LG G Pad 8.3 Review
Struggling to secure its positions on the smartphone market, LG hasn't had much time to deal with the tablet one. That isn't to say LG has never released a tablet. In 2011, the company made its debut in that space by launching the Optimus Pad and its T-Mobile US variant, the G-Slate. In 2012, the company outed a revamped model, named Optimus Pad LTE, with the hallmark feature of all of these tablets being their 3D camera capabilities.
G2 Android smartphone, LG is gearing up to release the G Pad 8.3 – a mid-sized tablet of premium quality that will take on fearsome rivals such as the Apple iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
LG has evidently put a lot of love in the design of the G Pad 8.3. It's simply one premium tablet with a very slim and good-looking body. It's not so small (8.54 x 4.98 x 0.33 inches), due to the sizable top and bottom bezels, but it's narrow and light enough (11.92 oz or 338 g) to allow for comfortable holding. Almost the entire back plate is made of aluminum, which gives the tablet a sense of style and class, just like the iPad mini, and unlike the Galaxy Note 8.0. It's a bit surprising to an extent, having in mind that the G2 smartphone sports an entirely different design language. We're definitely glad to see LG employ a more ambitious approach with its tablet.
The high-end design of the G Pad 8.3 is also found with its physical keys, which click happily and reassuringly, making them feel just right. Naturally, the tablet features a microUSB port for charging and wired data connection, but we're also happy to report that there's a microSD card slot on board as well, allowing you to easily expand your storage space. In case you're wondering, there isn't an infrared port.
We'd once again like to congratulate LG for coming up with this premium design - we definitely hope that it'll make its way to the company's smartphone line-up next year. We wouldn't say that it's better than the iPad mini, since Apple's tablet is also quite spectacular, but it easily beats Samsung's offering in this segment, as well as low-cost tablet offerings like the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7.
With this LCD IPS display, LG has just nailed the balance between blue and red, resulting in a perfect color temperature of about 6588 K (kelvin), with the reference point being 6500 K. That's pretty much unprecedented for such a display so far. What's even better is that the third primary color, green, is also very well balanced according to the other two. The result is a display that appears neither bluish (as most LCDs out there), nor greenish (as most AMOLEDs out there), nor reddish (the Z1 Ultra is a rare example for such a display). Cementing the status of perfect balance between the three primary colors is the average Delta E grayscale (measures the amount of color error) value of just 2.58, which is a wonderful figure.
This isn't to say that the image quality of the display is perfect. Sadly, it isn't. For starters, the gamma is somewhat messed up, with highlights being a bit too bright and shadows being a bit too dark. Additionally, the brightness maxes out at around 345 nits, meaning that its outdoor visibility is less than ideal. The colors themselves may be well-balanced, but aren't perfectly accurate, as signified by the Color Gamut chart that you can find below, and the Delta E (rgbcmy) value of 5.61 (fair).
Viewing angles with this display seem to be good enough, similarly to most IPS panels out there.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch||408
|LG G Pad 8.3||345
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch||71.8%
|LG G Pad 8.3||82.3%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. alaw.14 (Posts: 143; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
What! How did this score more than the galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition???
4. Santi_Santi (unregistered)
oh look at that, fugly, aww it sucks, ipad is better... = 9.0
35. puckhead (Posts: 76; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
Know what's ugly? your dumb iSHEEP comment. This tablet is easily better than the iPad mini.
iPAD = BORING
44. Santi_Santi (unregistered)
calm down buddy, i have a Nexus 4 and 7 and a lot of people thought, at the beginning, that this was no match for some others.
51. thephonedude (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)
i'd label iPad's design language as... generic.
13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
And it lags. At least the Exynos version that's out, it lags bad. I expect the Adreno 330 on the LTE version doing better when it's released, but it will cost even more, and the WiFi version remains a performance mass. For $549.
19. wildfiregt (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
please tell me when have you used it and concluded that it lags
34. saiki4116 (Posts: 356; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
I saw a video on youtube, where note 3 opened gallery after a minute...I won't be surprised if galaxy Note 2014 tablet lags..
48. greyhulk (Posts: 120; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
I have played with two separate units. It most definitely lags. It's disappointing, really. I intended to buy one until I actually used it.
20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Really, does it? Man, not even the Exynos 5420 and 3 GB of RAM could save it from Touchwiz... We need AOSP, stat!
17. ThePython (Posts: 298; Member since: 08 May 2013)
Because the reviewer (Ray S.) isn't biased like John...
23. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
Because of tons of LG-sponsored articles in PA. Have you not seen sponsored articles with PA by LG? Well, infact you will only find LG-sponsored articles here. Others might be there, but most of them are from LG only. Isn't it obvious by now?
29. taikucing (unregistered)
3. DaHarder (Posts: 168; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
Looks to be a very nice tablet save the rather paltry amount of built-in storage, but to proclaim its design/build 'unrivaled by any other Android tablet so far' is a bit of a stretch as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 arguably featured the very best design/build of ANY Tablet... Period.
NOTE: And the Toshiba Excite 7.7 was no build/design slouch either.
45. woodyl (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)
The amount of built-in storage seems pretty irrelevant considering that it has a microsd slot. For $20 or so, you can add a 32 Gb card and give it more storage than the onboard storage of other tablets.
5. donfem (Posts: 550; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
And how on earth does this score less than the iphone 5s/c?
8. imkyle (Posts: 1006; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Sony needs to update that to at least 4.2.2
11. imkyle (Posts: 1006; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
They did? Didn't know that. Good for Sony than.
40. Gdrye (Posts: 108; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
yeah, it actually made it more stock android than any other tablet, if i was to buy a big tablet the sony one would be it, i wish they made one around the 8 inch mark
10. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Why can't we start measuring batteries in "Ah" instead of mAh? With the numbers getting bigger, it makes more sense to say 4.6 Ah instead of 4600 mAh.
