretty good intel seeing that you can go to a tmobile store and they tell you it will be out march 23

    • AnonyMouse

      Reps dont know anything in store. It was a store manager that swore that tmobile would get the iphone 3gs sometime in late 2010, erc. lol.

      My wife went into a tmobile store and they told her that the mytouch 4g was a dual core phone, but had no idea if it had a lanyard spot.

      I guarantee you that if you go into a store and ask about a rumor item that every rep in that store will swear to you they know the behind the scenes info. Then asked those same exact reps about something thats not a rumor…like a policy that just got changed….and you will get a completely different response and have most, if not all, of the reps put their hands down to answer your questions.

      • AnonyMouse

        btw, according to the rep…it wasnt just dual core. it was tegra 2 dual core too lol.

  • nexusssss

    How about a EFFIN high end phone??
    Come on TMO!!!!

    • Anonymous

      All we get is samsung galaxy mini and lg optimus. thats all t-mobile has. mytouch 4g is the best phone on t-mobile and probably will be all year.

      • Anonymous

        No it wont.

  • dj7

    G-Slate looks good….but I don’t need nor do I want 3D. I’m seriously thinking about a webOS tablet or even the iPad2 because I need a tablet now….but what I DON’T need is another data contract!
    Seriously, why can’t T-Mobile sell us a WiFi version first? They’d score a lot more customers curious about the Android platform and the Honeycomb OS. I’m an Android afficionado (no I don’t want the Xoom) but without more info about Honeycomb, WiFi versions and lowered pricing….unfortunately it looks like I will be turning to the iPad2 and jailbreaking that sucker.

    • Red Nation

      There’s no profit in WiFi only tabs.

    • Anonymous

      then don’t use 3d genius its up to you if you want to run a 3d game movie or program ones the ipad 2 comes out and the ipad 1 prices drops so will the over priced android tablets did you know the xoom only cost 285 to manufacture plus labor and there tryin to sell it at $800 F Motorola

  • dj7

    Oh and what’s up with these tech companies NEVER getting it right with the second or even third versions of their products? They KNOW we want true multi-tasking, WiFi versions, reasonable prices, video chat, decent camera megapixels, Flash/HTML5 capabilities, fabulous photo albums and functional calender/contact/PDF/document syncing, merging and editing, charging docks and accessories available right when the tablets are..and no iTunes-type of restrictions! But…we end up waiting while they boast how “magical” and “unique” they are, when they still don’t check all the boxes. Or how about “thinking outside of the box”???

    • Anonymous

      No, dj7, this is what YOU want. Apple is pretty smart about identifying what works for both consumers and enterprise, which is a large part of how they sold 17m iPads in less than a year. Companies are adopting it in astonishing numbers, because IT managers are finding many field employees can get the major functionality of a laptop without the maintenance overhead of a laptop. Consumers like it because it simply works. Is it perfect? Of course not, but you have to realize that 17m purchases were on a model without FFC (for example) and with all the “walled garden” restrictions of an Apple product, and more than 50% were 3G models. It may be true that manufacturers have yet to create and market the ideal device for YOU, the iPad (and some of its immediate followers, like the Xoom) will appeal to a very broad section of the population, because that is where the money is.

    • Anonymous

      No, dj7, this is what YOU want. Apple is pretty smart about identifying what works for both consumers and enterprise, which is a large part of how they sold 17m iPads in less than a year. Companies are adopting it in astonishing numbers, because IT managers are finding many field employees can get the major functionality of a laptop without the maintenance overhead of a laptop. Consumers like it because it simply works. Is it perfect? Of course not, but you have to realize that 17m purchases were on a model without FFC (for example) and with all the “walled garden” restrictions of an Apple product, and more than 50% were 3G models. It may be true that manufacturers have yet to create and market the ideal device for YOU, the iPad (and some of its immediate followers, like the Xoom) will appeal to a very broad section of the population, because that is where the money is.

