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

Battery


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.

Conclusion


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.


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20 Comments

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.

20. COZMAN

Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Have both. LG blows the iPad away.

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