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LG G Pad 8.3 Review

 

LG G Pad 8.3 Review

 
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It just takes a bit of effort.

To test the LG G Pad 8.3, we tried a few benchmarks and challenging 3D games. It handles Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 and Real Racing 3 with relative ease, and its 1682 Geekbench 3 score is the ballpark we’d expect from a tablet with this processor. It’s more powerful than the second-generation Nexus 7, which is impressive at the price. Much like the LG G2 Android phone, you get an awful low for your money with the G Pad 8.3.

Under pressure, the aluminium rear of the tablet spreads heat across the backplate, and it does get reasonably warm. Heat management isn’t quite as good as it is in the iPad mini Retina. It doesn't reach worrying levels, though.

Camera

One area where the LG G Pad 8.3 loses out to the top tablets is its camera array. The biggest loss is a rear flash, but you do at least get dual cameras – one on the front, one on the back.

The rear camera has a 5-megapixel sensor and an f/2.4 lens. Colour reproduction is very much one-note at times, and the limited camera resolution means that even in the best conditions you’re not going to produce searingly detailed images. However, within the confines of the sensor, sharpness if actually rather good - suggesting the lens itself is pretty sharp.

There’s video fun to be had too. It’ll shoot footage at up to 1080p resolution and you can apply live face distorting effects to make fun little videos of friends and family members.

The G Pad 8.3’s front camera is – like the rear one – fairly basic. It uses a 1.3-megapixel sensor and shoots photos at up to one megapixel resolution or video at up to 720p. Despite being fairly low-res, the camera is not terrible. Really bad cameras tend to fall over as soon as they’re shown a strong light source, but the G Pad 8.3 holds up.

Battery Life

Its battery capacity holds up well with the competition too. It’s a 4,800mAh unit, which you have no access to.

Set to playing an SD-quality video file at middling brightness (which is towards the upper end of the G Pad’s brightness scale), the LG G Pad 8.3 lasts six hours and forty minutes.

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