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LG G Pad 8.3-inch Tablet - Black (Quad Core 1.7GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.2.2)
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This item LG G Pad 8.3-inch Tablet - Black (Quad Core 1.7GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.2.2)
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|Computer Memory Size||2 GB||2 GB||2 GB||2 GB||1 GB||2 GB|
|Connectivity Technology||Bluetooth,USB,Wi-Fi||WLAN,Wi-Fi,Bluetooth||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi||Bluetooth||Bluetooth; Wi-Fi|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||Qualcomm||MEDIATEK||ARM||ARM||Intel||Intel|
|Processor (CPU) Speed||1.7 GHz||1.7 GHz||1.5 GHz||2 GHz||1.4 GHz||1.86 GHz|
|Display Size||8.3 inches||10.1 inches||7 inches||8 inches||8 inches||8 inches|
|Display Technology||IPS,LCD,Capacitive Touchscreen||IPS,LCD,Capacitive Touchscreen||HD and IPS||LCD||LCD||IPS,LCD,Capacitive Touchscreen|
|Hard Disk Size||16 GB||16 GB||32 GB||16 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|Item Dimensions||0.83 x 12.65 x 21.68 cm||0.89 x 17.1 x 24.7 cm||0.86 x 11.4 x 20 cm||0.78 x 12.4 x 21.48 cm||12.3 x 20.9 x 0.85 cm||6 x 22.4 x 16 cm|
|Item Weight||338 grams||0.51 kg||290 grams||330 grams||350 grams||419 grams|
|Memory Storage Capacity||64 GB||64 GB||32 GB||16 GB||16 GB||64 GB|
|Operating System||Android 4.2.2||Android 4.4||Android Jelly bean 4.3||Android 5.1||Android 5.0||Android 4.4|
Offering Uncompromising Screen Clarity
The LG G Pad 8.3 is equipped with a 5 megapixel camera‚ quad core processor‚ 2GB memory and 4‚600 mAh battery. Everything you do‚ you do it through the 8.3” Full HD IPS display‚ providing an incredible visual experience that shows off every detail‚ even when zoomed in. Providing a large and exceptional viewing experience that fits easily in your pocket, the G Pad 8.3 has been built to be immersive yet comfortable to grip in–hand, being sleek and light with natural navigation and convenience of use. Take the ultimate entertainment performance with you; watch a movie as its meant to be with large screen and captivating sounds. The large display - with near zero bezel - and dual speaker delivers the great media experience.
Share Your Memo Seamlessly with Quick Memo
Quick Memo allows you to write or draw on any screen‚ and then share the memo seamlessly between youre G Pad 8.3 and your smartphone.
Q Pair means no more missed calls or messages; Q Pair links the G Pad 8.3 with your smartphone, and will alert you to calls and messages on your smartphone (you can even reply to message straight from the screen). With Wireless Tethering, you can surf the web anywhere you go. Simply activate your phone’s tethering function by turning it on from your tablet.
Quick Remote, Multi-user Function and Smart Share
The G Pad 8.3 features universal control for TVs and cable set–top boxes in any room. You can use the keyboard on your tablet to control your big screen. The multi–user function lets you share the G Pad 8.3 with a child or a guest‚ allowing them to use your tablet whilst keeping your personal information safe. The mode is accessed directly from the unlock screen, and you can set various parameters, including which apps the guest has access to.
Smart Share (Push & Pull) provides seamless connection among devices for free sharing of files and media content.
Model Year: 2013
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My very first touchscreen smartphone was the LG Viewty back in the old days. In some ways i always believed that LG will come back one day with a bang ( even if they lost there dominance in the last few years ). My affair with LG started off when I took the plunge to buy the LG G2 after brilliant reviews online from various tech sites. That phone, which I still own , impressed me so much that I couldn't help Googling LG Products. As a result I found the LG G Pad 8.3 ( I still had the Nexus 7 2013 on me then & I was very happy with it ) & it took me again by surprise. Aluminium back with beautiful build quality on a tablet under £200 & I was like wow. I have owned the G Pad for over a month now so let's find out what else did I find that forced me to sell my Nexus 7
Build Quality ( 5/5 ) :
I own a fourth generation iPad as well so I am fully aware of what quality tablets are in terms of build quality. The G Pad is a very slim tablet for its size. The back is made from Aluminium & plastic but the actual area which comes in contact with your hand is mostly aluminium. The feeling is almost the same as holding an iPad mini in your hands. I was pleasantly surprised how it was clearly superior in build quality to my Nexus 7 which was in my other hand ( not to say that the build quality on Nexus 7 is bad by any means but not premium ). It's the only Android tablet I have ever known ( apart from the recently announced Huawei Media Pad M1 ) which comes close to the build quality of an iPad. The power button & volume rocker have nice feedback to them as well. Tablet also comes equipped with a micro SD card slot which is a bonus as you can expand the limited in built 16GB memory by another 64GB on top. Camera at the back is 5 MP which is more then adequate for casual photography followed by a 1.3 MP front facing camera which is about average for a tablet of this class. The tablet is also equipped with an IR blaster to use the tablet as a universal remote control. Expandable memory & aluminium back casing with premium build quality made me look at my Nexus 7 twice. At this point I was trying hard not to let my Nexus 7 go.
