LG G Pad 8.3 review

8.4/10 AVG.
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8.4/10
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The LG G Pad 8.3 currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 33 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Excellent display
  • Slim design
  • Good battery life

What's bad

  • Inconsistent performance
  • Overabundance of LG apps in UI
  • No 3G or 4G cellular data

The LG G Pad 8.3 is a mid-range, Android-powered tablet featuring an 8.3 inch, 1920x1200 resolution display, a quad-core, Snapdragon processor running at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard memory - expandable to 64GB, and dual-cameras. It's 8.3mm thick, with an exterior comprised of glass, plastic and brushed metal.

The 1920x1200 LCD IPS display generates 273 ppi, which is equal to the Nexus 7 and considerably higher than many competitors, including the iPad Mini (162 ppi), and the Galaxy Note 8.0 (189 ppi). Reviewers found the display to be very good, representing colors accurately and with no pixelation problems. “Certainly, you'll be pleased with the clarity of the G Pad's screen and the crispness of text and images,” Engadget said. And according to Phonearena, “LG's tablet manages to output some very clean and pixelization-free visuals.”

In addition to the Snapdragon 600 processor, the G Pad has a separate, Adreno 320 graphics chip, which means gamers will be able to enjoy their favorite titles. “We experienced very little slowdown or jerkiness in any of the games we tested, including the notoriously demanding Shadowgun,” according to Expertreviews.

The tablet features the same skin used on the LG G2 smartphone, which comes with a host of features, including Knock-On, which allows you to turn the tablet on by knocking on the screen, and QPair, which allows you to tether the tablet to your Android phone. While many reviewers found the LG UI useful, others found it distracting. According to The Verge, “LG’s taken Android and made it uglier and more cluttered.” (The LG G2 is also available in a Google Play edition, which is identical except that it comes with a stock Android OS).

Additional features include a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with image stabilization, touch focus and face detection, stereo speakers, 3.5mm jack, and a non-removable Li-Po 4600 mAh battery.

Overall, reviewers gave a thumbs up to the LG G Pad. They were impressed with its display and found the design to be slim and comfortable. Techradar said, “ It's a great tablet which offers a wide array of features and a beautiful screen at a price which pips Apple's latest offering.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
8.3"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Community

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE serves as a nice middle ground for those who want something between the 7 and 10 inch form factors. This one offers a bit more screen real estate and manages to keep things in a form factor that is still easy to hold with one hand. Not to mention, the display, day to day perfor...

- Robert Nelson, Android Community
GottaBeMobile

The Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 is a good tablet with a few areas where users will need to accept tradeoffs for the lower price. The G Pad 8.3 is leaps and bounds above cheap Android tablets that shoppers will find in big box stores and places like Walmart, but it is not that much more expensive than those...

- Josh Smith, GottaBeMobile
Android Guys

I would recommend this device to anyone who either knows they want a tablet with its own data plan, or is opened to the idea of switching over. The G Pad 8.3 is a wonderful size, and it my opinion, a size that should have been common before 7 inch displays became popular. The device is plenty quick,...

- Tony McAfee, Android Guys
GottaBeMobile

The LG G Pad 8.3 is arguably one of the best Android tablets available to date. It beats the Nexus 7 in most categories, has a beautiful and sleek design with a large 8.3-inch display while still being portable. It sounds good, looks great, and works wonderfully for almost all daily tablet tasks. Th...

- Cory Gunther, GottaBeMobile
Macnn

The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is an excellent Android tablet. The hardware helps to set it apart from the saturated field of Android contenders, which are by and large, plastic and can often look cheap. The G Pad uses a combination of plastic with brushed aluminum, along with a rigid chassis...

- Sanjiv Sathiah, Macnn


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Screen Size
8.3"

The LG G Pad 8.3's screen size is 8.3 inches with 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4600mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4600 mAh battery.

