Android tablets usually come with either 7 inch or 10 inch display. There are exceptions out there that features 8 inch display – one is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and another is LG G Pad 8.3 which features 8.3 inch screen. Compared to the former, it packs higher resolution (1920×1200) and a faster processor too (Qualcomm Snapdragon 600). Here is a review of it.
The G Pad is very slim, and looks great in hand – very similar to the Apple iPad Mini which has a 8 inch display as well. Like the latter, the back of the tablet is made of aluminum and only top and bottom are made of plastic. In the white model, the back is silver colored while in the black, the back is black colored.
The display of the LG G Pad 8.3, as said earlier, packs 1920×1200 pixel resolution. This gives you a PPI (pixels per inch) of 273 and an aspect ratio of 16:10. Most of the high end smartphones, for instance, Galaxy S4 and HTC One features 1920×1080 resolution. You get 120 extra pixels which makes surfing and reading books more enjoyable. It is razor sharp and since it is a IPS, you get excellent viewing angles too.
Ports and Features
The micro SD card is located behind a flap, located on the top, sitting next to the audio jack. A micro USB port is situated on the bottom and speaker and power buttons are located on the right edge of the frame. Also on board are 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and infrared port for controlling TV.
Inside the G Pad 8.3, you will find a Snapdragon 600 processor that is clocked at 1.7GHz. This the same processor which is used in company’s Optimus G Pro phone. We just wish they had used more powerful Snapdragon 800 quad core chip (which is used in LG G2 smart phone). Thanks to the 2GB RAM, you get fast performance and minimal stutters. For storage, you get 16GB flash storage, which is expandable via micro SD card slot.
We have been told that the price will be cheaper than 400 Euros. Clearly, its success will be determined by its price. At 400 Euros, it is a great buy, but LG will have to a ton of advertisement, just like Samsung to make it more successful.
September 26, 2013