DroidRun Editor's Rating
Android fans have plenty to look forward if they’re planning on getting an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition. Despite using the same hardware as the original LG G Pad 8.3, the Google Play edition is much truer to the Android philosophy. For instance, while the first version runs the Optimus 3.0 interface, this version of G Pad uses a plain version of Android 4.4 KitKat.
The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is 8.54 inches tall, 4.98 inches wide, and 0.33 inches thick. It also weights 0.74 lbs, which means that it’s pretty light. The only real design flaw might be the plastic trimmings that don’t seem to work with LG G Pad 8.3 as well as they do with other small tablets.
The device features an HD IPS touchscreen running a 1920×1200 resolution with 273 ppi. The 7 inch screen seems perfect for watching movies because of its good contrast, or any other application that requires spending time in front of the device for a long time. It also seems perfect for gaming due to its responsive and touch-sensitive nature.
It might appear that the G Pad’s screen is dimmer than other devices of its size, but the sharp image quality and wide viewing angle make up for it. Furthermore, the G Pad’s display seems to retain its quality regardless of how bright the environment is, which makes it easy to use when it’s sunny outside.
As the name suggests, there aren’t many LG features when it comes to software as the tablet focuses mainly on Android. This means that features like QuickMemo, Slide Aside, QPair, and QuickRemot are gone from the device, being replaced by Android 4.4 features. Because it is a Play Edition, it doesn’t feature 4.2.2 Jelly Bean like LG’s first version, but KitKat which justifies the removal of all the LG pre-installed software.
The G Pad’s user interface looks much more aesthetically pleasing, leaving more of the screen open for personal comfort. As a matter of fact, all Google apps are organized inside a single drawer, which makes access to apps like Chrome, Drive, Gmail, Currents, Hangouts, Keep, and many others much more accessible.
Featuring a quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and a Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU, the tablet is pretty fast by all standards. In terms of memory, the G Pad has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. It also features a gyroscope and an accelerometer along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE compatibility.
Although the Google Play edition features identical hardware as the original G Pad, there is a small increase in overall speed. In all fairness, the quicker response time when running applications might have something to do with Android 4.4 KitKat because like we said, it features identical specs as the first one.
With 1.3 MP in the front and 5 MP in the rear, the G Pad’s cameras are fairly decent but nothing to write home about. Photographs that are taken too close or under poor lighting come out grainy to say the least. Even so, you have the the ability to take HDR shots, panoramic shooting, and Photo Sphere, so at least there’s that. The issue here isn’t with this particular device per se, but with the majority of tablets on the market who all share the same poor standards when it comes to photographs.
The device features a 4,600 mAh battery that lasts around 7 hours of intensive use, which is enough to get you through the work day. It has to be said that the original G Pad’s battery can last around 6 hours with all features cranked all the way up, so it makes sense for the Google Play Edition to last just as much considering the identical specs.
With a price of $350, the Play Edition G Pad is much cheaper than the original G Pad and is faster overall. Although $350 is still a decent amount of money, the faster speed and the faster Android 4.4 OS should see the device do well on the market. All things considered, a $350 tablet running KitKat with 16 GB of internal storage and a 7 inch HD screen is a decent choice no matter what.