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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 LG G Pad 8.3 comes with two internet browsers pre-installed, but Google Chrome is the most prominent, getting a lock screen shortcut and place in the home screen dock as default.

We prefer Chrome out of the two, so you can happily keep the stock "Internet" app relegated to the app list - out of sight.

LG has equipped the G Pad 8.3 with Wi-Fi b/g/n, allowing you to get online at home, at work, at a mate's house and anywhere which offers up a wireless hotspot.

LG G Pad 8.3 review

There's no 3G or 4G LTE option for the LG G Pad 8.3, so if you want to get online when out and about you'll have to tether the tablet to your smartphone.

This can be done easily via the QPair app, but be warned turning your phone into a wireless hotspot can chew through your data allowance and battery.

With a strong Wi-Fi connection the G Pad 8.3 is able to load web pages quickly, with mobile sites taking just two seconds to fully display.

Full blown desktop websites also load up in impressive time, with the BBC website taking five seconds while TechRadar was usable after four and fully loaded after eight seconds.

The full HD display means everything looks great on the G Pad 8.3. Images are bright and colorful, while text is super defined and incredibly easy on the eye.

When reading an article, double tap on a paragraph of text to zoom in - the G Pad 8.3 will immediately fit the width of the text to the screen making it easier to read.

LG G Pad 8.3 review

Chrome doesn't support text reflow, so if you zoom in any further you'll have to scroll sideways as well as down to read it which can get a bit annoying. It's unlikely that you'll need to zoom in this far though.

Tabbed browsing is easily available in Chrome, with the toolbar at the top of the display providing easy access to any open tabs as well as the icon to open new ones.

If you fancy doing some private browsing on your G Pad 8.3 (naughty!) then Chrome offers incognito mode - available in the menu - allowing you to cover your tracks as no history will be saved of your activities.

For those of you already embedded in Google and Chrome you can login to the Chrome app on the G Pad 8.3 and it will automatically pull in your bookmarks, browsing data and you can even get the tabs that are open on your computer open on the tablet too.

LG G Pad 8.3 review

The only real downer for the Chrome app is its lack of an offline reading mode, something which the stock Internet offering actually has.

While Chrome is favored by many the general Internet app will still provide you with a decent browsing experience with all the same features as its Google counterpart.

It's not quite as clean or well laid out, but we're nit-picking if we're honest and the offline reading mode - accessed via the browser's menu - will be a lifeline for those wanting to read long articles on the way home when a wireless network is out of reach.

Flash is dying as a web format as HTML 5 looks to take over, but there are still sites out there which depend on it for some or all other their functionality. Unfortunately everyone is giving up their Flash support (apart from BlackBerry), so you won't be able to view any of this content on the G Pad 8.3.

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