Gadget Review: LG G Pad 8.3

LG doesn’t really have a good track record when it comes to building Android tablets. Or it might be more correct to say that it lacks a track record as it has only made one tablet since it adopted Android for its products. But since the tablet has now become a staple in most homes, it would be a wise move for LG to rethink its strategy and give another take to the production of tablets and grab some market…


 

LG doesn’t really have a good track record when it comes to building Android tablets. Or it might be more correct to say that it lacks a track record as it has only made one tablet since it adopted Android for its products.

But since the tablet has now become a staple in most homes, it would be a wise move for LG to rethink its strategy and give another take to the production of tablets and grab some market share from another Korean company – Samsung.

LG plans to achieve this goal through its G Pad 8.3 tablet that was released just a couple of months ago. But with other brands competing for buyer’s attention especially this holiday season, does the G Pad 8.3 have what it takes to outclass its rivals for the consumer’s attention? Here’s our review of the LG G Pad 8.3to help clear things out.


The LG G Pad 8.3 is actually a gorgeous device. It boasts smooth flowing lines and a minimalist design that follows the design aesthetics of the company’s flagship smartphone – the LG G2.

The front of the device is completely button-free and is occupied with the bright 8.3-inch screen.  At the very top of the tablet’s façade is the LG branding that sits at the center while the 1.3MP front camera and the ambient light sensor is located.

The left side of the tablet is completely blank while the right side is where the power/lock key as well as the volume keys are placed. At the very top is where the earphone jack, microSD card slot and IR blaster is located while at the bottom lies the microphone and USB/Charge port.

Lastly, the back of the G Pad sports a dual-texture design, which uses both plastic and metal in a simple yet tasteful way. The speakers were also placed in an interesting manner – at the left side only. It actually makes sense because they won’t get blocked when you’re holding the tablet in one hand or if you’re using it in landscape mode.


The LG G Pad 8.3 sports an IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels that offers wide viewing angles and rich colours. However, it has a lower pixel density compared to either the Nexus 7 or the new iPad Mini due to its slightly larger screen. But this difference is almost unnoticeable especially for ordinary use.

In terms of performance, the G Pad lags a bit behind its main competitors as it only uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset. But again this downgrade in computing power is barely noticeable especially if you’re really not using those graphics-intense apps and games.

LG has also put much effort in customising the tablet’s UI. Similar to Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, the G Pad’s apps are skinned using LG’s Optimus UI. And also like Samsung which likes to add the letter S to its apps, LG adds the letter Q to its custom apps (we’re guessing it’s a Korean thing).

Some of the Q-labelled apps on the G Pad include the Q-Slide for multi-tasking, the Q-pair that links the tablet to compatible Android smartphones enabling users to access content and notifications from the smartphone in the tablet. There’s also the Q-remote that turns the G Pad into a universal remote controller for your TV or Blu-Ray player.


LG’s newest tablet may have arrived late in the game, but it does offer consumers with above average specs in an affordable price. However, even with an attractive price tag and capable performance, the G Pad 8.3 doesn’t have anything better to offer compared to other popular tablets in the market that have the same price tag.

For instance, the Samsung Galaxy Note offers a stylus that appeals to designers and art enthusiasts. The iPad Mini 2 on the other hand offers a higher resolution screen that multimedia users are looking for.

When all things are considered, the LG G Pad 8.3 is still a great tablet to consider. For those looking to stand out from the crowd of iPad Mini and Galaxy Note/Tab users, the LG G Pad 8.3 might be a good choice for you.


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