Summary: We really enjoyed our time with the G Pad 8.3, as it fits perfectly in the middle of the size spectrum: big enough to take on the iPad mini with Retina at a lower cost, and a better media consumption device than the smaller, lighter Nexus 7.
Pros: When first picking up the G Pad, you notice its heft and solidness. It’s a compact tablet with excellent weight distribution, thanks to a sheet of aluminum that covers the back. It’s the addition of metal that separates the G Pad from Samsung’s line of Galaxy Tabs, and sets it apart from the 2013 Nexus 7; LG’s offering has better hardware than anything Samsung or Asus has put out in over two years. Turning the slate over reveals an 8.3-inch IPS display with a 1920×120...
Cons: If you’re looking for a tablet with a great camera (and why would you be?), the G Pad 8.3 is not recommended (nor are most Android tablets, for that matter). Despite a competent camera app, photos taken from the 5MP rear sensor are abominably bad, full of grain and dim colours. The 4,600mAh battery cell inside the G Pad 8.3 is neither big nor small, lasting just over a day of consistent usage when connected to WiFi. Standby time is astonishingly good — the tablet lost...
Summary: The LG G Pad 8.3 represents a solid effort from a company just getting back into the tablet market. The device offers many of the same great multitasking features found on LG's smartphones, and you get both strong audio and a built-in IR blaster. Unfortunately, while the G Pad boasts a full HD screen, it's on the dim side. Plus, competing tablets last longer on a charge.
LG G Pad 8.3 Review: An Android iPad Mini Competitor
12 March 2014
Excerpt: After a long absence the G Pad 8.3 is the first foray into the Android tablet market in a few years for LG. Following a few failed tablets early on in Android’s life on bigger screens, they called it quits until the (you guessed it) 8.3-inch G Pad, and it’s one slate worth taking a […]
Summary: The LG G Pad 8.3 is the tablet for those who want iPad mini with Retina display high end appointments in an Android tablet. The 8.3" G Pad has a 1920 x 1200 display, a fast quad core CPU and a rare thing among Android tablets: a metal back. The G Pad 8.3 is available in black or white and it lists for $349, though it's often on sale for $299 or less.
Summary: Android purists will find Google's mid-sized LG G Pad 8.3 more compelling, but it's pricier than the model that's overlaid with LG's skin.
Pros: The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition features pure Android with a deeper Google Now integration, and receives the latest updates. It also has a sharp display, expandable memory, and runs a tad faster than its original LG counterpart.
Cons: The G Pad doesn't have the same elegant build-quality as Google's Nexus tablets, and this stock model lacks a few useful apps compared to the LG-skinned original.
Summary: Smartphone genes. LG promises that you will find many features of the LG G2 in the G Pad 8.3. The smartphone got a "very good" in our review at that time. Now we want to know how well the tablet derivative does.
Pros: very high system performance, all tested games ran smoothly, Full HD display with vibrant colors, sturdy build quality, compact case, sensibly enhanced OS, good software included, 24 months warranty, cool surfaces, stereo speakers ..., LG packed a lot of performance and a Full HD display into a cheap tablet.
Cons: ..., but with poor sound, high energy consumption, battery life only passable, dark screen, uneven brightness distribution, modest camera, GPS module sometimes inaccurate, no mobile internet, The screen should be brighter and the speakers should be better.
LG G Pad 8.3 Review: Probably the Best Small Android Tablet of the Year (Video)
30 December 2013
Conclusion: The LG G Pad 8.3 gets a 9.7 out of 10 for design, a 9.3 for hardware and a 9.5 for OS and UI, for a final grade of 9.5 out of 10 , making it the best Android tablet we’ve tested all year. For me personally, this is the tablet of the year 2013, not the Nexus 7 2013, since it brings a few nifty extras and also it has a Google Play Edition, if you want KitKat on it faster.
Pros: battery life better than Nexus 7 2013, good screen (works with gloves, balanced colors), good audio, better than rivals, good performance (benchmarks and day to day use), presence of microSD card slot, pretty good price, lots of extras (Q Slide, Quick Memo, Q Pair and all that), And the Cons:
Cons: brightness could be better, camera below the rivals level, no phone calling ability, outdoor screen behaviour, slight lag in lockscreen and some apps, Optimus UI may feel a bit old, LG G Pad 8.3, final grade of 9.5 out of 10