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Latest iPad competitor beats price only with a hefty toll

T-Mobile is offering a new Android iPad competitor for only $529 with 32 GB of storage memory and a mobile Internet connection. But how does the G-Slate reach that $100 below iPad price? In addition to chopping the screen doen to 8.9", the G-Slate tablet uses some real hocus on billing:

And, you get tasty high-speed downloads from an awful lot of places -- and another two year contract. Who doesn't want another two year contract? Thankfully that contract does have the advantage of making the (after rebate) take-home price of the device rather appealing. It's $70 less than a Xoom and $200 less than a 3G iPad 2 with 32GB of storage. But, you only get that price if you already have or sign up for a T-Mobile voice plan. No voice plan? No rebate, so you're looking at a price of $630. Want to opt out of the data plan, too? Now you're looking at an unsubsidized price of $750

-Engadget, April 19, 2011

Posted by Aaron Pressman

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