      • dj7

        Actually my company jumped on the Apple bandwagon by buying iPhone 3gs for the administrative staff and also buying 6 iPads for use at tradeshows. Guess what? All of the iPads have been put aside, after the first tradeshow debut. Complaints were the same as with the iPhone 3gs…they couldn’t do as much as they wanted to, they were always complaining that they couldn’t multi-task during the tradeshows or the 3G connections were too slow. DUH! It’s Apple, not Android! Do we still have HP laptops at work? You betcha…and those are used every day, much more than the iPads. So why does our admin staff use iPhones? Because they were given to them for free.,,,the president was on a bandwagon kick and thought it would be a good idea, Primary uses? Storing photos, making calls and sending text messages, period. Definitely not the enthused type of usage that Apple would like everyone to believe. As for IT personnel, one of them uses a Sprint EVO phone and the other has iPhone 4 and wants my MyTouch 4g!

        • Anonymous

          Thank you for continuing to make my point for me: You’re conflating your personal (or corporate experience) with what people (and businesses) in general are seeking. Apple didn’t sell 17m iPads in one year because they weren’t delivering a workable product to buyers, and if you spent even a moment to Google “iPad + enterprise” you’d see stories which emphasize the high adoption rate of the iPad by corporate IT, especially in the healthcare and financial services sectors. In many cases, those managers have had positive experiences with iOS 4.x and with iPhones deployed previously, so supporting the iPad wasn’t a chore. They placed POs for iPads by the hundreds; Apple didn’t get to 17m sold by selling one at a time to consumers. Apparently, the concerns YOU expressed in YOUR experience aren’t related to those of these many companies. And, really…are you attempting to blame poor 3G coverage on a device and not a carrier? Your more recent post betrays your personal animus towards Apple and the iOS; lest someone attempt to toss the “Apple fanboy” bomb at me, I will point out that I use a Nexus One (recently bumped to Gingerbread, which added nothing to my experience) and I don’t own an iPad. Yet. But given a choice between a $500 wifi iPad 2 and a (rumored) $600 wifi Xoom, I am not as impressed with the Android OS to date to give it an automatic advantage, and will have to evaluate both devices on their own merits.

        • dj7

          “Antennagate” in regards to poor iPhone performance cannot simply be blamed on a carrier. It has to do with the hardware itself and it is Apple’s quality issue. I don’t need to blame Apple..when many of their own users have already done so, from the “antennagate” episode and Apple’s initial denial that it was a product quality issue to their position regarding antivirus software for their devices. Apparently Apple now posits that antivirus software IS recommended. The experiences I’ve mentioned are not mine, they are reported to me by colleagues who have the iPhone 3gs or iPhone 4. I’ve said in a previous post, I will never own an iPhone. I owned an iPod Touch which I gave away after trying it out for a bit. Nope, I share no animosity towards Apple just incredulity at their hypocrisy and arrogance when it comes to addressing product quality issues as they appear. Choice is a wonderful thing and I’m so happy for Apple that their products are being implemented in the corporate world. Perhaps it will force them to stop blaming consumers for quality control issues. After all, a new hire just yesterday stated that he wanted to throw his iPhone 3gs out the window. The free bumper didn’t do it for him I guess…but that’s Apple love for you.

        • Geokaplan

          I know it’s still only Spring Training but…”Antennagate” does not equate to your earlier reference to 3G problems, which (once again) have nothing to do with the manufacturer…Strike one. The bumper on your mythical cohort’s iPhone 3GS wouldn’t have any special bearing on its performance, since the antenna redesign which caused the problem (solved by the bumpers) was for the iPhone4…Strike two. Your statement “I share no animosity towards Apple” is exposed as false by your posts above and elsewhere in this thread; you don’t want to acknowledge that Apple has designed a product which is a hit of tremendous proportions, even if it isn’t what YOU want. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were one of the jackwads calling it nothing more than “a large iPhone” when it was first announced…Strike three. You’ll need some more time in the minors, apparently.