G Pad 8.3 Specs

Overview
Release date October 17, 2013
Regions available USA, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.02 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.7 x 12.6 x 0.8 cm (8.5 x 5 x 0.3 in)
Weight 338 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1200 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 273 pixels
Size 8.3 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG V500

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Critic Reviews


Android Community

Serves a nice middle ground for those unwilling to settle for 7-inches but want to avoid the 10-inch territory

from Android Community

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE serves as a nice middle ground for those who want something between the 7 and 10 inch form factors. This one offers a bit more screen real estate and manages to keep things in a form factor that is still easy to hold with one hand.

Not to mention, the display, day to day performance and battery life left us with little reason for concern or worry. In fact, we've suggested this device to a few family members that had been asking about tablets. At present Verizon has the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE selling at $199.99 on a two-year agreement....

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The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE serves as a nice middle ground for those who want something between the 7 and 10 inch form factors. This one offers a bit more screen real estate and manages to keep things in a form factor that is still easy to hold with one hand.

Not to mention, the display, day to day performance and battery life left us with little reason for concern or worry. In fact, we've suggested this device to a few family members that had been asking about tablets. At present Verizon has the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE selling at $199.99 on a two-year agreement.

As with other tablets, this can be added to a Share Everything plan for $10 additional per month. While the $199.99 price point isn't bad, and despite knowing that price if often a factor -- we may suggest shelling out the extra $100 (if possible) to grab this without the agreement. The no-contract price is $299.99.

Bottom line, we've liked the WiFi only models of the LG G Pad 8.3, and like it even better as a Verizon connected model.

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GottaBeMobile

A good tablet with a few areas where users will need to accept tradeoffs for the lower price

from GottaBeMobile

The Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 is a good tablet with a few areas where users will need to accept tradeoffs for the lower price. The G Pad 8.3 is leaps and bounds above cheap Android tablets that shoppers will find in big box stores and places like Walmart, but it is not that much more expensive than those tablets.

Read full review

The Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 is a good tablet with a few areas where users will need to accept tradeoffs for the lower price. The G Pad 8.3 is leaps and bounds above cheap Android tablets that shoppers will find in big box stores and places like Walmart, but it is not that much more expensive than those tablets.

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Android Guys

Could be a great alternative if you find yourself switching on your phones hotspot

from Android Guys

I would recommend this device to anyone who either knows they want a tablet with its own data plan, or is opened to the idea of switching over. The G Pad 8.3 is a wonderful size, and it my opinion, a size that should have been common before 7 inch displays became popular. The device is plenty qui...More

I would recommend this device to anyone who either knows they want a tablet with its own data plan, or is opened to the idea of switching over. The G Pad 8.3 is a wonderful size, and it my opinion, a size that should have been common before 7 inch displays became popular. The device is plenty quick, with a gorgeous display that makes even complex games look great, and Verizon’s 4G LTE is the icing on the cake. Highly recommend this tablet.

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GottaBeMobile

It’s as close as any Android device has got to looking and feeling like an iPad Mini

from GottaBeMobile

The LG G Pad 8.3 is arguably one of the best Android tablets available to date. It beats the Nexus 7 in most categories, has a beautiful and sleek design with a large 8.3-inch display while still being portable. It sounds good, looks great, and works wonderfully for almost all daily tablet tasks....More

The LG G Pad 8.3 is arguably one of the best Android tablets available to date. It beats the Nexus 7 in most categories, has a beautiful and sleek design with a large 8.3-inch display while still being portable. It sounds good, looks great, and works wonderfully for almost all daily tablet tasks. There’s no S-Pen stylus like Samsung’s Note devices offer, but many buyers don’t need one.

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Macnn

The best LG tablet yet

from Macnn

The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is an excellent Android tablet. The hardware helps to set it apart from the saturated field of Android contenders, which are by and large, plastic and can often look cheap. The G Pad uses a combination of plastic with brushed aluminum, along with a rigid chass...More

The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is an excellent Android tablet. The hardware helps to set it apart from the saturated field of Android contenders, which are by and large, plastic and can often look cheap. The G Pad uses a combination of plastic with brushed aluminum, along with a rigid chassis coupled with tasteful design restraint to lift it above the competition. It has all the advantages of a Nexus device from a software perspective, but unlike Nexus devices, also incorporates a microSD card slot for storage expansion. Although it is significantly more expensive than a Nexus 7, it is definitely worth considering as it offers a distinctly differentiated tablet experience with the larger, high quality IPS display offering more screen real estate on which to enjoy your content.