Screen Quality (4.5/5 ) :
It's an IPS LCD Panel with resolution of 1200*1920 & pixel density of 273 ppi. Screen is more then Full HD & there is little to complain here as compared to the other tablets in this budget. Colours are bright & vivid and viewing angles are brilliant as well. When compared to the Nexus 7 screen I did find out that the contrast levels on the G Pad were slightly lower then the ones on the Nexus 7. What I mean to say is that when brightness is turned up on both tablets the Nexus 7 seems to be the brighter tablet. But personally speaking I keep my brightness levels at around 70% and that is more then enough for me before my eye balls pop out and I go blind. In my 6 months with the Nexus 7 I had to constantly bring the brightness levels down as it was hurting me a lot of times specially whilst reading or browsing on the tablet. With the G Pad I can turn it up to 70% or even 80% and the brightness doesn't hurt and you still get a very good quality experience from the screen. I personally think LG has done this purposely to a) reduce the strain on the battery resulting in good battery stamina b) make it a pleasant experience on the users eyes. All in all you will find the screen to be gorgeous and a pleasure to look at whether watching videos or browsing the web.
Performance (4.5/5) :
Presence of a Snapdragon 600 chipset along with a healthy amount of 2GB RAM makes this tablet fly like anything. Performance is smooth & fluid if not perfect. There are some hiccups on the software side of things like slight lag in the widgets section when scrolling around looking for widgets but goes away after a while. Change of orientation from landscape to Portrait mode has slight delay to it but still very manageable. After unboxing my tablet & connecting to my wifi I instantly received an update which certainly helped the performance quiet a bit. Existence of Knock-On feature to turn the screen on/off by double tapping is something I loved ever since I had the G2. It's great to see LG keeping it on the G Pad as well as it just makes your life so much easier. You simply don't have to start looking for the power button when you want to turn your tablet on or off. G Pad comes with Android version 4.2.2 Jelly Beans which is not the latest & greatest version of Android but does the job remarkably nevertheless. KitKat update 4.4.2 is due sometimes in March - April time & I will update my review accordingly. In comparison the Nexus 7 comes with the latest KitKat 4.4.2 version of Android already. To me personally Nexus 7 wins here being a Google device of course but the question you have to ask yourself is - Are you not getting all you want from a tablet even with 4.2.2 Jelly Beans version? Yes I am because my tablet runs smoothly with a very good performance ( if not Nexus 7 equalling ) & decent battery life without any hiccups. I frankly can wait for KitKat as long as the older version is not a hinderance in my day to day use. The story is the same with my LG G2 ( Review on Amazon ) which is also running the same older version of Android & gives me world class battery life with swift performance as compared to some of my mates who have Galaxy S4's being updated to KitKat resulting in battery drains & performance bugs making the phones nearly unusable. I would rather have LG work on the updates & fork out the bugs before delivering the update to the customers.
Battery Life (5/5 ) :
The G Pad is powered by 4600 mAh battery which is bigger in size then the one on the Nexus 7 ( 3950 mAh ). Battery life on both the tablets is the same from my experience whether you are watching videos or browsing the web. I was able to watch almost 4 full length English films ( approximately averaging 1 hr 30 mins in length ) with 23% battery still left. It's not iPad beating but in the Android world it's on the higher end sides in terms of results. Browsing gives you slightly more time with tablet lasting around 8-8.5 hrs approximately. All these results were very satisfactory & didn't make me think that getting rid of my Nexus 7 would mean giving up on a decent battery life.
I have to admit that selling my Nexus 7 was not an easy decision to make but I eventually did for the following reasons.
1. G Pad gave me the ability to expand my memory up-to 64GB where as Nexus didn't have no such option. Because I download a lot of films & TV Series so it was a big selling point for me. Now I can keep all my latest films plus Episodes of True Blood, Walking Dead,Supernatural & Teenwolf all at the same time without worrying about space.
2. The bigger screen of the G Pad ( 8.3") is definitely a plus & a bargain. Nexus 7 also costs the same with a smaller 7" screen & less premium build. The form factor of the G Pad is still brilliant as it's not wider like the iPad mini where your palm would stretch to hold it in one hand. G Pad easily fits in one hand because of the 16:10 screen ratio. Wicked thinking LG!!
