LG G Pad 8.3 Hands-on
In terms of hardware, the LG G Pad 8.3 features the Snapdragon 600 processor. LG has considered using the Snapdragon 800, but they figured that the 800 will heat the device too much, and will also drain too much battery. After our hands-on time, we were left with the impression that the Snapdragon 600 will be powerful enough to deliver a snappy and fluid experience, but we'll have to wait until we can test a final, retail unit, in order to make any conclusions.
Interface and Functionality
In terms of software, LG has installed its custom UI over Android 4.2, and it's a quite playful UI we have to say. Nice colorful icons and fun UI effects are constantly present as you interact with the tablet. It's a bit of a 'kitchensink' approach, because the software has tons of extra features, but we won't complain as long as those don't stand in the way of normal usage.
Price, Release Date and Expectations
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1. AfterShock (Posts: 1275; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Nice but I think Asus is going to eat its breakfast.
Price will play a big part.
3. TheLolGuy (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Somehow I suspect this tablet will be $299. Could be $50 more, but I hope not.
Also, that speaker placement is not cool :( I wonder if the other companies patented every conceivable way to place the speaker anywhere else so that LG is forced to use the back if they refuse to license the patents to them?
6. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Not with the specs the asus memo pad 8 has. Im sorry but asus seems to never want to go hard in the mid size tablet market.
2. TheLolGuy (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
The brushed black metal backside looks amazing on this tablet!
4. McLTE (Posts: 620; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
now THAT is a sexy tablet!
Bummer about speakers on the back still.. but really, this is the first Android Tablet that I've really said wow.. looks awesome! Bezels look great too!
8.3" is a great size. 7" was too small and not really competitive with my Note 2.. 8" is a big enough size difference that I could find it useful.
Nice job LG! Now lets hope for a solid price!
5. papss (Posts: 3429; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
Wow LG is bringing the heat. I may just get the G2 and this tab to go with it
7. Captain_Doug (Posts: 735; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Resolution is actually 1920x1200, not 1080.
8. mc1191 (Posts: 28; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
4 soft-key button setup will look nice on this tablet.
9. DONUT (Posts: 188; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
depending on how it's priced, i might get this to replace my Tab2 7.0
13. SolusCado (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)
It's a reference to the phrase "everything but the kitchen sink", which means that something either has or doesn't have every conceivable option.
So in this case, they are saying that rather than create a specific set of features that would be useful for one or more use cases, they just gave it every possible feature they could imagine. (Which seems like a good thing to me.)
12. chriscarlton10k (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)
One other impressive tablet that compares to the LG G-Pad is the newly released Pipo M7 Pro which offers a very competitive price ($255) -- the 8.9\" Pipo M7 Pro is made by Pipo Electronics and the new Pro Series is getting much notice for its design, features and price point and packs in a solid device that offers an 8.9 inch 1900X1200 display that uses Samsung PLS technology, along with a Quad-Core processor - 1.6 GHz / 2GB Ram - 16GB memory; and also features built-in GPS navigation, Bluetooth, MicroSD memory, premium speakers, a long lasting 6300 mAh battery, Dual WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz), quality Dual Cameras, and an option to use standard Android 4.2.2 O/S or a user friendly Windows style interface; there is also a 3G HSPA+ edition available for slightly more which works with GSM wireless carriers worldwide, including AT&T and T-Mobile and provides Internet at 3G HSPA+ speeds.
Available in the U.S. through--T a b l e t S p r i n t
14. phissith (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)
If LG hope to seriously compete with Note 8.0, I hope it will support stylus and similar apps like SNOTE series. I mean I didn't think I will ever need a stylus, why just use your finger, but then I realize how when I need to jot down things I still uses pen and paper which can be torn and misplace easily. So I decide to look into going digital and nothing beat S PEN!! So please LG, bring the heat on Note series from Samsung and you can have my MONEY!!