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Hands-on with the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet

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With a screen size of 8.3 inches, the G Pad 8.3. competes with devices such as the Google Nexus 7, iPad Mini, Galaxy Note 8 or Kindle Fire.

The recently announced Optimus G2 is getting most of the limelight in the mobile devices section of the LG stand at IFA in Berlin but the Korean manufacturer also has another interesting device on display: the brand new G Pad 8.3. With a 8.3-inch screen the G Pad goes straight at similarly sized devices like the Google Nexus 7 or iPad Mini and is touted as the ideal tablet companion for the G2 by its manufacturer.

Key specifications

  • Android 4.2.2
  • 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 pixels IPS display (273 ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 1.7 GHz
  • 5MP  camera
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory
  • microSD slot up to 64GB
  • 4600mAh battery
  • 336g

The G Pad's specification is pretty much in line with other devices in its class. An LG-modified version of Android 4.2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, the same chip we have seen in a range of smartphones this year. 2GB RAM and 16GB built-in storage are pretty standard, and a microSD-card slot caters for those who prefer content storing over streaming.

A metal cover can be found on the G Pad's back.
The 5MP is located in the top left corner of the device's back.

The IPS screen offers a resolution of 1900x1200 pixels with vibrant colors and sharp detail. The 5-megapixel rear camera is a simple unit not meant for any serious photography but which should suffice for the occasional snapshot. The 1.3MP front camera provides video messaging capabilities. The interface of the camera app is very simple and only offers a fraction of the software bells and whistles that can be found on the G2. Stereo speakers are located on the back of the G Pad.

The G Pad's design can only be described as a little uninspired. There's nothing wrong with it per se, but with its white (or black) plastic front and the metal inlay in the back the G Pad simply looks like a ton of other Android tablets already out there.

A front camera is available for video-calling.
A microSD card slot caters to those who require more than the built-in 16GB of storage.

Notable features  include "Slide Aside" which allows for multi-tasking by sliding open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe. "QSlide" controls up to three different apps in one window. "KnockON" is a feature we have first seen on the G2 smartphone and turns the device on and off by tapping the display twice.

Like most tablets the G Pad comes with a fairly simple camera app ...
...and a limited selection of shooting modes.

Overall the the LG G Pad 8.3 looks like a very solid device but doesn't offer anything that we wouldn't have seen before, neither design wise nor from a features and specification point of view. At this point we can't see a compelling reason to choose the G Pad over the competition but pricing information is not yet available and at an attractive price point the LG could become a more than viable alternative to some of the more established competitors in the tablet sector. The LG G Pad 8.3 will be available globally in the fourth quarter.


Comments

Total comments: 3
technic
By technic (10 months ago)

Agree with other comments, I don't understand the conclusion of the article. For photographers the G Pad has major advantages over the Nexus 7HD (no microSD slot and some other naughty limitations) and iPad mini (just the screen resolution is a joke compared to Nexus and G Pad).

Uninspired maybe, but IMHO they got almost everything right here. But they also need the right price; for $ 300 or less this would be a very attractive choice for photographers. Another question mark is screen quality. First impressions are good but calibration and sample variation are an issue with these devices - time for a comparative review, DPR?

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Krich13
By Krich13 (10 months ago)

Well, there is a great reason to choose it over the competition. The micro-SD slot. The competition (7-8" tablet with high (higher than 1280x800) resolution) is represented by one and only tablet: Nexus 7 which doesn't have an expansion slot -- a deal breaker for me and I think for many other costomers as well.

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tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (10 months ago)

Much better than the new nexus 7 imo. Bigger screen, but similar overall dimensions, faster cpu. I like it.

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