Hands on: T-Mobile Vega

Respect to T-Mobile. Just hours after announcing their upcoming 'family hub' device, they flew the Vega all the way to Vegas to let Stuff have an excl

Respect to T-Mobile. Just hours after announcing their upcoming 'family hub' device, they flew the Vega all the way to Vegas to let Stuff have an exclusive hands on.

We hope they don't mess around too much though - this is already a gorgeous 15.6-inch slate device running a new version of Android dedicated for large, widescreen gadgets. The resistive screen needs a fairly hard swipe to browse movies or pull out the Android menu bar but video quality is smooth and punchy - thanks to the nippy nVidia Tegra chip inside.

T-Mobile is building the device (it doesn't have a confirmed name yet) around Google Calendar, with several mock-up calendar views where family members can add, edit and tinker with their diaries. There are no physical buttons as the hub is intended primarily for messy, splashy kitchens - another reason why a resistive screen makes sense.

If the blistering trailer of Avatar we saw is anything to go by, though, we expect a lot of people will liberate the Vega from the kitchen and take it to the living room - especially as it will enjoy a battery life of 8 to 12 hours. The rest of the time, it will nestle snugly in a magnetic, inductive charging hub - possibly with the option of a dedicated audio dock to boost its rather weedy on-board sound.

There's a small webcam for taking profile shots (and maybe video calls?), and it will ship with Wi-Fi, 2G GSM and Bluetooth links. The hub has 32GB of internal memory and a microSD slot for 32GB more. There's also a USB port for plugging in keys with movies, photos and music.

T-Mobile said it will definitely ship with some key apps (think Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, news, weather and BBC iPlayer) "but there won't be hundreds", at least to begin with. Web browsing will be key - naturally - with access to all kinds of cloud services, particularly of the Google variety. Because it has its own SIM card, you'll be able to call and text directly from the hub.

Best of all, T-Mobile promises that the Vega will be "affordable, accessible and useful", which in our minds translates as a price tag of under £300. No promises, mind.