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


When Apple announced its iPad mini with Retina Display, quite a few jaws dropped, as it kept the crazy 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution of the larger iPad, ensuring record for an 8-incher 324ppi pixel density. With this screen, and a 64-bit A7 processor, Apple ensured quite a futureproof little slate, which, however, comes with a premium price tag.

One of the best small tablets Android can offer against Apple's iPad mini 2 is the LG G Pad 8.3, which now comes also in a Google Play Edition with stock Android KitKat interface, too. Granted, it sports lower pixel density, but the difference is not very significant, plus it has trim metallic design, too, and offers expandable memory, all for a lower price tag. Which one should you pick? Read on to find out...


Apple's traditional 4:3 iPad aspect ratio is present in the mini 2 with Retina Display, making it wider and more uncomfortable to hold than the elongated G Pad that rocks it 16:10. At 8.54 x 4.98 x 0.33 inches (216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm), LG's tablet is taller, but much less wide than the 7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm) iPad mini 2, while the difference in thickness is negligibly in favor of Apple's tablet, and the weight is almost equal. Thus for holding the tablet in portrait mode and reading or browsing, the LG slate comes ahead, as you can support it with one hand easier.

The entirely aluminum iPad mini 2 chassis is also much more slippery, which adds to the lack of comfort when you try to pick it up and hold it with one hand. LG has put a metallic backplate on its G Pad 8.3, but the tapered metal back fuses with plastic sides exactly where your fingers are clutching at the tablet. This increases traction and support, whereas with the iPad you have to almost fully stretch your fingers to keep it lodged, and that's if you have big hands, so holding it in portrait gets tiresome. In landscape mode, both tablets are equally comfortable to grasp and operate, with wide side bezel to rest your thumbs on.

The metal keys around the iPad mini 2 sides feel more premium, and the power/lock one comes to the side when you hold the tablet in landscape, making it much easier to press than the one on the G Pad 8.3, which goes on top. In portrait mode the situation is reversed, hinting that the iPad mini 2 is best suited for landscape usage. The G Pad power/lock key and volume rocker are well-placed, with decent tactile feedback to them, but still the cold metal buttons of the iPad feel more expensive, and have an excellent tactile feedback, with firm yet springy click to them when pressed. Apple's iPad also sports the traditional round physical home key, which exhibits the same great clicky feel, whereas the G Pad 8.3 relies entirely on virtual on-screen navigational keys. These buttons on the G Pad don't really take away from the screen real estate per se, as LG has laid them over a fully transparent background.

We measured 450 nits of brightness for the iPad Mini 2 against the G Pad's 345 nits, so Apple's panel is up with the best tablet screens out there in that respect, save for the Lumia 2520 that sports 600 nits of peak brightness. Apple also managed to lay a pretty good anti-reflectance coating on its small tablet, too, so visibility outdoors is better than on the G Pad 8.3.

When it comes to viewing angles, both tablets have no issues whatsoever from each and every inclination. Colors and brightness barely shift even at extreme angles, so you don't have to hold the slates head-on while watching a movie, for example, in order to experience the true image quality that these two tablets are capable of.



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

11. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

It triumphs everything but price.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Quality = high price my friend.

12. LordDavon

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 19, 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!

16. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

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

2. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

A G Pad for me! Especially the Google edition.

10. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

LG is better!

17. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

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

5. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 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...

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

What if I like running stretched out phone apps?

7. taikucing unregistered

Both are good tablets

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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

14. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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...

15. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

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

18. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

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

19. ialex123

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

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


Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Have both. LG blows the iPad away.

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