Review by: Rose Finchley
LG has returned to the scene with its new tablet after a couple of years of absence on the tablet market. The new device is LG G Pad 8.3 and is claimed to be very successful. So what are the new features of the tablet and what seems to be the same as the other versions?
Well, first off, the screen. It’s more sensible and it’s 8.3 inches big. Its resolution is 1080p. The design is soft and attractive.
The device is slim and elegant-looking. The device is made of plastic, metal and glass and is very solid. It is simple and pleasant to look at. The speakers are located within the metallic strip, which makes it unlikely that your hands go its way and block the sound. Apart from this, the width of the tablet is a bit constrained. It is 126.5 mm. The battery is 4,600 mAh. The rear camera is 5-megapixel and there is no flash.
Display and software
The display is good-looking and functional. The volume switch and the power key are situated on the right side of the plate and are very responsive, which means they don’t need too much pressure to be applied when pressing them.
The tablet has a microphone hole and a micro USB port. On the back of the device, there are dual speakers. This makes it more convenient to use when in landscape position, especially when you are watching a movie and you want to hear what’s happening on the screen. The tablet’s size is small and you can easily hold it in one hand.
The tablet runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This operating system provides a number of easy-to-use features. One may have a hard time unlocking the device but otherwise it is okay. QSlide is an application tool that allows three apps to run simultaneously on the screen. The operating system isn’t that fast, however. It takes some time before the apps can launch. Generally, it doesn’t affect much of the device’s work and you won’t actually notice it except if you have tried Snapdragon 800, which is definitely faster. But otherwise you won’t find any difference.
Performance and battery
SunSpider 1.0 – 1,226 (compared to Galaxy Note 8.0: 1,281, lower score is better)
Vellamo – 2,218 (compared to Galaxy Note 8.0: 1,766)
Quadrant – 10,504 (compared to Galaxy Note 8.0: 6,830)
CF-Bench – 22, 926 (compared to Galaxy Note 8.0: 15,128)
AnTuTu – 21,277 (compared to Galaxy Note 8.0: 17,687)
The device uses 2GB RAM.
The battery can work about 7 hours. That compared to other devices is a bit low. For example, Apple’s iPad mini can run nearly 13 hours with WiFi switched on. Nexus 7 can work up to 10 hours; Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 runs about 9 hours. Hisense Sero 7 works 8 hours. Of course, it depends on how you are planning to use the device. Unless you are playing ten movies in a row, the longevity should be just enough for you.
The rear camera is 5 megapixels, the front one 1.3 megapixels. LG G Pad 8.3 offers a variety of effects as well such as ISO, brightness adjustment, focus, white balance, etc. The camera captures two 4:3 shots instead of 16:9. The video is definitely better than the pictures. It uses 30 frames per second. The camera manages to set aside the background sounds and instead focuses on what’s happening near the device.
The prices of the tablet is $350, which is okay but is still higher than the price of other tablets and smartphones such as Amazon’s Kindle and Google’s Nexus 7.
Image credit: LG’s press page