        • dj7

          Geokaplan – your question was “And, really…are you attempting to blame poor 3G coverage on a device and not a carrier?” I made no such attempt. Rather if you were literate enough to understand I said “”Antennagate” in regards to poor iPhone performance cannot simply be blamed on a carrier. It has to do with the hardware itself and it is Apple’s quality issue”. And yes, my colleagues do exist and their problems are not fictitious. Fixating on my postings won’t cover up for your obvious insecurities when it comes to Apple’s shortcomings. Which “jackwad” called the iPad a “large iPhone” and where are you getting your assumptions from? You must have buyer’s remorse if you bought a Nexus phone and then become defensive because I don’t share your hero worship of Apple. So dump the Nexus and get the iPhone 4…or do you need more help changing your nappies?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6JUK2RDOPHCULTIFWTNRVQ4PYQ JonathanW

      You want the Blackberry Playbook. Lets hope we see it come our way. That thing is going to be truly amazing.

  • MyVibrantLife

    I kinda agree with dj7 on this one. Not that I’m saying T-Mo should start selling wifi only tablets. They are a service provider first. No I cast my stones at Samsung, Motorola, and LG. The are other retail outlets to use, such as Best Buy and HH Greggs. Honestly how many data plans do we really need? Between wifi everywhere, 3g/4g hotspots, and 2.2+ enabled tethering, another $50 a month is insane.
    And 3D on a tablet IS a waste of space, time and resources. Yes you don’t have to use it but you’re paying more for it all the same. Its a gimmick feature that you’ll pay out the frame for. The 3D market as it is won’t make it if we see more passive or lens free technology in homes soon. The GSlate requires glasses and I’ve heard nothing about them being included. Oh and remember that’s 2 pair.
    I currently own a T-Mo Vibrant and a Sprint Galaxy Tab (sans contract). What?! I liked the white back better. Anyway I’m excited about the GSlate and the Galaxy 10.1, but I still won’t be diving into another contract to get one. So the prices NEED to be competitive with the iPad 2 wifi only version or its game over for many Android faithful looking to enter the tablet space.

  • Basural

    I can say this. The tweet will give T Mobile a few ten thousand Tablets that Apple wont get.

    The key for T Mobile is that they price their units competitively. Not overpriced.

    The G-Slate, with 3D capability and real multitasking no iTunes umbilical cord and Honeycomb is a far better alternative. But users wont change until its priced accordingly. LG still has to prove that it can deliver reliable products and not just innovation, because one with out other is not a good deal for customers.

    This is the main reason G-Slate should be priced lower than the iPad. But corporate demands of making a profit will dictate the final price.

    I wont get a half baked OS like IOs because it does not fit my needs. Unlike others the products used and developed by my group is high tech and we need real power, not a fancy overpriced toy (this comment also applies to Android tablets as much as iPad/iPad2 directly). We need a tool that makes a diff. Apple will never provide this, but many Android manufacturers have to the opportunity to do so.

  • http://twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    I don’t think its pointless, I think that the ipad 2 is just like the ipad 1. lol. Don’t you use an apple iphone anyway david? lol

  • Anonymous

    but can it core a apple?

    btw the godpad2 is just a refresh with a faster processor. Gotta luv the marketing team behind apple products. They shouldve named it the iDontknowwhatIneedthisfor pad

  • Lee72artis

    The one thing that everyone is not touching I’d the fact that T-Mobile continues to offer sub-par products and have the audacity to give outlandish prices at the premier of the products. When will T-Mo demand the iphone? Will will T-Mo demand a high end Motorola device? When will T-Mo improve its coverage? I think the g2 should have been 3.8 to 4.0 inches will a dual core and ffc.

    • Aerofanbig

      Tmo will NEVER get a high end Moto, those are reserved solely for Verizon. Dual core technology and 2.1/2.2 wasn’t ready for release when the G2 hit, pure and simple. Everyone talks about how the older phones should have all the NEW features….well if they did, then all the new phones coming out with FFC, 4G, Dual-core and such, people would be torch carrying mobs because its “more of the same”. You can’t have next years technology today, just the way it is

  • Googleplex

    @Lee72artis: Why should the iPhone be in demand? What does it offer that the Galaxy S 4G doesn’t? Please don’t this as a flame or criticism, but as an honest query. My wife has the iPhone 4, and I have the Galaxy S 4G, and she wants my phone… Swype, the ease (and openness) of the Android Market, the ability to multi-task on the device, the Super AMOLED screen… What’s the iPhone got that makes it stand out?

