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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 is an Android tablet at heart and that means it has access to over 900,000 applications on the Google Play store.

LG G Pad 8.3 review

Of course the G Pad doesn't turn up devoid of apps, with the usual array of pre-installs already on the tablet when you take it out of the box. Things such as clock, calculator, calendar, weather, voice recorder and task manager are included.

So too are a range of Google apps including Google+, Hangouts, Play Books, Maps and Play Movies.

LG has also chucked in some of its own apps into the mix, in an attempt to add more value to its G Pad tablet.

First up is QMemo - a simple note taking application which is perfect for jotting down a quick shopping list or noting the last trains home after a heavy night.

It's not just text which can be included into your memos though, with the ability to attach photos, video, audio clips and maps to your notes. You can even elect to draw on your memo, although without a stylus it's not the easiest of things to do.

Following on from QMemo is Notebook, which takes note taking to the next level. Notebook allows you to create more elaborate notes with diagrams, stickers and other features to give you a fully formed document.

LG G Pad 8.3 review

There are more advanced drawing tools on offer here, although once again it would be made easier with the addition of a stylus.

You can have multiple pages in each Notebook you create, and you can attach all the same content which is available in QMemo here.

To be honest we don't really see a time when we'd actually come to use Notebook, but for those who are a little more creatively minded it's a nice addition to the G Pad 8.3.

LG G Pad 8.3 review

QRemote takes advantage of the IR blaster on the top of the LG G Pad 8.3 (when held in portrait), allowing you to take control of devices such as TVs, set top boxes and DVD players on the tablet.

It's incredibly easy to set up and there's a surprisingly high number of brands supported - even the more obscure ones make it into the QRemote app.

We were able to hook our various IR controlled equipment up to the G Pad 8.3 without issue, and the ability to link various devices to different rooms makes everything easy to manage.

QVoice is a similar offering to Samsung's SVoice and Apple's Siri - ask your G Pad questions, or bark orders at it to perform certain tasks and searches. Unfortunately we were unable to test it on our review unit was stuck on Korean.

If you fancy yourself as a budding movie director then you'll want to check out the video editor on the LG G Pad 8.3.

As you may be able to guess, the video editor app lets you splice together various video clips, photos and audio tracks to create your own little movie.

Sadly there isn't a great selection of features within the app, and you're limited to adding your clips, snaps and sounds along with a bit of text - and that's about it. There are a handful of styles to choose from, providing various transitions between slides and you can split video clips up.

The basic nature of the app though means it's unlikely to see much use and if you're serious about editing on the G Pad you're better off heading to the Play store and downloading a third party alternative.

Games

With a full HD display, quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM the LG G Pad 8.3 is well equipped to deal with gaming. The G Pad's lightweight nature and manageable form factor means it's easy to hold during long gaming sessions.

Games on mobile devices are becoming more and more advanced, with many nearing console quality - although not the next-gen stuff which is floating about at the moment.

We played Plants v Zombies 2, Temple Run and New Star Soccer and all ran without issue on the G Pad 8.3.

The responsive touchscreen also aids gaming, as the G Pad is able to register every finger prod, so you're not left frantically smashing the screen in the middle of a game.

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