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Great tablet with a bit more screen area than the Nexus 7
, 11 April 2014
This review is from: LG G Pad 8.3-inch Tablet - White (Quad Core 1.7GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera) (Personal Computers)
I had, and still have, a Gen 1 Nexus 7 when I bought this tablet. The great advantage of this tablet is the obviously larger screen area - approximately 40% bigger - which makes web browsing and watching films that much easier. It's quite a bit faster than the Nexus 7 too.
Price: Well OK, I paid a bit over the odds to get it in white, but in black the G Pad is unbeatable at £179 (when I last looked on Amazon)
An SD card slot (Yay! Such a rarity these days) into which I have put a 32GB Toshiba MicroSD card, expanding total memory to a mind-boggling 48GB for a mere additional £12
Hackability: If you like upgrading your tablet independently of manufacturer's time schedule then the G Pad is perfect. Very easy to root, install TWRP and then to flash with different ROMs, including the manufacturer's own most recent version of KitKat, not yet released in Europe. Or you can use Cyanogenmod if you don't want the manufacturer's app clutter.
Good screen: Perhaps not quite as good as the Gen 2 Nexus 7 but high-resolution (1920 x 1200 - full HD plus space for the menu bar at the bottom) and very nice to use.
Good battery life: I've not encountered any issues with battery life. I've yet to run it down in the usage I make of it during the day.
Very slim form factor: LG have taken a lesson from their G2 phone and stretched the screen virtually across the width of the tablet. That means you get that extra 40% screen area for only a small increase in size over a Nexus 7. Unfortunately that small increase does mean I can't slip it into my jeans back pocket like I can, and do, my Nexus 7.
The desktop seems a bit retro even for Android 4.2.2 which is what it comes with, but then I'm used to the latest version on the Nexus 7. Too much manufacturer clutter. Easily fixed with a few tweaks or even by installing an alternative ROM if I really want.
The auto-adjust screen brightness seems to set the brightness too low making the screen appear dull. I've seen other similar comments around. I've just turned it off and adjusted it to my own taste and it now looks great.
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