    • Nomuff2tuff

      Exactly…the iphone has looked the same for the past 4 yrs….peolple were all fired up to go from 3g to 3gs?? But when they came out with a ffc on the vibrant people were complaining it looks the same…iphone is crap….ha!

    • guest

      You don’t have to worry about any apps causing the iPhone to lag or force close like you have to with Android. I’ve had both and overall the actual phone performance (not network related) is better with the iPhone. One of the biggest selling points for Android, next to it’s open source nature, is the fact that you can customize it to your liking. And for some that’s in the form of downloading apps.

      What’s the point if you have to watch closely what you download? The tech crowd knows how to root, flash roms, and overclock but the average consumer is not going to know, nor probably have the time to learn. The iPhone is an out-of-the box user friendly phone.

      • guest

        For any of you Android “enthusiasts”, when I was talking about actual phone performance I was referring to out of the box status. No rooting, rom flashing, overclocking, or jailbreaking.

      • guest

        For any of you Android “enthusiasts”, when I was talking about actual phone performance I was referring to out of the box status. No rooting, rom flashing, overclocking, or jailbreaking.

      • Guest

        Actually there are several apps on my ipad and iphone, which is now an ipod touch since I got the MT4G, that crash. The programs just simply close in the middle of operation. Some of the programs are just soooo slow on the ipad I don’t know why. I close other programs in the multi tasking window and still slow.

    • Shorty

      simple answer: APPS

  • Anonymous

    You all should quit complaining about all this. T-Mobile is known to respond in some manner whenever Apple debuts a product, a “counter-promotion,” if you will.

    T-Mobile’s responses around Apple product debuts translates into price breaks, deals, and discounts for all of us. You should be happy that T-Mobile has a “policy” of reacting or responding to what Apple does.

    Example of what I’m talking about:

    When I signed on to T-Mobile in 2003 we got two lines, each with 1000 minutes for $40. (That was a steal since those were the days before unlimited calling plans and $40 got you from 300 to 600 minutes from the carriers.)

    About 2005 we went to 1500 minute plans since my GF was going over a few times a year on her 1000 minutes. Turns out that we did not need that many minutes. But that 1000 minutes / $40 was long gone. A CSR said that was a rare deal and I should keep an eye out for it should the plan be offered again.

    I became obsessed with paying attention to Net T-Mobile ads and TV commercials. In June 2008 there was a TV ad saying 1000 minutes, $40. I immediately called 611 and got the plans. I asked the CSR why T-Mobile had the offer and he said “It’s because of the iPhone. T-Mobile always likes to have something in response to the iPhone.

    Bottom line: I would be excited at Apple debuts, to see what T-Mobile does in response.

    T-Mobile Tweets are your little friend.

    • ATL Guy

      Mikey,
      Why is it you always seem to post and tell people how they should think and what they should do?
      You are, “that guy” arent you?
      Like a group of people hear about a party, dinner party, weekend getaway, etc and they comment, “uuuum is mike going?”

      • Trolsmustdie

        I am a troll that lives under the bridge.
        I hide in the anonymous cracks
        that speed people along the super highway.
        I lurk in the threads of internet comments

        and work to undermine the infrastructure.
        I am a troll that lives in your wires.
        Grumbling out every vulgar distraction.
        I live to drag in unsuspecting pedestrians.

        To shred them with insults and defamatory words.
        Personally, I feel as free as a hummingbird
        fluttering over a flower. Delighted in my sucking
        the juice out of passing souls.

        But, that’s just the love/hate life of a troll.
        Living blissfully, on the misery of others.

  • G1kremer

    T-Mobile=Kanye “Yo [Apple], I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but [The G-Slate] has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

    OK T-Mobile, we get that it’s gonna be good we’ve seen the Korean Music video (if you haven’t here it is http://www.tmonews.com/2011/01/lg-slate-making-cameo-in-korean-music-video/) … now let’s not be immature and storm on apple’s parade cause it makes you look like an idiot

  • http://twitter.com/Kevniv Kevin N

    Once again it seems Tmo gets left behind

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

      Sad, but true. Really thought Mr. Humm would have been on top of this one…

  • Meagan

    Wonder if the G Slate with have a LED flash like the Xoom?

