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LG G Pad 8.3 vs Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display

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Camera


Apple iPad mini 2 sports a 5 MP camera without an LED flash on the back, and the same setup is present on the LG G Pad 8.3. Both tablets allow you to access their camera apps directly from the lock screen, but the interface similarities stop here.

LG offers the full monty of scene modes and color effects you can apply to your pictures and videos, such as HDR, Panorama, a 360 degrees Panorama, Sports, Night and Time Machine modes. In addition you can adjust the ISO or white balance settings if you want, thus its camera app appears more cluttered than Apple's. The iPad mini 2 offers the most widely used options only, like HDR and Panorama, plus a Square shooting mode. The iPad's camera module, however, is extremely fast, with barely a shot-to-shot time difference between the normal and HDR shooting modes, unlike the G Pad 8.3, which takes quite a bit of time to process HDR photography.

Both tablets shoot photos with rather natural colors, representing correctly the real hues in front of the lens, and with the level of detail expected from 5 MP camera modules. The thing is that LG G Pad 8.3 slightly underexposes the scene in most situations, making the photos appear darker and more intense than in reality, while the iPad measures the exposure time correctly, translating into a much lighter, albeit slightly noisier shot. This premise goes for HDR photos taken with both tablets, too.


Indoors Apple's iPad fares even better than the G Pad 8.3, producing more defined, well lit photos that represent the colors well, while keeping noise in check even at low light. LG's camera, on the other hand, casts yellowish veil on the softish shots, and underexposes the scene, making it look darker than it is. On top of that the G Pad 8.3 introduces more noise in the frame even at stronger light levels.

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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 2 3.2
3.5
674
No data
LG G Pad 8.3 3.7
5
605
No data
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Video is recorded by both tablets with fluid 30fps in 1080p resolution. The LG tablet underexposes the footage slightly, making it darker than it appears in reality. The iPad mini 2 gives a more realistic performance, plus its exposure compensation adjustment while panning around with the tablet is almost instantaneous. What we didn't like with the iPad mini 2, though, is that its screen, when used as a viewfinder in video mode, underframes the scene significantly. When you go to the gallery to watch the captured footage you realize there is much wider field of view recorded than what was visible on the display while filming. Not cool.


Multimedia


The iPad mini 2 and G Pad's photo galleries offer rich categorization options by albums, locations or timestamp, as well as editing modes built right into the interface. The iPad's interface is better thought out, showing thumbnails for photos shot in portrait mode as they were captured, and with wider separators, whereas the grid on the LG tablet simply cuts across equally sized rectangles.

The iPad mini's music player offers more categorization options than the one on the G Pad 8.3, including artists, albums, playlists, genres, compilations and even composers, or you can use the iTunes Radio streaming service directly from the Music app. The stereo speaker set on the LG tablet is more powerful than the iPad mini 2 speakers, but since they are on the back of the tablet, output is about the same when the G Pad is lying down, compared to the mini 2's bottom-placed speakers. Both pairs are of about average sound quality, meaning a relatively flat sound, and some distortion towards the highest volume.

Music player of the LG G Pad 8.3 - LG G Pad 8.3 vs Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display
Music player of the LG G Pad 8.3 - LG G Pad 8.3 vs Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display
Music player of the LG G Pad 8.3 - LG G Pad 8.3 vs Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display

Music player of the LG G Pad 8.3


Music player of the Apple iPad mini 2 - LG G Pad 8.3 vs Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display
Music player of the Apple iPad mini 2 - LG G Pad 8.3 vs Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display
Music player of the Apple iPad mini 2 - LG G Pad 8.3 vs Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display
Music player of the Apple iPad mini 2 - LG G Pad 8.3 vs Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display

Music player of the Apple iPad mini 2


Apple limits the stock video player to QuickTime or MPEG-4 videos, whereas the LG G Pad 8.3 can run all popular video formats out of the box, including MKV/DivX/Xvid files up to 1080p resolution. Of course, you can always use a free 3rd party player like Rock 2 on iOS, and load any video format to the player's folder in iTunes.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 2 0.97
LG G Pad 8.3 0.43
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 2 74
LG G Pad 8.3 81
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posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:48 6

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'd have to go with the M2. Design, apps, and the support Apple will give it is worth the extra dollars.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:14 1

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Forgot to mention - the A7 triumphs the S600 across the board, especially in gaming thanks to the Power VR gfx.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 11:03

8. Finalflash (Posts: 1423; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It is better for now in almost all regards. Yet it should have 2 gigs of ram though. 1 Gig on a tablet is just pushing your luck in my opinion.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 14:45

11. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


It triumphs everything but price.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 16:03

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Quality = high price my friend.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 14:46

12. LordDavon (Posts: 107; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


I love my Mini2, but that GPad makes my GN7 cry. If the GPad had a S800 in it, I would be upgrading the GN7!

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 09:25

16. LGisgood (Posts: 414; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG G Pad is looks gorgeous...
and fitted in my hand...

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:54 8

2. MrKoles (Posts: 296; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


A G Pad for me! Especially the Google edition.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 13:03

10. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I bought my G Pad like 5 days before the Google Edition and I absolutely love it. I wish I would've waited a few days, but it was definitely worth the $275 i paid for it when it was Best Buy's deal of the day. For the price it's a much better tablet than any iPad IMO.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:57 6

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2184; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


LG is better!

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 09:25

17. LGisgood (Posts: 414; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG G Pad is looks gorgeous...
and fitted in my hand...
comfortable in hand...

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:16

5. datphoneguy (Posts: 136; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


The G Pad looks much better, but unfortunately Android apps (in the tablet space) haven't caught up to Apple so I'll have to give it to the Mini this time...

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:27 6

6. Ninetysix (Posts: 1348; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


What if I like running stretched out phone apps?

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:30

7. taikucing (unregistered)


Both are good tablets

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 12:12

9. Taters (Posts: 2581; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Is it me or does the iPad mini 2 screen look really poor next to the G pad screen in those pictures? The mini 2 also looks really short and wide.

Then again the Google edition g pad screen also looks pretty bad next to the original in this video.

http://www.androidcentral.com/lg-g-pad-83-google-play-edition-unboxing-and-hands

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 19:14

14. Birds (Posts: 957; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I don't think it looks bad. I think the OS just calls for darker colors...For me though, dark and gloomy looks better than cartoony and bright which is why I don't like iOS7 or the skin running over the G Pad...

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 03:30

15. androtaku (Posts: 154; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


LG screen render the the husband and wife skin like asian skin,and this is what we call accurate color rendition

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 11:29

18. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


$399 for the ipad mini! I never knew it was so expensive! Just get a PS4 instead.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 01:58

19. ialex123 (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Great review...Also came across the article from gadgetride.com , which is about best 10 iOS apps.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 12:21

20. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Have both. LG blows the iPad away.

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