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.

After a lengthy absence, LG is now back with a new tablet, and this time, it seems the South Korean company has come up with an even more ambitious product. Making full use of the hype surrounding the new 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.


LG has equipped the G Pad 8.3 with a wonderful display. It measures the healthy 8.3 inches, making it slightly bigger than the iPad mini's 7.9 inches and the Note 8.0's... 8.0 inches. Its biggest advantage, however, is its 1200 x 1920 resolution and wonderful pixel density of 273 ppi. In comparison, the iPad mini's pixel density is just 162 ppi (terrible), and the Note 8.0's one is 189 ppi (mediocre). Essentially, what this means is that the screen of LG's tablet manages to output some very clean and pixelization-free visuals that make everything look that much more enjoyable, including reading and multimedia content, such as images, video and games.

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.



1. alaw.14

Posts: 431; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

What! How did this score more than the galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition???


Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Wow.... it did...

4. Santi_Santi unregistered

oh look at that, fugly, aww it sucks, ipad is better... = 9.0

35. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 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: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

i'd label iPad's design language as... generic.

6. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Maybe because the Note 2014 costs $549.

13. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

please tell me when have you used it and concluded that it lags

34. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 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: 186; Member since: Jun 30, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Because the reviewer (Ray S.) isn't biased like John...

23. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 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: Oct 19, 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: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

And how on earth does this score less than the iphone 5s/c?

7. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Xperia Tablet FTW!!!

8. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Sony needs to update that to at least 4.2.2

9. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

And it did.

11. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

They did? Didn't know that. Good for Sony than.

40. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 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: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Well done copying Samsung tabs.

16. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Wow, what a discovery, just tell me one thing which is similar to Samsung tablets in this LG one.

21. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

LG UI looks like to Touchwiz in many things ,not saying it's copying or something

30. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Is that a good thing? Touchwiz is probably the least liked and poorest performing software in existence for Android.

37. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 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: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 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.
G Pad 8.3
  • Display 8.3" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4600 mAh

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