  • Dchadblur

    i love tmobile but the first carrier to put out a decent tablet with voice capability may cause me to leave and i have been with tmobile for over 3 years, with and family unlimited plan. And my wife has the Samsung tab, which i do like but a basic function as calling should at least be enabled throw a bluetooth on and i’m gold. Give me a tablet that has front and rear cameras, (with LED flash), 4g data and voice, Wi-fi, blue tooth, a dual core 1 ghz processor, and preferably android. I would buy it same day. and 7inches is fine

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

      I am down with that, but I’m still not leaving T-Mobile. However, I will open a new line of service with with the first carrier who enables voice on an up to date tablet. Ah, if silly T-Mobile and Samsung would have just implemented this on the Galaxy Tab to begin with the world would be different today… (sigh)

  • dj7

    I own a MyTouch 4g and I love flaunting it in front of my iPhone colleagues! I’m waiting for the HTC Pyramid, hope it comes to T-Mobile soon. The best thing about Android is that it bundles more basic features out of the box ….even my phone contact photos appear larger than the iPhone 4′s. Not to mention, my phone starts up in 3 secs from zero! The only issues I’ve seen come from apps such as the NYTimes which force closes at weird times. I would NEVER change to an iPhone, regardless of the carrier. However, I think a webOS tablet (hurry up HP!) would be fine as I just need it for web browsing, movies, books and calender. Barnes & Noble have a good product in the NookColor but they focus more on the e-reader category ,,,too bad as they’ve proven they have the resources to do a fully functional “tablet”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

    Gosh, I’m just praying that the new leadership brings over whatever magic they have in Europe to bring in new business. No, I am not an apple fanboy but T-Mobile USA needs to stop playing around and just get the iPhone5 and iPad2 just to satisfy the consumers that desire it. T-Mobile in Europe is going to get it, so should the USA. René Obermann and Philipp Humm need to expand the choices that T-mobile offers and PLAY HARDBALL, it can be done. This is the only way T-Mobile is going to rise in the American market. The only problems is that T-Mobile also needs to get off their bums and acquire more spectrum quick. When T-Mobile does start selling Apple products and consumers do start flocking to T-Mobile for an iPhone or iPad, what they have left will be used up fast, lol!

  • Dap2300

    PLzzzzzz, Give me a Tablet with Phone service attached ! I would love to have anyone of these oversized phones. But I cant justify when they are mostly Large Phones that you can’t receive calls with. Unless you live in EUROPE…

  • Shorty

    of course it’s not going to be a million us dollars you whine little girl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/CeeGee-Borela/100000183782060 CeeGee Borela

    lets face facts… a MAJORITY of people who BOUGHT the iPad and will buy the iPad 2 will not buy it for this reason:

    “I have an iPad/iPad2 so im soooo hip and cool”

    without really using it to its full potential and thats how Apple is milking the $$$ teets of the majority of the 17million who bought the iPad and the millions who will buy the iPad 2

    im gona be honest i want the Gslate but i want it on a price that makes it worth being on Tmobile and making iPad 2 owners (who dont know any better) drool at the fact the Gslate has 3D(which again we have to face facts is more a NOVELTY feature) and is cheaper and the way people buy electronic today its NOT FOR USABILITY but more for VANITY`1

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/CeeGee-Borela/100000183782060 CeeGee Borela

    lets face facts… a MAJORITY of people who BOUGHT the iPad and will buy the iPad 2 will not buy it for this reason:

    “I have an iPad/iPad2 so im soooo hip and cool”

    without really using it to its full potential and thats how Apple is milking the $$$ teets of the majority of the 17million who bought the iPad and the millions who will buy the iPad 2

    im gona be honest i want the Gslate but i want it on a price that makes it worth being on Tmobile and making iPad 2 owners (who dont know any better) drool at the fact the Gslate has 3D(which again we have to face facts is more a NOVELTY feature) and is cheaper and the way people buy electronic today its NOT FOR USABILITY but more for VANITY`1

  • TMO_spy

    The TMO G-Slate is coming on on the 23rd of March(this month) and will cost around $300 with a 2/Year

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/CeeGee-Borela/100000183782060 CeeGee Borela

      and better be $499 on its own TMO