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HolidayBuyer's Guide

LG G Pads

LG G Pad 7.0

LG G Pad 10.1

Smooth and matte back

Slim, for a large slate

Small, but not slim

micro-SD for you and me

Minimal buttons

IR blasters blast-off

Multi-tasking for the casual user

The 7 and 10-inch LG G Pads are a budget-friendly pair of tablets with useful software extras. Anyone interested in a tablet for everyday use and casual Web browsing should check out their sleek, minimalist designs.

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The LG G Pad 7.0 joins a crowded room of small budget tablets. Though it can slightly blend into the crowd, a closer look at its simple, but chic, design sets it apart.

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The LG G Pad 10.1 houses the same specs as the 7-inch model, which is fine until it comes to the screen resolution. In comparison to the smaller G Pad, the 10-inch screen looks pixelated.

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Both G Pads are very comfortable to hold. The rounded corners melt-in-your-hand and the smooth texture of the matte back is comfortable against your fingertips.

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The designs aren't cutting edge, but for budget tablets they're sleeker than usual. The G Pad 10.1 is on the thinner and lighter side of the large tablet spectrum.

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The 7-inch G Pad's design is a little more girthy than the Nexus 7, but still bears a striking resemblance to the Google tablet.

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A micro-SD card can go a long way on a tablet with only 16GB of internal storage. Both tablets house one, with a small flap to conceal the goods.

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The minimalist look is complimented by the limited amount of buttons on the tablet. The power button and volume rocker slyly blend into the design of the G Pads and are barely noticeable.

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The IR blasters are small, but make a big difference in the value of the LG G Pads. Starting at $149, the 7-inch model can double as an affordable universal remote.

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The dual-window capability is one of the highlights of the revamped LG interface found on the G Pads 7.0 and 10.1. Though they can't handle too much action, they can easily help you do basic -- but important --  tasks, like locate the best pizza place in town.

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