The LG G Pad 8.3 was one of the stars of this fall. Honest technical specifications, sleek lines, neat finishes, it has it all, at least on paper. However, it is impossible to get a real idea of a product without having it in hand and that is good enough because LG sent me a copy of its slate this week. You will therefore be able to discover a little further in the article my first impressions about this amazing tablet. My impressions, but also and above all a video presentation as a bonus.
As usual, this grip is not intended to present all the features and peculiarities of the tablet. Rather, it is a quick and succinct presentation, shot hot a few minutes after the courier has passed. The full test, for its part, will be released next week, or the week after.
And we start right away with the technical characteristics of the beast to refresh our memory a bit, and also because it's important to know what we're talking about:
- 8.3 inch screen capable of displaying Full HD 1080p type definition.
- 1920 × 1200 resolution, 273 ppi pixel density.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz.
- 2 GB of RAM.
- 16 GB storage space, SD card slot.
- 5 million pixel sensor on the back of the shell.
- Record videos in 1080p.
- 1.3 million pixel front camera.
- WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm jack, aGPS chip.
- Infrared port, DLNA, Miracast.
- 4600 mAh battery.
- Dimensions: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm.
- Weight: 338 grams.
On the price side, the LG G Pad 8.3 is priced at € 299 , making it one of the most accessible touch tablets on the market.
So of course, it costs 70 € more than the Nexus 7, but it has a major advantage: its port for micro SD cards . Casually, that makes all the difference, especially for those who consume a lot of multimedia. Note also that this port accepts cards up to 64 GB, which will leave you enough room to store your movies, series and some photos.
Since we are talking about it, we can also specify that LG has set up a reduction offer of 50 € to celebrate the end of the year. Be careful, however, because this ODR will no longer be valid after December 31. Note, however, that the latter is available for the LG G Pad 8.3, of course, but also for the LG G2.
And then, LG has also entered into a partnership with Box to offer 50 GB to all the people who will buy one of these two terminals. 50 GB offered… for life. No more no less.
Design & Ergonomics
Now let's move on to the design and ergonomics of the slate. Once out of its box, it surprises first by its weight. With its 338 grams on the scale, it weighs globally the same weight as an iPad Mini Retina. It is therefore very light, and easy to handle. The beautiful is also taller and narrower than the small head touch tablet. It will be perfectly possible to hold it with one hand.
In terms of size, it is rather compact and the borders that frame its screen are thick enough not to affect the overall grip of the slate. Above the screen, we find the LG logo accompanied by the front camera and the ambient light detector. The usual buttons, for their part, are directly integrated into the platform and the overlay, just like on the LG G2. The Micro USB 2.0 port is located on the lower edge, the exact opposite of the headphone jack and the port for micro SD cards. Note that the latter is protected by an airtight plastic tab.
The other controls are integrated into the right border. It is in this area that we will find the power button as well as the two buttons dedicated to adjusting the sound volume. Interestingly, the tablet benefits from the “Knock On” function of the G2. To wake up the slate, you just have to double tap on its screen. The same goes for turning off the screen and putting it to sleep. Very practical on a daily basis.
The back of the shell is particularly neat with a large metal part covering 80% of the surface of the tablet. The speakers are integrated directly into this room, on the right side. The sensor, for its part, is located at the top, on the left.
Overall, the LG G Pad 8.3 is quite pretty to look at, and it feels particularly rugged, ready to go with you on the slightest of trips.
From the first start, the tablet will take us by the hand with an assistant similar to what we find on all terminals running Android. We will thus be asked to set the language, date or even time, then we will have to configure our WiFi connection. When this is done, the tablet will ask us to identify ourselves using our Google account. Thanks to the latter, we will have the possibility of automatically recovering all our applications, and even to save the tablet in the process.
It must be admitted, these assistants are very practical, especially for the most neophyte users and those who are not yet very comfortable with digital tools. It is no coincidence that Microsoft has offered exactly the same thing since Windows 8.
LG did not stop there, however, and the firm has also set up its own assistant, an assistant whose one and only objective is to point out the various peculiarities of the overlay. It's quick, easy and painless.
My first impressions are quite positive. The LG G Pad 8.3 inspires confidence and the most greedy mobile users will no doubt be happy to find a port for micro SD cards , a port that will allow them to multiply the storage space of the tablet by three or four.
I obviously do not yet have enough perspective to pass judgment on the overlay. However, we find generally the same features as on the LG G2, with one or two details. I'm thinking in particular of Q Pair which will allow us to transfer notifications from our smartphone to our slate, with some interesting controls related to taking calls. Finally, we will undoubtedly have to talk about it again in my test.
In short, for the moment, all is well.