LG G Pad 8.3 review: Gorgeous Android tablet and handy smartphone companion

LG G Pad 8.3 review: Gorgeous Android tablet and handy smartphone companion

Summary: LG continues to roll out excellent products and the G Pad 8.3 is an excellent Android tablet. The hardware if fantastic, the software is very capable, and the price is reasonable.


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  • HTC Flyer has similar back design to G Pad 8.3

  • QPair guide: Call notification

  • QPair guide: Message notification

Topics: Reviews, Android, Google, Mobility, Tablets

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  • the specifications of the Moto X?

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  • yeah really, can we just agree to drop the rear camera on tablets

    Eliminate the weight, circuitry space, cost, design and casing complications. All of these cameras are subpar anyway. They are just included to fill a bullet point on the feature list.
    • The rear camera is useful

      Not for videoing things (holding up a dinner tray at the kid's concert...), but the rear-camera on a tablet can be quite useful.

      Barcode scanning, pictures to insert into forms, etc. It certainly doesn't replace the phone or a good point-and-shoot for day-to-day photographing but it's definitely useful in business apps.
      Robert Crocker
      • Well stated.

        Those observations were spot on.
      • Augmented reality...

        Imagine holding up your tablet and the rear camera is showing you the mountain range in front of you, but the tablet has labeled all the peaks with their names and height and also dream or the climbing and hiking trails. These sorts of augmented reality scenarios are painless with a rear camera. No there aren't too many such adios out there yet, which is why I don't really miss having a rear camera on my Nexus 7, but I can definitely see the day where it becomes useful.
        • autocorrect...

          That should read: "drawn out the climbing and hiking trails"
        • mountain hiking with a tablet...

          either you are very strong, or your mountains are very small for you to carry and extra pound of weight in your backpack.
          • gimmick

            Ultralight hiking is a gimmick. All US lower 48 mountain hiking/backpacking routes are doable with very heavy loads, I've gone with as much as 70 pounds. The real killer of the tablet as hiking companion is cold+battery life. Carrying it is no biggy. But by the time it'd be useful, its also likely to be off and juiceless. Paper map, compass, and a traditional gps with lithium batteries to get an occasional true fix, gonna be a while before tech beats that combination.
          • Try 0.64lbs

            Nexus 7 2013, although for his suggestion - I'd go with something like a Nexus 5 at 4.6oz (0.29lbs).

            Nonetheless, his point was less about a tablet and more about the usefulness of a rear camera for AR and HUD work.
            The Werewolf!
  • Needs a TOP NOTCH camera

    8+ meg High-Res rear camera needs to be there for those who do on the spot editing of...
    ..landscape photos,
    ..edit vacation pix before sending,
    ..and to PhotoShop OUT those nay-sayers dressed in grey wolf clothing.
    You see kiddies, there's more to these tablets and Pads than playing games all day & night.
    • Not to forget device compatibility

      A tablet running Full Windows 8.1 support millions of devices out of the box, apart from running legacy applications (if required), Store applications, etc.

      It is just great to see a 7.8mm tablet capable of running full Windows, and the price is actually cheaper than some competing Android tablets. 2014 is going to be quite interesting with more of these coming to the market
  • Does it bridge the mem app gap?

    16gb is too small. Has LG modded this to allow you to push apps to the sd card?
  • Could be a contender

    Agree that I'd like to see a 32GB option as well (if not 64GB) at a reasonable price bump, but the inclusion of a microSD slot helps make up for this. My experience has with pushing apps to the SD card has been mixed. As a result I'd prefer to reserve that for media and so I want to make sure there's plenty of main storage for apps/data.

    It's worth observing that, although this review doesn't mention it, you can also get the G Pad 8.3 in a black finish.
  • Not enough homework !

    Matt, the competition is just not Apple or Samsung .. at $350 this device is more expensive than Lenovo Miix @ $299 which is 8.1 inches and runs full version of Windows 8.1 (Intel) and has more memory.

    • look, I like windows just fine. I use it all day at work.

      But I don't want it on a cheapo 8" tablet, certainly. Actually, if its not on a full size PC with keyboard and mouse and I'm not at work, I don't want it, period.

      You and ballmer just don't get it. You will go to your graves not understanding how consumers can't want full windows and office on a tablet.
      • Well said

        Why so many numpties on here insist upon banging on about "real work" uses and "full fact pc/OS" is just plain baffling.
        I like windows (8.1), but I don't want/need it on a tablet. I use it for work/gaming/and occasional hobby dev.
        Otherwise android and ChromeOS (or ubuntu) fit the bill just fine for my home use.
        As this tablet does, going to give it a serious good look over.
      • I do not understand

        Have you seen window 8? Do you know it supports touch? It looks as if you are working whole day on XP and then just think about XP on 8 inch tablet. That would really suck BTW
    • I actually forgot that existed

      The specs seem fine on paper, the price is right and the resolution will work (1440x900 or higher would have been preferred). Still, I think I'd prefer this G Pad over it. Android seems to approach being mobile better than Windows 8 along with being more touch friendly. There are legacy programs that I'd like to run on the go but I can arguably get better or comparable experiences on Android. Heck, I can even run my favorite dos games on Android now, the only thing I'm really passing up on are a few obscure Windows programs I use and Steam.

      I'm really more of a linux user now. I could probably find a way to install it on the Lenovo but I probably wouldn't have a good experience with it (I go back and forth between OpenSuse and whatever random distro has caught my attention).
    • Mixx2

      I checked out the Lenovo website, and this item isn't listed (at least in the US). Nevertheless, I just bought this one from Amazon and will report back. It looks good on paper, anyway! Thanks for the tip.
      Ira Seigel