The LG G Pad 8.3 was one of the good surprises of the start of the 2013 school year. Neat lines, honest technical specifications, an attractive price, the beautiful has accumulated good points and it has been with me every day for a little more than ten days. After my handling published before the end of the year holidays, the time has come to get down to business and take stock of the adventure quickly. All with lots of pretty photos and even a few videos in passing.
There are a number of touchscreen tablets on the market designed for the most mobile users. On the Android side, mobile users are spoiled for choice with the Nexus 7 or even the slates produced by Samsung. With the G Pad 8.3, LG has therefore decided to tackle well-armed competitors. Is the little one really the weight? It is precisely this question that we will try to answer, together, throughout this article.
As you start to get to know the song, first we will actually focus on the technical characteristics of the LG G Pad 8.3 to refresh the memories of everyone, including the students who are half dozing at the back of the class.
As its name suggests, the G Pad 8.3 therefore has an 8.3-inch screen capable of displaying Full HD-type definition , for a resolution of 1920 × 1080 and a pixel density of 273 ppi. The slate is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz and supported by 2 GB of RAM . On this, we are entitled to 16 GB of storage space supplemented by a port for micro SD cards.
At the back of the shell, we will also find a 5 million pixel sensor. LG has obviously integrated a front camera on the front of the tablet.
Apart from WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and the aGPS chip, the LG G Pad 8.3 also offers an infrared port, DLNA, Miracast and a 4600 mAh battery as a bonus. All in a fairly compact case (216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm) and for a weight not exceeding 338 grams.
Compared to a Nexus 7, what does it look like? Well that's not bad at all since the G Pad 8.3 has a bigger screen, a faster chip and, above all, easily expandable storage space. Google's tablet does not actually integrate a port for micro SD cards and this is ultimately one of its biggest flaws. On the price side, however, the Nexus 7 is a bit more accessible than LG's slate. Its other asset is its “pure” version of Android, with very frequent updates.
Design & Ergonomics
Some people do not attach importance to the design or the ergonomics of a product. It's not my case. I do think that these criteria are not trivial. From my point of view, they even guarantee the accessibility of the product in question.
As much to warn you immediately, on this ground, the LG G Pad 8.3 is doing very well.
Out of its box, it surprises first by its weight since it does not weigh more than an iPad Mini Retina. It is therefore very light , and easy to handle , especially since it is narrower than the Apple tablet. It will therefore be perfectly possible to hold it firmly with one hand, as we would with a smartphone or a touch pad.
If the beauty is compact, the borders surrounding its screen are wide enough to avoid handling errors.
Just like on the LG G2, the front of the slate is devoid of physical buttons. All the usual controls are directly managed by Android. A wise choice, especially when you know that KitKat 4.4 includes an immersive mode , or a full screen mode, capable of erasing these buttons.
The headphone jack is located on the upper edge, not far from the micro SD card port and the infrared port. In contrast, we will find the Micro USB 2.0 port. All the usual physical buttons (lock, volume +, volume-) are located on the right edge, towards the top.
The back of the tablet is covered with a large metal plate on which the manufacturer's logo is engraved. This is also where we will find the slate speakers. The sensor, for its part, is located at the top, on the left.
Overall, the tablet inspires confidence. She seems robust, ready to accompany us in the slightest of our movements. It's only a matter of taste, otherwise, but the black version is a bit prettier to the eye than the white version. Bad luck (or not), it is the latter which was lent to me by LG.
Screen, Power & Autonomy
The time has come to talk about the screen, the power and the autonomy of the tablet.
On the screen side, not much to say, the IPS panel is of very good quality and the color rendering seems rather realistic, with nice contrasts and sufficient brightness to use it in direct sunlight. However, the sun, at the moment, is not really that in the Paris region. The viewing angles blew me away, too. In short, on this ground there, it is almost flawless.
Then comes the question of power and, again, I have no criticism to make since the LG G Pad 8.3 performed well during these ten days. No latencies, no crashes, the system remained fluid in all circumstances.
If you like figures, and benchmarks, know that I still had the opportunity to run BenchmarkPi, Quadrant, Linpack, An3DBench and Geekbench 3, and here are the results obtained by the tablet:
- BenchmarkPi: 139.
- Quadrant: 11894.
- Linpack: 477809.
- An3DBench: 7532.
- Geekbench 3: 637/1834 .
All you have to do is grab these little tools on your own slate to compare. Moreover, if you are motivated, do not hesitate to share your results in the comments which appear at the end of the article.
So what about autonomy? Might as well warn you immediately, I did not have the leisure to stick for 10 hours at a stretch on the slate to accurately measure its resistance to my various stresses. However, I had the opportunity to have fun with it for a whole weekend (with breaks, eh) without any worries.
