Test: LG G Pad 8.3.

G Pad 8.3 is LG’s first flat for a while. How it stands out against the competition? Well thanks – pretty good, we can conclude.

Tiles in the size of seven inches has been around for some time, but it was Google and Apple who brought life in the trend of miniplattor in earnest when first released the Nexus 7 and the Ipad Mini in the past year. It seems quite logical that LG’s comeback to tablet world (in June 2012, went out with that tablet initiative was put on hold) occurs within this segment.

LG’s comeback plate is different from, for example, the Nexus 7 on several points. On the other hand, it is obviously something bigger, LG opted for another track when it comes to design. The front of the G Pad 8.3 reminds a lot about top model LG G2 ‘s front page with clearly rounded corners and smooth edges. The back of the plate for, however, is reminiscent of HTC. The top and bottom of the plate is made of plastic, but the rest of the back is covered by an aluminium chassis. It makes the plate design is both lavish and hearty. An interesting design detail is that you chose to place (stereo) speakers at the plate one long page, instead of at the bottom like most others do. It is quite handy to have the speakers here-especially if you are watching video in full-screen mode. The sound quality is clearly better than the equivalent of Nexus 7, but G Pad has a way to go before one can beat Ipad Mini on the front.

In terms of weight and dimensions is the plate a little larger (216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm) and heavier (338 grams) than the Nexus 7 and the Ipad Mini (290 and 312 grams). But G Pad is still easy to take with you and most people will be able to keep the plate in one hand for a long time without problems.

Cruel 8.3-inch display

We’ll move on to the screen. G Pad 8(3) – as the name suggests – an IPS display that measures 8.3 inch. The resolution is set at 1200 times 1920 pixels, i.e. full HD. LG has already proven that it can this with IPS panels. Do you succeed even when it comes to the screen to G Pad 8.3? Absolute. In particular, the brightness is really good. Sure, it’s still difficult to see what is on the screen in direct sunlight, but the problem is LG hardly alone. Even viewing angle, sharpness and color reproduction is excellent.

LG G Pad running Android 4.2.2, but LG has also added to its interface Optimus UI. The interface provides general a swift impression, and is both light and airy. LG has chosen a pretty toned-down approach, which in practice means that it is not more large widgets on home screens from the start, as it does in Samsung’s phones and tablets. Instead invest LG to endow software with a whole variety of different functions. As always with LG, it feels as if you are trying a bit too much. It had simply been able to screen out several of these features – including Qslide which makes it possible to start some applications in a small pop-up window while you can run other programs (such as a Web browser) alongside.

LG has also taken the opportunity to give G Pad software features that is really smart. This includes Knockon, that allows you to wake up the screen by tapping it. The plate also supports multiuser mode, which means that you can set up a guest account that your child can use if they want to play around with the plate.

On board are also Qpair, making it possible to pair your G Pad tablet with Android phones. The idea is that the plate should then be able to take advantage of missed calls, sms messages and sync notes via Quickmemo. The connection between the phone and the plate is fast and smooth when we test with LG G2. But if we instead try with another Android phone – HTC One Max – it takes a great many attempts before everything works, which feels dreary because the app to work with all the fools who run Android 4.0 or later.

En riktig raket

G Pad 8.3 has a main camera of 5 megapixels with autofocus and image stabilization. For many of us, the plate may not be first choice if we’re going to shoot something. G Pad 8.3 delivers a great picture quality with good sharpness and detail when shooting in good light. However, I feel the colors slightly mat. Do you take pictures outdoors when it’s a little darker, you’ll notice quickly that the dynamic range is quite limited. The plate can also record 1080 p video, but the outcome is accepted at most with a lot of noise in the picture.

LG’s comeback plate draws its CPU from Qualcomm system chip Snapdragon 600, which we previously seen in both HTC and Samsung Galaxy S4. The chip is perhaps not as powerful as big brother Snapdragon 800 but there is still enough cream to make G Pad 8.3 to one of the fastest the plates we tested for a long time. We test multitasking, advanced 3D games – everything flows very nicely and without problem in the plate.

An area that I had hoped for more at, however, is battery life. G Pad 8(3) has a powerful battery with a capacity of 4 600 mach. In our battery test landing plate, however, “just” at 5 hours and 12 minutes. The result is still clearly approved, but G Pad 8.3 gets out, beaten by both new Nexus 7 (5 hours, 40 minutes) and Ipad Mini (9 hours).

In summary: Is then the LG G Pad 8(3) miniplattan which to choose? Google has set the market a little bit out of the game with their terrific value Nexus 7-plate. G Pad 8.3 costs a few hundred more. You will not get the new Android updates just as quickly as the Nexus 7 but on the other hand feels G Pad 8.3 as far more rich and provides a luxurious impression when it comes to design. In addition, this plate fast – and I mean really fast.