Some time ago we received the LG g pad 8.3 in order to take it for a test drive and check to see how the new tablet from LG fared well enough to deserve a positive review from us.
Read on to ﬁnd more about LG’s new tablet…
Design and Ergonomics
The G Pad 8.3 has a very nice look as you probably already saw on the photos available on the web. The silver back with a touch of aluminum gives the G Pad 8.3 a nice feel while holding, which reminded us a little of the iPad mini.
On the front of the g pad you will ﬁnd the 8.3 inch screen with 1200×1920 resolution and a pretty good image quality with decent ppi’s 273. On the top of the magniﬁcent display you will also see the 1.3 MP secondary camera of the device.
The left side of the G Pad 8.3 is fully free of any buttons and the right side has the volume rocker and the power/lock button. On the top of the device you will ﬁnd the microSD card slot, the 3.5 mm phone jack and the infrared port.
On the bottom you will ﬁnd the usual microUSB cable slot, that you will use to charge the device and possibly connect it to your computer if you wish to. Alongside the microUSB cable slot is a microphone useful for those of us who actually use our tablets for conference or video calls once in a while. On the back of the G Pad you will ﬁnd stereo speakers as well as a 5 MP camera.
Now that you are acquainted with the G Pad 8.3 let me tell you the most enjoyable thing about it, its size and weight. It weights around 338grams and its 8.3 inch screen is the perfect size for a tablet screen, not too big nor too little.
For those of us who had the experience of carrying around a 10.1 inch tablet which weigh in average around 400/500grams you will deﬁnitely feel the difference when it comes to the weight of the device, on the other hand you will also see that the screen size is more than what you need for a tablet that you use regularly.
Of course there are others who carry around 7inch tablets that weigh around 250/300grams, such as the Nexus 7 (2013). Well as strange as it seems, you have the possibility of having a tablet with a bigger screen that weighs almost the same as your little tablet with the upside of ﬁtting your hands perfectly, whether you want to play games or simply read books.
I really recommend that you go to a local store and try handling the LG G Pad 8.3 just to see what the heck I’m talking about.
As said before the device has an 8.3 inch IPS LCD display with 1200×1920 resolution and 273ppi’s.
There are better screens out there, as usual, but we found no issue with this screen at all. The viewing angles are close to 180 degrees, as most these days, and the brightness we can get out of the screen makes all the colors vivid and sharp enough for and everyday usage.
Unlike most other LG devices the G Pad 8.3 has a luminosity sensor on top of the display next to the frontal camera that will allow you to simply set the brightness to auto and let the device handle the rest. This might not seem like a lot but try hanging around with a device without brightness on auto and just take note on how many times you have to stop and adjust the brightness, or simply burn your eyes out when you have to check a notiﬁcation on the middle of the night.
Performance and Software
The G Pad 8.3 has an update available for the KitKat android version and an upgrade to Lollipop is planned as well.
It is good to see that LG ﬁnally took their user’s advice and tries to keep their devices up to date with The latest Android versions instead of just letting them fall into oblivion like before.
Let’s get a little technical about the G Pad 8.3…
It has a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2Gb of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU processor, which means that it is ready to handle almost anything you ask of it.
When it comes to user interface and bloat ware there’s not much you need to worry about. It has the usual LG UI overlay atop the Android base UI and there aren’t that many proprietary useless applications pre installed.
Take a look at the pre-installed applications:
- Life square
- Quick Remote
- Voice Mate
- Polaris Ofﬁce
- Quick Translator
- On Screen Phone
- LG SmartWorld
Notebook, Polaris Ofﬁce and quick remote are actually very useful apps on a daily basis. The others, well you will have to learn to live with them, which is nothing compared to the number of proprietary apps you would have to live with when buying a Samsung device.
There are load of options on the G Pad 8.3 that you can discover on the settings of the device, some of them that you probably never heard of before.
Like is usual with newer LG devices the G Pad 8.3 also comes with the KnockCode, which in my personal opinion doesn’t work as well in tablets as it does on smaller screen smartphones as it makes you remember on which part of the screen you have to knock so that your code is recognized. Since screens are smaller in smartphones, at least in some, this issue isn’t noticeable as the entire screen is used for the knock code.
QPair is also a useful app that allows you to share your smartphone notifications with our tablet so you don’t have to carry both of them around when you’re at home, for example, you can just sit with your G Pad 8.3 and leave your smartphone in another room. All the calls, messages and notifications will be available on your table just as they hit your smartphone. Just be aware that some of the features of QPair may cause additional costs based on carrier policies.
We took the G Pad 8.3 for a test drive in our usual benchmark tests and the usual games and it didn’t disappoint. There was no lagging noticeable while playing any kind of game nor when using it regularly form some web searches as well as writing emails and such. Neither did it ever lock up while watching YouTube videos or anything related to that.
You can check out the gameplay performance video on the end of this review to see the G Pad in action.
As we said in the beginning of the review, the G Pad 8.3 has a rear 5MP camera, without a LED flash. There’s no doubt that few of us go around taking pictures or recording videos with our big tablets in hand, but a nice camera with flash is always welcome.
When you are in well light environments the G Pad’s camera will do its job properly and you will probably even enjoy using it and play around with the camera modes and features, like the known talk to take picture feature and similar. But when you need to take pictures in poorer light environments stick with your camera with flash as the G Pad’s picture quality will drop significantly.
Connectivity and Battery Life
When it comes to connectivity the G Pad 8.3 has the usual suspects at this point in time: WiFi, WiFi-direct, Bluetooth and an infrared port. No NFC to talk about tough.
The G Pad 8.3 is equipped with an 4600mAh battery that will last you a reasonable time when taking into account the contenders on the market. Playing games, reading books and browsing the web didn’t make as great an impact as we thought it would since the battery lasted almost a full day without needing charging.
We also performed a benchmark for this so you can check the G Pad’s result on that as well.
If it wasn’t for the difﬁculty I had ﬁnding this tablet on a store here in Portugal I deﬁnitely would have bought it for myself in order to replace my old and tired Asus Transformer Pad Tf300.
Its size is perfect for everyday tasks many of us perform on our tablets, reading and writing emails, working on Word, Excel or PowerPoint ﬁles, taking notes, watching a few videos, etc. The frontal camera quality is more than enough for conference calls and such and the rear camera is as good as any tablet camera I have seen thus far, but lacking the LED ﬂash also makes it not useful for many situations when lighting conditions aren’t perfect, which is most of the time.
Regarding performance, we had no complaints about it whatsoever, especially since its price tag is around 279€, which is pretty cheap taking into account the quality of the device you will be acquiring. So price/quality is way up there, near to that of the Nexus 7(2013) except the battery life of the G Pad 8.3 is better than the one of the Nexus, both versions of it in fact.
When it comes to build quality you will probably ﬁnd yourself thinking that LG is really raising the bar on their devices. It is good to look at, pleasant to hold and you won’t hear it creaking around like some tablets available on the market today with higher price tags. LG has launched a new tablet since we tested the G Pad 8.3, the G Pad, if you’re curious about its performance and quality stay tuned as we will publish its review soon.
Review by: Cátia Sofia Ferreira @ AndroidEmotions