Acer Iconia Tab A500 Vs T-Mobile G-Slate 4G Tablet Comparison

The Slate from T-Mobile is manufactured by LG and is sold under the T-Mobile branding and has good specifications and overall build quality for a very cheap price. A500 Iconia Tab from Acer is one of the most famous tablets which has been selling really well right now. Both the tablets run on Android’s tablet based Operating System, Honeycomb.

We have also compared the Acer Iconia Tab A500 with some other HoneyComb Tablets. Do check out Acer Iconia Tab A500 Vs Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Acer Iconia Tab A500 Vs Lenovo Ideapad K1 Tablet and Acer Iconia Tab A500 Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet before making your tablet purchase.

Acer Iconia Tab

Form Factor:

The Iconia Tab is really thin and has dimensions of 260 x 177 x 13.3 mm while the T-Mobile Slate 4G is 243 x 149 x 12 mm , quite slim in our opinion and the Iconia weights 730 grams, with a weight of 620g on the Slate 4G, making it much lesser in weight.

The T-Mobile Slate 4G is much lesser in screen size when compared to the Iconia Tab A500 as it has a smaller screen size and is thus more portable and easier to carry along. Do look out for your convenience before making the choice between these two tablets.

Winner: T-Mobile G-Slate 4G


When it comes to the display,  the T-Mobile Slate 4G has a 8.9 inch display which has a maximum resolution of upto 1,280 x 768 while the Acer Iconia A500 has a 10.1 inch screen, which supports upto 256K colors and a maximum screen resolution of  1280×800. The Acer Iconia has a proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor and an accelerometer while the T-Mobile Slate 4G has the same sensors on it except the Gyroscope sensor.

Both the displays are capacitive screens and support multi touch input.

Winner: Acer Iconia A500


Both the tablets come with cameras and the Iconia from Acer has a 5 megapixel camera with a single LED flash with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. On the other hand, the T Mobile Slate 4G has two 5 Megapixel cameras on the back. Both the cameras work together, they shoot at 720p in the 3D Mode while when they are used for normal video capture, they record at Full HD at 1080p.

The Iconia Tab A500 comes with a single LED flash and autofocus while the T Mobile Slate 4G has one small LED flash near one of its cameras.

Lg’s Slate 4G and Acer Iconia tab have a secondary front facing camera, a 2MP one and is used for video calling and by various apps on the Android platform such as Skype, Fring etc. Also note that the front facing camera on the T Mobile Slate is not center positioned like on all other tablets, and it is awkwardly placed to one corner of the screen.

Winner: T-Mobile G-Slate 4G. (3D and Full HD recording)

Operating System and User Interface:

The Acer Iconia runs on Honeycomb 3.1 while the T Mobile Slate 4G comes with HoneyComb 3.0. However, the latest version of HoneyComb is 3.2, which will be soon be available to users of the Iconia A500 and no word on availability of 3.2 for Slate 4G yet, so it might or might not be coming soon.

Applications are aplenty and all apps on Android smartphones will run on tablets too, enlarged. Also, there are a lot of native apps on HoneyComb pre installed in the device and tablet specific apps are only about 200 in the Android Market and you can check out the Best Apps for Honeycomb Tablets and Best Games for HoneyComb Tablets also.

Though they run on the same operating system, there is a slight change in the User Interface. Acer Iconia runs Acer’s UI on top of Honeycomb, which adds its own small tweaks and gesture improvements throughout the software while the T-Mobile Slate doesn’t have any UI on top of HoneyComb. There’s stock HoneyComb on the device with no tweaks on the User Interface or the User Experience from LG or T-Mobile.

Winner: Acer Iconia A500


The Acer Iconia A500 supports GSM bands on 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and HSDPA on  850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 on 3G and comes with a standard SIM Card slot, if you are going for the 3G Model. While the T-Mobile Slate 4G supports 4G networks in the USA on the T-Mobile Network and has a SIM Card slot on the top of the tablet.

Both the tablets have Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n and both of them have WiFi Hotspot capabalities, thanks to Android HoneyComb which has made it a standard features across all devices right from the most basic Android smartphones.

A-GPS support for locaion and navigation are also present and both devices have Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 connectivity, along with a HDMI port on the Iconia A500 and 4G Slate making it a true entertainer on the move. The HDMI port allows you to connect your tablet to a large screen and enjoy your HD Videos or games.

Also, there is a six-pin dock connector on the T-Mobile Slate 4G in the bottom along with MicroUSB and HDMI ports.

Winner: Acer Iconia A500


The Acer Iconia A500  comes with upto 64GB of internal storage, and has a microSD slot while the T-Mobile Slate 4G has 32GB of internal memory and no memory card slot for expansi0n.

Winner: Acer Iconia A500

Processor and Battery:

The Acer Iconia A500 has a Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB RAM while the Slate 4G from LG has a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM.

Though both the processors might look similar on the technical side, the A500 has a Tegra 2 T20 chipset with ULP GeForce™ GPU for quick Web browsing and HD Gaming.

The Iconia A500 comes with 2 3260 mAh battery in series while the T-Mobile Slate 4G also has over 8 hours of battery life. Continuous usage and entertainment on the Iconia Tab gives over 10 hours of battery life.

Winner: Acer Iconia A500


The Acer Iconia Tab is a 10 inch device from Samsung while the G-Slate from LG, at 8.9 inches is priced a couple of hundred dollars more than the A500. If you are looking for a portable device and you travel a lot, you can go for the G-Slate from T-Mobile, also considering that it has fast 4G connection on the move while the Iconia Tab A500, is 150-200$ cheaper than the G-Slate and comes packed with a better screen and Acer’s UI.



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