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.
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.