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LG G Pad 8.3

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82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Comfortable and stylish design
  • Gorgeous high-res display
  • Battery life on par with similar Android tablets
Cons
  • Uneven performance
  • Glut of non-essential LG 'Q' apps
  • Slightly expensive compared to rival tablets
82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

82
 

User Reviews

60
encaria
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
80
kait
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
brucerray
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
88
Average user Score
 
60
encaria
12.16.14
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
80
kait
12.14.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
brucerray
10.03.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
yoshi08
03.14.14
Great tablet for the money. Love the build quality and the aluminum back plate. Easy to use. Great HD display,
 
90
Dan
03.07.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
dcaplinger76
02.02.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
BigDogBK
01.18.14
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 extra screen real-estate. My only real complaint was that Best Buy didn't stock ANY cases or sleeves for this device. It's too long for a Tab 3 8.0 case, and too narrow for an iPad Mini case. Fortunately, I was able order an IVSO case from Amazon that will keep the fingerprints off of it ($17 + shipping). BB didn't even have screen protectors - which should be a minimum. Battery Life is not bad, but not yet what I expected. I will search for optimization tips, I guess.
 
90
Simar
01.12.14
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...
 
80
HerrKutz
01.05.14
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 narrow border/rim between the edge of the screen and the edge of the device. Those Kindle Fire big bezels might look ugly but it's something to hold onto.
 
90
mastiandroid5
01.01.14
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 good display, reading for hours is not an issue at all. The tablet is not heavy and hence, easy to carry around. One can easily fit it in a coat pocket.The brushed metal back is a finger magnet, however, it does give a premier look to the tablet.Although the GPE version is expensive than the non-GPE version, opted for it, as I wanted stock 4.4. The battery lasted for two good days after using it to watch a movie, browse for few hours and install apps, etc.

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