LG G Pad 8.3 review: LG G Pad 8.3

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent

Average User Rating

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The Good Slim, metal design; Bright and bold screen; Plenty of power.

The Bad Unimpressive camera; No 3G or 4G connectivity; Older version of Android.

The Bottom Line The LG G Pad 8.3 has a good screen and a spritely processor and wraps it up in an attractive metal body. For £250, it's a good choice if you're already an Android user or simply don't want to splash the extra cash on the iPad mini.

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With the supercharged, specced-out G2 , LG showed that it still knows what's what when it comes to building top-end tech. The G Pad 8.3, as the name suggests, is an 8.3-inch Android tablet, with a similarly impressive lineup of numbers. Its screen packs a Full HD resolution, it has a meaty quad-core processor under the hood and, like its rival the £319  iPad mini , is clad in metal.

Unlike the iPad, however, the G Pad offers no 4G connectivity so you'll rely solely on Wi-Fi for your Internet needs. It comes with 16GB of on-board storage and is available now for £250.

Design and build quality

With its 8-inch display and metal back, the G Pad is clearly placing itself as an Android alternative to Apple's new retina display iPad mini . The G Pad is 8.3mm thick, making it ever so slightly chubbier than Apple's offering, although its 338g weight is almost the same. It's certainly portable enough to carry around all day.

Like the iPad, it's easy to hold up in one hand while watching a video or browsing the Web, but you will need two hands to type. I suspect you'll find this slate too big for your jeans pockets, although I was able to slot it into a blazer breast pocket with a push. Smaller devices like the Nexus 7 can slip inside an accommodating pocket, but you'll probably need a satchel or handbag to handle this hardware, if you don't want it dragging your sharp suit of shape.

LG G Pad 8.3 back
It's slightly thicker than the iPad mini, but the G Pad is portable and easy to hold in one hand.

The back panel is made from aluminium, with plastic strips at the top and bottom. The use of plastic makes the G Pad look less luxurious than the all-metal iPad mini, but it still has a solid, premium feel.

On the sides you'll find the volume and power buttons, a micro-USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot, allowing you to expand the 16GB of internal storage. The back panel is home to dual speakers. They're loud enough to enjoy Breaking Bad in your loo (I checked) but their placement means you'll muffle the sound if you lay it flat on a table.

Display

The G Pad's 8.3-inch display boasts a 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution. A Full HD display is now the standard I'd expect to see on a tablet of this size, excepting bargain-basement efforts such as Tesco's Hudl . The new Nexus 7 also boasts a Full HD screen and starts at £200, whereas the iPad mini's new retina display meanwhile packs 2,048x1,536 pixels, but costs quite a bit more.

As the mini packs more pixels into the same size screen, its pixel density is higher, which in theory results in a sharper display. While you might be able to tell the difference side-by-side, you'll need to look very carefully in order to do so. For everyday tasks like tweeting and posting inappropriate Facebook updates, the G Pad's Full HD resolution is more than adequate.

LG G Pad 8.3 hands on
With a Full HD, 1,920x1,200 pixel resolution, the display is really good.

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Where to Buy

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition

Part Number: CNETlgGPad8.3GoogleEd

Typical Price: £250.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Wireless Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
    Bluetooth 4.0
  • Weight 0.74 lbs
  • Type Android 4.4 (KitKat)