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Well-designed, but priced too high

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LG's G Pad is a beautifully designed 8.3-inch tablet with an equally beautiful display. But its uneven performance combined with its relatively steep $350 price makes rival Android tablets look like a steal.

Critic reviews

7.8
16 reviews
  • Features
    7.2
  • Display
    8.7
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Storage capacity
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.8
  • Durability
    8.0

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User reviews

9.1
10 reviews
8.0
Engadget Nov 1, 2013

LG's G Pad is a beautifully designed 8.3-inch tablet with an equally beautiful display. But its uneven performance combined with its relatively steep $350 price make rival Android tablets look like a steal.

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9.0
ZDNet Nov 8, 2013

The LG G Pad 8.3 has a lot going for it, including solid hardware and functional software. If I could return my Nexus 7 or sell it for a good price, then I would buy the LG G Pad 8.3 for myself. I am not a fan of the name though.

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8.0
CNET Oct 31, 2013

With its speedy and reliable performance, the LG G Pad 8.3 is a solid small-sized tablet, but it can't outpace the smoother, less expensive Google Nexus 7.

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8.0
CNET Dec 20, 2013

Android purists will find Google's mid-sized LG G Pad 8.3 more compelling, but it's pricier than the model that's overlaid with LG's skin.

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7.0
PC Mag Oct 30, 2013

The well-built 8-inch LG G Pad is a good smaller Android tablet, but it doesn't do anything to stand out from the crowded pack. Especially given its high $350 price.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Nov 22, 2013

At $349, LG's slate is also somewhat expensive for what it offers ... Overall, the G Pad 8.3 is a pretty good choice, but there are better options available.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 11, 2013

The LG G Pad represents a strong return to the tablet market for LG. We hope the firm carries on making devices of this calibre - it feels premium thanks to top build quality and has enough strong features to make it well worthy of consideration ...

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7.0
TechHive Nov 20, 2013

LG was looking to tackle the premium tablet market with the G Pad, but it might do better next time if it declutters its interface and sticks to something a little more simple.

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9.0
Android Central Nov 5, 2013

I’ve never met an Android tablet that’s more capable, more gorgeous, or more easy to use. Its lightweight and premium design is the ideal balance of size and portability, and that 8.3-inch display is as stunning as LG has spoiled us with in the past.

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8.0
GSM Arena Oct 25, 2013

The LG G Pad 8.3 is certainly one of the most compelling tablet choices on the market right now. It's among a special few to offer Full HD resolution on a sub-9" tablet, and has an excellent design to go with it.

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8.0
Digital Versus Nov 21, 2013

LG's success here wasn't a given, but it stepped up to the plate and pretty much hit a home run. G2 and Optimus G Pro fans will feel right at home with a similar experience, a few added extras and, of course, a bigger toy to play with.

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8.0
Android Authority Nov 22, 2013

The device doesn’t truly shine in any specific area, but its design, build quality, display, and some of the software features all make it worthy of your attention.

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8.0
Ubergizmo Nov 8, 2013

The LG G Pad 8.3 is a very good tablet, and if I had to boil it down, I would say that the amazing display and some of the LG customization (like the remote control) may be sway factors. However, it is priced high enough ($349) to make it a non-obvious sale.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Mar 11, 2014

Its software may not be perfect, but a good price, sound specs and attractive hardware make the LG G Pad 8.3 one of the best-value tablets of the moment.

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8.0
Digital Trends Oct 21, 2013

At $350, the LG G Pad 8.3 is too expensive if stacked next to its top competitors, but if you have the money, it’s an absolutely fantastic tablet.

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7.0
Android Police Nov 5, 2013

If you buy this tablet, you'll probably like it. If you're on the fence however, I'd recommend waiting to see what else is on the horizon in the eight-inch form factor.

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First Looks

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Engadget Dec 11, 2013

... you won't be able to enjoy the Knock On (aka "double-knock") feature, nor will you have Slide Aside or access to a litany of LG's Q-branded functions like QPair, QRemote or QSlide ... Aside from software changes, you're not going to see anything different on the outside.

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CNET Sep 5, 2013

It's powered by a beefy 1.7GHz quad-core processor, backed up by 2GB of RAM. Those are some pretty decent specs and they certainly made the slate seem nippy in my hands. How it stacks up against the tablet Goliaths remains to be seen.

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PC Mag Sep 5, 2013

At 8.3 inches, the G Pad just about qualifies as a one-handed tablet, but if you have small hands, it might be a bit too much to hold comfortably in portrait mode for too long. Switch over to landscape mode for that binge watching.

