The Koreans from LG just released last autumn a real couch surfer, under the name of LG G Pad 8.3. The G Pad represents an interesting attempt to fill the need for a midsized Android tablet in an interesting form-factor, after almost 2 years of absence; I am referring to LG’s first (and last) Optimus tablet, released way back, in 2011.
This brand new 8.3 inches wide gadget looks like an inspired choice, after the Nexus line paved the way for the compact tablets sector, and they slowly became a popular choice among enthusiasts that are not very fond of Apple’s products (read iPad). After the rise in popularity of mid-sized -Android powered phablets (thanks to Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, mostly), Apple counter-attacked with the launching of the iPad Mini, with a 7.9 inches wide screen. Maybe that’s why LG chose an 8.3 incher for their G Pad, following the philosophy of “bigger is better”, and also, according to their claims based on the company’s own independent studies as “being the biggest diagonal that can actually fit in one’s hand”. Now, we must keep in mind that Asians have small hands among other things, generally speaking (just kidding, of course).
The most interesting thing about the G Pad is the display, obviously, having an impressing WUXGA resolution of 1920x 1200 pixels and an awesome 16:10 aspect ratio. Watching videos and web browsing on this display is an unforgettable experience, due to the high quality and wide viewing angles of the screen.
This beast of a tablet is powered by a Snapdragon 600 chipset, with the CPUs (Krait 300 cores) clocked at 1.7 GHz, just like in the Optimus G Pro. This hardware platform runs like a dream on the LG G Pad, being excellent for web surfing and watching online videos. You can also imagine that the 8.3 inches wide display offers plenty of space for the virtual keyboard, hence texting and emailing on this baby is as cool as it gets.
The G Pad stands at 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm and has a weight of 338 grams, so it’s a tiny, lightweight tablet and handling it is a piece of cake. Its size and weight make it ideal for being carried around all day long without feeling like a brick or something like that.
The G Pad’s build quality is splendid, having a thin aluminum unibody that impresses with its elegance and premium look.
The G Pad is home for an 8.3 inches capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and a pixel density of 273 ppi. The G Pad is the first 8-inch tablet to have a FULL-HD screen. LG brags about this display, which is one of the key selling points of the device that is better than Samsung’s AMOLED screens, in terms of color reproduction.
The battery of the G-Pad is a 4600 mAh non removable unit, a tad smaller than the one used in their last tablet, but it’s perfectly adequate for the droid, providing for about 7 hours of heavy usage, i.e. web browsing and videos.
At the software department, the G Pad holds support for Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the interface has been customized by LG, being very friendly and intuitive, so browsing through it will go smooth and pleasant.
When it comes to hardware, the G Pad holds a Qualcomm Pro Snapdragon 600 chipset, having a quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 64 GB.
For snapping pictures, the tablet holds a 5 MP camera that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and features face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and so on and shoots 1080p videos at 30 fps.
A front-facing 1.3 MP camera is also on board and produces 720p videos.
The photos and videos produced by the G Pad are very good, with accurate colors and good amount of resolved detail (for a 5 MP snapper, at least).
Some handy software features found in the G Pad’s basket full of goodies are Slide Aside for moving between apps by sliding, KnockOn, which unlocks the tablet when you tap its screen twice, QSlide, which enables you to control three applications in the same window, QPair – connects your tablet to another Android device which also has the application installed and allows you to see the notifications received on your phone.
In terms of connectivity, the G Pad comes packed with dual band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, featuring Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth and Miracast wireless display. The Wi-Fi direct thingy allows various devices (up to eight smartphones/tablets/whatever) to connect to each other without the need of a hotspot, and the best thing is that only one of them must feature this technology (Wi Fi Direct I mean).
Thanks to its ample screen and GPS sensor with A-GPS, you will enjoy using your G Pad instead of a dedicated navigation tool, courtesy of voice guided navi offered by Google Maps with Street View.
Bottom line, the LG G Pad is one of the most interesting Android running tablets available on the market today. Having an excellent display, a cool design and an impressive build quality, also being one of the few tablets in this form/factor (under 9 inch) that offers a full HD resolution, it makes for a “must have” if you’re a droid head.