In addition to 2GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 chipset with four Krait 300 cores, aided by an Adreno 320 graphics processor, it is natural that all tasks — including the most demanding ones — run smoothly and without any glitches on LG’s G Pad 8.3.
This is not Qualcomm’s latest processor nor has it been optimized for usage on such a high-res screen, as it is the case with the newer Snapdragon 800; however, LG has cunningly disabled the ability of performing certain complex tasks on this tablet in order to avoid glitching. Thus, simultaneous usage of the front- and rear-facing cameras is not supported, as well as certain tasks specific for multitasking (for example opening two separate app windows). Realistically, however, these are marginal options which only a few people could find interesting, especially while working on a device with such a modest price tag.
After all, if the performance of LG’s G Pad 8.3 is compared to those of other tablets with a similar screen sizes — like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 or Google’s Nexus 7 (2013) — benchmark software and everyday usage convincingly favor LG’s offering.
The tablet comes with 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by up to 64GB via microSD cards.
The LG G Pad 8.3 comes with Google Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and LG’s user interface modifications, which are more functional than aesthetical. At first glance, it seems that the tablet has a ‘pure’ Google operational system — it’s only with use that the new features show up.
When it comes to interesting add-ons, certain widgets can be set on the home screen as well as the lock screen, and it’s possible to choose between several effects and modes of unlocking the display. There is room for eight shortcuts at the end of the home screen, which are visible on any desktop screen, not just the home screen. One of these is the shortcut which opens the apps drawer.
Selecting from an array of applications LG has prepared as a part of the user interface for this tablet (and for some of its more advanced smartphones), many users will love the Q Slide, which enables video watching while also using other applications, as well as QuickMemo which takes a screenshot at any moment and enables notes to be written on it. Other applications, like QRemote, are not integrated in the user interface at all.
Naturally, all the standard Android apps for web browsing, email, etc. are included. Additional software as well as music, movies, and books can be obtained from the Google Play store.
The LG G Pad 8.3 comes with a dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, as well as Wi-Fi Direct support. This means that it can connect to other devices via Wi-Fi without the assistance of a nearby hot spot. Only one device requires Wi-Fi Direct support, and up to eight devices can be connected this way. The link established in such a way provides the same functionality as a Bluetooth connection.
The micro-USB slot supports USB On-The-Go, but it is necessary to use an adapter for this function (which is not bundled with the tablet). The IR transmitter which turns the tablet into a universal remote control with the help of the QRemote LG application is included, which is a neat thing. However, only TV sets and set-top boxes can be controlled.
Lack of a 3G or 4G connection is unfortunate, as an Internet connection is only possible via Wi-Fi. This means that the option of making phone calls is not supported either. On a similar note, the LG G Pad 8.3 does not support NFC technology. Clearly, this is a compromise LG made in order to maintain the alluring price of the device and to prolong battery life.
The tablet’s rear-facing camera has a 5 megapixel resolution and can record Full HD video clips (1080p) at 30 fps. Nobody expects great quality from a tablt camera (whether it is photographs of videos), and the G Pad 8.3 is worse than average in this area. The photographs are overly exposed, leaving ‘burned’ sections is strong lighting, while a significant amount of noise appears at nighttime. Furthermore, the contrast is rather poor, as there are plenty of extremely bright and extremely dark parts on photos and quite a few bits in between. Thus, the dynamic color range is really quite poorly distributed.
The same thing goes for video recordings — they are solid, but it is clear that they have been recorded with a mobile device. The overly aggressive automatic focus system is its biggest flaw, along with the significant amount of noise and a poor dynamic range.
That said, as camera quality is not an important factor upon purchase for anyone, this will not be a deal-breaker for those who like everything else regarding this tablet.
The front camera has a 1.3-mega pixel resolution and can shoot 720p video clips. The software which manages both cameras is common and has barely been touched up, compared to the one on LG Optimus G Pro.
The tablet can be used two to three days without the need to recharge the 4600 mAh battery, with regular Wi-Fi usage, video playback, and playing games, which is a bearable battery life. This can be prolonged if the screen brightness is reduced; however, since insufficient brightness is the only realistic shortcoming the G Pad 8.3’s display has, perhaps it would be best to avoid this solution.
Don’t miss Page 3 with our conclusions on the LG G Pad 8.3.