3. Stereo Speakers on the G Pad are the loudest I have heard in a tablet of this class. They are cleverly located at the back of the tablet so that if you are playing a game holding the tablet in both hands they don't get covered as was often the case with Nexus 7. Speakers on Nexus 7 are decent but no where close to the Stereo speakers on the G Pad.
4. USB OTG support a rarity on Nexus devices ( including phones & tablets ) was the final nail in the coffin which totally convinced me to ditch my Nexus 7. It's dead easy to connect your USB Memory stick to your G Pad & transfer data back & forth at your own convenience.
On top of all these above mentioned points i was getting all this feature rich G Pad for the price of a Nexus 7. Some people might disagree to my arguments here for the sake of Nexus 7 & I wouldn't blame them at all if they did. Me personally living with Android over the years have found that Nexus Devices are meant for those people who want no compromise in performance with the most purest of Android experiences. But in saying so you don't get the commercial experience from a consumers perspective whereas your non Nexus device gives you more in terms of day to day use ( like helpful features ) & almost equally appreciable performance.
I have tried to keep my review simple & easy for all ages to understand. Please feel free to ask me anything which you are not sure of. My views are solely based on my own experiences & can differ from others. Thanks for taking the time to read my review & all the best :-)
Update 15th April 2014:
Finally the KitKat update arrived on my tablet a few days ago. The tablet is now more responsive and speedier then before. The lag on the widgets section has now been fixed and tablet seems to consuming less RAM then before. Knock-Code ( the advanced version and new name of Knock-ON ) is still absent and hopefully will be provided by LG in a future update very soon. Battery life is still good and hasnt been effected by the update. All in all i am happy with the KitKat update 4.4.2 and seems to be settling down well. Like always please ask any questions that you may have and i will be more then happy to help. Will update my review again once more updates hit the G Pad.
Update 07th July 2014:
Just a couple of days ago the Knock-Code finally arrived on the tablet. Like LG promised & it was delivered. LG have been really impressive with updates since late 2013. My LG G2 phone gets updated regularly & so does my tablet. Performance is still top notch & battery life is still decent. Keep up the good work LG!!
First of all, this is a great value tablet, it can be bought for £180 or less now and at that price I don't think anything else comes close. Secondly, the screen is amazingly sharp, the sample videos made me say 'wow'! It is actually sharper than my eyesight! Thirdly, the specs are very good, it works fast, much quicker than my old Pentium 4 desktop for browsing and facebook. A tiny bit of lag sometimes but not much. Finally it is well put together, it feels solid, the metal back is nice and it does look like some care has been put into it, for example the seams where the metal back meets the plastic are tight and even, even the mains charger looks high quality.
I got the chance to play with some other tablets such as the Nexus 7, Lenovo and Galaxy tab. The Nexus was beautiful, nice to hold, fabulous screen and even nicer to operate than the LG. I can see why people rave about it. But its smaller than the LG, more expensive and no micro SD slot which I need. I've always liked Samsung products but the Galaxy tab was just not in the same league, a bit unresponsive and sometimes needing more than one tap to open some apps. The Lenovo was really nice too, but its screen is simply not as good as the LG.
Personally I haven't had any issues with screen brightness or any yellow tint but this may only be noticeable when compared side by side with another device. In fact I turned the brightness up to max to use the tablet outside in the sun (I could just about see the screen ok but to be honest I wouldn't want to use it for long in bright sunlight), when I brought it indoors I forgot to turn the brightness down and nearly blinded myself! (ok, a slight exaggeration but it is plenty bright enough indoors for me). Another reviewer said it took a while to charge, but I found it only took about 3 hours to fully charge from almost empty using the supplied mains adapter. Charging from a pc usb port takes longer. Battery life about 8 or 9 hours but I don't use it constantly so in real use it needs a charge about every 2 or 3 days.
Reviews seem split on the speakers, some say they give a good sound for its size, others seem to regard the sound as pretty poor. I have been into hi-fi since the late '70's and I can tell you that it is physically impossible to get decent sound from small speakers. You need to move air to get decent volume and bass, and for that you need a big speaker. The demand for small slim devices mean that speaker designers have to try to achieve the impossible, and when you see how small the speakers in a tablet have to be it is a wonder they produce any sound at all! So don't expect 'room filling' sound from any tablet, plug in some decent headphones and enjoy.
A very nice android tablet, well worth checking out. I don't think anything at the moment offers the same specification and features, and an 8 inch screen for anything near the same value for money.
UPDATE 9 April 2014.
Mine got the KitKat upgrade today. Took about half an hour to download then it upgraded itself and then asked me if I wanted to update the apps. Just over an hour in total. Not noticed much difference so far, to be honest I don't know why some reviewers slagged it off for only having Jellybean when the differences are so slight hardly anyone will notice. But it is good to know it has bang up to date KitKat android now. Just another reason to put this tablet at the top of your shopping list!
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