16. eli577 (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)
Wow, what a discovery, just tell me one thing which is similar to Samsung tablets in this LG one.
21. wildfiregt (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
LG UI looks like to Touchwiz in many things ,not saying it's copying or something
30. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Is that a good thing? Touchwiz is probably the least liked and poorest performing software in existence for Android.
37. wildfiregt (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Touchwiz was way far on top when it was introduced to the Galaxy S , as it was very customizable and featuring a Task manager (missing on Android 2.3 and least) and many others
This made the success of the S line ,everybody loved the S3 nature on its time
People now hate it becase of its theme that looks too bluish and present on hundreds of galaxy smartphones. But still ,it's the one that has the greatest number of features ,like it ? use it, don't like it ? don't use it ,that is
I've used Touchwiz and I rarely experiment lags
I would love to try the LG UI, it also has many features that make want to try
46. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
I have owned an LG Optimus G and the software runs MUCH more fluidly than TouchWiz. Its also just as ugly, and even less polished in places.
14. orderer (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)
This f**kin' tablet can't rotation lock when it's landscape mode! WTF!!
15. darkvadervip (Posts: 331; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
Samsung must be paying for these comments again. It's funny how people throw in apple on any conversation then turn around and say LG copying samsung but is it just me that notice samsung copied everyone right down from stealing HTC Sense and calling it Touch Wiz. Lol
50. eldyagustius (Posts: 144; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
yeah surely Samsung did!
1. If Apple succesfully brought the 64-bit processor to their gadgets, Samsung answered it soon on galaxy S5 with more RAM.
2. If Lumia succesfully made the camera phone with their 1020, Samsung launched their S4 zoom.
3. If Sony successfully made the waterproof phone with their Xperia, again Samsung launched their S4 active.
4. If Apple succesfully made the gold-coloured smartphone trend, Samsung launched their Gold S4.. :)
18. dorianb (Posts: 407; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
So this is better than the current Note & Tab line. Better all around than the MeMo HD line.
On par with the Xperia Z. 0.5pts off of the 2013 Nexus.
22. brutalpanther (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 May 2013)
If it's as good as the LG G2,Then it will be AWESOME.I can hardly wait for it to become available in the good ole USA.And who cares about that overpriced under speced IDUD anyway.I had the new IPad and I wasn't impressed, Yeah it had a pretty screen,But the soc and 1gb of ram made it stutter when scrolling.C'MON LG release it here I want one.ANYBODY want to buy a nexus 7(2013) version.Awesome tablet I just think the extra screen space and specs will make it more desirable,And still be portable.
31. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Nice Story Bro. The newest iPad does not have laggy scrolling. At all. Anywhere.
49. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
24. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
well done LG. For the price and specsd it has, it is hard to beat. A little cheaper than the Ipad Mini, but offering so much more. I was thinking the Nexus 7, but the faster hardware, bigger screen, and the micro sd support makes this look like a better bet for about $70 more.
25. anthonio360 (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 May 2011)
This is it,the best android tablet ever, finally there is a premium android tablet in the market to Obtain. seek & tired of having the samsung poor display tablet.Jeeeez
33. orderer (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)
Where is Nexus 7 2013? Out of the earth? lol
26. sprockkets (Posts: 1236; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
SNS? Don't they mean SMS?
27. Piotrek007 (Posts: 80; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
-No battery test
-Not compared to Nexus 7 (2013)
I dont know is it me, but while reading it I had a feeling that the author tried to write this article very fast and he did it very carelessly. =\
28. christos5120 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)
For all Apple fanboys, ipad will always be better than anything else even if it costs 3 times more for lower specs (1024x768). For the rest of us a 1920x1200 screen at 8.3 inches and at 338 grams fits the bill perfectly compared to 1280x800 samsung's galaxy note 8.0. Will similar cost I will gladly give up the s-pen for the highest resolution!
32. hermano (unregistered)
Please post more on battery life?
38. sckisor (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
Just hit on Best Buy this morning (Thursday)....
BUT I can't post the link, Thank you Phone Areana!
Just search Best Buy, its there, $349. White only. (no,that wasn't a racial slur, I mean they only have the white model for sale)
39. sckisor (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
41. emadshiny (Posts: 1135; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Now that iPad mini2 is getting disappointing, this great tablet will be one of the priorities for my first tablet.
42. tuanphong0280 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)
oh. great. btw u think how much of prise for this LG's produce :D
43. woodyl (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)
This looks like the tablet with the best specs, overall, IMO. I would go for the Nexus 7 2 if the screen real estate was better, but the N7 is really kind of an ugly design with a lot wasted space. The LG has a bigger screen with almost the same resolution.
My main reservation about the LG vs the N7 is that I don't know if it will get very much development support. If it's easy to root and the boot loader is unlocked that will help. However, there may not ever be many custom ROMs for this tablet.
The amount of dev support will probably depend on how many people buy this device. The N7 has a very enthusiastic following and will have plenty of development. The higher price of the LG and the fact that LG is new to the tablet game may limit the support.
47. parkway55 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Oct 2013)
this tab is going to be a great little object. do we know if it has the apt-x codec ?
52. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
If you haven't tried one then don't comment. I bought one of these after tons of research. It is everything I expected and then some. Excellent device and it does smoke the IPAD and most others out there too.
53. Scorpion (Posts: 85; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)
Well after using it for over 3 mounths, I can declare it's worth every penny. Everything just works great, finished NOVA 3 on it, the speakers are nice, even got used to the LG skin. It's functional but the choise of colors... Anyways books, movies, games, facebook, everything goes. Love it!