G-Slate first impressions

I am a T-Mobile whore and of course when a 4G tablet running Honeycomb was announced, I had to snag this one. Some thoughts on this after ~10 hours of ownership:

  1. T-Mobile is CHEAP! -- MSRP at launch: $750 (no contract). After 2-year contract instant rebate, mail-in rebate, and early bird promo code discount, I got this for $430 + tax. Compare this to $730 for 3G iPad2 with 32gb, or $800 for the Xoom, both after carrier discounts. Currently paying $30/mo for 200mb, most likely I'll need to upgrade to the $60/mo plan that gets 5gb.
  2. It's really THIN -- as you can see in the picture above, it's a really thin/short device. What's crazier is that WXGA (1280x768) means it's still not fully 16:9, so you would still see black bands around anamorphic widescreen movies.
  3. Pre-Honeycomb app support SUCKS -- some apps just won't load, some apps will be stretched out all funny... and some are just simply not showing up, like Google Voice. How hard is it really to port Google Voice to 3.0?
  4. Bloatware sucks (I'm looking at you, Quickoffice and Zinio Reader), but for the first time an awesome game came PRELOADED that I otherwise would not have purchased: "Need for Speed Shift" is really fun on this device, and good response for HD 3D game
  5. 3D video recording is GIMMICKY, but fun. I do sorta wish they had included a 3D camera though. This is not built in to Android, but looks like LG just put something together. Not horrible, but still very gimmicky and requires those red-blue glasses.
  6. Without ROOT, so much potential is being held back. No tethering, no removing these preloaded garbage, no screenshots... but I'm too selfish to sacrifice this device for the greater good.
  7. I have way too many things telling me what's going on -- whenever I get an email or there is a meeting in 10 minutes, 3 devices, a browser, and a desktop notifier all tell me this...


Geeking out this weekend

This weekend I think I'll geek out a little...

  1. Learn You a Haskell
  2. Root Android G1 from work
  3. Play around with G-Slate (3a. write an Android tablet app?)
1 -- didn't get to finish... only got to page 22
2 -- oh crap totally forgot about this one
3 -- UPS or T-Mobile fucked up and now I won't have it til tomorrow morning... T-Mobile had better give me a refund on the shipping costs.
3a -- I did download the Android version 11 SDK and played around with it. Writing an app, not so much.

random update

I really should update my blog more often than just whenever I get a new gadget (hint: tomorrow)... here's a recent picture:

Also, just created an Angel List account... now what?