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Know Your Mobile

It's Not Nexus But It's Still Bangin'

from Know Your Mobile

If you're in the market for a small-scale tablet device and the Nexus 7 hasn't taken your fancy, then the G-Pad 8.3 is definitely a solid choice. The design is appealing, the screen is pin-sharp and there's enough power under the bonnet to keep most users happy.

The price is also somet...More

If you're in the market for a small-scale tablet device and the Nexus 7 hasn't taken your fancy, then the G-Pad 8.3 is definitely a solid choice. The design is appealing, the screen is pin-sharp and there's enough power under the bonnet to keep most users happy.

The price is also something of a plus point - at the time of writing some retailers are selling it for around £200, which may be more than the Nexus 7 but isn't a bank-breaking increase. And when you consider that you're getting a MicroSD card slot, a faster processor and a larger display, it's easy to justify the additional cost.

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Fone Arena

Good design and build quality, good battery life

from Fone Arena

In the end, the LG G Pad 8.3 comes off as a really well built 8 inch Android tablet that does not offer much as an advantage over the Nexus 7 2013. With nearly exactly the same specifications, it is hard to recommend a stock Android tablet over the Nexus or the feature rich custom skinned counter...More

In the end, the LG G Pad 8.3 comes off as a really well built 8 inch Android tablet that does not offer much as an advantage over the Nexus 7 2013. With nearly exactly the same specifications, it is hard to recommend a stock Android tablet over the Nexus or the feature rich custom skinned counter part, but if you want a bigger screen and arguably better build quality than the Nexus, go for the G Pad. But if you just want a mini tablet at this price range, better go for the iPad mini Retina, which has more apps and a lot more.. well.. apps.

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Tech Advisor

A great Android tablet at a great price

from Tech Advisor

The G Pad 8.3 is undoubtedly LG's best tablet to date and at £199 it's a bit of a steal. A nice selection of hardware and software make this a great choice for a small tablet. However, occasionally laggy performance means the Nexus 7 might be a better choice.

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The G Pad 8.3 is undoubtedly LG's best tablet to date and at £199 it's a bit of a steal. A nice selection of hardware and software make this a great choice for a small tablet. However, occasionally laggy performance means the Nexus 7 might be a better choice.

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Mobile Syrup

One of the best Android tablets on the market

from Mobile Syrup

The G Pad is a great tablet, but it does nothing better than the Google Play-sold Nexus 7 despite costing significantly more. That continues to be a problem with the Android tablet market: unlike high-end carrier-sold smartphones, whose higher costs are proportionally subsidized, Google is fine cannibalizing tablet sales with its own hardware...

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The G Pad is a great tablet, but it does nothing better than the Google Play-sold Nexus 7 despite costing significantly more. That continues to be a problem with the Android tablet market: unlike high-end carrier-sold smartphones, whose higher costs are proportionally subsidized, Google is fine cannibalizing tablet sales with its own hardware.

We really enjoyed our time with the G Pad 8.3, as it fits perfectly in the middle of the size spectrum: big enough to take on the iPad mini with Retina at a lower cost, and a better media consumption device than the smaller, lighter Nexus 7. 

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Expert Reviews

Good performance and a great custom skin makes this the best 8in Android tablet

from Expert Reviews

Although the Nexus 7 is cheaper, the G Pad 8.3 has a substantially larger display, a faster processor and a microSD card slot for adding extra storage. Right now there’s no better 8in Android tablet available, and arguably no better small Android tablet of any size.

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Although the Nexus 7 is cheaper, the G Pad 8.3 has a substantially larger display, a faster processor and a microSD card slot for adding extra storage. Right now there’s no better 8in Android tablet available, and arguably no better small Android tablet of any size.

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