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LG G Pad 8.3 review

LG's back in the tablet game and the G Pad 8.3 is a strong contender

Our Verdict

With a metal body, full HD display and decent innards the G Pad 8.3 is strongest rival to the iPad mini 2. While battery life could be better LG's tablet doesn't let the side down.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1200
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel

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For

  • Strong design
  • Great full HD display
  • Storage expansion

Against

  • No 3G/4G option
  • Poor camera
  • Average battery life

The 8-inch tablet sector is still in its infancy as it looks to bridge the gap between the super premium 10-inch slates and the bargain basement 7-inch contenders at either end of the market.

It does at least now have a group of strong competitors with the LG G Pad 8.3 joining the iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - with the iPad mini 2 waiting in the wings.

The G Pad 8.3 is a tidy tablet, but while the iPad mini wowed us when it arrived last year, we were never stunned, surprised or left wide eyed and open jawed at anything LG's tablet did.

We liked

The G Pad 8.3 offers a well rounded package combining stylish design and a fluid user interface which makes using the tablet a joy.

What really makes the G Pad 8.3 stand out from the Galaxy Note 8.0 and iPad mini is its full HD display, delivering crisp, bright images - perfect for movies and gaming.

There's enough power to deal with multi-tasking and the QSlide applications which you can pop up on screen are handy - especially the video player.

We disliked

As we've mentioned, while the G Pad is a decent all round tablet, it doesn't really amaze. LG's rather childish UI on top of Android detracts from what should be a relatively premium experience, creating a disconnect between the onscreen action and the lovely chassis.

Battery life is rather disappointing and when compared to the iPad mini the G Pad 8.3 simply can't compete. You'll be lucky to see out a full day with this tablet, so keep a charger close by at all times.

The rear facing camera is a bit of a let down, and while we don't expect fully fledged snappers on the back of tablets it's surely worth making them at least half decent. The camera app itself is surprisingly well equipped, it just a shame the camera can't keep up its side of the bargain.

Verdict

Would we recommend the LG G Pad 8.3? Yes. It's a great tablet which offers a wide array of features and a beautiful screen at a price which pips Apple's latest offering.

If you're in the market for a smaller sized tablet then the Google Nexus 7 is still the pick of the bunch, but if you fancy a little more screen and can stretch your budget a little further the G Pad 8.3 is a solid shout.

The LG Pad 8.3 is one of the best tablets in the 8-inch sector, but with the iPad mini 2 soon to be released there will be some serious competition to contend with.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ModelAdreno 320
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Product FamilyG Pad
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor Model600
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Brand NameLG
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen Size21.1 cm (8.3")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1200
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)338 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + HS
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height8.3 mm
Width216.8 mm
Depth126.5 mm
Screen ModeWUXGA
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product ModelV500
Product NameG Pad 8.3 V500
Product LineG Pad
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberV500
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
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Package Contents
  • G Pad 8.3 V500
  • AC Adapter