LG’s latest swing of the bat in the tablet market is the G Pad 8.3, designed to take on the iPad mini with its stylish curves and aluminium finish, and the Nexus 7 with its pricing, does it compete with the two? Let’s find out in our full LG G Pad 8.3 review.
Let’s start off with the thing you notice first about the G Pad 8.3 or any device for that matter, how it looks and feels. The G Pad is referred to as 8.3 for two reasons, first of all that’s the size of the screen in inches and it’s also how thin it is in millimetres.
The G Pad has a similar look to the LG G2 smartphone, although it’s absent of those oddly placed buttons on the back and it also has a brushed aluminium finish on the back, which looks very nice on the black variant but, not as nice on the white one.
As well as the brushed aluminium on the back it has a plastic border running around the top and bottom, with the camera, microSD card slot and headphone jack housed in the top border. The rest of the device is made from plastic, but doesn’t feel cheap and definitely doesn’t feel like a tablet that is retailing at below £200.
In fact, the G Pad feels very sturdy and high quality and the aluminium back makes it easy to grip compared to some other similar sized tablets and can easily be held in one hand. The back of the G Pad attracted finger print marks pretty easily and after a short period of time using the device, it was in need of a wipe to make it look a little less grubby.
The tablet’s performance is another area in which you wouldn’t believe you’d paid less than the 200 quid mark, as it is very nippy, it jumps in and out of apps quickly, the whole experience feels very smooth as well, and in the time I used it I barely noticed any lag or app crashes.
Under the hood of the G Pad is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz helped along by 2GB of RAM and also has a Adreno 320 GPU. On benchmark test platforms AnTuTu and Quadrant it scored 24,965 and 8,986 respectively, both of which are pretty decent scores, but nothing too impressive, which reflects the G-pad’s performance, I had very little to complain about, but certainly wasn’t blown away.