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


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.

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.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
LG G Pad 8.3 3.7
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Apple iPad mini 2 3.2
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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.


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.

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.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
LG G Pad 8.3 0.43
Apple iPad mini 2 0.97
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
LG G Pad 8.3 81
Apple iPad mini 2 74



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: 156; 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: 2964; 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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