LG G Pad 8.3 review: LG G Pad 8.3



Software and performance

The tablet is powered by Android 4.2.2. It's a shame not to see the more recent Android 4.3 on board, particularly as Android 4.4 KitKat is starting to make its way to some devices. You might not notice much difference though, as LG has slapped its own skin over the top.

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That's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean onboard, not the more recent 4.4 KitKat.

If you've ever used an Android device you won't struggle to get to grips with its multiple screens and apps menu. LG has thrown in a few of its own software tweaks though, chief among which is QPair.

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QPair lets you see who's calling without needing to pull your phone from your pocket every time it rings. You can cancel the call, but not accept it.

QPair lets you connect your tablet to your Android phone over Bluetooth. Once connected, your tablet will then be able to display incoming calls and texts. You're only able to decline calls, not accept them, but it will at least save you fishing your phone from your pocket every time it vibrates. A memo app will also allow you to instantly sync hand-written notes across both devices.

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You can flick open apps off the screen in order to quickly check your email, before pulling them back into view.

The Q Slide tool meanwhile allows you to swipe up to three apps to the left, saving their current state. You can pop into your email or check Twitter before swiping the app back into view. It's hardly a game-changer, but I can see it being useful from time to time.

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That's not a bad benchmark score at all.

It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core processor, backed up by 2GB of RAM. It's a powerful chip that easily tackled demanding games like Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2 and Riptide GP 2. Swiping around the interface was sometimes a little laggy, however, with icons needing a moment to pop into place when jumping back to the homescreen. It was never enough to cause any frustration though, so I don't see it as a problem.

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Riptide GP 2 played well and looked good on the Full HD display.

A 4,600mAh battery provides the juice for the slate. You shouldn't struggle too much to get a couple of days use from it, so long as you're reasonably careful. If you're just watching an episode of Woof! before work, then sofa-surfing once you're home, you won't need to live in fear of the battery conking out on you.

Camera

A 5-megapixel camera sits on the back, which achieved an adequate shot in my tests. Exposure was fair, as were the colours, but it wasn't particularly sharp and it suffered from image noise in the darker areas.

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LG G Pad 8.3 camera test (click image to enlarge).

It's not likely to put you on the road to photography stardom, but it'll manage some quick snaps, so long as you have plenty of light, which is about what you'd need from a tablet's camera anyway.

Conclusion

The LG G Pad 8.3 combines a slender, attractive design with a bold screen and plenty of power. It isn't too expensive either, making it a good option for those of you keen on the iPad mini but either want to stick to Android or simply to spend a little less.

What you'll pay

Pricing is currently unavailable.

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