LG G Pad 8.3 vs Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display
The battery unit in the iPad mini 2 with Retina Display has been beefed up 44% compared to the original iPad mini, thus managing to keep the excellent battery life of its predecessor, despite the much higher screen resolution. You'll be able to get the typical for a member of the iPad family 9-11 hours of web browsing or video playback on a single charge out of the mini 2. The G Pad 8.3 sports a respectable for its size 4600 mAh battery, scoring in the average for an Android tablet endurance range of about 7-9 hours of web surfing or video playback.
The Apple iPad mini with Retina Display is perhaps the best small tablet money can buy at the moment, and it shows in the $399 basic price. It has an extremely high resolution display, premium design, blazing 64-bit chipset, very long battery life, and can take full advantage of more than 400,000 iOS apps written exclusively for tablets.
LG G Pad 8.3 fights back with a lower $299-$349 price tag, depending on the retailer, or whether you want the Google Play Edition version. The tablet still flaunts a great high-res display, svelte design, and adds some extra functionality with the IR blaster at the top, and the microSD slot for cheaper storage expansion. It, however, doesn't offer a version with cellular connectivity. Its Android interface overlay offers some nifty features for easier multitasking, like a Qslide set of hovering apps, and a widget system, both of which come very handy on a tablet, but the Play Store has yet to offer more apps that are written from the ground up for a larger screen real estate.
Thus, unless you deem the iPad mini 2 uncomfortable to use with one hand on account of the wider chassis, or need some of the extra G Pad 8.3 functionality, the iPad mini 2 with Retina Display is your better bet on a futureproof small tablet - if you can stomach the higher price tag, of course.
LG G Pad 8.3 vs Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display - Battery and Conclusion