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SlashGear Sep 5, 2013

All in all, it’s an impressive device, with the screen our favorite feature but the whole package highly usable. LG’s added features aren’t too intrusive, and some – like KnockON to wake the tablet by double-tapping the screen – are actually pretty useful. We also like the QuickPad cover,...

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PC World Australia Nov 7, 2013

The G Pad 8.3, as its name suggests, has an 8.3in IPS touchscreen. LG says the aspect ratio of 16:10 means the screen is better suited to movie playback and entertainment than many smaller tablets on the market.

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Pocket-Lint Nov 8, 2013

In our time with the tablet, we found that it felt nice and solid, looks nice and wowed us with the screen. The interface was snappy too ... the battery is a 4,600 mAh pack, so you should get a really decent amount of use out of each charge, even with that big and high resolution screen.

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Mashable Dec 11, 2013

Unlike the original version, which was announced in September, the Google Play edition comes pre-installed with Google-focused apps such as Google Now, YouTube, Chrome and Gmail.

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Android Central Sep 5, 2013

LG's gone to great lengths to make all this synergy pretty seamless. Want to tether from your phone? It's one-touch access — far more simple than what we have on any other device at this point.

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TechRadar Sep 5, 2013

The design was actually much more premium than we expected, and the overall feel of the tablet worked well in the hand - with the lower bezel allowing for the larger screen to have a comfortable hold.

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GSM Arena Sep 5, 2013

That said, LG has managed to fit a fairly large screen considering the tablet doesn't feel big in our hands. The aluminum unibody design is a definite plus too. The expandable storage and the stereo speakers are another two.

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T3 Sep 6, 2013

At first glance, this is one of the most impressive tablets we've seen in this size range and could prove to be a serious contender in the head to head battle with the iPad Mini and Google Nexus7 2.

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TrustedReviews Sep 7, 2013

The LG Pad 8.3 is a great looking tablet, has an amazing full HD screen and plenty of power under the hood. Whether that’s enough to opt for it over a iPad Mini or a Nexus 7 we are not so sure and will depend on the price.

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Android Community Sep 5, 2013

... the company has taken a more direct approach and slotted in a model in the highly usable mid-size segment. We’ll have to put it through its paces in a full review to see how the promise holds up, but for now we’re impressed.

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Android Community Dec 11, 2013

For bone stock Android fans (of which I am one), this is a welcome addition to the family. At 8.3-inches, it gives users the middle ground between the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 many had longed for.

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8.0
gcremeans gcremeans

I bought this device after I returned my iPad Mini, when comparing the two the device is just a joy. A slightly better camera, around the same weight. With it's snapdragon 600 it performs well with a ting of lag due to LG's odd way of doing the unlock. XDA Forums are up, so it's only a matter of...

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10
Miklsmith Miklsmith

I loved the specifications-I'd said I was getting a Nexus, expecting them to drop a few pounds after Christmas-They didn't here (UK) anyway, so when I saw this expandable device for just 25 more than the Nexus' 199 in the UK I decided to go for it. And I am totally convinced I made the right...

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9.0
Simar Simar

Just buy this laptop and trust me this the best display android tablet in the market till now... Works fine with just minor hiccups but nothing to complain...

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8.0
HerrKutz HerrKutz

If you've owned a 7" tablet for a few years like I did, I thought an extra 1.3" might be nice. I was wrong. It's a step too far. Despite my old SGT7" being very old, slow and low resolution, I miss it. This is new, fast/powerful, with a fantastic display, but annoying to hold with it's very...

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10
yoshi08 yoshi08

Great tablet for the money. Love the build quality and the aluminum back plate. Easy to use. Great HD display,

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9.0
BigDogBK BigDogBK

I waited for this to go on sale (dropped from $350 to $299 USD) and jumped on it. I use a tablet mostly for web activity, reading, and reviewing MS Office & PDF files. As a result, I look for the higher resolution and the MicroSD slot as Must-Have features. I like the look and feel, and the...

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9.0
mastiandroid5 mastiandroid5

Got the tablet about 15 days ago. The size of the tab is perfect for browsing the internet or reading docs. I have a LG 4XHD with a 4.7" screen. I have used a 7" Ainol aurora tablet earlier. I felt both are not convenient to read or browse for a long time. The G Pad is of perfect; with 8.3" of...

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10
HRYTS HRYTS

This is really one of the best tablets on the market in Q4 2013. If you like OS Android, however Nexus 7 II is too small, or Nexus 10 is too big, this one will be the best choice with 8.3'' screen and great screen resolution. LG G Pad 8.3 is really on the same level like Nexus 7 II or iPad Mini 2.

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