LG G Pad 8.3 review

LG G Pad 8.3 review

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  • The Korean manufacturer hopes its slickly designed Android tablet will take on the iPad and Samsung's tablets. Here's our LG G Pad 8.3 review

    LG G Pad 8.3 review

    Love

    • Decent
    • different design
    • Double-tap wakes the screen
    • Memory card expandability

    Hate

    • Unexceptional display
    • No cellular version
    • Average camera

    What's the ideal size for a tablet screen size? Some find a 7-inch Google Nexus 7 a little small, while the 10.1-inch display of some Android tablets are just too much.

    The LG G Pad 8.3 is set to address this, with its display making it capacious without being too big. Just a little bigger, in fact, than the Apple's iPad mini with its 7.9-inch display. LG's tablet is more keenly priced than the iPad Mini Retina, too.

    The G Pad 8.3 comes at a time when LG's relationship with Google is pretty good – the recent Nexus 5 smartphone has been a big hit for Google and it was made by LG, as was the previous success, the Nexus 4.

    LG G Pad 8.3: Size and build

    You can choose between black and white versions of the LG G Pad 8.3 and it's built in a pleasing combination of plastic framed-front and aluminium back. Even so, it's no match for the sophisticated metal build of the iPad Air or the warm, all-plastic casing of the Nokia Lumia 2520. But there's more of a design statement here than many tablets in identikit black plastic casings.

    The size is manageable, though the super-thin iPad mini is still the winner for thinness and portability. The G Pad measures 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm, so it's 0.8mm thicker than Apple's tablet. More surprisingly, the iPad mini is only fractionally lighter than LG's machine with its noticeably bigger screen - there's only 7g in it.

    LG G Pad 8.3: Features

    LG has put some neat special features into this Android tablet, like the gorgeous lock screen animation to wake the tablet - as attractive as Samsung's transformational effect.

    And you may have noticed that hardware manufacturers put the main Android buttons (Home, Back, Recent Apps) in different orders. This can be confusing if you're moving from one brand to another. LG gives you the option to choose which way around they go so you can stick with the arrangement you like.

    And it's carried across a feature from the LG G2 smartphone. The phone is almost buttonless so to turn on the screen you double-tap it. The same process applies here - though it's worth noting that Nokia introduced the double-tap-to-wake process previously on the Asha 500 series affordable smartphone, before putting it on recent Lumia handsets.

    Whatever, it works well here, too. The G Pad doesn't have an option to use it with a sim card but Wi-Fi performance is good. And although it only has a 16GB capacity, there's a memory card slot that is handy enough.

    LG G Pad 8.3: Display

    The 8.3-inch display is full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080), which means it has 273 pixels per inch. Sure, that's no match for the iPad mini with 324ppi, but it outguns many other tablets on the market. Screen brightness is decent enough and colours are reasonably strong, but this isn't an outstanding display.

    LG G Pad 8.3: Camera

    It's often hard to enthuse about tablet cameras, marred by the lack of ergonomic suitability of a big flat piece of plastic and glass to hold comfortably as you shoot stills or video. This is no exception, though the 5MP resolution of the rear camera is strong enough, and it shoots full 1080P video. Good enough if there's nothing else around, but hardly a standout camera.

    LG G Pad 8.3: Performance

    Although it's not slow, the G Pad's processor isn't the most powerful. It's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, and a 1.7GHz quad-core model at that. There are newer and swisher processors in other tablets but this copes. Just - you may feel it dawdles occasionally when multiple programs are running, but on the whole this is a reasonable-performance tablet.

    LG G Pad 8.3: Battery

    Tablets don't run out of juice by lunchtime like some smartphones, but this baby doesn't run for ever - youíll want to recharge at the end of a day, especially if you watch movies or use other graphics-intensive programs.

    LG G Pad 8.3: Verdict

    This is a good, but just not exceptional, tablet. It's well built and nicely designed, and LG has dressed Android without taking it over. It's good that the G Pad gets away from the standard 7-inch screen size, but it means it's right up against the iPad mini in comparison terms.

    And since the arrival of the Retina display model, the mini shines a lot brighter than the LG G Pad can. LG at least has the edge when it comes to price and the additional versatility that a memory card slot offers.

    LG G Pad 8.3 release date: Out now

    LG G Pad 8.3 price: Wi-Fi only: £260 (16GB)

  • The LG G Pad 8.3 is the brand's new Android tablet, with a quad-core procesor and an 8.3-inch screen but can it take on the iPad Mini?

    LG G Pad 8.3 review

    Love

    • Decent
    • different design
    • Double-tap wakes the screen
    • Memory card expandability

    Hate

    • Unexceptional display
    • No cellular version
    • Average camera

    LG has never quite got going in the tablet arena, with the the LG Optimus Pad failing to make a significant mark, but could that all be about to change with the LG G Pad 8.3?

    The new Android-toting tablet is set to go head to head with the likes of the Google Nexus 7 2, the iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

    LG G Pad 8.3: Size and build

    Tipping the scales at 338g, the G Pad is nice and light, and measures just 8.3mm at its thickest point. The 8.3-inch form factor is the biggest possible size that the Korean company reckons you can use one-handed.

    And while we'd agree that you can certainy hold the lightweight gadget one-handed, you can't really navigate around the screen one-handed as you would with a smartphone like the LG G2.

    The plastic bezel around the screen is wider at the top and bottom of the screen, giving you something to hold onto when watching when watching video on the screen in landscape. You'll also find that the speakers on the back of the device are well placed for video playback so that you won't be covering them with your hands. Article continues after the video.

    LG G Pad 8.3: Features

    The G Pad runs Android 4.2.2 and packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core 2GB of RAM so there should be enough processing power on board to cope with multitasking and more demanding tasks like HD video.

    LG G Pad 8.3: Screen

     

    The G Pad's 8.3-inch screen is a great size - not so big that it makes the tablet unwieldly, but just big enough that you'll be able to comfortably watch videos. With a resolution of 1,920x1,200 pixels, the screen is pretty impressive and the video that viewed looked great, even on darker images.

    LG G Pad 8.3: Verdict

    While LG hasn't really made a mark in the tablet market before, the LG G Pad 8.3 could potentially be the gadget to change that. At first glance, this is one of the most impressive tablets we've seen in this size range and could prove to be a serious contender in the head to head battle with the iPad Mini and Google Nexus7 2. We'll know more as soon as we can get a full review sample in at T3 HQ.

    LG G Pad 8.3 release date: Q4 2013

    LG G Pad 8.3 price: TBC

    Check out our video of the LG G Pad below.

     

    • LG G Pad 8.3 hands-on
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