As I explain in the video that you will find a little below, I still encountered a small problem during my test. After installing my applications and after leaving the tablet on standby for one night, the latter was completely discharged even though its battery was 50% full the day before.
After I reset it, I no longer faced this problem. The moral of the story is that you really have to be careful with what you install.
And if not, how does she manage in photos? Correct, nothing more. Everything obviously depends on the light, as always.
The overlay developed by LG is very popular with mobile users and this is quite logical since it benefits from a clean and minimalist interface, an interface that blends into Android. However, if the latter is quite discreet, it does not lack features so far and here is a non-exhaustive list of the improvements it brings.
- A more complete notification center: The notification center includes a number of elements such as shortcuts to quick settings (fully customizable), direct access to QSlide Apps, setting the brightness and sound level of the terminal or again… the notifications themselves.
- QSlide Apps: These are applications that can be opened in flyout windows. A clever system, but which only works with the tools developed by LG and therefore with Videos, Internet, Calendar, Email, Memo, Voice Mate, File Manager and Calculator. It is therefore not possible to open Chrome, for example, in windowed mode. Otherwise, know that each window can be moved on the screen and we can even modify their opacity if necessary.
- Apps set aside: LG has implemented a system that allows up to three apps to be set aside using a simple horizontal swipe from right to left, a swipe performed using three fingers . It's a bit of an improved multitasking. To find our applications, we will just have to make the same gesture, in the other direction.
- QPair: Without doubt one of the biggest assets of the slate. Thanks to this tool, we will be able to connect our tablet to our smartphone (it will be necessary to download the homonymous application from the Play Store). When this is done, we will be able to quickly share our connection, and deport the display of certain notifications. When someone tries to reach us on our mobile, for example, a message will be displayed on our tablet and we can then decide to take the call, or not. Same thing with SMS and with messages from our social networks.
- Native Apps: LG ships all of its devices with a number of apps to help us manage our email, schedule, and a lot of stuff. On the G Pad 8.3, we will also find a video editor working a little on the same principle as iMovie on iOS, an editor which will therefore allow us to make nice edits to share with family, friends and colleagues.
So much for the outline. As you can see, LG's offering is solid and it has nothing to envy the competition. The constructor's overlay actually benefits from a clear , simple , accessible interface, with a number of interesting functions and specificities. I am thinking in particular of QPair, which is formidable on a daily basis and when you spend a good part of your days with your nose glued to your slate.
QSlide Apps are also interesting, although the manufacturer didn't go far enough for my taste. A finding that I had already made during the LG G2 test . On this, the overlay developed by Sony allows a little more things.
As usual, I have prepared a video for you that will allow you to see the LG G Pad 8.3 working in real life, or almost.
The fateful moment has arrived, so the time has come to take stock of the operation. A difficult exercise, and even a little perilous. The best, ultimately, is to proceed in order, it will be much easier that way.
First observation and not the least, the LG G Pad 8.3 is a beautiful product. The tablet is light, compact and well designed. Its brushed aluminum back is very high-end and its finishes have absolutely nothing to envy the competition. I had the opportunity to quickly take control of the new Nexus 7 on the occasion of the last LeWeb and, from my point of view, LG's small slate imposes more.
The screen, for its part, is simply magnificent with very good color rendering. The same goes for the on-board processor which is certainly not the most powerful on the market, but which is largely sufficient on a daily basis. During these ten days, the tablet remained responsive in all circumstances , even in games and video playback (1080p). Its autonomy is very appreciable, too. Allow eight or nine hours straight, depending on your use.
What about the overlay, except that it deserves the detour. Of course, it sometimes lacks flexibility (especially in terms of QSlide Apps) but, for the rest, it is really pleasant to use on a daily basis. Afterwards, if you fancy something a little more exotic, you can always head to one launcher or another. There's no shortage of choice, anyway.
If you are looking for a portable tablet, the LG G Pad 8.3 is an option to consider. It is more expensive than the Nexus 7, it's true, but it has three advantages over the latter: its larger screen , its more powerful processor and, above all, its port for micro SD cards . Thanks to the latter, you can make do with the basic model, the 16 GB one, and invest in memory cards afterwards. With the Nexus 7, if you have significant storage needs, you will have to go straight to the 32 GB model, billed at € 269.
After that, there is also Note 8.0 but the latter costs a bit more, for a screen limited to 720p.
As far as I'm concerned, if I had to choose anyway, I think the LG G Pad 8.3 would have my preference or, possibly, the iPad Mini.
And you ?