Conclusion: It's truly remarkable how far the Android tablet sector has come in recent months, and the LG G-Pad 8.3 is arguably one of the best small-screen slates we've seen so far. The larger screen, better design and expandable memory all help it put the Google Nexus 7 in the shade, and low retail price is also a massive plus point. A faster processor wouldn't have gone amiss, but that's a relatively small complaint when you look at the bigger picture.
Pros: Although the 8.3-inch screen makes the G-Pad larger than the Nexus 7, the gorgeous design more than makes up for the increase in size. It's a mixture of rounded plastic and brushed metal, and qualifies as one of the most alluring Android slates we've yet seen. It's also incredibly thin and light, which are ideal qualities for this kind of device. The full HD IPS LCD screen meanwhile is incredible, with a pin-sharp resolution and decent colour replication. It's somewha...
Cons: The LG G-Pad 8.3 doesn't do much wrong, but it would have been nice to have had a more powerful chipset beating at its heart. The Snapdragon 600 included here is capable, but the 800 is now doing the rounds and would have future-proofed the slate for longer. There are moments when the tablet struggles to keep up with your inputs, usually when other background tasks are taking place. On the whole, this is still a smooth experience, but it's not as silky as what you'd f...
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: 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.
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: Google’s just another carrier, or at least that’s what it’ll tell you. Just as Verizon and AT&T customize every device they sell, with apps and services and robotic ringtones, Google’s selling its own flavor of some of the most popular devices on the market. It just so happens that Google Play Editions’ “customizations” are in fact reversions — from the HTC One to the Samsung Galaxy S4 , Google strips all added features and functionality and reverts back to the purest...
Pros: Thin, light design, Great display
Cons: Inferior app ecosystem, Occasionally stuttery performance, Some ugly customizations to Android
Summary: LG’s comeback on the tablet market is headed for success. The G Pad 8.3 offers a lot for a comfortable price. The premium feeling the exceptional display provides is praiseworthy, as well as the above-average hardware platform, which guarantees happy customers for LG. There’s room for improvement in the rear-facing camera, and insufficient device connectivity.
Pros: Display is sharp and offers good contrast, Speedy hardware performance, Pleasant and ergonomic size and weight
Cons: Poor rear-facing camera, No 3G and 4G connection support, No NFC support
A Nexus 8, more or less: LG’s G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition reviewed
16 December 2013
Conclusion: The G Pad is the first Google Play edition tablet, and for the most part it's a pretty impressive entry. It's a great option for anyone who had "a Nexus 7, but bigger" on their wishlist somewhere. You do give a few things up in exchange for that larger screen size, vibration motor, and SD card slot, though: the screen isn't as bright, your notification light is gone, and you don't get wireless charging or NFC.
Pros: Nice hardware that looks and feels good, Nexus-style Android 4.4 and a promise of prompt updates in the future, Pretty fast, if not cutting-edge, Will please anyone upset about the Nexus tablets' lack of expandable storage, Display has deeper blacks and better contrast than the 2013 Nexus 7, Retina iPad mini, Decent (but not exceptional) battery life
Cons: Screen doesn't get as bright as either the Nexus 7 or the Retina mini, Stock Android's SD card support is subpar, No NFC or wireless charging support, unlike the Nexus, Inconsistent thumb rejection when holding the tablet in portrait mode, Typical so-so camera, At $349, it's about half again as expensive as the 16GB Nexus 7, and it approaches the entry price of Apple's Retina iPad mini
LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition Quick Look: The 'Just Right' Midsize Tablet You've Been Waiting For
12 December 2013
Excerpt: of the G Pad 8.3 for a look at the hardware. Aside from the "V510" badge on the tablet's legal tiny type, this is the same device, and there's not so much as a Google logo to tell the two apart. But it's paired with clean Android 4.4, which incidentally is the one thing that kept me from buying the standard version earlier this year. - not too big, not too small, just right.
LG G Pad 8.3 Review: One of the Best Android Tablets You Can Get
9 December 2013
Excerpt: LG G Pad 8.3 Full Review LG is mounting a strong comeback with their G series of products. It started with the LG G2, which we believe is actually the best Android smartphone for 2013. They’re built on that momentum with their G series tablet, the LG G Pad 8.3.